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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:

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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Secrets of Paris Special Edition

September 11, 2001: Special Bulletin


* From the Home Bureau *
September 11 is going to be one of those dates we will hate to remember. It was an important date for myself even before these terrorist attacks because it's my wedding anniversary. But that somehow doesn't seem to matter, even way over here in France. My English husband and I cancelled dinner and sat at home all night watching the images on TF1 with the BBC on the radio at the same time. I called and e-mailed friends in disbelief. I woke up my family in Arizona, where it wasn't even 8am. Canadian friends in the area stopped by to sympathise and watch the news. We may be far away over here, but the expat community, as well as everyone else in France, feels very close. All of the French news is covering the tragedy, English radio stations broadcasting from Monaco have suspended all musical programming to give continuous coverage from the BBC, CNN, even NPR. The French government has been helping travelers trapped in France who don't know how they're getting home, people who have been trying desperately to get in touch with friends and relatives in New York. Europeans are not unfamiliar with terrorist attacks on their cities -- Paris itself was repeatedly attacked in 1995 -- but even here there seems to be a sense of profound sadness for such horrific and deliberate destruction of innocent lives in NY and DC. The silver lining, in this time of darkness, is in the way the international community is coming together to offer its support, comfort, and solidarity to all of the victims their loved ones.

The following information should be passed on to anyone who may find it helpful. -Heather

* Important Emergency Numbers and Links *

United States Embassy in France (Paris): 24-hour Emergency number: 01 43 12 22 22
Embassy/Consulate website (includes link to the Dept. of State): http://www.amb-usa.fr/

French Foreign minister in Paris: Emergency number and public information: 01 45 55 80 00
Information on the Internet: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

Paris Tourist Office: http://www.paris-touristoffice.com/pressva.html
A call line is available for all information or aid for travelers: 01 49 52 42 99

French Red Cross: 0 800 829 800 (free call)
French Red Cross Ecoute: 0 800 858 858
More information on Internet: http://www.croix-rouge.fr

Paris Airports Website: http://www.adp.fr
Air France emergency number: 0 800 800 812 or 0 820 820 820
United Airlines number in Paris: 01.69.19.96.59
Information on Internet: http://www.ual.com

* Press Coverage of the French Reaction in English*

Bonjour Paris: http://www.bparis.com/newsletter1464/newsletter_show.htm?doc_id=81334
Paris Metropole: http://www.metropoleparis.com/2001/637/637bistr.html
Tocqueville Connection: http://www.ttc.org/da10911a.htm
International Herald Tribune: http://www.iht.com/frontpage.html

* English-speaking forums in Paris *

Ric and the Paris Metropole Club at La Corona every Thursday from 3pm until about 6pm: http://www.metropoleparis.com/aclub.html
American Church in Paris: http://www.americanchurchparis.org/
Saint Joseph's Catholic Church: http://www.stjoeparis.org/
Paris-Anglo.com's forum online: http://www.delphi.com/parisanglo/start/

* Heritage Days Cancelled *

Every year there is a special Journées du Patrimoine in France celebrating the cultural heritage of the country, opening up the doors to many museums, theatres, and historical monuments free to the public. However, due to the heightened security in France after the terrorist attack in the US yesterday, the festival has been cancelled by the Ministry of Culture: http://www.jp.culture.fr/

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