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Created in 1999, the Secrets of Paris is the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are well underway! 
There are lots of them, and they're in full swing.  The two largest are opening mid-month this year:

- till January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- till December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense

Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere. Click through to our full calendar to get more details.  

December 15-early January 
All of the Manèges, aka Carrousels de Paris, in the 3rd through 20th arrondissements of Paris are free for children for the holidays (my favorite is in the Jardins du Trocadéro, but the lines are longest). See the full list here. Open daily 11am-9pm.

December 7-11
Winter is circus time in Paris! Lots of options--for example the Cirque du Soleil (Dec. 7-11) with this year's Varekai performance. At the Accorhotels arena (12e), seats from 37€ to 80€. But there are lots of others. See the complete list for other circus and circus-like spectacles. 

Click here to see the full calendar of events...

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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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