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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 
* Free Paris Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events
* Private Secrets of Paris Tours
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Videos

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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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Entries in Eiffel Tower (9)

Wednesday
Aug052015

Charming Paris Jewelry Boutique

If you're looking for a Parisian charm for yourself or for a gift and would like to avoid the international chains that have popped up all over town, check out this cute little jewelry boutique in St-Germain-des-Prés. Lilou (146 blvd St-Germain, 6th arr) sells charms, bracelets, cufflinks, rings and necklaces, most which can be custom engraved on-site for free. 

Sunday
May172015

Secrets of Paris Photos of the Week

These photos were originally posted this week on my Instagram and Twitter accounts. Come follow me! 

On Wednesday I gave a tour of Paris to Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund. Adorable!

La Défenseur du Temps, in the Quartier de l'Horloge (north of the Centre Pompidou). It used to move every hour, but has been awaiting restoration for almost a decade now. See it working here including the actual sound effects.  

At the end of Crusoe's tour we stopped at a café with the best view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris!

I love foxglove! See here in full bloom at the Jardin de l'Hôtel de Ville

The artists of Lézarts de la Bièvre decorate the neighborhood with street art to celebrate the annual artist atelier open doors the second week of June (this year coming June 13-14).

Pain du Tigre, or "tiger bread" at the Huré Boulangerie, Rue Rambuteau.

The first wild asparagus spotted at the Marché Aguste Blanqui (13th) on Tuesday.

Potatoes from La Noirmoutier at the Marché Auguste Blanqui (13th).

Thursday
Jan312013

Valentine's Adventures in Paris

Paris is the perfect city for celebrating la vie en deux, with all of the requisite clichés covered:

Five Sexy Couples' Hotels in Paris from the upcoming second edition of Naughty Paris.

10 Romantic (and Sexy) Things to Do In Paris with photos and intro by David Lebovitz.

La Vie Parisienne for a fun and sexy alternative show to the Moulin Rouge (en français).

Pinup Attitude for burlesque strip-tease classes with Sugar DaMoore.

Valentine's Bellies on Foot themed food tour with La Cuisine.

Valentine's Day on the Eiffel Tower with dinner, wine & cheese, or chocolate & Champagne.

And if you're already sick of red hearts and chocolates, get your tickets for the Paris Rollergirls vs Royal Windsor Rollergirls on February 16th. Because what's more Anti-Valentine's Day than a women's rollerderby match?

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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Thursday
Mar152012

Technical Problems at the Eiffel Tower 

Last month the elevators to the summit of the Eiffel Tower were closed for almost a week because of technical difficulties. Now the official website states that only one elevator is operational, and that even those who have advanced purchase tickets with reservation times will likely face a 2-hour wait to get to the top.

A tour client wrote today:

"After I made reservations to visit the Eiffel Tower for April 2, customer service sent me an email stating that due to "technical problems" there is now only one working lift at the Eiffel Tower causing a possibility of delay up to 2 hours (whatever that means) to tour the tower.  The problem is supposed to be resolved by May 1st (long after we're gone of course)."

As I know many of you are coming to Paris for Spring Break and the Easter holidays, be sure to plan around any eventual delays. And if you're feeling sporty, there are always the stairs to the second level (which is still higher than most of the buildings in Paris), and for just €4.70, no lines! ;-)

Saturday
Jul162011

Bastille Day 2011 Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower


Here is the entire 34 minute Bastille Day fireworks show put on by the City of Paris (mairiedeparis) at the Jardins du Trocadéro behind the Eiffel Tower.

This year's show had the theme: "From Broadway to Paris" You can see the shorter stop-motion photo version here.