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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

May 15-17
One of the biggest flower shows in France, Journées des Plantes de Courson, takes place this weekend at the Chateau de Chantilly, just 45 minutes north of Paris from the Gare du Nord. Entry €20 (or €17 if you get your tickets online before May 14).

May 16
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 11th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open all night...for free! 

June 21
Celebrate Fête de la Musique in 17th-century aristocratic style at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte for their annual costumes dance event, La Journée Grand Siècle, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the original owner, Nicolas Fouquet. There will be an elegant picnic in the chateau gardens, live music and dancing, as well as carriage rides and sword-fighting shows. If you don't have a costume gown you can rent one on-site from €17. 

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A Day at a Parisian Palace Pool

Photo courtesy Molitor

Sometimes it’s nice to escape the city for a day of relaxation, but the weather isn’t cooperative or you simply can’t get yourself organized enough to traverse the Paris périphérique. So what can you do right here in the city to feel like you’ve escaped the noise and crowds? Try a day poolside in one of the Parisian palace hotels.

Unlike the public pools, they are not cheap. But for about €200 you can spend the day lounging in luxury surroundings in pristine, heated swimming pools with spa facilities including steam baths and saunas. Combine it with a relaxing massage or facial and a light gourmet lunch and you’ve spoiled yourself rotten for the day without the bother of trains, planes or automobiles. Here are a few that offer day passes:

Photo courtesy Royal Monceau

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Hotel has a 23-meter indoor infinity pool and Clarins spa with detox treatments. All pristine white, designed by Philippe Starck, natural lighting from skylights. Day pass to pool, sauna, steam room and fitness €190 (free if you get any spa treatments of at least two hours). This is a very trendy hotel, so pack your most stylish bikini.

Photo courtesy Shangri-La Paris

Shangri-La Hotel Paris has a Greek-style 15-meter mosaic-tiled pool which opens to a huge outdoor sundeck for plenty of natural light, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Spa treatments by Carita. A day pass of €250 includes a 60-minute facial or body treatment and access to the pool, steam room and fitness. This hotel is known for its service, and has life guard on duty.

Photos courtesy Molitor

Hôtel MGallery Molitor just reopened in 2014 with two stunning Art Deco pools built in 1929, one indoors (33 meters under a glass roof) and one outdoors (46 meters, heated), along with a Clarins spa, steam baths, sauna and relaxation room. Day passes are €190, and at the moment it includes a 60-minute Clarins treatment (which was still offered when I called, even though the website said it expired in April). Lunch on the rooftop restaurant with views of the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to ask for a booking on a day when school kids are not using the pool! Note: the indoor pool is closed during Roland Garros. 

Photo courtesy Trianon Palace Versailles

If you don’t mind a short train from Gare St-Lazare, the Waldorf Astoria’s Trianon Palace Versailles has a large heated swimming pool beneath a glass atrium and overlooking the manicured hotel grounds. Spa treatments by Guerlain. A €150 Gold Club Beauté membership will allow you access to the pool, sauna, steam room, and outdoor deck, and includes a glass of Champagne and 60-minute spa treatment. 


5 Paris Spas for your Spring Detox

There's no better way to shake off any lingering winter blahs and get your body ready for warm weather than with a detoxifying session in one of Paris' many spas and hammams. Here are my top five recommendations...

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