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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
* Travel Writing Workshops
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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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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