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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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Sunday
Jun082014

Newsletter #142: June 8, 2014

In this Issue:

* Big Announcement:

* Museum Pass & Picasso 
* More Security for Paris Tourists 
* Fun New Airport Hotel
* Bonpoint Baby Clothes Outlet
* Art Studio Open House 
* The Paris Store 
* Paris Pastry Update
* Wine by the Tube
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar

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Saturday
Nov302013

Newsletter #132: November 2013

In this issue:

* December in Paris
* Shipping & Storing Luggage
* Museum News
* Sponsor an Animal at the Zoo de Vincennes
* Smartphone & Tablet SOS!
* Holiday Gift Ideas
* Recommended Paris Reading
* Hipsters Are Destroying Paris?
* Compost in Paris

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Monday
May232011

N'Importe Quoi Photo of the Week

Welcome to Paris. Want to see the city's most famous monuments? Take a  river cruise down the Seine...brought to you by (insert big corporate ad name here). I'm not sure what's more offensive: advertisements on historic monuments, or the unpaid interns on the boat cruise who are impossible to understand. Buyer beware....

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Sunday
Mar132011

Paris Museum Ticket Tips

Navigating the maze of Paris museum ticket options can be a nightmare. The goal? Avoid lines, save money, feel like the savvy traveler your friends think you are. The problem? The amount of time you spend trying to avoid standing in line is instead spent in front of your computer comparing the different ticketing options.

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Tuesday
Aug312010

Louvre Saxophonist

I was walking through the Passage Richelieu at the Louvre earlier this month, between the I.M. Pei Pyramid and the Place du Palais Royal, and had to stop and listen to this street musician for a moment. Makes a nice change from accordion players mangling La Vie en Rose.

Wednesday
Aug062008

An Apple Store for the Louvre


Apple fanatics (yes, I'm talking about you, David) can't wait for the first "real" Apple Store to open in Paris. For the moment, only FNAC has Apple stores as part of their stores, but apparently this isn't enough. For years the shop was rumored to be opening on the Champs-Elysées, but according to this article in ifo Apple Store, Jasmine Khounnala, Apple’s Paris-based public relations manager, confirmed that a store will open in the Carrousel du Louvre.

As first reported by LaTribune.fr and explained by MacGeneration.com and MacPlus.net, Apple will occupy about 7,770 square-feet formerly occupied by the Lalique and Résonnance stores.
I'm a big fan of the Carrousel du Louvre, an underground shopping gallery connected to the Louvre Museum, because it's open seven days a week -- a rarity in Paris -- and is directly accessible from the metro (station "Palais-Royal-Musée-du-Louvre"). It also has a Virgin megastore, regional tourism office, restrooms, foodcourt, ATM machines, and direct entrance to the museum without waiting in line outside the Pyramid (handy when it's cold or raining). Of course, not being an owner of any Apple products, I probably won't be visiting the new store (opening "sometime in 2009") unless it's to pry David away for a hot chocolate break. ;)