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

March 10
Heather will be the featured guest speaker at Parler Paris Après Midi, discussing the topic "How Parisian Women Do It: Feminism & Femininity in the City of Light". Naughty Paris Guides will be available for €25 (cash only).  From 3-5pm, upstairs at Café de la Mairie, corner of Rue des Archives and Rue de Bretagne, 3rd. Free entry.

March 17
Sex & Booze: An Erotic Book Club at The Chamber, where we'll be reading Story of O by Anne Declos, drinking cocktails, and talking about...well, sex. Limited to 8 women only, 8-10pm in a private home; sign up while there's space!

March 20-21
You will have a rare chance  to hear Betthoven's towering masterpiece Missa Solemnis for a modest price at either Saint Eustache or the American Cathedral, and to see for yourself the high standard reached by the Paris Choral Society. Don't wait -- order your tickets online now at www.parischoralsociety.org

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Monday
Sep162013

Deciphering French Menus

Trying to find a decent place to eat in Paris is only half the battle. Then you have to figure out what's on the menu. Even when you're fluent in French it's not always easy to understand exactly what to expect in a dish when you order, even if you're sure it's "something with duck and potatoes" or "a white fish with vegetables". Menus translated into English by well-meaning establishments often provide some good laughs, if not appetizing or even accurate descriptions. "Burnt cream" for crème brûlée is one thing, but translating a crottin de chèvre salad as a "goat turd salad" might dissuade most diners. 

Bon Appétit is the latest English-French food dictionary from Gourmet Guides destined to help decipher French menus: "The purpose of this small volume is to aid the memory, to describe what gastronomic delight, or the opposite, is awaiting those who might order that otherwise unknown. It is also intended to help the adventurous, who seek out new or unusual dishes, to make the most of whatever is on offer. And it aims to avoid those sometimes comical translations often to be found even in the finest establishments." They sent me a copy of the pocket booklet to check out, and I've found it quite handy and easy to carry in a small purse. The print guide is currently on sale for €3.25 (usually 4.99) through the Gourmet Guides website. If you have an iPhone there's also an app in iTunes for €0.99. 

Win a Free Gourmet Guide

Share your own French menu translation mix-ups or mistranslations in the comments section below before September 23rd and we'll send a free copy of the Bon Appétit print guide to the two we like best (we ship anywhere in the world by La Poste). 

Tuesday
Feb122013

10 Reasons Paris is still the Most Romantic City

Updated on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

A cruise on the Seine, kissing on the Eiffel Tower, a show at the Moulin Rouge, dinner at the Tour d’Argent...despite the tired clichés, Paris still has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable rendez-vous that fits any couple’s definition of romance.

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Thursday
Oct042012

The Merde Factor with Stephen Clarke

Paris expat Stephen Clarke is the author of the best-selling series of "Merde" novels such as A Year in the Merde and books about France and its people such as Talk to the Snail and -- one of my favorite history books -- 1000 Years of Annoying the French. Earlier this week I met up with Stephen at Café Le Nemours on Place Colette (outside the Palais Royal) to chat about his latest novel about the adventures of Paul West and his motley gang of Parisian friends and co-workers: The Merde Factor (available in France and the UK now, coming to the US end of October).

Saturday
Mar312012

Cara Black's Secrets of Paris

San Francisco-based mystery writer Cara Black is known for her “Aimée Leduc Investigation” series set in Paris, including Murder in the Marais, Murder in the Palais Royal, Murder in the Latin Quarter, Murder in Passy, and the latest release, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge, set in the tiny Chinatown on the edge of the Marais. She’s become a veritable guide to murder in Paris! Since Cara spends a lot of time sniffing around the lesser-known areas of the city for research, I asked if she could share her own favorite Secrets of Paris.

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Sunday
May092010

400th Anniversary of Henri IV's Assassination

Updated on Friday, May 14, 2010 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

One of France's most celebrated kings, Henri IV, was stabbed to death 400 years ago. Learn a bit more about the fascinating life and death of the first Bourbon king, as well as events happening in Paris to commemorate the anniversary...

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Wednesday
May052010

Book Review: The Discovery of France

Think you know France? Think again. I just finished reading Graham Robb's fascinating book, "The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War" and learned something new about the French and their country on every page...

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