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* Neighborhood of Museums - the 16th Arrondissement
* Latin Quarter - Not Just for College Students
* Saint-Germain-des-Pres in the Seventh Arrondissement
* Calendar of Events - October

Welcome2France has three wonderful apartments to highlight this month: the Passy Paul Doumer in the 16th Arrondissement, the Luxembourg Ferou in the 6th, and the Notre-Dame Galande in the 5th Arrondissement.

If you are a couple planning a trip to Paris with another couple, then either of the two-bedroom apartments (Notre-Dame Galande or Passy Paul Doumer) would be perfect for your group. Either apartment is family-oriented, as well.

In the Latin Quarter, the Notre-Dame Galande has two bedrooms, 2 baths and sleeps 1-4. It has a fabulous view of Cathedral Notre-Dame and is air-conditioned.

The Passy Paul Doumer is also a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment and will sleep up to five people. This apartment is in the most elegant 16th Arrondissement near Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower.

For a couple, or a couple with one child, the Luxembourg-Ferou would be an ideal situation. It is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath home that sleeps up to 3 people. The apartment has a convenient ground floor entry in an 18th century building, set in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres/Luxembourg Jardins area. Playgrounds in the park will amuse your child, or enjoy the truly Parisian pleasure of floating a toy sailboat in the ponds, as seen in so many famous Parisian paintings.

I've highlighted the Museums, Churches and amusements in all three Arrondissements near these apartments this month.


There may be an area of Paris that contains more museums than the 16th Arrondissement, but I doubt it. As large as the 16th is, it is quite easy to navigate (as is all of Paris, for that matter). Several of the museums are clustered nicely together.

Starting with "Museum Hill" - where the 1937 Palais de Chaillot stands at 17, place du Trocadero. It is a most impressive layout of symmetrical buildings mirroring each other across a massive 'parvis' (square) that contains huge bronze sculptures. The
curved wings of the buildings hug this huge pavilion whose entry is guarded by "Hercules" and "Apollo" in bronze.

It was built by Catherine de Medici as her country residence with landscaped gardens in the 14th century. In the 17th century, it was owned by a great general and lover who burned 6000 love letters before being sent to the Bastille Prison for 12 years for
conspiring against Cardinal Richelieu. It then became a Convent and later was razed by Napoleon. The present Palais was built for the 1878 Expo Universelle.

The Jardins du Trocadero cover 25 acres in front of the Palais de Chaillot. The center of it all is the very long, rectangular pool. The statuary alongside the pool and the fountains that criss-cross it are a wonder to see when lit at night with the Eiffel Tower directly ahead, across the Seine. To see the Eiffel Tower for the first in your life from this perspective is, I guarantee, a sight you will never forget. A must-do in daytime and at night, requiring two trips to Trocadero.

Now to the museums of the 16th Er (Arrondissement), there are four located in the Palais de Chaillot:

Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine" - Architecture and heritage from the 12th century to present day.
1, place du Trocadero
€5,00 - 7,00

Musee de l'Homme - Museum of mankind including all aspects such as prehistoric, anthropological, genetic, demographic and scientific.
17, place du Trocadero
€5,00 - 7,00

Musee National de la Marine - One of world's oldest maritime museums, set up by Charles X in 1827. See Napoleon's barge and models (2 centuries old) of wooden warships.
17, place du Trocadero
€7,00 - 9,00

CineAqua-Aquarium du Trocadero - Europe's finest aquarium with over 500 species.
Jardins du Trocadero
2, avenue des Nations-Unies
€12,50 - 19,50

In addition to the Chaillot area museums in the 16th Er are those dedicated to other various interests - haute couture to wines to famous Frenchmen.

Galleria - Musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris - Clothes and accessories from the 18th century to present day. 12,000 costumes in their inventory. Temporary exhibits. All housed in a fabulous 1888 Renaissance mansion once home of the Duchess Maria de Ferrari Galleria.
10, avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie
€3,50 - 7,00

Maison de Balzac - The home of the famous novelist from 1840-1847 where he lived under an assumed name to avoid his debt collectors. A small house set unusually low off the street in lovely gardens. Interior is much more organized than the man who once lived there.
47, rue Raynouard
€2,00 - 4,00

Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - The permanent collection includes "La Danse" by Matisse and "La Fee Electricite" by Dufy, among many others. Highly recognized for its temporary exhibitions, as well.
11, avenue du President-Wilson
€2,50 - 9,00

Musee du Vin - The heritage of French wine displayed in instruments relating to cultivating the vines and winemaking. A must-see for all wine buffs.
Rue des Eaux
5, square Charles-Dickens
€7,00 - 8,90

Marmottan Musee - Houses 50 Monets in an Empire decor mansion.
2, rue Louis-Boilly
€5,50 - 9,00

Space doesn't allow much to be written about the following museums in the 16th Er, although they do cover incredibly varied interests:

Musee Clemenceau - Set up in Clemenceau's apartment; France's Minister of War during WW1; author of the phrase, "War must not be left to the generals"; Served as France's Prime Minister twice.

Musee Dapper - Ancient and contemporary art of Africa and the Caribbean.

Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet - Largest museum of Asian arts in Europe.

Palais de Tokyo - A profusion of comtemporary art.

Musee de Radio France - Traces the history of communications from the first 1793 telegraph to the latest in multi-media. Inside the largest single structure in France, covering 5 acres.

Musee de la Contrefacon - Set up by manufacturers to illustrate the history of counterfeiting goods like Louis Vuitton luggage, Cartier watches and other luxury items.

Musee National d'Ennery and Musee Armenien - The Ennery houses the huge collection of 17th-19th century Chinese and Japanese items collected by Adolphe Ennery. The Armenien contains a small collection of items from that country. Both museums are housed in a Second Empire mansion, also worth seeing.

If you still have energy after museum-hopping in the 16th Arrondissment, how about some interesting shopping?

Talamaris - World's smallest department store filled with curiosities.
61, avenue Mozart. Metro stop: Raneleigh

Saint-Didier Marche - A covered, neighborhood food market.
Rue Mesnil and rue Saint-Didier. Metro stop: Victor Hugo

Franck and Fils Department Store - Very old, very swanky, very French, very lovely.
80, rue de Passy. Metro stop: La Muette-Boulainvilliers

Carrefour Supermarche - What the Parisian would consider a very large grocery store.
1-3, avenue du General-Sarrail. Metro stop: Porte Molitor

Rue d'Auteuil - A good shopping street with a village feel including ancient houses and shops.
Metro stop: Michel-Ange-Auteuil


The famous 5th Arrondissement has long been known as the Latin Quarter since centuries ago when students there only spoke Latin, the only language used in education at the time. Students still gather here as is evidenced by the many bookstores, fast food eateries and night life available in the Fifth.

However, the Latin Quarter has much more to offer, including its fabulous museums and churches.

Let's start with the churches and you'll find that there is something unique in each one (as is true of all Parisian eglises (churches). Each one is worth a peek while you are strolling the cobblestones of this old arrondissement. None of them charge entry fees, but be very quiet if a service is being held. Men should always remove their hats inside.

Eglise St-Etienne-du-Mont - Contains a very rare 16th century stone rood-screen, a 17th century wooden pulpit and a fragment of Saint-Germain's coffin.
1, place Ste-Genevieve. Metro stop: Cardinal Lemoine.

Eglise de la Sorbonne - Houses the ornate, white marble tomb of Cardinal Richelieu himself an was built according to his Will. The church was erected in 1253 and named after the Confessor of Louis IX.
Rue de la Sorbonne off rue des Ecoles. Metro stop: Cluny-La-Sorbonne.

Eglise St-Severin - Built in 1210, Gothic style. Note the deviant spiraling columns in the forest of pillars. Lots of gargoyles, 15th century stained glass windows and famous organ concerts.
1, rue des Pretres-Saint-Severin. Metro stop: St-Michel.

Eglise St-Julien-le-Pauvre - Is the same age as Notre-Dame, 1165. If you stand at the gateway and look at the beginning of rue Galande, you can see old houses with steeples rising, a view that is often the subject of artists. Best view of Notre-Dame in Paris can be seen from the garden. The 300 year old Acacia tree was planted in 1620 in the garden. The church was used for salt storage during the French Revolution, when all churches (thought to be run by the royals) were converted to other uses. The
inside pillars have Harpies.
1, rue St-Julien-le-Pauvre. Metro stop: St-Michel.

Eglise St-Nicholas-du-Chardonnet - Designed by the same interior decorator who created Chateau de Versailles.
On corner of rue Monge and rue des St-Bernardins. Metro stop: Maubert-Mutualite

Eglise Royale du Val-de-Grace - After 23 years of childlessness, Anne (Queen of Louis XIII) had a son (the future Sun King, Louis XIV). To thank God for this great gift, she laid the first stone of this church in 1645. It became a military hospital
in 1793 and an Army School in 1850.
1, place Alphonse-Laveran. Metro stop: Port Royal-St-Jacques.

Eglise St-Medard - Built in 7th or 8th century. Was the parish church of a market village. In the 18th century, a strange phenomenon occurred in the cemetery when the tomb of a deacon was reputed and rumored to have healing powers. Things got so out of hand that Louis XV closed the cemetery and had this sign posted, "By order of the King, let God no miracle perform in this place". See the 16th century triptych behind the pulpit and the collection of French religious paintings.
Square Saint-Medard. Metro stop: Censier-Daubenton

The two most important museums of the 5 Er are the Musee National de Moyen Age/Musee
de Cluny and the Pantheon.

The Musee National de Moyen Age/Musee de Cluny - is housed in possibly the most interesting property in all of Paris. In the 3rd century, a wealthy guild of Roman boatmen built a bath complex here. One thousand years later, the abbe de Cluny (richest abbot of them all) built a mansion here to entertain, and impress, other abbots. He made sure it had plenty of ornamentation in the form of friezes, gargoyles, enchanting dormers and unique turrets. You can see the remains of both the thermal and frigid
baths left by the Romans, which were accidentally discovered when the mansion was renovated in the 14th century (the fašade facing bd St-Germain dates to this period). Inside, are the Unicorn Tapestries and the original Abbot's chapel. The museum houses all artifacts found in France from the Medieval period.
6, place Paul-Painleve
Metro stop: Cluny-La-Sorbonne

The Pantheon - As is true of many monuments in Paris, the Pantheon was built for a different purpose than it serves today. King Clovis built an early basilica in 507 to house the tombs of his wife, Clotilde, and himself. Genevieve, the patron saint
of Paris, was buried there. In 1744, Louis XV, was so sure his serious illness was cured by the saint that he made a vow to dedicate a prestigious building to honor her. Hence, the first stone of today's Pantheon was laid in 1755. It spent years being switched from a church to a civic temple, until Victor Hugo was buried here in 1885, when it finally became the final resting place for the great men and women of France. Mirabeau, Voltaire, Zola, Jean Moulin, Marie and Pierre Curie and others share this place of great honor all set on the highest point of the Left Bank of Paris.
Place du Pantheon
Metro stop: Cardinal-Lemoine

For other interesting things to see and do in the 5th Arrondissement, consider these:

Place St-Michel - A huge fountain with the statue of St Michael killing the dragon which was planned by Napoleon III. Rumor has it that Hemingway was arrested for killing pigeons here for his meals during his leaner days. You can find the names of Resistance fighters who died here fighting the Nazis on this very spot in 1944 along the fountain walls.
Metro stop: St-Michel

Narrowest street and Narrowest house -
On rue de la Huchette, between #23 and #28 is the skinniest street in Paris, rue du Chat-qui-Peche. Before the quay was built the Seine regularly overflowed into the basements and a cat took advantage of the trapped fish, hence the name of the street, "The Cat who Fishes".

No. 22, rue St-Severin can claim to be the skinniest house in Paris, a former home of an abbe. It has only two windows per floor.
Metro stop: St-Michel for both

Shakespeare and Company English Bookstore - You simply won't believe what you see upon entering this bookstore - it is fairy-tale'ish and cluttered with books from floor to ceilings, some only inches above your head and of course, there is a resident cat. The grandson of Walt Whitman bought Sylvia Beach's library and opened up a bookstore where starving, beginning writers can spend the night if they have no where else to go. Little cots and evidence of tea-brewing are in alcoves and niches all over the 3 or 4 stories of this little shop. It is directly across the Seine from Notre-Dame, a fantastic camera shot. There's a Wallace fountain in front serving up continuous cool water to drink. Buying a book here comes with a stamp, "Shakespeare & Co.,
Kilometre Zero, Paris". If ever a place invented the description, 'nooks and crannies', this is it.
37, rue de la Bűcherie
Metro stop: St-Michel


It is so hard to imagine that the bustling, crowded, expensive area of the 6th Er around Saint-Germain-des-Pres was once 'out in the country' in relation to Paris. The Saint Germain Abbey was wealthy and owned a great deal of land south of the Seine by the 14th century. It was called Saint-Germain-des-Pres because "Pres" means fields. There are two churches, a museum and many other features that make this former open land quite interesting.

Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Pres - The oldest church in Paris (1163) with the oldest belfry in France - a true rarity since only a few buildings in France this old still exist in such complete form. Inside you will find a true hodge-podge of architecture including 6th century marble columns, Gothic vaults, Romanesque arches, and the 17th century tomb of Descartes and others. We were greatly impressed by the very colorful Medieval paint still existent inside.
3, place Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Metro stop: Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Eglise Saint-Sulpice - This church has been made notorious by the novel, 'The Da Vinci Code', and many tourists flock to find the Rose Line inside. And, yes, the narrow brass strip is visible near the middle of the nave on the right side. The Rose Line marked the original zero longitude before it was moved to Greenwich. Since there is much more to see here, I suggest allowing yourself at least 45 minutes. One of the largest organs in the world resides in a back chapel. The Delacroix frescoes, painted in his final years, are magnificent and can seen in the first chapel on your right as you enter. A surprising amount of light is made possible by the large arched windows all around the huge interior. Note the two enormous shells by the entry - a gift to Francois I from the Venetians, they are beautiful. This is one of Paris' largest and most wealthy churches. Note the wonderful square in front with the Fountain of the Four Bishops. We found it rather odd that the magnificent church facade was somewhat
marred by the two towers of the church which do not match.
Place Saint-Sulpice
Metro stop: Saint-Sulpice

Musee Delacroix - Delacroix's last job was painting the murals in Eglise Saint-Sulpice, so he moved to this mansion due to his ill-health and to be near the church. He painted three very famous murals in the church, "Jacob Wrestling with the Angel", Heliodorus Driven from the Temple, and "St. Michael Killing the Dragon". His most famous painting, "Liberty Leading the People" hangs in the Louvre. His former home and studio in back are now the museum and sit in the beautiful Square de Furstemberg, once the stables of the Saint-Germain-des-Pres Abbey. We found it interesting to see how he set up his studio with huge two-story windows and a skylight in a very high ceiling, all very necessary since he painted before electric lighting was available.
The bedroom in which he died in 1863 has been frozen in time.
6, rue de Furstemberg
Metro stop: Saint-Germain-des-Pres

The 6th Er is also known for very famous cafes and shopping:

Cafe le Procope - Famous as the world's first coffeehouse (1686). No surprise to find this in Paris, but it is surprising to learn that it was originated by an Italian. Voltaire drank 40 cups of coffee a day here. Napoleon, when a fresh, young soldier, left his hat as collateral so he could leave to borrow money for his tab. Diderot, Beaumarchais, Rousseau were famous writers known to gather here. The French Revolution may have first been discussed here. Benjamin Franklin, Victor Hugo and Balzac were regulars also.
1, rue de l'Ancienne-Comedie
Metro stop: Odeon

Cafe Les Deux Magots - From the 1920's (Hemingway) through the 1950's (the Existentialists) made this cafe their hub. Today, tourists and those who love to people-watch are the regulars. The two wooden statues of Chinese agents (magots) are still
perched atop their pillars in the main room, but the sidewalk tables are the best seats.
6, place Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Metro stop: Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Le Cafe de Flore - The perfect example of classic Art Deco in Paris sits here. Dark woods, red fabrics and lots of mirrors have set the stage here since WW2. Philosophers also warmed themselves here as they discussed the world. The cafe was forced to open its own gift shop just down the street since so many of their ashtrays, matchbooks, menus, etc. were constantly being pocketed as souvenirs.
172, boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Pres
Metro stop: Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Boulangerie Poilane - If you visit Paris without tasting Poilane bread, then you haven't tasted Paris. Clearly one of the city's most famous bakeries and that's saying a lot for a city known for its oven goods. Using an extended 6-hour fermentation with leaven, this bread has a most distinctive taste. Poilane has used traditional methods since 1932 and he has changed nothing since. Ask for "Pain Poilane", a hearty sourdough made with stone-ground wheat flour and sea salt..that's it, only water, flour and salt baked in an old wood-burning oven built by Lionel himself. Amazing!
8, rue du Cherche-Midi
Metro stop: Sevres-Babylone

And, now for a bit of shopping in the 6 Er:

Le Bon Marche - The oldest department store in Paris and was designed by Gustav Eiffel in 1876. This was the first store to offer tagged, fixed priced merchandise. Until then, a shopper would bargain with the proprietor, who would charge what he thought he could get. Having a huge selection of goods offered under one roof was an entirely new idea..the origination of departments in a store. Today, Le Bon is upscale and fabulous. While the prices are high, it is worth a trip just to view what's in vogue and soon-to-be fashionable. At the rear of the store on Rue de Bac, you can view the original 1876 front doors with their mosaic signs advertising, "Toile" (cloth), "Rideaux" (curtains) and "Rubans" (Ribbons).
24, rue de Sevres
Metro stop: Sevres-Babylone

Le Grande Epicerie - It surprised us to find that up-scale, fancy, expensive department stores in Paris would have complete grocery stores inside. Le Bon Marche does and what a grocery store it is! It is actually more of a gourmet department, but it is huge and fabulously stocked with everything from caviar to Campfire Marshmallows from the U.S. You could spend hours and hours just perusing the goods, but you'd better have a large bankroll. My favorite purchase here has been one of their fancy canvas shopping bags for about €10,00 in 2006. You won't believe how they artfully arrange their food items.
38, rue de Sevres
Metro stop: Sevres-Babylone

Jean E. Arnevick. Olympia, Washington, USA

CALENDAR OF EVENTS - October, 2008


Until October 5
"Chateau de Tokyo" - Contemporary Art Exhibit in 17th Century Chateau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, France
€ 6,50 - 8,00

October 8 - January 25, 2009
"Van Dyck" - his European 17th & 18th century portraitures
Musee Jacquemart-Andre
158, boulevard Haussmann - 8th Arrondissement
€7,30 - 10,00

October 8 - February 2, 2009
"Picasso et les Maitres" - How he was inspired by the great masters
Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
3, avenue du General Eisenhower - 8th Arrondissement
€8,00 - 12,00

Until October 13
"Georges Rouault" - Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the artist's death
Pompidou Centre
Rue Saint-Martin, Place Georges Pompidou - 4th Arrondissement
€ 8,00 - 10,00

October 14 - March 15, 2009
"Par Amour Pour Les Poupees" - dolls from the Odin collection
Musee de la Poupee
Impasse Berthaud, near 22, rue Beaubourg - 3rd Arrondissement
€5,00 - 7,00

October 22-26
"Show Off Modern Art Fair"
Espace Pierre Cardin
1-3, avenue Gabriel - 8th Arrondissement
Phone +33 (0) 1 44 61 76 76 for prices
Phone +33 (0) 1 44 61 76 76 for more information

October 23-26
"Marc Quinn" - British Modern artist
Galerie Hopkins - Custot
2, avenue Matignon - 8th Arrondissement

October 24-27
"Slick Contemporary Art Fair" - emphasis on emerging talents
Le Cent Quatre (104)
104, rue d'Aubervilliers - 19th Arrondissement
€5,00 - 7,00

Until October 26
"Cesar" - Exhibition to mark the 10th anniversary of the artist's death
Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain
261, boulevard Raspail - 14th Arrondissement
€ 4,50 - 6,50

October 16 - November 8
"Tim Maguire" - Australian artist
Galerie Couvrat Desvergnes
3, quai Voltaire - 7th Arrondissemnt
Phone +33 (0) 1 40 15 02 89 for prices

October 17 - January 11, 2009
"Le Plaisir" - Raoul Dufy
Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11, avenue du President Wilson - 16th Arrondissement
Phone 01 53 67 40 00 for prices

October 28 - November 2
"Grand Marche de l'Art Contemporain" - Modern Art Fair
Place de la Bastille - 12th Arrondissement

All of October- November 16
"Jeux d'Eau" - Water Games, a Nouveau Realisme exhibit of Gerard Deschamps
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107 - 111, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00

All of October - December 21
"Photographing America" - Photography Exhibit by Walker Evans
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2, impasse Lebouis - 14th Arrondissement
€ 3,00 - 6,00

All of October - January 4, 2009
"Ingres" - Exhibit of Drawings and Sketches
Musee de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal - 9th Arrondissement
€ 3,50 - 7,00

All of October - January 5, 2009
"Mantega" - Renaissance Italian court painter
99, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 9,50


October 4 - January 4, 2009
"La Photographie a Dusseldorf" - Depicts the city from the 1960's to present
Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
11, avenue du President Wilson - 16th Arrondissement
Phone 01 53 67 40 00 for prices

Until October 5
"Napoleon" - Symbols of Power Under the Empire
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 8,00

All of October - November 1
"Aussi Rouge Que Possible" - As Red As Can Be - Objects d'art, fashions, textiles, art
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00

All of October- November 16
"Gerard Deschamps" - French Nouveau Realisme movement
Musee des Arts Decoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli - 1st Arrondissement
€ 6,50 - 8,00

All of October- February, 2009:
"L'homme Expose" - A Perspective on the History of Man
Le Musee de l'Homme in Palais de Chaillot
17, place du Trocadero - 16th Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 8,00; Under 4 = Free


Until October 10
"Rigoletto" - Opera en trois actes
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille - 12th Arrondissement
€ 5,00 - 138,00

October 10-18
"JVC Jazz Festival"
Venues all over Paris

Until October 12
"Festival Ile de France" - Concerts in spectacular venues
All over Paris
€ 5,00 - 25,00

October 15
"John Mayall" - Blues guitarist
50, boulevard Voltaire - 11th Arrondissement

October 16
"Avishai Cohen" - Jazz trio
50, boulevard Voltaire - 11th Arrondissement


Until October 5
"Festival du Theatre de Verdure du Jardin Shakespeare" - Four Outdoor Plays
Jardin du Pre Catelan
Bois de Boulogne - 16th Arrondissement
€ 15,00

October 8-12
"Pariscience International Scientific Film Festival"
National Museum of Natural History - Botanical Gardins
36, rue Geoffroy St. Hilaire -Jardin des Plantes - 5th Arrondissement

October 22-26
"Infinita" - Indonesian dance show
Quai Branly Museum
37, quai Branly - 7th Arrondissement
€6,00 - 8,50

October 18 - November 30
"Tango in the Suburbs"
Venues all over Paris
View website for locations and prices

"Festival d'Automne" - Autumm Festival of opera, film, dance and performing arts
Various locations in Paris


October 2-6
"Salon Zen" - Courses & conferences on psychotherapy, feng shui, nutrition, etc.
Espace Champerret
6, rue Jean-Oestreicher - 17th Arrondissement
€5,00-8,00; Under age 12: Free

Until October 4
"Danse avec la Mode" - Dance and Fashion activities within the store
Galeries Lafayette
40, boulevard Haussmann - 9th Arrondissement

October 4-5
"Nuit Blanche" - Museums, cinemas, monuments, parks and pools open all night
All over Paris
For more info:

October 4-5
"Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe" - Most important horse race in France
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Routes des Tribunes in Bois de Boulogne - 16th Arrondissement
€4,00-8,00; Under age 18: Free

October 4-19
"Mondial de l'Automobile" - Paris Auto Show
Porte de Versaillies
Age 18+: €12,00; Age 10-18: €6,45

October 5-8
"Beyond Beauty" - Trade Show on newest cosmetics
Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre - Halls 3-4
For prices see website

October 10-12
"Fete des Vendages de Montmartre" - 3 day annual wine harvest festival
Many locations in Montmartre - 18th Arrondissement

Until October 12
"Butterfly Garden" - Especially great for children
Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide, Bois de Vincennes - 12th Arrondissement
€ 2,50 - 5,00

October 27-November 2
"BNP Paribas Masters" - Final round of Tennis Masters
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
8, boulevard de Bercy
See website for prices

October 17-19
"Salon Baby" - 150 exhibitors of baby products
Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide in Bois de Vincennes - 12 Arrondissement
€7,00; Ages 7-12: €1,00; Seniors & under age 6: Free

October 17 - January 11, 2009
"Georges Rouault Workshops" - Circus themed for children
La Pinacotheque
28, place de la Madeleine
€7,00 - 9,00

Until October 25:
"Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione" - Circus
Cirque d'Hiver
110, rue Amelot - 11th Arrondissement
€ 10,00 - 45,00; Under 3= Free

Until October 26:
"Les Grandes Eaux Musicales" - Musical Fountain Shows
Parc du Chateau de Versailles
In Versailles, France
€ 6,00 - 8,00

October 29-November 2
"Salon du Chocolat" - Industry trends and tastings
Paris Expo Halls 5/2 & 5/3
Porte de Versailles
€6,00-12,00; Under age 3: Free

October 31-November 2
"Kidexpo" - Education & fun gaming, gadgets, & toys
Parc des Expositions, Hall 7.1
Porte de Versailles
€7,00-10,00; Under age 14: €3,00-5,00; Under age 4: Free

All of October - November 30:
"2 CV Expo" -Citroen's 60th Anniversary Car Show
Parc de la Villette
30, avenue Corentin Cariou - 19th Arrondissement
€ 6,00 - 8,00

All of October - December 31:
"Circus - Diana Moreno Bormann" - Wonderful for kids
Place Skanderbeg
112, rue de la Haie Coq - Porte d'Auberviliers - 19th Arrondissement
€ 10,00 - 35,00; Under 3 = Free

All of October- January, 2009:
"Big Wheel" - Giant Ferris Wheel
Place de la Concorde
Between the Jardins de Tuileries and the Champs-Elysees - 1st Arrondissement
€ 8,00

Jean E. Arnevick. Olympia, Washington. U.S.A.

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