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 Tours
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Videos

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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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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