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 Tours
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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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Monday
Oct222012

Nutella, Speculoos, Banania and other French Spreads

Last week I was shopping at my local Carrefour supermarché and stopped at an aisle I had previously tried to avoid like the plague: pâtes à tartiner. Jars and jars of sugary spreads for slathering on a baguette...or to be consumed by the spoonful while sitting at your desk pretending to work. Ahem. I'm usually a Nutella addict, but after a recent discovery of crunchy Ovomaltine spread, I ventured back into the danger zone and found many, many more tasty choices (I took the Banania spread home with me...bananas are healthy, right?)

Also particularly surprising: the 100% real maple syrup for just €4.80. No need to go to the American food stores in Paris for this anymore!

Friday
Aug312012

A Parisian August in Photos

Everyone says nothing happens in Paris in August. Not true! Here are some of my favorite photos taken this month...

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