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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 13-14 Bastille Day
"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" Click here to read the defintitive guide to what to see and do in Paris on July 13th and 14th, what's open, what's not, how to get around, where the parties will be, and insider tips on being prepared: http://bit.ly/BastilleDayPAris

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). 

July 26
Since 1975, the finish line for the Tour de France has been at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysées. Join the crowd of Parisians and tourists alike to see the winner of the race. Expected arrival time: 5:30pm.

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Saturday
Sep252010

First Sparkling Water Fountain in Paris 

Photo by Deborah Lesage/Mairie de Paris

The first public drinking fountain with cooled, sparkling water opened on September 21 in the Jardin de Reuilly (12th). Housed in a former garden shed, the fountain uses CO2 cannisters to create the bubbles and a system of iced pipes to chill the water to 7°C/45°F. These actually already exist in Italy, and now the  City of Paris hopes to install more public drinking fountains throughout the city in the near future. What would be nicer is to have fountains that don't require you to have your own cup/bottle (which all of the Wallace fountains and this new fountain do...sigh).

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Reader Comments (5)

wow, free, chilled, sparkling water and you want cups! i am impressed both by paris and by the fact that not all of us can ever be happy. keep up the good work!

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September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorris
I don't know why they don't have public water fountains, especially at the big commercial centers. I hate going into a cafe & asking for my free glass of water from the faucet at the bar. I always feel like they're looking down their nose at me when I do that & have only done it a few times in all my 17 years here. I almost always have a little bottle of water on me. And I finally invested in a stainless steel bottle to fill up since I'm paranoid about plastic leaching into my water.

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September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstro-Jen
├ža c'est incroyable !
merci
September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
the fact that you must bring your cup or bottle in order to drink out of the Parisian fountains is purely hygienic... you dont touch the tap, then you don't leave your microbes on the tap... That is why the Wallace fountains around Paris have been designed as such 150 years ago !!
September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Merci Christian.
That was a very informative comment.
September 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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