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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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to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur

About Heather Stimmler-Hall

Born just outside Philadelphia, Heather grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona where she was Teen Correspondent at the Phoenix Gazette (1992-1993). She studied journalism, political science and environmental policy at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota (1993-1997) and the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas in Paris (1995-1996), where she moved permanently after graduating in 1997.  

Travel Writing
After working as the editorial assistant at the Carleton News Bureau (1993-1997), her first professional position in Paris was as Travel Editor for the website of ELLE Magazine (1999). Freelance since 2001, she has written for many international publications and websites including Fodor’s Guides, Michelin Guides, Robb Report, Expedia.com, easyJet inflight magazine, Time Out Guides, United Airways inflight magazine, The Guardian (UK), France Magazine, Rick Steves, Hotelier International, ELLE, L’Officiel and Avalon’s Moon Metro Guides, in addition to her own website and newsletter, Secrets of Pariswhich has over 16k subscribers. See a selection of writing clips here

Tour Guide
In 2004 Heather became a tour guide, working for EF Tours, Backroads, and Context Travel, before starting her own Secrets of Paris Tours in 2006 to focus on private, custom tours of Paris for individuals and small groups.

Indie Publisher
In 2007 Secrets of Paris created its own independent publishing house, Fleur de Lire Press, which has published the award-winning travel book “Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City”, the iPhone app and eBook “Paris Pastry” with cookbook author David Lebovitz, and the eBook “Secrets of Versailles: A Visitor’s Survival Guide”.

Public Speaking
Besides her work presenting to groups of all ages as a Paris tour guide and travel author, Heather is also available as keynote speaker, panelist participant, and event emcee on all topics covering writing, publishing, living and working in France, and the Paris tourism industry. Former appearances include:

- Guest speaker at the Metropolitan Club in San Francisco 
- Keynote speaker for the Toastmasters International annual meeting in Paris  
- Master of Ceremonies at the “Vin & Vibes at Verjus” to benefit SOS Helpline 
- Panelist at Expat Expo writer’s panel on “Living & Working in Paris”  
- Panelist of writers at the “Sex & the City Café” as part of the official launch events for SATC2 in Paris  
- Keynote speaker for the AAWE Holiday Luncheon 
- Panelist at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Paris, “Writers at the Residence” to benefit SOS Helpline   (see video clip here)
- Guest Speaker at the American Embassy in Paris’ Brown Bag Lunch 
- Presenter at the “Bloom Where You’re Planted” conference at the American Church of Paris on the topic of “Escaping the City: Outdoor Activities in the Ile-de-France”  

Radio & Podcast Interviews
- Interviewed for 365Docobites about learning to love Paris.
- Interviewed by BBC Radio 5’s show “Up All Night” about selfies sticks in Paris museums  
- Interviewed for the KCBS (San Francisco) morning show on being “An American in Paris” 
- Interviewed several times on the K&K Podcast  

Television Appearances
Heather has also appeared as a Paris expert on several television programs: 

- ABC Primetime series “What Would You Do?” hosted by John Quinones, in the Paris episode “The Ugly Americans” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
- Travel Channel series “Church Secrets and Legends” in their second episode on the “Notre Dame Cathedral Mystery”.
- Playboy Channel series “69 Sexy Things to Do Before You Die” in the Paris episode: “Look Mom, I’m on Playboy TV!” (my blog post from the filming). 
- Next Stop Paris (Researcher, not appearing in the series).  


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