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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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Thursday
Jul162015

Parking in Paris: Important Changes

Parking in August is no longer free anywhere in Paris, but you can now use any phone to pay for parking.

Not Free in August
It used to be free to park in residential areas of Paris in August, but in order to encourage more circulation of the available parking spaces on the city streets (which make up 18% of all Paris parking places; the other 82% are parking garages), now everyone has to pay. It's part of the City of Paris' overall plan to promote public transportation, cycling, and shared car systems like Autolib' and Zipcar, both to reduce the levels of pollution and to improve the overall quality of life for Parisians and visitors. 

Long-Term Parking
If you're looking for long-term parking options in Paris, you can either get a Carte de Stationnement Résidentiel (good for up to 7 days at a time for just €9 before you need to renew the payment ticket), or pay for private or underground parking space if you're not a legal resident or are going to be gone longer (€75-€250 for a month). If you have ever been towed in Paris, you will suck it up and pay to have a legal spot rather than the hassle and fines of retrieving your car from the fourrière. Note that residential parking rates only apply on streets where the meter has a large yellow dot sticker, otherwise short-term parking rates apply. 

Pay with Your Phone
It's not all bad news, though. Now, in addition to paying the street parking meter with a credit card or a pre-paid Paris Carte de Stationnement (available at Tabacs), you can now use your phone to make meter payments through a voice server (tel 01 74 18 18 18), with smartphone applicatons such as P Mobile, PayByPhone and MYVINCi Park (all three available on iPhone or Android), or with any device that has internet access at the P Mobile website.

Short-Term Parking Rates and Rules
Parking is €4/hour in the 1st through 11th arrondissements, and €2.40/hour in the 12th through 20th arrondissements

Other articles on parking in Paris:

Parking in Paris: The Good News & the Bad News

- Driving and Car Rental Tips 

- Penser à Payer Votre Stationnement en Août (in French)

Monday
May042015

Last-minute Tickets at OpĂ©ra Garnier


Although the Opéra Bastille has had the discounted last-minute tickets for €5 available since their opening, the Opéra Palais Garnier has only just started offering the option this season. Known as “6thcategory seats”, they cost €10 and go on sale one hour before the curtain at the Palais Garnier box office, while supplies last!

There are also special rates for students under 28 (with student ID) who purchase tickets at the box office 30 minutes before curtain. Note that seats regularly go back on sale on the official Opéra de Paris website, so even if a show you wanted to see is unavailable, keep checking back, or look at the official Bourse d’Echange to see if anyone else is reselling their seats (at face price). 

Wednesday
Jan162013

Newsletter #123: January 4, 2013

French Price Hikes for 2013
A Taste of French Spirits
World Class Organ Recitals
Paris Dining Recommendations
The Real Faces of Paris
Escape Paris on a Budget by Train + Bus
Buy/Sell Concert, Sports and Train Tickets
Music at the French Cinema
Green Paris Shopping & Recycling
Getting in Shape for 2013
Latest Museum Exhibitions
Top January Events

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Newsletter #122: November 30, 2012

In this issue:

The Holiday Season has arrived in Paris
Wiki Cell: The Food of the Future
Radios for the Homeless
A Man with a Van in Paris
An Alternative to Taxis
Join an Apocalypse Flash Mob
Angels of Paris
American Library in Paris Book Award
Quick & Easy Train Tickets
New Services at La Poste
French Shopping Sites
Winter Tours and Itineraries

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Sunday
Mar132011

Paris Museum Ticket Tips

Navigating the maze of Paris museum ticket options can be a nightmare. The goal? Avoid lines, save money, feel like the savvy traveler your friends think you are. The problem? The amount of time you spend trying to avoid standing in line is instead spent in front of your computer comparing the different ticketing options.

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Tuesday
Aug242010

How to Survive Disneyland Paris, Part 1

Some insider tips and tricks to making the most out of your trip to Disneyland Paris...from a real Disney fan! The first part includes where to get discount tickets (for locals), what to pack, the best way to get there, and the Disney Animal Care Center for your pets.

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