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Calendar of Paris Events

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Wednesday
Dec262012

The Ultimate Paris Souvenir

I've been trying to convince one of my tour clients to get an Eiffel Tower tattoo, but so far I've had no takers. And considering how obsessed some people are with this Dame de Fer (in this case referring to said Tower, not Margaret Thatcher), and also how I seem to be the only woman in the Western world under 40 without a tattoo, I'm honestly surprised. Then I finally found this on the website of famed Parisian tattoo artist Easy Sacha at the Mystery Tattoo Club:

Hey, if you're going to be stuck with something for a long, long time, it's better than a boring butterfly on your shoulder or the ubiquitous "tribal" art around your bicep. ;-)

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Reader Comments (8)

How tacky! Tattoos are so not French
December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine
Catherine: Oh really? I suppose that's why there are over 75 tattoo parlors in Paris alone. Perhaps housewives in Passy don't get tattoos here (and they're still considered "alternative" for anyone over 30), but I've seen enough half-dressed and undressed French people over the past two decades to know firsthand that even the French have tattoos. Sorry to to ruin your fantasy with the reality. ;-)
December 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
That is one fine tattoo, a real beauty and I'd seek out Easy Sacha if I was headed for body work. I'm over 40 and still don't have one but this raises the temptation level.
And I agree, enough of butterflies on the shoulder already. Very pretty.
December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolycowgirl
That's a nice tattoo though perhaps it would be that much better as a tramp stamp, perhaps upside down, even...?
January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Henry
Hi Heather,

Have to agree with Catherine here re the "tackiness" of tattoos (speaking only of my opinion, of course). No prejudice per se, but they still make the wearer appear slightly "unclean" to me. I know it is only a sensitivity thing, and not actually true, but still...they smack to me of "ghetto." However, the Eiffel Tower rendering is fine and beautiful! Just prefer it on something other than skin:-) Again, only one person's opinion!

Your newsletter gets better and better, and you look super...love the jeans jacket ensemble!

xxooRamona
January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRamona
Can't say I like this tattoo much myself. It's a rather tacky and cliché way to express a love of Paris but to each his own! I used to go back and forth about tattoos and while in general I have no qualms, I'm glad I've decided to stay un-inked. So there you, someone under 30 still tattoo-less :) Great find though! I've been teased by friends back home that I should get a tat of the tower!
January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie
The "only woman in the Western world under 40 without a tattoo"? Well good for you, Heather. Very good indeed. I hate those things.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
I think the tattoo is quite beautiful. What a lovely souvenir that won't get tossed with the first house-cleaning!
May 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

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