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The Scariest Attraction in Paris

There can be fewer more appropriate times than Halloween to visit the Paris Catacombs. The underground tomb holds the bones of some 6million Parisians, and has nearly two kilometres of tunnels to explore.

Newly reopened after an attack of vandalism on the bones, the Catacombs now boast improved lighting and a much more solid structure, so you can relax and enjoy your stroll around as the skulls stare blankly back at you from every wall.

Tickets cost just 8€ (4€ if you are under 26), well worth it for the 45 minutes spent enjoying one of the most interesting slices of Parisian history. Visitors should possess a decent fitness level, as there are 130 steps down into the tomb, and a further 83 to ascend at the other side.

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm every day except Monday, with the final admission granted at 4pm.

Hotels-paris has plenty of cheap hotels available for anyone visiting Paris at any time of year. Helvetia is just one example of the sort of quality you can expect.

For more information about the Paris Catacombs, visit www.catacombes-de-paris.fr/english.htm.

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Celebrate Halloween at Disneyland Paris

One of Europe’s premier family attractions, Disneyland Paris has been delighting children of all ages ever since it opened in 1992.

In 2008, the resort hosted its first Not-So-Scary Halloween party, which up until that point had only taken place in Florida.

Designed to appeal to all ages and, as you will have guessed from the name, kept at a fairly low level of scariness so as not to give younger children nightmares, this show is a truly magical way to celebrate Halloween.

There have been four Not-So-Scary parties scheduled this month, with the last one set to take place on October 28th.

Then, on Halloween night itself, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the gang host a wonderful Disney Halloween Party from 8:30pm until 1am.

Hotels-paris.co.uk offers hundreds of marvellous boutique hotels right throughout the city, with excellent transport links to the resort available from Gare du Nord. One of the best hotels available is Pershing Hall.

To find out how to experience the magic kingdom at its best this Halloween, visit visitdisneylandparis.com.

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Experience Exciting Motocross in Paris

With the prospect of three days of jaw-dropping races and demonstrations for Motocross fans, it is hardly surprising that this event is in its 29th year. Supercross Bercy is expected to attract some 36,000 spectators to the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy for this much-anticipated event, with each biker tested to the limit by the challenging race programme.

With three gruelling challenges testing each rider’s speed, technique and handling, there will be a lot of skill on show from these experts that will delight the watching crowd.

Home favourite Christophe Pourcel will face stiff competition from 2009 champion Justin Brayton, Honda youngster Eli Tomac and American pair Mike Alessi and Kyle Chisholm.

The race is spread over the weekend of October 28th-30th, and tickets cost around 80€ for the big races.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of cheap hotels for visitors to take advantage of, such as the excellent Helvetia.

For more information about Supercross Bercy, visit www.supercrossbercy.com.

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Experience the Bouglione Circus at Cirque d’Hiver

The acclaimed Cirque d’Hiver in the 11ème arrondissement has been running in various forms since 1852, but by far the most influential figures in its recent history are the Bouglione family, who resurrected the circus after a period of decline in the early 20th century.

Now, the Bouglione Circus is ready to start up again, with an entertaining array of acts preparing to take to the stage on October 22nd. The run continues until March 4th next year, so there will be plenty of opportunities to see this thrilling spectacle in action.

Highlights include Fumagalli the clown, magician Marcel Kalisvaart, acrobatic cyclist Marc Giély, diabolo performer Pierre Marchand, juggler François Borie, trapeze artist Alain Alegria and comedy troupe Les Fuma Boys.

Tickets cost around 40€ if you wish to get as close as possible to the action at the front of the auditorium.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has many boutique hotels on offer that could really help you make the most of your visit to the French capital, with hotels such as Pershing Hall really adding to your experience.

To find out more about the Bouglione Circus, visit www.cirquedhiver.com.

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Rihanna Brings Her World Tour to Bercy

She may have had a few timekeeping issues with recent shows, but it will take more than that to change Rihanna’s status as a global music superstar.

With over 70 million records sold worldwide, the singer has rarely been off the airwaves since the all-conquering hit ‘Umbrella’ sat at the top of the UK charts for a record-breaking ten weeks.

Since then, further singles such as ‘Shut Up and Drive’, ‘Disturbia’, ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ and ‘Only Girl In the World’ have cemented her place as one of the biggest names in music.

Rihanna will be performing at Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy on October 20th-21st as part of her new ‘Loud’ tour, after a second date was added due to popular demand.

Tickets cost between 62€ and 73€.

Hotels-paris.co.uk can provide plenty of cheap hotels that will allow you to enjoy a pleasant stay in Paris while you are in town for the show. Helvetia is just one of many options available.

To find out more, visit www.bercy.fr/programme/concert

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Visit Paris

With their 10th studio album ‘I’m With You’ due imminently, the critically-acclaimed quartet bring their new tracks and a selection of old favourites to Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy on October 18th-19th.

Fans will be on the lookout for hits such as ‘Under the Bridge’, ‘Give It Away’, ‘Californication’ and ‘By the Way’, while songs from the new album will quickly become familiar.

Tickets start at 56€, and of course there is plenty to see and do in Paris before and after the concert.

When a band has been around this long, you can be sure of a polished, professional live set, so anyone with a ticket for this show has good reason to be excited.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of interesting boutique hotels in central Paris that will allow you to really make the most of your trip. Pershing Hallis a highlight among many fantastic options.

For more on the concert, visitwww.bercy.fr/programme/concert

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International Contemporary Art Fair Takes Over Paris

The International Contemporary Art Fair, or FIAC to the French, has been an annual fixture on the Parisian cultural calendar since 1974. It showcases only 20th and 21st century visual arts from some of the finest galleries around, anything from painting and sculpture to film and digital art.

This year’s fair runs from October 20th-23rd. The venues are what make the event a truly exciting Paris experience, with the Louvre and Grand Palais forming the base for many exhibitions.

Visitors can also venture outdoors, as the Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin des Plantes will both house yet more exhibitions of stunning modern art.

Variety is guaranteed, in 2010 195 galleries were represented, 72 of them French and the other 123 coming from 23 different countries from around the world.

Admission to the International Contemporary Art Fair is 32«, or you can get a helpful catalogue as well for a combined total of 55«.

Hotels-paris.co.uk can offer a range of lovelyboutique hotels right throughout Paris, allowing you to really make the most of your visit. Pershing Hallis a particular favourite.

You can get even more information about the International Contemporary Art Fair by visiting their website at www.fiac.com.

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Join the Fun at Village de Cirque on the Outskirts of Paris

Now a regular autumn fixture in Reuilly on the outskirts of Paris, the entertaining Village de Cirque is celebrating its 7th year with a fantastic line up of fun, creative shows running from October 5th-16th.

Having cultivated a reputation as one of the country’s most innovative circus companies, the diversity of shows on offer here will ensure there is something for everyone.

Among the highlights are Los Galindos, a clown on a desperate mission to cure his amnesia, the hilarious Zampanos and his friends Boudu the dog, Irene the chicken and CraKozzz the rat, musical jugglers The Bang Bang Circus and the Cridacompany acrobats.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of a fortnight of entertainment, with tickets costing 17« for adults and 12« for concessions.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of cheap hotel options right throughout Paris. Helvetia is just one of many choices you will find.

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Salon Du Chocolat Comes To Paris

It is doubtful you could find a more popular subject for a festival than chocolate, so attracting visitors to the Salon du Chocolat on October 20th-24th should be no problem for the organisers.

Situated in the Porte de Versailles on the south border of Paris, the exhibition is a mix of award shows, exhibitions and demonstrations that reveal what it takes to make the perfect chocolate dessert.

Many French celebrity chefs will take to the stage to talk audiences through their inventive cocoa creations, while the intriguing chocolate fashion show is certainly worth a look.

There will also be a workshop for children, a book store where you can get some recipe ideas, and the Cocoa Show, where representatives from all the cocoa producing countries of the world come together to celebrate with a spectacular stage show of music and dance.

Hotels-paris.co.uk can offer a vast choice of accommodation for anyone looking to pay this event a visit, including several smart boutique hotels such as the elegant Pershing Hall.

For more information about Salon du Chocolat, visit www.salonduchocolat.fr/accueil.aspx.

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Montmartre Hosts A Wine Harvest At The Heart Of The City

You would perhaps not expect to find a vineyard in the middle of a city. You would expect such a thing to be found occupying a large field in the countryside, but in fact the famous Montmartre district in Northern Paris has its very own little collection of grapevines, and every year they host a parade and a market to celebrate their annual harvest.

Only around 1,000 bottles are produced from the vineyard every year, and these are then auctioned for charity at the marvellous Fête des Vendanges.

Here, visitors can not only sample the wine but also enjoy local food and hospitality as the historic process of wine-making is played out in one of the city’s best loved areas.

The festivities include a parade and a late night firework display, and runs from October 5th-9th.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a number of excellent cheap hotels right across the city, with Helvetia just one of many options available.

For more on the Fête des Vendanges, visit www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com.

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Nuit Blanche Arts Festival Celebrates Its 10th Year

Each year for the past decade, Paris has invited some of the finest artists from across the world to create pieces right throughout the city as part of the Nuit Blanche art festival.

Translated as ‘Sleepless Night’, this gives you some idea of the way this event works. The artwork is created in the build up to the night, and is then opened up to Parisians and tourists alike for a truly magical experience under the stars.

Invited artists create the stunning installations in various areas of the city, including Pigalle, Hotel de Ville and Montmartre.

The October 1st event will be served by the efficient Paris Metro, which will be open late for the night on Line 12 between Madeleine and Port de la Chapelle, and the whole of Line 14.

This year’s artists include Vincent Gavinet, Pierre Ardouvin, Semiconductor, BGL and Christian Boltanski, while the event is to be curated by Alexia Fabre and Franck Lamy.

Entrance to all exhibits is free, making this a fantastic way to experience Paris by night.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk has plenty of cheap hotels in which to base yourself during your night-time exploration. Helvetia is one of many options available in all the key areas of the city.

For more information about Nuit Blanche, visit www.paris.fr/english

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe turns the eyes of the equestrian world towards Paris

Situated at the heart of the splendid Bois de Boulogne in the west of Paris, Longchamp racecourse is the home of French horse racing. Each year, it hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and punters are already going into a frenzy in the build up to the big race October 2nd.

The last few years have seen a great deal of UK and Irish interest in the race, with all the winning horses in the last five years based in one of those countries.

Last year’s title went to British Epsom Derby-winner Workforce, ridden by Ryan Moore, while controversial jockey Kieren Fallon was victorious on Hurricane Run in 2005 and again on Dylan Thomas in 2007, both from Ireland.

However, this year the bookmakers are unaminously tipping French filly Sarafina to take the crown, after she was unfortunate to only take third last year after a barnstorming final furlong.

She will be looking over her shoulder at Nathaniel, reigning champion Workforce and So You Think, while good odds are also available for Galikova and Reliable Man.

The whole race card spans two days from October 1st-2nd and contains plenty of prestigious Group 1 races, so there will be plenty of opportunities for a flutter on some of the world’s finest horses.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk has a variety of boutique hotels available in central Paris for anyone looking to make a weekend of it. Pershing Hall is one of the best choices you will find.

For more information about the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, visit www.prixarcdetriomphe.com/indexUK.html.

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Techno Parade Brings Electronic Music Lovers to Paris

Marking the start of the annual Rendez-vous Electroniques festival, Techno Parade is a place where fans of the genre can gather at the heart of Paris to enjoy the music they love as they parade through the streets.

Starting at Republique and continuing on through Bastille and on to Place d’Italie, Techno Parade has been an annual feature in Paris since 1998. This year’s parade is on September 17th.

Performing at that very first event was popular French DJ Bob Sinclar, whose hits include Love Generation, Rock This Party and Sound of Freedom. He continues to be a patron of the festival to this day.

The music comes from a succession of amps and loudspeakers that are transported along the parade route, while various floats join the party to allow people from all over the world to join together in their appreciation of techno music.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a number of boutique hotelsacross the city for anyone looking to combine the parade with a visit to the rest of the city. Pershing Hall is just one of hundreds of options available.

For more on the Techno Parade, visit www.technoparade.fr.

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Fête de l’Humanité Puts On A Show In Paris

In 1996, l’Humanité became France’s first entirely online news provider. It is an independent publication, and as such has to be a bit creative when it comes to funding itself.

This is where the Fête de l’Humanité comes in, a large scale music show that contributes annually to the coffers. This year’s show runs from September 16th-18th.

Canadian rockers Sum 41 were due to headline the main stage, but after they cancelled due to illness they are to be replaced by Avril Lavigne.

Other acts include Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Ting Tings and former tennis champion turned pop superstar Yannick Noah.

As well as the music, there will be culinary, sporty and child-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a fine selection of cheap hotels throughout Paris for you to take advantage of, such as Helvetia.

For more on the Fête de l’Humanité, visit www.humanite.fr/fete_huma.

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Open Weekend at the Garde Républicaine

Anyone who has walked past the President’s residence at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris will have noted the guards standing stock still outside the gates, rifle in hand. They may also have witnessed the changing of the guard ritual, involving much saluting and marching.

These guards are responsible for looking after many of the most important Paris buildings, including the Senate and the home of the Prime Minister.

If you thought those guards would probably be a bit scary to meet in real life, then the Open Weekend at the Garde Républicaine should go some way towards changing your mind.

On September 24th and 25th, the public will be given access to their quarters on Boulevard Henri IV, and will be able to see their brass bands, horses and everyday life in a totally different light.

This really is an excellent family day out, with fun challenges and games allowing children to keep active and solve puzzles to become an honorary ‘junior guard’.

You can find out more about the guards here www.gendarmerie.interieur.gouv.fr

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of cheap hotels that will allow you easy access to this thoroughly interesting day out. There is plenty of choice right throughout the city, and we would recommend Helvetia as a good place to start your search.

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Experience Parisian gardens at their finest with La Fête des Jardins

Paris is a city that is blessed with a number of attractive green spaces, each of them unique and populated with statues, shrubs, fountains and other individual curiosities that can easily take up a whole day in the capital.

For one weekend only each year, these gardens simultaneously play host to a selection of free events that cannot fail to delight, from walking tours to music concerts and art exhibitions, and this year that weekend falls on September 25th-26th.

There are few more idyllic places to enjoy such a relaxed, pleasant day out, with highlights including the lovely Jardin du Luxembourg near the Panthéon, the famous Jardins des Tuileries leading from the iconic Musée du Louvre onto the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysées, and the sprawling Parc de la Villette in the 20ème.

The full programme of events will be available from the Paris Tourist Office at the start of September

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of boutique accommodation across the city, including the marvellous Pershing Hall.

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Run 16km from Paris to Versailles

Stretching from the instantly recognisable Eiffel Tower to historic palace at Versailles, the Paris-Versailles Grande Classique has been operating for 30 years.

The course measures 16km (10 miles) long, and each year some 20,000 people enter. The course record for men is held by Morocco’s Mohamed El Hachimi, who completed the distance in an incredible 46 minutes 4 seconds in 2009. The women’s record was achieved by Kenyan Olympian Isabella Ochichi in 2002, in a time of 53 minutes 52 seconds.

Of course, the event is chiefly about getting out and enjoying some marvellous Parisian scenery as you keep fit, with plenty of wonderful sights lining the route. There are plenty of convenient train services to get you back into Paris once you complete the run.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a great selection of cheap hotels in central Paris for anyone looking for a base to stay in while they participate in the race. Of the many options available, Helvetia is a highlight.

For more about the Paris-Versaille Grande Classique, visit www.parisversailles.com/

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Find The Best Thing On Two Wheels At The Paris Cycle Show

For four days this September, cycling enthusiasts of Paris will get the chance to see the best new products around as the Paris Cycle Show comes to the Porte de Versailles from September 16th-19th.

Visitors can feast their eyes on cycles ranging from showy BMXs to functional city bikes, as well as all manner of add-ons and accessories to enhance their biking experience.

There will be the opportunity to try out exciting new e-bikes and check out the latest trends on the catwalk, with exciting demonstrations revealing the capabilities of the bicycles on display.

The public can enjoy the first three days of the show at their leisure, but the final day is reserved for professionals to do their own browsing and purchasing.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has a number of stylish boutique hotels for visitors to enjoy in all areas of the city.Pershing Hall is just one of many establishments available.

For more on the Paris Cycle Show, visit lesalonducycle.com/en/

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Paris Autumn Festival Embraces Contemporary Arts

In 1972, Michel Guy set up the Paris Autumn Festival to showcase the best Parisian contemporary arts, including theatre, dance, music and cinema. With the support of President Georges Pompidou, whose fondness for contemporary art is attested by the iconic gallery which bears his name, the festival became an annual event.

Running from September 17th through until the end of the year, the festival still enjoys the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Paris City Council, the Regional Council of Greater Paris and several sponsors.

This enables the Paris Autumn Festival to lay on a fabulous programme of around 60 events held in various venues across Paris, including iconic buildings such as Musée d’Orsay, Cité de la Musique and La Cinémathèque Française.

The event is a non-profit affair that simply seeks to encourage talented artists to create extraordinary and original work. Up to 100,000 people visit in total each year across all the events, so it is certainly worth paying them a visit.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has plenty of boutique hotelsthat will prove an ideal base for anyone trying to see as much of the festival as possible. Pershing Hall is just one of the many options available.

For more on the Paris Autumn Festival, visit www.festival-automne.com.

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Story of King Arthur Takes Centre Stage in Paris

The Stade de France stadium in Paris is usually the setting for the nation’s football and rugby matches, but for two nights in September (23rd-24th) it will be the home of a wonderfully creative retelling of the story of King Arthur.

Told from the perspective of narrator Perceval, “the last of the knights”, voiced by Robert Hossein, the audience will be taken on a journey through the life of times of King Arthur, with the show divided into 10 stages including “Marriage” and “The Quest”.

Of course, such a grand stage cannot go to waste, and staging manager Christian Vallat ensures there is plenty of jousting and epic battle scenes to wow the crowds, along with acrobats, dancers and even the odd falcon.

The shows commence at 9pm, and would make a wonderful evening treat for all the family.

Hotels-paris.co.uk has many cheap hotels in the city centre for those wishing to stay close to the event, including the excellent Helvetia.

For more information about the Excalibur shows, visit en.parisinfo.com/show-exhibition/1373586/excalibur

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