The Secrets of Paris is not a blog!
Established in 1999 by journalist Heather Stimmler-Hall, it’s the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Today it remains the trusted reference for alternative news, original feature stories, useful sightseeing advice, reviews and recommendations, and insider information about Paris written by professional journalists, travel writers and local experts living and working in Paris.
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The Secrets of Paris website is completely self-sustained through our Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning Services, our Paris Travel Writing Workshops, and our guidebook publishing imprint Fleur de Lire Press (including Paris Pastry Guide and the Naughty Paris Guide).
Our Mission & Values
We support responsible journalism and promote sustainable tourism. What does that mean for you?
Responsible Journalism = Accountability Our readers appreciate our commitment to the traditional journalistic values of accuracy, fairness, transparency, integrity, and independence. We believe there’s a real desire for reliable, in-depth, well-written, engaging, informative, and original travel writing. Secrets of Paris serves our local community of English-speaking residents and visiting travelers, not advertisers, marketing reps, corporate brands or search engines.
Sustainable Tourism = Authentic Paris Secrets of Paris helps you discover the small, local businesses, artisans and artists who contribute to the Parisian community, its people and the environment. We believe slow travel fosters greater understanding and real human connection. We’re not into mass tourism, international chains, or butts-in-seats “fast track” herd-mentality tourism that makes big bucks for tour operators by commodifying Paris and forcing you all into overpriced tourist traps and cookie-cutter tour packages. We believe sustainable tourism benefits both the Parisian community and the intelligent, engaged traveler looking for a more authentic travel experience. We treat our Secrets of Paris readers like human beings, not consumers.