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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:

* 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

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are well underway! 
There are lots of them, and they're in full swing.  The two largest are opening mid-month this year:

- till January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- till December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense

Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere. Click through to our full calendar to get more details.  

December 15-early January 
All of the Manèges, aka Carrousels de Paris, in the 3rd through 20th arrondissements of Paris are free for children for the holidays (my favorite is in the Jardins du Trocadéro, but the lines are longest). See the full list here. Open daily 11am-9pm.

December 7-11
Winter is circus time in Paris! Lots of options--for example the Cirque du Soleil (Dec. 7-11) with this year's Varekai performance. At the Accorhotels arena (12e), seats from 37€ to 80€. But there are lots of others. See the complete list for other circus and circus-like spectacles. 

Click here to see the full calendar of events...

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

Some Kind Words from Secrets of Paris Clients

 You can also read reviews of Secrets of Paris Tours on TripAdvisor.com.

Eating the best crêpes in Paris in the gardens of the Cluny Medieval Museum, August 2010. (Thanks to tour client Justin Knight for the photo)

"I wanted to thank you for the morning you spent with me and my mom at St Ouen. We thoroughly enjoyed your company and felt grateful to be directed toward stalls that carried items that we were looking for. We will certainly be in touch on our next Paris adventure."-  Jenny K., September 2010

"Thanks for the restaurant information. We really enjoyed and appreciated the tour today." - Ron. J. September 2010

"I wanted to thank you for the tour in Paris.  Stacey and I enjoyed ourselves and will recommend you to friends and our travel agent." - Brett W., September 2010

"Just wanted to say thank you once again for the wonderful tour of Paris.  Everyone was thoroughly impressed with your knowledge and history of the City, and thought it was the best thing we did all week.  We arrived back in the US late last night, and will have wonderful memories for many years to come.  Thanks again and best wishes for you in Paris." - Bill S., August 2010

"Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful two days we had with you I'm really happy to have found you. You were so patient and flexible with our daughter and a real pleasure to be with. From the beginning during the planning of my agenda you were knowledgeable, honest and open about the various places I wanted to see and the costs involved.  I felt confident that my short time in Paris would be a memorable one. You met us on time at our hotel at the arranged time, very well prepared with the day planned out for us.  It was nice and assuring. We look forward to seeing you again. We are recommending you as a guide to all of our friends interested in visiting Paris." - John G., July 2010

"Just a quick note of thanks. We just returned from Paris and had a wonderful time. Our best all around meal was Little Georgette, so we are particularly appreciative for that recommendation. The rest of your tips, insight and knowledge was spot on as well. Most importantly, you helped us understand the French, so that we all came back with deeper admiration of the lifestyle and culture." - Chris N., July 2010

"Thanks again for the tour and suggestions, it was great.  After the race I was able to make it over to L’As for a falafal and was well worth it.  I then tried out the gellato at Pozzetos which was a great post race treat and end to the weekend. I look forward to getting back and actually spending some time exploring the city more." - Thomas F., March 2009

At the open-air food market, April 2010. (Thanks to tour client Jon Rowley for the photo)


And letters from past seasons….

“I just wanted to write and say thank you for the enjoyable introduction to Paris. We had such a great visit that week and look forward to another one in the near future. Somehow the oysters in the States don't compare to the ones we shared with you. We even drove to DC a couple of weeks ago to our favorite city restaurant and ate oysters from all over including British Columbia but none could compare to those "Utah Beach" we consumed in Paris. Thanks again for a special day.” - Mary H., Hot Springs, VA

“Kath and I had a great time seeing you in Paris. You are such a pro and a great kid to boot. [Our friends] loved you too! Looking at France again this summer, will keep you posted!” - Eric B., Kansas

“Robert and I both want to thank you for the lovely tour of the gardens of the Marais and for the time we shared with you afterwards at the cafe. It was wonderful to meet you after months of newsletters that brought you into our lives.”- Carlyn S., Los Angeles

“I just wanted to thank you again for all your help and information. My mom had a wonderful time and that's all that mattered, since it was a trip for her birthday. We hope to travel back to Paris next year and will try to look you up for more advice. We'll continue to read and enjoy your newsletter.”- Julie D., North Carolina

“Thank you again for the wonderful tour in October.  We are still raving about our trip that you had such input into making fabulous.” - Fred and September, USA

“I had such a great time with you. Forgot to tell you that the notes are wonderful!!!   Next time you and I and maybe James will have to do the art tour. I did go down several streets looking in windows in that area in St Germain de Pres but I know I didn’t see all you listed so we’ll have something more to see!” - Karen J., Austin, TX

“I really enjoyed our tour with you last week. It was a unique way to see the city.  Thanks, too, for the restaurant tips. Before we departed, we had visited several of the places mentioned in your book. We had a fantastic visit and really enjoyed meeting you. We're spreading the word about your book and tours.” - Liesl L., Washington, D.C. 

Eating oysters at the market, January, 2010.

I just wanted to add my personal thanks to you for making our trip very special.  In addition to our time with you, many of the restaurants, museums, and other activities we enjoyed came straight from your book.  The Palais de Tokyo and 404 were a couple of the major highlights, but all of your descriptions were right on target.  I can assure you that we will refer our friends to you and your book and trust that our paths will cross again in the future.” - David T., Washington, D.C. 

“Vivian and I would like to tell you how much we enjoyed meeting you and having you show us your Paris. It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about Paris and its history. I will definitely recommend you to any of our friends and family that will be coming to Paris. (We still think you look like a young Julia Roberts)” - Gaylor C., Tennessee

“Heather: With your help, my recent trip to Paris was the best ever. I used your many recommendations, and found many of the places and clubs you sent me. My wife and I had a wonderful time, and met many non-tourists during our many adventures. The evening and night activities were the best. In fact, one night we did not get back to our hotel until 5:30 a.m.!”- David P., USA

“I just wanted to let you know since you helped us so much in navigating the bureaucracy of France that Mark and I were successfully married yesterday! I want to thank you so much for your help and advice along the way. It was VERY helpful!” - Trista B., Paris

My first tour in the snow! Place des Vosges, December 24, 2010