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
* Travel Writing Workshops
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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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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