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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
* Christmas in Paris Tours
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Videos

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Calendar of Paris Events

November 7-15
The 40th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine: produce, meats, cheeses, artisan oils, wines, essential oils, herbs, teas, cosmetics, beauty products, household cleaning products, clothing, shoes, accessories, home decor, books, gardening supplies, as well as stands for environmental tourism, different green activist groups such as Greenpeace, etc.

November 12 - Seattle
Heather will be at Seattle's Paris Eastside cooking school and French boutique for the November Sip & Meet event with copies of Naughty Paris for a special price of just $27 (cover price $39). From 6-8pm, wine and nibbles, €5/person. Come say hello if you're in the area!

November 18-22
Shopping for some supplies for your creative projects? Head down to the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles for the annual Création & Savoir Faire show. Scrapboooking, knitting, gardening, baking, sewing, crafts, and decorating ideas for the holidays. Entrance €13-15, €22 for the two-day pass, open 9:30am-6:30pm (until 9:30pm Friday).  

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


Name that monument...

Not too many 14th-century buildings in Paris are still standing. Can you guess which one this is?

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Bird's Eye View of Stupid People

I'm not the only person who's captivated by the driving tactics (or in this case, parking tactics) of the village idiots below my window. Here is a video taken by two Italian guys of a woman trying -- over and over and over -- to fit into a tiny parking space. As we say here in Paris, it's not the size of the spot, it's how you manoeuvre your car. The best part is when she starts screaming and waving her fist as the passers-by, LOL!

 (the saddest part is, we've all been here, haven't we?)

Secrets of Paris Newsletter #76

IN THIS ISSUE: * Heather’s News * Thanks for the Helping Hand! * Cheapo Hotels * Some Dining Recommendations * Night Life: Closing, Closed, and Converted * Nightlife: Cigars & Jazz at Duke’s Bar * Food Shopping: Health Food Coop * Metro Souvenirs * Shopping: Limited Edition Chantal Thomass T-Shirts * Ice is Nice: Maybe… * Shopping: Le Nain Bleu Moves * Camping on the Canal St-Martin * And Totally Unrelated to Anything

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Almost $60,000 raised for the World Food Programme!

HUGE thanks to all of you who took the time donate your time and money for the Menu For Hope III virtual raffle to benefit the UN's World Food  Programme. Bidding ended on December 22, with the final tally at $58,256.70, way beyong last year's $17,000 campaign! Gives yourself a well-deserved pat on the back for helping out those less fortunate than yourselves this holiday season.


Please be sure to check Chez Pim on January 15th to find out the winner for your particular prize, including my Naughty Paris Tour!

Have a great holiday season!



Resto du Coeur volunteers needed Christmas Eve

I volunteer at the Resto du Coeur's mobile soup kitchen at Denfert-Rochereau (in the 14th) every Sunday night. On Christmas Eve we're going to be short of volunteers because of the holidays, so if any of you are free to come and help out, it would be greatly appreciated. It's pretty easy, just help set up the tables and hand out the food from 7pm until about 8:30pm. We'll meet at my apartment at Place d'Italie from 6pm for a bit of hot wine and go over together. If you're interested drop me an email and I'll give you the details.


Two-Day Luxury Lingerie Sale

Looking for fabulous Christmas presents or want to spoil yourself? Gentry de Paris is having a two-day sale/auction on eBay of their French silk gowns (Buy it Now at $200, regularly over $600), French silk satin tailored pyjamas (Buy it Now at $300, normally over $700), cashmere jersey pyjamas (Buy it Now $160, usually over $400), and their signature cashmere panties (Buy it Now $50, normally over $100). Go have a look at the official website to see the entire collection. These are current season items in perfect condition, exceptionally on sale direct from the designer for the holidays! The auction ends December 20.