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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:

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Calendar of Paris Events

Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

January 11 - February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

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

Secrets of Paris Guides 

Jean-Manuel Traimond, museum guide With over 30 years experience as a licensed tour guide, Jean-Manuel knows the museums and monuments of Paris better than anyone, and has authored several specialist guidebooks. He’s not only knowledgeable enough to impress even art and history experts themselves, he’s also very entertaining and engaging with clients of all ages (he’s the only French guide I know who can make kids laugh). He speaks fluent English, French, Italian and Danish. Jean-Manuel can give tours of even the most obscure Parisian sights. He also loves giving night tours of museums. 

Edward Holford, guide Our Franco-British guide Edward, aka Ted, was born and raised just outside Paris, and started his career in hospitality working in hotels in Normandy. Knowing that he could offer better service to travelers by getting out from behind the check-in desk, he now offers guided tours of Parisian “villages” that tourists rarely visit. He’s the perfect guide to answer all your burning questions about what the modern Parisian really thinks about today’s issues. When not giving tours or attending lectures on art history, Edward is into sports and the great outdoors. You can read more about him on his site Paris with Ted. 

Quentin Henric, guide-in-training. Quentin is French. Raised by teacher parents in suburbia, he soon became passionate about history, which he chose to study in la Sorbonne for five years when he moved into the city. Having lived in Canada, Quentin is fluent in English, Spanish and obviously French. His passion: medieval and royal history. He specializes in Catholic churches, many which he has visited in pilgrimage (Chartres) or as a volunteer tour guide (including two years in Notre Dame Cathedral where he is working part-time while finishing his degree). Quentin will give you a new perspective on Parisian churches throughout history, their biblical symbols, and current religious practices of French Catholics.

Philippe Maillet, guide-in-training. Philippe grew up in western France, in the area of Nantes. He came to Paris in 1999 to study art history at La Sorbonne. After specializing in Islamic architecture he went on to the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture where he acquired a diploma in traditional heritage restoration and in the Ecole du Louvre for a degree in museology. What characterizes Philippe’s background is a passion for North Africa, its arts, its history, its cultures. Eager to follow his family’s steps, he moved to Morocco where he worked on research projects for the Moroccan government concerning the conversion of traditional buildings into guest houses in the old city (medina) of Marrakech. After many stays in Morocco and Algeria, he is now an expert on North African architecture, from Middle Age up to now. Having embraced the Arabic culture in all its aspects, he knows not only history of art but also traditions, music and food. Since he returned in Paris, Philippe worked in a gallery of modern art in the Marais. Inquisitive of everything, knowledgeable of many sites and galleries where one can see contemporary creation in the city, he is also well-informed on hidden places, underground bars and secret restaurants. He is the perfect guide to those who want to discover Paris through the eyes of a curious Parisian.

 

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