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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

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
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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