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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Entries in Eiffel Tower (7)

Thursday
Jan312013

Valentine's Adventures in Paris

Paris is the perfect city for celebrating la vie en deux, with all of the requisite clichés covered:

Five Sexy Couples' Hotels in Paris from the upcoming second edition of Naughty Paris.

10 Romantic (and Sexy) Things to Do In Paris with photos and intro by David Lebovitz.

La Vie Parisienne for a fun and sexy alternative show to the Moulin Rouge (en français).

Pinup Attitude for burlesque strip-tease classes with Sugar DaMoore.

Valentine's Bellies on Foot themed food tour with La Cuisine.

Valentine's Day on the Eiffel Tower with dinner, wine & cheese, or chocolate & Champagne.

And if you're already sick of red hearts and chocolates, get your tickets for the Paris Rollergirls vs Royal Windsor Rollergirls on February 16th. Because what's more Anti-Valentine's Day than a women's rollerderby match?

Wednesday
Dec262012

The Ultimate Paris Souvenir

I've been trying to convince one of my tour clients to get an Eiffel Tower tattoo, but so far I've had no takers. And considering how obsessed some people are with this Dame de Fer (in this case referring to said Tower, not Margaret Thatcher), and also how I seem to be the only woman in the Western world under 40 without a tattoo, I'm honestly surprised.

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Thursday
Mar152012

Technical Problems at the Eiffel Tower 

Last month the elevators to the summit of the Eiffel Tower were closed for almost a week because of technical difficulties. Now the official website states that only one elevator is operational, and that even those who have advanced purchase tickets with reservation times will likely face a 2-hour wait to get to the top.

A tour client wrote today:

"After I made reservations to visit the Eiffel Tower for April 2, customer service sent me an email stating that due to "technical problems" there is now only one working lift at the Eiffel Tower causing a possibility of delay up to 2 hours (whatever that means) to tour the tower.  The problem is supposed to be resolved by May 1st (long after we're gone of course)."

As I know many of you are coming to Paris for Spring Break and the Easter holidays, be sure to plan around any eventual delays. And if you're feeling sporty, there are always the stairs to the second level (which is still higher than most of the buildings in Paris), and for just €4.70, no lines! ;-)

Saturday
Jul162011

Bastille Day 2011 Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower


Here is the entire 34 minute Bastille Day fireworks show put on by the City of Paris (mairiedeparis) at the Jardins du Trocadéro behind the Eiffel Tower.

This year's show had the theme: "From Broadway to Paris" You can see the shorter stop-motion photo version here.

Thursday
Mar242011

N'Importe Quoi Photo of the Week

You don't normally see anything in Paris airspace except pigeons and the occasional news helicopter. So even Parisians came outside to get a look at the zeppelin flying over the Musée d'Orsay this week.

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Thursday
Jun252009

Open-air Drinking Ban in Paris

As drunken French youth get more unruly after dark, Parisian police begin enforcing the open-container laws. Is it the end of wine with your picnic on the Seine? Not exactly...

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