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

March 10
Heather will be the featured guest speaker at Parler Paris Après Midi, discussing the topic "How Parisian Women Do It: Feminism & Femininity in the City of Light". Naughty Paris Guides will be available for €25 (cash only).  From 3-5pm, upstairs at Café de la Mairie, corner of Rue des Archives and Rue de Bretagne, 3rd. Free entry.

March 17
Sex & Booze: An Erotic Book Club at The Chamber, where we'll be reading Story of O by Anne Declos, drinking cocktails, and talking about...well, sex. Limited to 8 women only, 8-10pm in a private home; sign up while there's space!

March 20-21
You will have a rare chance  to hear Betthoven's towering masterpiece Missa Solemnis for a modest price at either Saint Eustache or the American Cathedral, and to see for yourself the high standard reached by the Paris Choral Society. Don't wait -- order your tickets online now at www.parischoralsociety.org

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to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur


It's a Dirty Job...You Want It?

The ultra-hip, super-offensive and totally funny magazine Vice is looking for an upstart go-getter to run their France market. Think you can sell €50,000 ads one day and write about dog shit the next? Then maybe this job is for you. Check out the details here (and remember me later when you're bathing in Dom Perignon).


Herbes du Luxembourg

Looking for medicinal herbs, teas, Dr. Bach's essences, Sainte-Hildegarde products, dietary supplements or essential oils? There's a pretty boutique facing the Jardin du Luxembourg that specializes in all of these things, with personalized advice if you're not sure what you need.

Les Herbes du Luxembourg

"Herboristerie Traditionnelle"
3 Rue Médicis, 6th
Tel 01 43 26 91 53
M° Odéon or RER Luxembourg

Open Mon & Sat 11am-7pm, Tues-Fri 10:30am-7pm. 


Coupe du Monde 2006

bleues.jpgTonight France plays Italy for the Football (aka Soccer) World Cup. To say the town has "Les Bleues" Fever would be an understatement. And there are so many Italians in Paris that no matter who wins you can expect a lot of joyously noisy celebratiing tonight!

The match will be on everywhere, probably in places you least expect it. But for sure you can see it on a giant, open-air screen at:  

-  Stade Charlety (99, boulevard Kellermann - RER Cité Universitaire, 13th)

- Stade Jean Bouin (17, avenue Pierre de Coubertin - M° Porte de Saint-Cloud, 16th)

- Parc des Princes (Access by the tribune Paris - M° Porte de Saint-Cloud, 16th)

Entrance is free, open from 7pm (match starts at 8pm).


A Message from Jimmy Carter for Americans Living Abroad

On November 7, Americans throughout our land will vote in mid-term elections for the House and Senate. I am speaking to you today, as the Honorary Chairman of Democrats Abroad, to urge you to join them - wherever you may be in the world..

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So civilized...

A scene from last week's open-air screening of Triplettes de Belleville in front of the Hôtel de Ville. They were worried it might rain, thus the black plastic bags ready to be pulled over the canvas chairs.



Rue des Rosiers Construction

As part of the ongoing improvements to make the city look more like Disneyland*, the Rue des Rosiers has been completely torn up for re-cobbling. The west end towards the Rue Vieille du Temple (in the photo) is already done, although I think they still have to put the bars in that keep cars from parking. The whole area in front of l'As du Falafel is still dirt and planks.


According to one of the shopkeepers on the street, they're going to make Rue des Rosiers pedestrian-only on Sundays. It's about time!

* Of course, we all know where Disney got the idea in the first place. They're really just trying to make the city look like it did before tarmac was invented. Minus the cholera and plague outbreaks.