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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

November 5-13
The 41st annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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

**Secrets of Paris Newsletter #3: February 5, 2001

For Visitors
When the weather isn't cooperating, here are a few ideas to entertain yourself indoors:

Paris Story is a sort of musical cinematic tale of the history of Paris from antiquity to modern times. Fascinating for both visitors and residents. Get all of the info in English at their website.

There's so much to do and see at the Cité des Sciences & de l'Industrie, the whole family could be entertained for a week. Check out the latest events, exhibits, and films at their flashy website.

For some evening entertainment, the Moulin Rouge Cabaret is still going strong. Check their website for show times, photos, and to read about the history of this titillating Parisian institution.

Don't Miss That Plane!
If you're light on luggage and want to experience one of the most exciting ways to see Paris, hire a motorcycle taxi. You get a helmet, all-weather suit and gloves, large compartments for your stuff, and a cell phone at your disposal as a pro weaves past traffic to get you where you need to be on time. Not for the weak of heart! Sample price: Varsailles to Charles de Gaulle Airport, 360ff. Website in French, call for help in English.
Tel: 01-45-16-28-56

For Residents
The Quartier Montorgueil hides all sorts of wonderful markets, boutiques, pubs and cafes. Find them all listed on their new neighborhood website, complete with photographs, current news on sales and events, and a handy classifieds section. In French.

Decoralia is the beautiful French home decorating portal site, with everything from practical advice, to shopping ideas and the latest sales around Paris. Coming soon in English.

Paris Sportif
Here's a sneak preview of the newest category at Secrets of Paris:

Think you've got the skill and cajones to blade with the best of them? Check out the Pari-Roller site for the schedule, map, and info on insurance matters. In French and English.

Home of the Football (Soccer) World Cup '98 winners, the Stade de France website is surprisingly practical and well-designed. Look here for info on tickets, access, and calendar of events. French and English.

All those croissants and Nutella going to your hips? Get thee to the gym! Espace Vit'Halles is one of the largest in Paris. Website in French only -- but don't even try using that as an excuse!

The largest rockclimbing facilities in Ile-de-France, between Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport.
"Mur Mur" 55 rue Cartier Bresson 93500 Pantin
(RER E or Metro 7 Aubervilliers-Pantin)
Call for times and prices: 01 48 46 11 00

France Antiques is the portal website for anyone looking for information about where to buy and sell antiques in Paris. Lists galleries, guides, shops, restoration and events links. In English and French.

Brentano's has a good selection of French and English books, and quite a few special events throughout the year. Their clearance sale ends February 20. Learn more at their informative website.

L'Occitane is the famous brand of bath and beauty products from Provence delivered anywhere in the world. Plenty of photos and scrumptious descriptions. Multilingual.

Sick of Espresso?
Columbus Café is as close to Starbucks as France will get. Web site in French, but locations easily found on the picture map. The place to go for fresh squeezed juices, muffins and brownies, and all of those large, flavoured coffees you've been missing.

A Night on the Champs-Elysées
The L'Atelier Renault mixes the slick designs of their vehicles into the décor of their newly designed entertainment space. Come to dance and enjoy the panoramic views every Thursday night in February at the Radio NOVA Soirée. Live DJ from 9:30pm-1am. 53 avenue des Champs Elysées.

Latest Updates to Secrets of Paris Articles
Updates for Cybercafés@Paris (http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/4820/35463):

Get high speed internet connection (ADSL) with France Telecom. Their bilingual website clearly outlines all of the rates, and also has practical info for newcomers to Paris.

I went and checked out the EasyEverything internet café at blvd Sabastopol, and the line went all of the way down the sidewalk! Check out their website for news about the next opening at Saint Michel. (Note: the rates are only 10ff during slow times, like at 3am!)

Paris-Anglo.com has updated their listing of Cybercafés in Paris.


Updates for Exotic Paris Part I: Asian Influences (http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/4820/56890):

Find Japanese books, magazines, and Hello Kitty products at the Japanese Bookstore, Bunkado. On rue Augustin just outside Metro Quatre Septembre.

The only sake store in Europe is right in the heart of Paris. Fugi Saki Cave, 8 rue Thérèse 75001.


Updates for A Parisian Wedding (http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/secrets_of_paris/34126 ):

Here's three new links for Parisian brides-to-be. They're all in French, but you can still browse the photos of the wedding gowns and dream…

The Salon du Mariage at the Corousel du Louvre is over for the year, but their site still shows the gowns (defiles) and links to the vendors and services.

The Grande Magasin Printemps' Boutique Blanche is practical site full of tips to help you plan your wedding and create your gift registry.

Here's another wedding expo. The Virtual Salon is helpful for the vendor and services links.

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