About Secrets of Paris

American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

* Custom Travel Content 
* Free Paris Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events
* Private Tours
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Videos

Read more about the Secrets of Paris here

Calendar of Paris Events

Book NOW for September 5-6
The American Church of Paris is hosting A Prarie Home Companion radion show with Garrison Keillor for two dates, September 5th at 8pm and September 6th at 4pm. Tickets are €31, book as soon as possible, space is limited.

July 3
My favorite English book store, Abbey Bookshop (29 rue de la pArchiminerie, 5th), is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a street party featuring authors Stephen Clarke (Year in the Merde and his new book Dirtie Bertie) and Heather Stimmler-Hall (with the first new copies of Naughty Paris!) today from 7pm until we run out of sangria. Free entry. RSVP on Facebook.

June 25 -July 29
Les Soldes! The annual summer sales take place this year for five weeks throughout France, primarily in clothing stores, but pretty much everything is on sale now. 

Through August 31
Between the Lines and the Trenches, a very intimate collection of personal letters, notebooks and photos from the trenches, many never published before. At the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (222 Boulevard Saint-Germain), through August 31st, entry €7.


Secrets of Paris gives 10% of all tour fees
to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur

Secrets of Paris Newsletter #145 will be sent July 28th. Sign up here to get it emailed direct to your inbox. 


Newsletter #144: July 2, 2014

In this Issue:

* Just Six Days Left!
* Le Cab to the Airport
* Dining: Manger, Le Chemise, Frame
* Velib’ for Kids
* Battle of the Somme in Metro
* New Paris Pastry App
* Paris Film Festival
* Bag Painting Workshops
* Ice at Picard, finally
* Goats in the Tuileries
* Celebrating 4th of July in Paris
* Sunny Chairs App
* English Bookshop in Paris Celebrates
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar

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Newsletter #143: June 22, 2014

In this Issue:
* Buy Heather a Cup of (crappy) Coffee
* Good Coffee in Paris
* How to Know You're Becoming French
* Tallest Street Art in Europe
* Madeleines in a Little Paris Kitchen
* Normandy Food Tour
* The Best Way to Learn the French Revolution
* New Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris
* Affordable Business Class Flights Paris – NYC
* How to Behave in French Restaurants
* Read France Magazine Online
* Exclusive Private Tour Specials
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar

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Buy Heather a (crappy) Cup of Coffee

If you enjoy the useful tips and insider info found in each edition of my free Secrets of Paris Newsletter since 1999, then please take a moment to show your support by making a token pledge – even just $2, or the equivalent of a crappy cup of coffee – on my Kickstarter campaign before July 8th:


The official campaign goal is to raise funds for the printing of my latest guide book, "Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City", but you can still show your support even if you're not interested in getting the book nor booking a tour, either with a token pledge or by sharing this link with other Paris-lovers.

Thanks for your support!



Exclusive Private Tour Specials 


Looking for a unique and exclusive private tour of Paris between July 25th, 2014 and July 25th, 2015? I've created a selection of specially-priced Secrets of Paris tours and travel-planning packages to promote my Kickstarter campaign for the second edition of the award-winning book, Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City, available in limited quantities through July 8th.


Private Paris Tours and Travel Planning 

(limited to 50)
It’s like having your own friend in Paris! Heather will call you for a 45-minute phone or Skype travel-planning session, and then meet you and your travel partner in person for welcome drinks at a Parisian establishment. Heather will go over your itinerary, offer personalized tips and advice, and answer any burning last-minute questions and concerns.
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$300 (US$275) 
Regular price: CAD$400 (US$370)


(limited to 20)
For many ladies, nothing could be naughtier than enjoying a leisurely afternoon with tea, pastries, bubbly, and live piano music in the sumptuous setting of a Parisian palace hotel. With this package you get a 45-minute phone or Skype travel-planning session with Heather, a free copy of the Paris Pastry Guide (eBook or iPhone app) by David Lebovitz, and “High Tea à la Française” for two with Heather at La Galerie of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. 
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$400 (US$370) 
Regular price: CAD$600 (US$553) 


(limited to 10)
Looking for a bit of one-one-one assistance in planning a “Naughty” trip to Paris? Naughty Paris author Heather will work with you by phone or Skype to create a fully customized itinerary with a Parisian-style "Sex in the City" theme. It includes dining, nightlife, shopping, and sightseeing recommendations that fit YOUR level of naughtiness. For solo female travelers, couples, or small groups of ladies; includes welcome drinks with Heather in Paris. 
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$600 (US$553) 
Regular price: CAD$800 (US$738) 

(limited to 4)
No one knows the Paris drinks scene better than the Naughty Paris cocktail expert Forest Collins, founder of the site 52Martinis.com. You’ll be her guest for the evening on this completely customized tour for 2-4 adults, visiting three of the best Parisian watering holes (speakeasies, wine bars, cocktails, or whiskey bars) and learning the secrets of what makes the perfect cocktail. This package includes a chauffeured car, light snacks, and a year’s membership in The Chamber, Forest’s exclusive, members-only cocktail club. NOTE: this tour isn't currently listed on the Kickstarter page, but is available as an option when you book the Custom Secrets of Paris Tour at the same price. 
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$1000 (US$922) 
Regular price: CAD$1500 (US$1383)  

(limited to 10)
Enjoy a 6-hour fully customized tour for up to four adults, with a private driver and Heather as your guide, to discover the side of Paris usually hidden from tourists. Looking for fascinating historical sites, hidden passages, contemporary street art, 17th-century gardens, unique Parisian boutiques, or the best food and antique markets? Heather will work with you one-on-one well in advance to plan the day’s itinerary according to your interests and energy level.
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$1000 (US$922) 
Regular price: CAD$1500 (US$1383)  

(limited to 5)
Spend a day pampering yourself like a Parisian woman! Includes a chauffeured car, a one-on-one consultation with Parisian couturier Ana Quasoar to discover how to make the most of your assets and feel beautiful at any age, followed by a relaxing spa facial or massage, lunch at a Parisian tearoom, and a half-day custom shopping tour. Add $450 for additional guests. Can be customized on request.
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$1500 (US$1383) 
Regular price: CAD$2200 (US$2000)  


(limited to 5)
Discover the sexy side of Paris with Heather as your personal guide for the day. Will you go on an erotic art tour? Try on sexy lingerie and fetishwear? Take private burlesque or striptease lessons? Immortalize your naughty new body art adornment with a glamour photo session? Enjoy a Happy Hour bubbly tasting cruise on the Seine? The possibilities are wide open – but only until the sun sets – on this completely customized day tour. For solo ladies, couples, or groups of up to four ladies with lunch and chauffeured car included.
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$1750 (US$1610) 
Regular price: CAD$2200 (US$2025)   

(limited to 5)
There’s no better way to explore the naughty side of Paris nightlife than with a local wing(wo)man at your side. On this fully customized tour Heather will guide you through the city’s sexiest night spots. Whether you’re in the mood for a racy burlesque show, dressing up for a masked costumed ball, drinks and dancing in naughty club, or attending a fetish party, you get to choose your own adventure. (Note: Heather is a very discreet guide, but she is not an escort, nor a “participant”). This tour for solo ladies, couples or groups of up to four ladies includes dinner and chauffeured driver.
Kickstarter price through July 8th: CAD$2000 (US$1844) 
Regular price: CAD$2500 (US$2300)  


Just visit the Naughty Paris Kickstarter page, click on the green "pledge" button, choose your tour or travel planning under the "Rewards" (listed in Canadian Dollars, but it will convert to your own currency at checkout), et voila! You won't be charged until the und of the successful campaign (July 8th), after which I'll send you an email to start the planning. You can contact me here or thought the Kickstarter page at any moment with questions. 

To take advantage of the discount pricing, you need to reserve these special private tours through the Naughty Paris Kickstarter Campaign before the deadline of July 8th. 

No need to choose a specific date, the voucher is good for a year (some dates Heather will be out of town, so check before making travel plans). Tour vouchers are also transferable if you'd like to give them as a gift to someone else. 

When you book these tours through my Kickstarter campaign, you also get a signed copy of my award-winning "Naughty Paris Guide" (which you can keep or give as a gift to any Paris-loving friends) this July, months before it will be available on Amazon.com and North American bookstores in December. You also get preferential scheduling on tours, my sincere gratitude for helping make the campaign a success, and the satisfaction of supporting indie publishing, small businesses, and environmentally-friendly printing. :-) 

Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like more information or additional options for customized versions of any of these tours and travel planning packages.



Newsletter #142: June 8, 2014

In this Issue:

* Big Announcement:

* Museum Pass & Picasso 
* More Security for Paris Tourists 
* Fun New Airport Hotel
* Bonpoint Baby Clothes Outlet
* Art Studio Open House 
* The Paris Store 
* Paris Pastry Update
* Wine by the Tube
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar

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Newsletter #141: May 20, 2014

In this Issue:

* Exclusive New Tours
* Beer & Booze in Paris
* Private Boat Rentals
* Paris Haiku
* Gourmet Food Delivered
* Starting a Company in France
* Paris Dining Notes
* Friday Night Fun Run
* Stylish Liquid Smoke
* Paris Finally Gets a Dog Park
* Paris for Parents Website
* Advance Copies of Naughty Paris
* Special Advance Copies of Naughty Paris
* Paris Tourism Stats for 2013
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar

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