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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:

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Calendar of Paris Events

July 20 - August 16/23
Paris Plages: sand, beach trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville until August 16th, at the Bassin de la Villette until August 23rd. This year's edition of the Paris Plages will feature many fun activities. Free entry, 9am-midnight. The 2015 schedule will be up here on opening day.

July 22-August 23
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 (deck chair rentals from 7:30pm). This year's haunting and spooky and horrific theme is "Home Cinema" (all films can be downloaded to watch at home from the website), including: Last Days, Beetlejuice, shutter Island, The Shining, Moulin Rouge, the Ghost Writer, and many French and international films (all in VO with French subtitles). 

Through August 23
The 30th annual Fête des Tuileries funfair with carnival rides at Tuileries Gardens starts today, free entry, rides with individual tickets. Plenty of food stands, too!

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Entries in Paris Essentials (24)

Monday
May132013

An English Hair Salon in Paris

How many tales of woe have we all shared over trying to find a hairdresser in Paris who listens? When I want what I ask for and advice I can trust, I go to Victoria at StylePixie. Over the years I've been cut, colored and -- most importantly -- taught how to best take care of and style my own hair, something I rarely get from other stylists.

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Saturday
Apr272013

Parisians still rude to tourists? Share your kindness stories instead.

In today's edition of the French newspaper Le Parisien you'll find a front-page headline "Dur d'être touriste à Paris!" (Tough to be a tourist in Paris!), with a two-page spread featuring differing opinions from both tourists and locals. But haven't we beat this horse dead already? Yes, Parisians can be rude, like anywhere in the world. Let's share the stories of Parisian kindness instead.

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Monday
Apr222013

Haute Cuisine Etiquette 

As a journalist I’ve had the rare opportunity to peek into the kitchen of many Michelin-starred restaurants over the years. But I saw something this week that surprised me, and I think it’s important to share with anyone who indulges in the occasional haute cuisine experience.

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Sunday
Mar032013

Testing AutoLib’, the Paris Car-Sharing System

This adorable little electric, automatic transmission Blue Car can get you around Paris for as little as €10/hour with an AutoLib' subscription. I tested it out this weekend, and maybe I'm infatuated with new love, but I'm already hooked...

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Saturday
Jun302012

Gold Necklace Thieves in Paris

Think twice before wearing a gold necklace when walking around in Paris. Last month over 500 people had theirs ripped right off, often by underage teams of boys, one who grabs (sometimes accompanied by violence) and one with the getaway scooter. Cameras in the metro captured one woman being dragged out of her chair and beaten. With the rise in the price if gold, these types of daylight robberies have doubled since January. Be on guard, or leave the bling bling behind.

Friday
May112012

ParisSharing: An Authentic Parisian Experience

I met up this month with Carsten Sprotte to talk about his company ParisSharing, his experience as an American expat in Paris, and his advice for visitors to his adopted home.

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