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American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

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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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Saturday
Dec222007

Pin-Up Bar

Le Pin-Up
13 rue de Tiquetonne, 2nd
M° Etienne-Marcel
Tel 01 42 33 04 86

www.myspace.com/lepinup

Another hip new bar for cool cats has opened in the Montorgueil district. A few streets down from the Experimental Cocktail Club, this bar has a refreshingly bright interior thanks to the whitewashed walls and high ceilings. On the ground floor you'll find the bar with its globe lamps and funky 50s (40s?) retro wallpaper. A mezzanine has round plastic chairs and windows overlooking the street. Through the beaded curtain is a mosaic tiled bathroom...

Downstairs is another whitewashed space under the vaulted stone ceilings, with another bar, a DJ, and a space used for dancing and screening films. Cocktails are served in fish-bowl-sized wine glasses. I had the Cranberry Bubble (Champagne-vodka-cranberry). There are three owners, and the night I was there it was the gallant Cyrille and his fabulously-coiffed co-owner Elise reigning over an entourage of pretty young things. Champagne by the glass €6. Great place for an apertif! 

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