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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

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Upcoming Events

Just a note to remind you to check out the latest events on the Secrets of Paris Calendar as well as the Naughty Paris Blog. And to floss daily. Can't risk having any foreign bodies blemishng that wicked grin on your face, n'est-ce pas?


Live Karaoke at Le Baron

Karaoke with a live band, Sunday nights at Le if you've really got anything cooler to do! Check out the competition...

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Photos from Heather's 'Hood


This is the wall behind the Manufacture des Gobelins (tapestry maker), covered in autumn leaves. I walk the doggies past here every morning. There are graffiti artworks from well-known artists all over the neighborhood, but this is one of my favorites.


This was taken two nights ago from my window...not even touched up, there was a pink sunset on the right reflecting off the buildings....





How to Be Extraordinary

The ordinary person says, "I'm just one person, nothing I do makes a difference." The extraordinary person is too busy making a difference to notice what everyone else is doing (or not doing). No need to change the world, just your attitude. I've created a mini-section in the Resource Guide called "Make a Difference!" It's full of ideas for making a difference right here in Paris, whether you're a resident or a visitor. Have a look around and feel free to email in your own ideas. Make your mama proud!


Go Clubbing Tonight to Support the Lebanese Red Cross

The Rex Club (5 blvd Poissonière, 2nd, M° Bonne Nouvelle) is hosting a Nuit Beyrouth (Beiruit Night) with DJs Sascha Funke, AlexKid, Llorca, Scratch Massive, Siskid, Duplex 100, Djul'z, Fafa Monteco, Joakim, Manu le Malin, and Jade (from the hip Beiruit club, Basement). Doors open at 11pm, and 100% of the €10 entry fee goes directly to the Red Cross of Lebanon.


Beaujolais Nouveau...bah humbug!

I was hoping that the whole Beaujolais Nouveau celebration fad was wearing off so we could all go back to drinking wine that doesn't cause headaches. But alas, first I see that Fauchon has its own commemorative bottle for the event (quelle classe), and in the free Paris metro magazine "A Nous Paris" is a full-page (inside the cover) ad for a Soirée Guinguette at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes (Bois de Vincennes, 12th). There will be free bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau for the first 500 people to come with the coupon from the magazine (read: get there early) and a free wine glass offered for every glass of wine purchased (read: then we don't have to wash them). There will also be live music, mussels and fries, regional specialties (read: oddly-shaped dry sausages), guided tours of the stables and, of course, horse races. This may actually be kinda cool. Or it might totally bite the big one. With a headache. If any of you go, let me know how it went. PS: If you can't get your hands on a magazine, you can print off the coupon on the official website.