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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

Read more about the Secrets of Paris here


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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Secrets of Paris gives 10% of all tour fees
to the French food bank, Les Restos du Coeur

Make a Difference!

Paris is one of the best-loved cities in the world. Are we going to help contribute to its greatness? Or are we just going to “consume” what it has to offer us for our own private gain? Wouldn’t it feel great knowing your personal decisions have made an impact on the quality of life in Paris for everyone?

Whether you’ve lived in France for decades or just visiting for a few days, if you’re not French then you’re a guest in someone else’s country. Let’s look beyond the obvious “tourist revenue” and thank our gracious hosts by helping to contribute to the country’s cultural, social and environmental health through responsible travel and conscientious living. It’s not as hard as it sounds. If I can get my busy butt around to making an effort, so can you! Below are some suggestions, none of which require you to sleep in a yurt, eschew bathing, or eat mud pies. After all, this is Paris, dahlings

You don’t have to change the world -- just yourself.

 

solidaire.jpgRead French? Pick up the “Guide Shopping Solidaire à Paris” (Binet & Vibert, Autrement Editions). A great guide for shopping responsibly in Paris, from organic markets and equitable commerce boutiques to barter associations and cooperative restaurants.

 
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