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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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Friday
Feb142014

Does Paris Still Inspire Creativity?

Updated on Friday, March 21, 2014 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

A guest post (with photos and illustrations) by Secrets of Paris friend and creativity coach Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse

Paris has always been a place where creative people come from around the world come to flourish. Renoir, Anais Nin, Gertrude Stein, Brassai, Picasso, Henry Miller….the list of creative luminaries whose work was positively influenced by Paris is long.  

It’s easy to make the imaginative leap where you become a creative genius in Paris, too. Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris shows that the City of Light still sparks hope for the creative person. But does it deliver beyond the clichés? Does Paris actually make us better writers and artists?

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Sunday
Oct022011

Photos from Cupcake Camp Paris 2011 

Today over 300 people and 2000 cupcakes gathered at Le Comptoir Général  near the Canal St Martin for Cupcake Camp Paris 2012, to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Check out the pretty (yummy) cupcakes here!

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Wednesday
Jul152009

Winner of the Best Question Contest

And the winner of the book "Foreign Tongue" for the Best Question is Lee with the "Do I really have to wear a Speedo?" question (because I get it a lot and it really is important to have the right bathing suit in Paris pools).

Runner up is Picos, with the "French Ending" question (anyone who can add their two centimes to mine are welcome). . thanks to everyone who participated!

Saturday
Jun202009

Best Question Contest

Win a copy of "Foreign Tongue", the fabulous new novel by Vanina Marsot, by replying to this post with a question for Heather. What kind of question? A GOOD question! Here are some examples of what NOT to ask...

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Wednesday
Oct292008

Halloween Party: Win a Magnum of Champagne

I'm in Boston on the Naughty Paris book tour on Halloween this year, but if I was in Paris I would defintely be at the Flûte Etoile's "Halloween Prohibition Party." Flûte is the "Champagne Speakeasy", a small, intimate bar just near the Arc de Triomphe. The costume theme for the party is "1920s or smoking (tuxedo)" with a free cocktail offered for each guest and a magnum of Champagne for the best costume.

October 31, 8pm-11pm.

Flûte Champagne Lounge
19 rue de l'Etoile, 17th
M° CGD-Etoile