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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

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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Thursday
Dec272012

Disneyland Paris for the Holidays

As nice as it is to go home for the holidays, if you're stuck in Paris and feeling homesick, there's no better place than Christmas at Disneyland Paris! Yes, it was a bit chilly, but the decorations were gorgeous, and it even "snows" on Main Street (just flurries, but they're pretty and it's fun watching the kids try and catch snowflakes on their tongue).

Since it's the 20th anniversary of the park (the 10th anniversary of Disney Studios next door), each evening is concluded with a spectacular multimedia show, Disney Dreams, which I wrote about in my last newsletter -- totally worth staying until the end! The Christmas decorations and Disney Dreams show will be on until January 6th.

You can buy your tickets online a few days in advance to get better rates than at the gate, but the best deal of the moment is through FNAC: a Family Pass for one day, two parks (both Disneyland and Disney Studios) is just €114 for three people of any age, so you can be three adults, valid any day except December 31st, through February 28th, 2013. You can also get a regular day pass for both parks for one person for €45, good on the same dates. You can buy these at FNAC if you don't want to navigate their website.

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Reader Comments (1)

Looks beautiful at Christmas. Do they have any special decorations over the Spring and Summer?
May 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

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