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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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Thursday
Jun152006

St-André-des-Arts

Hotel St-André-des-Arts
66 rue St-André-des-Arts, 6th
Tel 01 43 26 96 16
M° Odéon

http://www.123france.com

My friend Cynthia absolutely loves this hotel, and it does have that certain “historic Paris” look with the exposed wooden beams and tiled floors. Bare bones budget means no elevator or A/C, but for €85-€90 you get a room for two and breakfast. Located near the Odéon station, right at the end of the Passage St-André-des-Arts (and a block from an excellent Internet café).

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Reader Comments (3)

I first stayed in this hotel almost 35 years ago. In dozens of trips to Paris, the most recent in March 2006, I have returned here.

I love it today, with its warmth and conviviality, as much as I did when, ascending the stairs for the first time so many years ago, a newcomer to Paris, I heard a chambermaid softly humming "La Vie en Rose" to herself as she went about her work. That moment is forever etched in my mind as part of the essence of Paris.

I adore the Hotel St-André-des-Arts.
April 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRillifane
How can I book a night? Do you guys know the email?

Thanks
February 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNadia

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