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

Read more about the Secrets of Paris here


Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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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