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Newsletter #107: May 27, 2011

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In This Issue

* Belleville Artists Open House
* Boutique Hotels Under €200
* Metro Ticket Price Rise in July
* Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”
* Brassens Exhibit and Bassin de la Villette* Photos of Ile-de-France Gardens
* Let the Races Begin!
* Bryan’s Welcome to Paris Tours
* Changing Faces of the Marais & Champs Elysées
* Rollergirls Bring Derby to France
* Befriend an Elderly Neighbor in Paris

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Belleville Artists Open House

Those of you who have been following the Secrets of Paris for several years know that one of my favorite events of the year is the Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville. It’s the only time of the year when over 250 artists open their studios to the public. And even if you’re not into the art, discovering some of these adorable studio spaces is worth the trip alone. Many are in old lofts or garden pavilions tucked between the 1960s highrises. Some are still technically “squats” (usually covered in graffiti art). You can see a few photos from former web posts from 2010 and 2006. This year’s 22nd ed…

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