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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-13
The 41st 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 €10, 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.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Newsletter #122: November 30, 2012

In this issue:

The Holiday Season has arrived in Paris
Wiki Cell: The Food of the Future
Radios for the Homeless
A Man with a Van in Paris
An Alternative to Taxis
Join an Apocalypse Flash Mob
Angels of Paris
American Library in Paris Book Award
Quick & Easy Train Tickets
New Services at La Poste
French Shopping Sites
Winter Tours and Itineraries

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Monday
Dec192011

Holiday Activities in Paris

Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum! Or better yet, a mug of vin chaud to ward off the winter chill that has finally descended on Paris in all its soggy splendor. It’s looking like it won’t get cold enough to snow again this Christmas, but there are plenty of other fun holiday events and pretty lights around town to keep you distracted through the new year.

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Sunday
Dec072008

The Holiday Mood in Paris


Fouquet's and Louis Vuitton on the Champs-Elysées

The holiday lights in Paris are now up in all of the major streets around Paris. They all have their own unique theme, with the Champs Elysées going for the "European Union Presidency" theme of blue and gold. In this video is the Mayor Delanoë and actress Marion Cotillard inaugurating the lights of the most beautiful avenue in the world (PS Don't worry, the lights are all LED energy efficient):


All of the big department stores and shopping malls in Paris, in addition to the Christmas Markets, are open Sundays in December. Despite the economic crisis, the shops are all packed full as usual. "French people save up for their holiday spending," said my retired French neighbor in the elevator this morning. "We don't rely on credit." That seems to be the case, although it's hard to tell whether the hoards of shoppers are really spending as much as usual. After just coming back from the US, I just thought it was nice to see people in the shops!



Champs Elysées Lights and Arc de Triomphe

Champs Elysées Lights and Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde


Stay tuned for the free skating rinks and merry-go-rounds coming December 20th all over Paris.