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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

July 20 - August 16/23
Paris Plages: sand, beach trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville until August 16th, at the Bassin de la Villette until August 23rd. This year's edition of the Paris Plages will feature many fun activities. Free entry, 9am-midnight. The 2015 schedule will be up here on opening day.

July 22-August 23
The annual Open-Air Cinema Festival takes place Wed-Sun nights at the Parc de la Villette's Triangle Prairie (M° Porte de Pantin), starting at sunset (around 10pm), free entry (deck chair rentals from 7:30pm). This year's haunting and spooky and horrific theme is "Home Cinema" (all films can be downloaded to watch at home from the website), including: Last Days, Beetlejuice, shutter Island, The Shining, Moulin Rouge, the Ghost Writer, and many French and international films (all in VO with French subtitles). 

Through August 23
The 30th annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens starts today, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too!

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Salon de Createurs de Mode

There's a three-day "Createurs de Mode" salon featuring 95 clothing and accessory designers from around the world (mostly young,alternative, or up-and-coming brands) at the Espace d'Animation des Blancs Manteaux (48 rue Vieille du Temple, 4th). Free entrance, open Saturday and Sunday 10am-9pm.

Cooking Salon at the Carrousel du Louvre this weekend

Saturday and Sunday is the Salon "Cusinez!" at the Carrousel du Louvre (99 rue de Rivoli, 1st). Learn how to cook (sign up for free lessons throughout the day) with a focus on 'quick and easy entertaining,' inspired in Paris by the Atelier des Chefs. Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Entrance €10. Free for kids under 6.



“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." -- St. Augustine

SOS Helpline Needs Volunteers

A branch of SOS Amitié, SOS Help was founded in 1974 by a group of American and British health and mental health professionals for the English-speaking community in Paris. From their website:

"If you are worried, anxious or confused... If you are feeling lonely or sad... If you are suicidal... It may help to talk things over."

They currently need volunteer listeners who work on the phone lines (complete the SOS Help training course provided for all volunteers) and administrative supporters who volunteer their time for publicity and fund-raising projects. For more information, visit their site's recruitment page.


Another Parisian coffee house bites the dust...

The day started out so splendidly, despite the raindrops on the window pane. I even found a new juice bar while tooling around town. But for every new opening, there is a closing, and I almost cried when I saw my beloved independent coffee house, Autour d'Un Café, is now a cheap sushi restaurant!

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Quotes that make you go...huh?

The text on the home page of a Parisian hotel, which will remain anonymous**:


"In the reign of Henri IV, the French people lived once again in peace and rediscovered boiled chicken."






** Email me if this is your hotel; I know a good translator!