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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 8-18
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).  

October 17 - November 1
Used as a military hospital during WWI, the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (1 hour from Paris) celebrates the centenary of the Great War with a military camp, strategy games, educational demonstrations, talks and a historic exhibition. For two weeks, the “Poilus” (nickname of WWI French infantrymen meaning "hairy") are setting up camp in the grounds designed by landscape architect Le Nôtre. Tickets (including château entry) are €16.50 for adults, €10 for kids. 

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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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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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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!


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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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