About Secrets of Paris

Created in 1999, the Secrets of Paris is the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Discover what you've been missing:

* Free Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

January 11 - February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

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Sunday
Feb262017

Carnaval in Paris

Today it's the 20th annual Carnaval de Paris. More street party than spectacular, this is the last true ‘traditional’ carnival run by locals. No big fancy floats, just a lot of people dressed up in crazy costumes, making a lot of noise and having a ball!

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Sunday
Feb262017

Where to Get Travel Vaccinations in Paris

While you'll never need any special vaccinations to visit mainland France, there are many places in the world where vaccinations are recommended or required. No need to go to your French doctor for this, anyone can show up with or without an appointment to the Air France Centre de Vaccinations Internationales.

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Friday
Feb242017

Photo of the Week


Even in winter Paris is beautiful!

Tuesday
Feb142017

Stock up on Used Books for a Good Cause

Thursday
Feb022017

Secret Tip: The Train to Chantilly

Did you know you could hop on a train in Paris and in less than a half hour be in the historic town of Chantilly? Before you plan your own escape to the countryside, find out the secret to getting the right ticket!

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Sunday
Jan292017

French Thrift Store Shopping Online

I'm a big fan of the French charity thrift shops Emmaüs, so I was thrilled to find their new online shop, Label Emmaüs, which selects the best clothing, accessories, furniture, decor, electronics, music, books, children's toys to sell online with delivery available throughout France. 

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