October 1, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of Nuit Blanche (nwee blansh) or “white night” in Paris, an all night cultural celebration in Paris. We call a nuit blanche an “all nighter”, usually associated with lack of sleep due to some negative cause. There’s nothing negative here. Art galleries and museums stay open until dawn and often have free admission. There are special art installations throughout the city. The idea has spread to other cities throughout Europe and the world. Check out the schedule in Paris here. The “Purple Rain” installation at the Hôtel d’Albret in the Marais looks very cool and the 50 strolling costumed characters – from Hello Kitty to Snow White – near Sacré Cœur sound like fun. Mind you, I’m such an early-to-bed person that I’d never make it to midnight, never mind dawn. I’m more a bonne nuit than a nuit blanche type of gal.