About Secrets of Paris

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:

* Custom Travel Content
* Travel Writing Workshops
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

June 4
The 16th annual Carnaval Tropical parade with 4000 dancers celebrating French West Indies cultures as well as other dancers from Brazil, China, Colombia and other nations around the world. They start at Hôtel de Ville at 2pm, up to Place de la République until 6pm. Come see the dancers and try out the exotic foods on sale! 

June 19
Get out your fancy hats and picnic baskets for the annual Prix de Diane races at Chantilly Hippodrome (just 45 minutes north of Paris from Gare du Nord). Read more about the event from previous years here. 

June 24-26
Solidays is one of the best summer music festivals in France. This event unites more than 150 musicians (including Cypress Hill and Keziah Jones) and 160,000 attendees every year in the fight against AIDS, and this summer is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Day passes starting at €39.  

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Entries in artist (5)

Saturday
May162015

Hand-crafted Artist Pastels in a Hidden Boutique 

Despite being the oldest manufacturer of artist pastels in the world, there are many reasons why you've probably never heard of La Maison du Pastel. Like any true luxury item, these pastels are expensive and rare. And not because of marketing. These pastels are crafted with the highest quality ingredients, each one hand-rolled using the same technique the Roché family has been using since they started the company 1720.

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Friday
May152015

Travel with a New Kind of Companion

There’s so much to see and do in Paris that many people feel overwhelmed trying to experience it all. But my friend Cynthia Morris, an artist, author and creativity coach, has found the perfect way to capture and savor everything she loves about the city without feeling like she’s on a touristic marathon.

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Wednesday
Dec262012

The Ultimate Paris Souvenir

I've been trying to convince one of my tour clients to get an Eiffel Tower tattoo, but so far I've had no takers. And considering how obsessed some people are with this Dame de Fer (in this case referring to said Tower, not Margaret Thatcher), and also how I seem to be the only woman in the Western world under 40 without a tattoo, I'm honestly surprised.

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Saturday
May282011

Scenes from the Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d'Artistes de Belleville

Yesterday I went up to Bellville to check out the first day of the annual PortesOuvertes. It's not really polite to take photos of the artworks, but the neighborhood is surprisingly photogenic...

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Thursday
Jan222009

Sunday Tea Invitation

Paris-based artist from Little Rock, Marcus McAllister, is back from his holiday travels and once again hosting his Sunday Tea Salon from 2-6pm. It's a great way to see his latest paintings and journal sketches in a laid-back, friendly, international atmosphere. I'll be there this weekend to keep an eye on "my" painting (saving my euros...), so do come around!

His Belleville atelier is at 152, rue Saint Maur, 11th (metro Goncourt or Parmentier).
The code is A4590, take the first stairwell on the left, and go up one flight of stairs, knock at the door on the right (you may hear little Grover barking, but he doesn't bite). If you get lost, call 01 49 29 08 94.