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

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Calendar of Paris Events

Book NOW for September 5-6
The American Church of Paris is hosting A Prarie Home Companion radion show with Garrison Keillor for two dates, September 5th at 8pm and September 6th at 4pm. Tickets are €31, book as soon as possible, space is limited.

Through August 24
The Paris Fun Fair (Fête Foraine) is open in the Tuileries (Louvre Gardens), daily 11am-11:45pm (until 12:45am on Friday and Saturday). Free entrance, but you’ll need to buy tickets for each ride on the usual carnival attractions, or have cash for cotton candy and the games where you can win prizes. The Ferris Wheel has excellent views over Paris! 

Through August 24
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. This year's theme is Adolescence, including films such as Moonrise Kingdom, Scream 4, and American Graffiti.

Through August 31
Between the Lines and the Trenches, a very intimate collection of personal letters, notebooks and photos from the trenches, many never published before. At the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (222 Boulevard Saint-Germain), through August 31st, entry €7.

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to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur

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Sunday
Apr132014

Newsletter #139: April 9, 2014

In this Issue:

* Advance Copies Naughty Paris 2
* Theatre in English
* Notre Dame’s Eco-Friendly Lights
* Cheap Sauna & Night Swimming
* Contact-Free Visa Payments
* Couture and Baroque Singing
* Mysteries of Paris Guide & Map
* Zone-Free Navigo Spring Break
* Summer Train Tickets on Sale 
* B&B Sitter & Parking Spot Rental
* Easter Break Pet Sitter
* Free Help with US Taxes
* Useful Info for Freelancers 
* Fuss-Free French Bank Account
* Secrets of Paris Sponsors
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar

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Sunday
Mar302014

Newsletter #138: March 25, 2014

In this issue:
 
* Paris for Seniors
* CityMapper App
* Notebooks Made in France
* Chantilly Castle & Horse Show
* Easter Eggs at Vaux-le-Vicomte
* Activities on Les Berges de Seine
* International Smartphone Theft
* Vélib’ Uphill for Free Stuff
* Cheap Travel within Europe
* Kale Project Documentary
* Volunteer Opportunities in Paris
* Creativity Workshop in Paris 
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar
* Fun Bonus Video

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Wednesday
Mar122014

Newsletter #137: March 8, 2014

In this issue:
 
* Airport Train Strike
* Two Americans in Paris 
* Dining with Stars (or Parisians)
* Affordable Loire Cycling Trips
* Cocktails & Classical Music
* Marathon de Paris Entries
* French Coffee, Meat, & Wine
* French Student Exchange
* The French Version of Netflix
* French Start-Up & Incubators
* The Sharing Economy
* Donate Your 2013 Tickets Restos
* Community Gardens in Paris
* French Farmers on Social Media
* Last Chance to Win Paris Novel
* Secrets of Paris Calendar 

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Tuesday
Feb252014

Newsletter #136: February 21, 2014

In this issue:
* Your Paris Stories & Giveaway
* Paris Dining Recommendations
* Compare Currency Exchanges
* New Books on Paris History
* A Website for Students in Paris
* Dancing at La Coupole
* Photo of Parisian Life During WWI
* Running Events in France  
* Lost Pet Alert on Facebook
* Helping Expats Keep Citizenship
* Naughty Paris 2 is Coming!
* Unlock Your Love in Paris
* Paris Events Calendar

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Friday
Feb142014

Does Paris Still Inspire Creativity?

Updated on Friday, March 21, 2014 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

A guest post (with photos and illustrations) by Secrets of Paris friend and creativity coach Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse

Paris has always been a place where creative people come from around the world come to flourish. Renoir, Anais Nin, Gertrude Stein, Brassai, Picasso, Henry Miller….the list of creative luminaries whose work was positively influenced by Paris is long.  

It’s easy to make the imaginative leap where you become a creative genius in Paris, too. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris shows that the City of Light still sparks hope for the creative person. But does it deliver beyond the clichés? Does Paris actually make us better writers and artists?

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Thursday
Feb132014

Paris for Lovers

There are plenty of articles telling you what to do, where to go, and what to buy for Valentine’s Day in Paris. But do you really need help finding something romantic to do in the City of Love? If you’re really in love with each other, then all you need is a good setting for strolling hand-in-hand, a decent bed for the night, and tasty food and wine to keep you fueled in between.  

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