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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

October 4
One of the greatest contemporary British comedians, Eddie Izzard, is bringing his show Force Majeure back to Paris, this time....en français! Mais oui! He'll be performing at the Casino de Paris one night before moving onto a week-long tour in other French cities. Even if your French sucks, you'll likely be able to follow along Eddie's own version of Franglais as he explains World History, God, Hitler, and other light topics. Tickets from FNAC starting at €25.

October 8-11
The annual Puces du Design is a free market of vintage furniture and home decor from the 1950s to today, at the Place des Vins behind Bercy Village, 12th. Over 100 stands, free entry. 

October 8-18
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Paris all week long in a huge Bavarian-themed tent at the Porte de la Villette (19th), tickets €34-€44, including €15 of drink tickets.  There will be music, Bavarian Cancan dancers, and plenty to eat and drink. Dust off the lederhosen and be ready for fun! 

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).  

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to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur


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.


Paris Illustrations from the New York Time Artist

Thanks to Sue for sending in this link to the charming illustrations by New York Times artist and children's book author, Maira Kalman. My favorites are the ones from Deyrolle and in Luxembourg Gardens. As Sue says, "She seems to 'get it' in a very simple and direct way."


One-of-a-Kind Designer Doll Auction for UNICEF

Yves Saint Laurent, Cacharel, Versace, Chloé, and Louis Vuitton are just of the few of the 80 designers who have created one-of-a kind ragdolls for the "Frimousses de Créateurs" project, created by UNICEF in 2003 to raise money for child vaccinations around the world. The dolls are on display at the Palais de Tokyo this weekend (November 11-12) before being auctioned off on November 16 at the Drouot Montaigne auction house at 7pm. In 2005, more than €80,000 were collected, making it possible to vaccinate several thousands children. The dolls are soooo adorable! Look here (click on the "photos" box in red).

Places are actually limited at the auction house for those who actually plan on bidding. If you're interested, call 01 44 39 17 50 to reserve your place.

Complete list of the participating designers: Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Antik Batik, Biche de Bere, Byblos, Boris Becker par Nicole Pibeau, Cacharel, Carven, Célestina Agostino, Céline, Chacok, Chantal Thomass, Chloé, Christian Dior, Colette par Alexis Mabille, Comité de l’Orne pour l’Unicef, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Costume National, Daniel Swarovski, Dice Kayek, Disney, Elie Saab Couture, Elisabeth de Senneville, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Erwan et Ronan Bouroullec, Eymerick François, Fendi, Fifi Chachnil, Franck Sorbier Couture, Giambattista Valli, Gilles Dufour, Giorgina Brandolini, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Iceberg, Isabel Marant, Isabelle Ballu, Issey Miyake, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Jean-Luc Amsler, Jean-Paul Knott, Jérôme Dreyfuss, Jérôme L'Huillier, Kenzo, Kookaï, Lanvin – Baccarat, Léonard, Levi's Kids, Lido par Edwin Piekny, Loewe, Loris Azzaro, Louis Vuitton, Loulou de la Falaise, Mango, Marie Claire, Max Chaoul, Miu Miu, Nathalie Garçon, Nina Ricci, Nodus, Ora Ïto, Ovale, Paco Rabanne, Parsons, Pascal Morabito, Paul & Joe, Paule Ka, Paul Smith, Petit Bateau, Prada, Princesse Tam Tam, Régina Rubens, Sakina M'sa, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sophie Papiernick, Sonia Rykiel, Stella Cadente, Tartine et Chocolat, Tradition Mode Africaines par Mariette Dicko, Tyra Banks, Valéria Attinelli, Versace, Yves Saint-Laurent, Zadig et Voltaire, Esmod.