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Calendar of Paris Events

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are well underway! 
There are lots of them, and they're in full swing.  The two largest are opening mid-month this year:

- till January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- till December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense

Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere. Click through to our full calendar to get more details.  

December 15-early January 
All of the Manèges, aka Carrousels de Paris, in the 3rd through 20th arrondissements of Paris are free for children for the holidays (my favorite is in the Jardins du Trocadéro, but the lines are longest). See the full list here. Open daily 11am-9pm.

December 7-11
Winter is circus time in Paris! Lots of options--for example the Cirque du Soleil (Dec. 7-11) with this year's Varekai performance. At the Accorhotels arena (12e), seats from 37€ to 80€. But there are lots of others. See the complete list for other circus and circus-like spectacles. 

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Entries in review (4)

Tuesday
Mar222011

Deciphering Meaningless Words: Advice from a Travel Writer on Choosing a Hotel 

Planning your spring getaway? As you sift through the seemingly endless supply of sleek magazine-style travel sites with professional photos, countless discount booking sites promising the best rates, and dozens of consumer rating sites with conflicting reviews, it helps to be aware of the insidious scourge of travel content: meaningless words. 

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Thursday
Dec022010

French Films...that don't suck: "Le Nom des Gens"

This is a touching French romantic comedy that explores issues of identity through its two main characters, a straitlaced, moderate Frenchman named Arthur Martin, and an eccentric, sexually adventurous and politically militant Franco-Algerian woman named Bahia Benmahmoud, who keeps popping out of her clothes! Discover the dark secrets they both hide from the world...

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Wednesday
Nov172010

French Films...that don't suck: "La Princesse de Montpensier"

Since I've got a Carte Illimité UGC and live across the street from a movie theatre (and a few blocks from about a dozen others), I thought I'd share some thoughts on the French films that I like...they don't all suck!

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Saturday
Sep052009

Domaine de Lintillac

Secrets of Paris contributor Camille Malmquist reviews a classic Southwestern French restaurant in the 7th that won’t cause a crisis in your bank account...

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