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The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm.
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8.
Although my addiction to Ladurée macarons is thoroughly documented, when I first came to Paris well over a decade ago I was totally obsessed with the pastry known as the Religieuses (preferably chocolate). It's a bit like a round, double-decker eclair (or a Boston-cream donut with a donut hole on top). I'd eat the top part first and save the rest for as long as I could hold out (usually an hour). The taste is not really any different than the traditional French eclair (which, like all French pastries, tastes ten times better than the American knock-off), but I liked the shape and the fact that the bakery clerk would always wrap it in a little pyramid of paper tied with a ribbon. Quelle classe!
For the occaision, Fauchon is introducing 34 different flavors that they have created over the past four years, including both sweet and savory ones (salmon and peas, anyone?), for €5 each.