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
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Videos

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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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Monday
Apr062009

What do you think? Does this site need a forum?

So I've been debating whether or not to add a forum page where you can all post your questions, share Paris tips, and generally chatter amongst yourselves. I get a ton of questions sent to my email each week that I do try and answer as best as I can, but perhaps some of these questions can be better answered by the wider Secrets of Paris community. What do you all think? Yay or nay?

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Reader Comments (12)

Hi, I'm all for it!
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin
yay!
April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentervcm
Yes! :)
April 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhristo
Careful! This is YOUR blog and if you let the general population take over without your direct oversight you have no control over what is being said. I like your blog because it is "filtered" by you. If I want to see the general Q & A of them I can just keep reading Yahoo Answers.
April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPhil
Good point, Phil (but I should also point out that I would still be able to delete anyone's posts, being the Omnipotent Goddess of the Secrets of Paris website. ;)
April 8, 2009 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
Unless you have it set so that you have to approve any post before it hits the web, your forum will inevitably get undesirable posts, spam posts, arguments, and worse that stay up until you get to them. Do you want this to be a daily (or more frequent) task, every day, when you are home or busy or travelling or otherwise unavailable?
April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLL
You mean like I already do with these comments? ;)
April 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
PS: I could set it so that only people who register with the site can leave comments. Tedious at first, but perhaps a better community.
April 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
Please do add a forum !
April 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChantal
I think a forum is a great idea! I already check one at another travel website and have gotten MANY useful hints and info there. This could be another resource for Paris travel addicts such as me. Having some sort of oversight would be a good idea.
April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

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