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Book NOW for September 5-6
The American Church of Paris is hosting A Prarie Home Companion radion show with Garrison Keillor for two dates, September 5th at 8pm and September 6th at 4pm. Tickets are €31, book as soon as possible, space is limited.

Through August 24
The Paris Fun Fair (Fête Foraine) is open in the Tuileries (Louvre Gardens), daily 11am-11:45pm (until 12:45am on Friday and Saturday). Free entrance, but you’ll need to buy tickets for each ride on the usual carnival attractions, or have cash for cotton candy and the games where you can win prizes. The Ferris Wheel has excellent views over Paris! 

Through August 24
The annual Open-Air Cinema Festival takes place Wed-Sun nights at the Parc de la Villette's Triangle Prairie (M° Porte de Pantin), starting at sunset (around 10pm), free entry. This year's theme is Adolescence, including films such as Moonrise Kingdom, Scream 4, and American Graffiti.

Through August 31
Between the Lines and the Trenches, a very intimate collection of personal letters, notebooks and photos from the trenches, many never published before. At the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (222 Boulevard Saint-Germain), through August 31st, entry €7.

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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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