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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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Fourmi

La Fourmi
79 Rue des Martyrs, 18th
M° Pigalle/Anvers
Tel: 01 43 14 00 30

Open from 8:30am (10am on Sunday) until 2am (4am on Friday and Saturday).

Review by Aileen O'Riordan

A good cheap place with atmosphere in the 18th near La Cigale. Comfortable, loud and filled with all manner of people, it's a wonderful spot to pass an afternoon after a trek around Montmartre, or to find a neighbourhood feel in what can sometimes be pretty commercial area. The tartines and frites are tasty, however, depending on how busy it gets, service could be slow. During the summer, the terrace serves as a perfect vantage point for spotting the characters venturing around Pigalle.

Aileen O'Riordan, Irish, 31, living in Paris in the Marais for the last four years working as a lawyer. Interests include travel, music, wining and dining and meeting interesting people.

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Just to say that the restaurant over the road - La Marmite - makes for a very nice, reasonably priced meal. For a young englishman who has recently moved to Paris, it's nice to find such a place near my house. What pleased me most was not the expertly prepared steak nor the different take on salad, but finding a restaurant on Rue de Clichy relatively untainted by the tourist-trap nature of montmartre.

I shall have a drink in La Fourmi tonight, with good expectations.
February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ

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