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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 Secrets of Paris Tours
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Videos

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Calendar of Paris Events

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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

About the Secrets of Paris

In October 1999 Heather Stimmler-Hall began writing weekly travel articles called "Secrets of Paris" for Suite101.com (archived page). The Secrets of Paris newsletter (which began as a Yahoo! Group) was started in January 2001 as a way of sharing her latest finds and writings with friends (both French and foreign) living in Paris. In 2002 the Secrets of Paris website was created to archive the newsletters and allow Heather a place to blog additional information. By 2005, the Secrets of Paris universe grew to include a visitor resource guide, calendar and custom private tours. Through word of mouth alone the Secrets of Paris has become a popular source of alternative Paris information for both residents and visitors, with subscribers from over 30 countries.

About Fleur de Lire Press

In early 2007, the French limited liability company, Fleur de Lire EURL, was created to encompass the Secrets of Paris website, the guided tours, and a new independent publishing company. Fleur de Lire Press published its first book in a series, Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sex City in September 2008 (and the second edition in 2015), the Paris Pastry Guide iphone app and eBook in 2011 and Naughty New York in 2012. In summer 2009, the Secrets of Paris was split into two separate websites: Secrets of Paris is now an insider's guide for English-speaking Parisians and those who visit regularly, while the visitor resource guide (hotels, dining, sightseeing, getting around) moved to the new site, Sleep & Eat Paris.

Secrets of Paris is owned by the French limited liability company Fleur de Lire:

FLEUR DE LIRE EURL
77 ave des Gobelins
75013 Paris
N° SIRET 494 830 821 00018
VAT#FR 13 494 830 821

"Secrets of Paris" is a registered trademark with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) #85448407, as well as the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI) # 386 7045.

For any questions about contributing content, advertising, or custom tours, please send Heather a message.