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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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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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