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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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Entries in France (30)

Wednesday
Feb272013

We're All Guilty of Green Washing (even in France)

The French group Tryo put out this great video for their song "Green Washing". If your French is a little rusty (and you can't figure it out from the vedeo), it's basically a song about how consumers prefer "green washing" (or the practice of slapping a green label on something that really isn't that environmentally friendly) to actually changing our lifestyle and making better choices for the planet.

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Wednesday
Nov282012

Stylepixie Work their Magic

Ever been to a hair show? No? You’re not alone. You might not even know what one is. Enlighten yourselves this Saturday with “illuminata”, the first hair show organised by stylepixie English hairdressers right here in Paris.

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Thursday
Oct182012

The Future of Food is in the Flavor

If you don't already know about Dan Barber's Manhattan restaurant Blue Hill, or his family's Upstate New York farm, or his TED Talks on natural foie gras (made without force feeding the geese) and how he fell in love with a fish (sustainable and tasty), or even how he was named one of Time Magazine's World's 100 Most Influencial People in 2009, know this:

Dan Barber is on a crusade to bring flavor back to the table. Not just to the tables of Michelin-starred restaurants, but to YOUR table. This month Alain Ducasse brought him to Paris to spread the word.

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Thursday
Oct042012

The Merde Factor with Stephen Clarke

Paris expat Stephen Clarke is the author of the best-selling series of "Merde" novels such as A Year in the Merde and books about France and its people such as Talk to the Snail and -- one of my favorite history books -- 1000 Years of Annoying the French. Earlier this week I met up with Stephen at Café Le Nemours on Place Colette (outside the Palais Royal) to chat about his latest novel about the adventures of Paul West and his motley gang of Parisian friends and co-workers: The Merde Factor (available in France and the UK now, coming to the US end of October).

Friday
Sep282012

Antiques & Ham Fair

The 85th annual Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons is actually a mix of over 800 stands selling antiques and bric-a-brac, with an entire section dedicated to regional French foods, particulary pork in all its varieties.

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Naughty Paris, Take Two! 


While Parisians prepare for the Firemen’s Ball, Bastille Day celebrations, and their mass exodus from the city for summer holidays, I’ve been preparing for something entirely different. Beginning tomorrow, the official “Naughty Guides” photographer Kirsten Loop will join me here in Paris for a 10-day whirlwind schedule of photo shoots to update our award-winning travel book, “Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City”.

 
This long-awaited second edition will have a whole new selection of hotels, bars, spas, restaurants, night clubs, boutiques and naughty nightlife, all carefully handpicked for discerning ladies. All which need to be photographed, of course. And having done this twice now (shooting the first Naughty Paris and more recently Naughty New York), I know in advance that despite a physically grueling schedule, sleep deprivation, fickle weather, and dealing with some rather awkward situations (considering the material we’re shooting), that we’re going to have far too much fun to call it “work”. Follow our adventures over the next ten days on Kirsten’s blog, The Naughty Paris Guide Photographer
 
We’ll be Tweeting on location, posting behind-the-scenes pics on our Facebook page, and inviting those of you in Paris to join the crew for an exceptional Naughty Paris Happy Hour. And we’ll also be announcing some surprise giveaways and special discounts. So stay tuned!