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

Read more about the Secrets of Paris here


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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Sunday
Oct252009

Day Trips from Paris - sans Voiture

A few of you have asked me to post more information about day trips from Paris. Back in 2004 my first full-length guide was published, called "Paris & Ile-de-France Adventure Guide"(Hunter Publishing), which had a lot of information to lure you outside the periph, but alas a guidebook that old quickly becomes outdated.

But I can happily recommend another fabulous guide, Annabel Simms' "An Hour From Paris", with 20 itineraries in Ile-de-France, with maps and photos, accessible using public transportation. Annabel, who has been living in France for 18 years, personally re-visited every single location (with eagle-eyed friends in tow) for the newly updated version.

Have a crack at it before everything closes down for the winter (note: that was my Parisian superiority complex creeping into that last sentence; read it with a sneer to get the full effect).

 

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