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November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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Thursday
Jun292006

Residence les Gobelins

Residence les Gobelins
9 rue des Gobelins, 13th
Tel 01 47 07 26 90.
M° Gobelins

www.hotelgobelins.com

The Residence les Gobelins is a small hotel on a quiet, cobblestone street in the 13th run by Jennifer and Philippe Poirier. It has an adorable garden patio, elevator, and brightly-colored rooms with satellite TV, direct-dial phone (with no extra surcharge fees!), and tiled bathrooms. The entire hotel and patio are non-smoking. Rates are from €75 for a single, €87 for doubles, €98 for triples, and €110 for quads. Breakfast is €8, or you can wander up a block to the famous Rue Mouffetard market street. NOTE: It’s on the tiny RUE des Gobelins, not the busy AVENUE des Gobelins!

 

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Reader Comments (1)

We stayed here for 5 nights in October 2007.Staff was very friendly, the location is very convenient and the price is less than half of what one pays in a more touristy area. The hotel is entirely non-smoking! The rooms and lobby are a bit spartan, but clean and entirely satisfactory to us.
October 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllan

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