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June in Paris Snapshots

There’s so much going on in Paris this month, it’s almost impossible to go outside without stumbling onto some fun event. Here are a few pics from the past three weeks:

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Delicate, one of the finalists at FallenFest, a competition of bands from the Ile de France region, played at La Cigale on June 15.
 
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 Wall-to-wall people on the Butte aux Cailles during Fête de la Musique (photos taken at 9:30pm…it’s light until 10pm here right now).
 
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Doc Reggae, an American-born-musician-turned-Parisian, also played at the Fête de la Musique with his soul band.
 
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Moi dressed as the Cheshire Cat with Olivier Bon of the Experimental Cocktail Club for their Monday night (June 23) "Alice in Wonderland" theme party (more photos here).
 
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The Jardin Ephémère (temporary garden show) at the Hôtel de Ville (June 14 through August 17). A nice little piece of biodiversity in the concrete jungle.
 
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Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi signing books at Shakespeare & Co’s annual literary festival (June 14). I also got to hear talks by Alain de Botton and Jeanette Winterston
 
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Outside Paris, the very shiny, newly restored gate to the Château de Versailles now welcomes visitors to the Sun King’s domain (more tomorrow on the new visitor’s welcome center and construction at Versailles).
 
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Afternoon tea at the Belleville atelier of American-born artist Marcus McAllister (see the "news" section on his site if you’d like to visit) and his adorable doggie Grover.

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