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

Read more about the Secrets of Paris here




Calendar of Paris Events

June 4
The 16th annual Carnaval Tropical parade with 4000 dancers celebrating French West Indies cultures as well as other dancers from Brazil, China, Colombia and other nations around the world. They start at Hôtel de Ville at 2pm, up to Place de la République until 6pm. Come see the dancers and try out the exotic foods on sale! 

June 19
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 from previous years here. 

June 24-26
Solidays is one of the best summer music festivals in France. This event unites more than 150 musicians (including Cypress Hill and Keziah Jones) and 160,000 attendees every year in the fight against AIDS, and this summer is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Day passes starting at €39.  

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

Secrets of Paris gives 10% of all tour fees to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur


Paris Gift Ideas

Looking for some gift ideas for the Paris lovers on your list? After many of your emails over the years, I finally started making a list of recommended Paris guidebooks and Paris-themed films in my new Amazon Shop pages. I'll be adding Paris Music, Food Guides, and Gifts over the next few weeks.


Did you know you can also buy foie gras though Amazon now? Totally random.... 


Metro Now Open Until 2am on Friday Night

The metro used to stop running each night at about 1am (depending on what end of the line you're on) until earlier this year when it stayed open an hour later on Saturday nights. Now it's open on both Friday and Saturday nights until about 2am. Combine that with the regular night bus service, and I can almost forgive the strike day planned for next Wednesday (.....okay, not).


The Death of French Culture?

This Time Magazine article raises some interesting points, although I believe this has been a topic of discussion for at least the past decade in France.


Breaking news: Budapest is the capital of France

That is...if France is even a country. Isn't France just a city in the country of Europe? I suppose if you're this ditzy blonde, you just might think so.

(If Americans knew that Europeans would see this stuff, maybe they'd stop showing it on TV...thank goodness for the 5th grader!)


Some of us need to work for a living...

Back to Work!!!


Couture Disney Princess Dress Auction for UNICEF

Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Cinderella, Cruella, Snow White, Tinkerbell, Minnie Mouse, Ariel...25 famous designers have created one-of-a-kind couture dresses to reinterpret the wardrobe of Disney's famous princesses. The dresses are on display at Christie's (9 ave Montaigne, 8th) on November 18 (2-6pm) and November 19 (10am-noon). Designers include Fifi Chachnil, Jacques Garcia, Frank Sorbier, Corrine Cobson, Vivienne Westwood, and Cinderella's glass slipper by Baccarat. You can place an absentee bid during your visit or by sending in the form here. All proceeds go to UNICEF, so no need to feel any guilt in indulging yourself!