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
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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 Newsletter #4: February 19, 2001***

For Visitors
Dying for a little Francophone cultural therapy? The French Embassy of the United States has a great site full of French cultural news and events taking place all over the US, from performing arts to education. You can even get the listings of all French films and programs showing on TV and cable channels. A great resource in a streamlined site:
http://www.frenchculture.org/

L'Homme Michelin
More than just tires, the Michelin web site is the place to go for famous Michelin Guides to hotels and restaurants in Paris and all of Europe. You can also buy maps, get travel advice, and read interesting articles in the Travel Magazine. Almost everything is in English. Even the cute little Michelin Man is there smiling from every page. A good site to bookmark:
http://www.michelin-travel.com/eng/sommaire.cgi

For Residents
No one ever has to know. And you avoid the embarrassment of being caught by your American expat friends coming out of the Thanksgiving store with an armload of Jello mix and Stove Top Stuffing. America to You aims right at the heart of the American expat community: Starbuck's Coffee, Trader Joe's, Jif instant frosting…yum! And there's also pharmaceuticals (Dramamine, Pepto Bismol, Midol!), videos, books, bill paying and film developing services, toys, insurance, and all kinds of services. To be consumed in small doses, of course. After all, nous habitons en France, n'est-ce pas?
http://www.dxmarket.com/americatoyou

Beauty Direct From Paris
I've been a member of Le Club Createurs de Beaute for a few years now, and while I don't buy everything through their catalog, it's a great place to find French brands like Agnes b. cosmetics and Jean-Marc Maniatis hair care at at a huge discount. And once you buy something (online or by mail), they're always giving you even better monthly discounts and specials (and lots of freebies). Available in France, US, UK, Japan and Germany.
http://ccb-paris.com/

High Tech Tunes
French electronic music is breaking into the international airwaves (yes, even in the US of A), and it just keeps getting better. Addicts and weekend fans won't want to miss Hypertunez.com, a bilingual site with exclusive MP3s of leading DJs, an events calendar, on-line radio and the virtual studio. The music spans everything from techno, hard-core and trance to hip-hop, dub, and experimental. Even if you're a newbie, check it out. One can only take so much Brittany Spears, after all, and still remain mentally sound.
http://www.hypertunez.next20.com/

A Stroll on the Saucy Side of the Seine
I'm not sure 'seedy' is ever an appropriate word to use in Paris, where moral posturing is a bit of a joke. Paris By Night blends together the regular travel guide shtick with info about Paris's titillating night sports, kinky singles (and not so single) ads, and links to erotic photos of famous Parisian women like Laetitia Casta. Visit for the not-so-mainstream articles and exhaustive listings of clubs, bars, and other night spots. I dare you to try and ignore the saucier links!
http://www.parisbynight.com/

Picasso Erotique
If you're a Picasso fan you won't want to miss this rare exhibit of his erotic works, sensual and malicious, as only the artist can be. Leave the kids and the easily offended Auntie at the Jardin des Tuileries. At the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (5, rue Cambon , Metro Concorde; tel : 01 47 03 12 50) until May 20.

Z'erotiques Asimut
For something a bit more subtle, zen and exotic, visit this exhibit at the Galerie P.M.& Co.
(5, Passage du Grand Cerf , Metro Etienne Marcel; tel 01 55 80 71 06) through March 24. Styled to resemble a chic apartment, where visitors find little erotic treasures created by artists such as Kimiko Yoshida and Marc Ming Chan amongst the P.M.& Co. collection.

Comic Topiary
Find your favorite French comic book heroes in the garden labyrinths at the Jardins de la Bande Dessinee! Even if you're not a big comic book fan, it's a charming stroll filled with clever topiary and floral arrangements that only the French could pull off. It might not be sunny and warm yet, but you and the kids need to get out of those stuffy museums for awhile. Ends March 23.
Jardins de la BD, Parc de Bercy 75012, Metro Quai de la Gare; tel 01 53 46 19 30.

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