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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

July 13-14 Bastille Day
"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" Click here to read the defintitive guide to what to see and do in Paris on July 13th and 14th, what's open, what's not, how to get around, where the parties will be, and insider tips on being prepared: http://bit.ly/BastilleDayPAris

July 20 - August 16/23
Paris Plages: sand, beach trees, volley balls and bikinis -- on the Seine! Along the Right Bank quays and Hôtel de Ville until August 16th, at the Bassin de la Villette until August 23rd. This year's edition of the Paris Plages will feature many fun activities. Free entry, 9am-midnight. The 2015 schedule will be up here on opening day.

July 22-August 23
The annual Open-Air Cinema Festival takes place Wed-Sun nights at the Parc de la Villette's Triangle Prairie (M° Porte de Pantin), starting at sunset (around 10pm), free entry (deck chair rentals from 7:30pm). This year's haunting and spooky and horrific theme is "Home Cinema" (all films can be downloaded to watch at home from the website), including: Last Days, Beetlejuice, shutter Island, The Shining, Moulin Rouge, the Ghost Writer, and many French and international films (all in VO with French subtitles). 

July 26
Since 1975, the finish line for the Tour de France has been at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysées. Join the crowd of Parisians and tourists alike to see the winner of the race. Expected arrival time: 5:30pm.

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Saturday
Oct102009

Toilettes at the Carrousel du Louvre

Just because you're not a tourist doesn't mean you don't need to know what's going on below Pei's pyramid. Admit it, you're probably more likely to go and check out the new Apple Store when it opens than to see the latest exhibitions in the museum (although you might want to go check out the Egyptian rooms in case the contents are returned to Egypt). I'm not judging (but I better not see anyone I know in Starbucks or the new McDonald's they're going to open).

I just want to share some very important information regarding les toilettes. Because there's nothing worse than being stuck in the crowded zoo that is the Carrousel du Louvre with a full bladder (especially if you just had a venti caramel macchiato from you-know-where). Also handy if you're in the 'hood and need a quick bathroom stop.

There are three options:

- The spanking clean new Point WC toilets at the far east end of the Carrousel du Louvre (next to Nature & Découvertes). This is the second location of the Japanese toilet company (the first is on the Champs-Elysées). You can choose between the regular toilets (€1) and the "spa" toilets (€1.50). I'll let you figure out what that is on your own. They have those funky turbo dryers that look like CAT scans for your hands. You can also buy stuff in their "toilette boutique" like colored toilet paper (someone explain how the black toilet paper is useful?) and other posh accessories. Open 10am-8pm, 7/7.

- If you don't want to pay €1 to pee, or the line is too long, there are regular pay bathrooms (€0.50) downstairs in the Carrousel du Louvre. Take the steps down from the Hall Charles V (directly under the food court), as if you're going to the garage where the tour buses are all parked (this is news to most residents). They don't even have these listed on their website.

- If you have no coins, there are free toilets in the metro station Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (no need for metro ticket; entrance from the Place du Palais Royal, corner closest to the Carrousel du Louvre entrance). They are often closed for lunch. In that case, since you've already walked outside, duck into the Brasserie du Louvre (attached to the Hôtel du Louvre) and use the bathrooms in there (discreetly, ahem).

PS: Someone named Colleen is keeping track of the public toilets around Paris, a good resource to have!

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Reader Comments (1)

The toilets in the Tuilierie Gardens at the Place de la Concorde end used to be pay-per-use, and were immaculate. Had my parents visiting last weekend - they're now free, and absolutely disgusting. Both male and female. Try to find somewhere else to go if you have guests in town, and you're caught short in the area.
October 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim
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