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One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Courson, takes place this weekend at the Chateau de Chantilly, just 45 minutes north of Paris from the Gare du Nord. Entry €20 (or €17 if you get your tickets online before May 14).
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 11th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open all night...for free!
Celebrate Fête de la Musique in 17th-century aristocratic style at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte for their annual costumes dance event, La Journée Grand Siècle, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the original owner, Nicolas Fouquet. There will be an elegant picnic in the chateau gardens, live music and dancing, as well as carriage rides and sword-fighting shows. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €17.
Paris is the perfect city for celebrating la vie en deux, with all of the requisite clichés covered:
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?
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.
The brilliantly hilarious British comedian Eddie Izzard sells out shows in Madison Square Garden and Wembly Stadium. But lucky for us, he's now performing his show en français in a tiny theatre in Pigalle through June 11. Don't miss the chance to see one of the greatest stand-up comedians of our time, up close and personal.
Secrets of Paris contributor Tracey Ellis reviews this one-woman bilingual show on the trials and tribulations of a young American woman in Paris...