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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

June 12-14
The Salon du Vinatge is always a fun event in Paris, whether you're shopping for clothing, accessories, vinyls, and home decor, or just to hear the retro DJ tunes and the festive atmosphere. Free entry, at the Halle des Blancs Manteaux (48 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd). 

June 12-14
The Portes d'Or is a chance for all the artistic workshops in the Goutte d'Or (18th arrondissement) to open their doors to the public. Over 80 painters, sculptors, jewelery-makers and many others who live and work in the Goutte d'Or wish to share their creativity. Please come support the community and experience these unique productions. 

June 13-14
The artists of the 5th (Mouffetard) and 13th (Butte aux Cailles/Gobelins) districts knows as Lézarts du Bièvre open their studios to the public for two days, 2-8pm. Free entry. Info points and maps here.

June 14
Get out your fancy hats and picnic baskets for the annual Prix de Diane races at Chantilly Hippodrome (just 45 minutes north of Paris from Gare du Nord). Read more about the event here. 

June 21
Celebrate Fête de la Musique in 17th-century aristocratic style at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte for their annual costumes dance event, La Journée Grand Siècle, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the original owner, Nicolas Fouquet. There will be an elegant picnic in the chateau gardens, live music and dancing, as well as carriage rides and sword-fighting shows. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €17. 

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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.

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). 


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