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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:

* Custom Travel Content 
* Free Paris Resource Guide
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* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
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Calendar of Paris Events

October 4
One of the greatest contemporary British comedians, Eddie Izzard, is bringing his show Force Majeure back to Paris, this time....en français! Mais oui! He'll be performing at the Casino de Paris one night before moving onto a week-long tour in other French cities. Even if your French sucks, you'll likely be able to follow along Eddie's own version of Franglais as he explains World History, God, Hitler, and other light topics. Tickets from FNAC starting at €25.

October 8-11
The annual Puces du Design is a free market of vintage furniture and home decor from the 1950s to today, at the Place des Vins behind Bercy Village, 12th. Over 100 stands, free entry. 

October 8-18
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Paris all week long in a huge Bavarian-themed tent at the Porte de la Villette (19th), tickets €34-€44, including €15 of drink tickets.  There will be music, Bavarian Cancan dancers, and plenty to eat and drink. Dust off the lederhosen and be ready for fun! 

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).  

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Entries in August (2)


Newsletter #109: August 6, 2011

In this issue:

Do-Gooder Shopping Fix #1: Retro Glasses
Free Museums This Sunday
Paris Airport Lounges
Do-Gooder Shopping Fix #2: Books & CDs
Restaurants Open in August
Paris Beach Atmosphere
Buy Your Tickets Now for Fall Shows
Get Someone Else to Pay Your Parking Tix
Back in the USA: Heather's Fall Tour
The Secrets of Chantilly & Disneyland Paris
FDR Metro Station gets a Face Lift

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Paris Plage

Paris Plage along the Voie Georges Pompidou (Right Bank)
Photo by Anne THOMES / Mairie de Paris

The "beaches" of Paris Plage opened on a particularly hot and sunny day last week, with the usual chaise lounges, sand boxes, water misters, ice cream stands, free live concerts (at Pont Sully), and organized activities like volleyball and boules and even swimming (not in the river, of course).

This year there are two main sites, the historic Right Bank (central Paris, from Quai du Louvre to Quai Henri IV) and the eastern Parisian Bassin de la Villette (19th arrondissement, metro Jaurès, Crimée or Laumière). The central Paris Plage is good for lounging, live music and beautiful views of Paris (although it's a bit more crowded), and the Bassin de la Villette is good if you want to get out onto the water, dance at one of the nightly "bals" (swing, salsa and musette music), or just avoid the largest crowds.

Bassin de la Villette
Photo by Anne THOMES / Mairie de Paris

Some fun facts:

  • 3.7 kilometers of "beach" over two locations
  • 4 sand beaches with 2500 tons of sand
  • 300 chaise lounges, 450  reclining beach chairs, 250 parasols, 26 hammocks
  • 33 palm trees
  • 30 rowboats, 10 sailboats, 12 canoes, 8 kayaks, 25 pedal boats (all in the Bassin de la Villette)
  • 640 lifeguards
  • 1200 security guards
  • 8 snack bars and 4 ice cream stands

Some things to note (buzz kill alert): No topless bathing or g-string bikinis allowed, be careful of pickpockets, and get there early if you want a hammock!

Open daily 8am-midnght in central Paris, 9am-11pm at La Villette, until August 21. Free entry. Don't forget your sunglasses.