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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 
* Free Paris Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events
* Private Secrets of Paris Tours
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Videos

Read more about the Secrets of Paris here


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. 

Click here to see the full calendar of events...

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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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