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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

Book NOW for September 5-6
The American Church of Paris is hosting A Prarie Home Companion radion show with Garrison Keillor for two dates, September 5th at 8pm and September 6th at 4pm. Tickets are €31, book as soon as possible, space is limited.

Through August 24
The Paris Fun Fair (Fête Foraine) is open in the Tuileries (Louvre Gardens), daily 11am-11:45pm (until 12:45am on Friday and Saturday). Free entrance, but you’ll need to buy tickets for each ride on the usual carnival attractions, or have cash for cotton candy and the games where you can win prizes. The Ferris Wheel has excellent views over Paris! 

Through August 24
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. This year's theme is Adolescence, including films such as Moonrise Kingdom, Scream 4, and American Graffiti.

Through August 31
Between the Lines and the Trenches, a very intimate collection of personal letters, notebooks and photos from the trenches, many never published before. At the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (222 Boulevard Saint-Germain), through August 31st, entry €7.

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Sunday
Feb202011

Parking in Paris: The Good News & the Bad News

For those of you with cars in Paris, note that a few laws have changed in 2011 concerning parking. The good news is that you can now park at night in some “livraison” spaces from 8pm-7am, and all day on Sundays and holidays:

However the ones with a DOUBLE yellow line are still interdits at all hours:


The bad news is that the fee for not paying for your parking place during the day (or going over the time limit), which has been €11 since the 1980s, is going to be raised this year to €17. And now that Sarkozy eliminated the traditional “election year amnesty” for parking infractions, everyone has to pay. Or take the metro. ;-)

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Reader Comments (5)

Heather---

As one who has driven in Paris (a giant game of "chicken"), and looked for a parking space (impossible), I can appreciate what Parisians go through on a daily basis. A few years ago I read that in the 20 arrondissements of Paris there were 800,000 registered automobiles, but only 750,000 legal places to park. As a result, I've seen some incredibly creative ways to park a vehicle. I guess that's why God invented buses and metros.
February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Stewart
Heather,

Observing the quest for parking spots as well as the creativity of many car owners adds to the joys Paris offers those who like to walk and observe. I hope you and your readers will enjoy my take on parking in Paris posted in the following blog link. It is from a weekly blog we write about the city we love, visit often but don't live in.

http://parisianfields.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/flaneurs-advice-on-parking-in-paris/
February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNorman Ball
I will be in Paris in August--with a car. Is there a way to know on what streets parking is free during that month?
thanks
deborah
July 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeborah kirk
plan to fly into CDG late September. plan to rent car at airport for week as we are staying kind of remote Marriott resort near Disney We plan to visit Paris 3 of the days. do you think it makes sense to park outside the city at say Maisons-Alfort and commute in. Any guess on parking availability and/or parking cost? Did see a Gen. de Gaulle parking garage there that would be convenient.
August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert
Robert, there is an RER from Disneyland to Paris, just park at the nearest RER station to your hotel. There are also parking garages in Paris, no point in going to Charles de Gaulle or Maisons-Alfort. Garages cost about €25 for the day depending on location. But driving into Paris is a lot of traffic, so you're better off leaving the car out by your hotel and coming in for each day on the RER. Just don't miss the last one at night!
August 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

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