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

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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Friday
May022014

Newsletter #140: April 30, 2014

In this issue:

* Happy French Labor Day!
* Paris Cemetery Spooks
* The Great War in Paris
* Vintage Films of Paris
* Orient Express Train Exhibition
* Hidden Gardens in Montmartre
* Paris Books & Literary Events
* Radio France Concerts
* Host Your Party at City Hall
* A Guide for Foreign Residents
* Advance Copies of Naughty Paris
* Secrets of Paris News & Calendar 

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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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