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

May 15-17
One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Courson, takes place this weekend at the Chateau de Chantilly, just 45 minutes north of Paris from the Gare du Nord. Entry €20 (or €17 if you get your tickets online before May 14).

May 16
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 11th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open all night...for free! 

June 21
Celebrate Fête de la Musique in 17th-century aristocratic style at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte for their annual costumes dance event, La Journée Grand Siècle, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the original owner, Nicolas Fouquet. There will be an elegant picnic in the chateau gardens, live music and dancing, as well as carriage rides and sword-fighting shows. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €17. 

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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which had a lot of information to lure you outside the periph, but alas a guidebook that old quickly becomes outdated.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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