About Secrets of Paris

Created in 1999, the Secrets of Paris is the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Discover what you've been missing:

* Free Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events 
* Monthly Secrets of Paris newsletter
* Secrets of Paris Tours & Travel Planning

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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-13
The 41st 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 €10, 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.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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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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