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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

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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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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