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

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

Friends

Resource Guide > Special Interest > Writers in France

Dream of being a writer in France? There's quite a few of us expat writers making a living as writers and journalists over here, and many more who come on a regular basis to "recharge the writing batteries" as it were. I've collected some links over the years that may be of interest to anyone pursuing a writing career in Europe, including other writers' websites, local markets, journalist unions, and writing events. Enjoy!

Writers, Bloggers, Journalists and Photograhers

Stephen Clark (British expat writer and author of A Year in the Merde series and Talk to the Snail)

Lisa Pasold
(Canadian-born poet, journalist and travel writer living in Paris)

David Lebovitz
(American-born author of dessert cookbooks and Paris life blogger)

Janet Skeslien Charles (American novelist and writing instructor living in Paris)

Laura Pauli
(Paris-based cook from the USA, writes the fabulous food blog Cucina Testa Rossa)

Gary Lee Kraut
(Paris-based travel writer, private tour guide and author of Paris Revisited)

Paul Schmidtberger (American-born author living in Paris; funny blog!)

Fragment 78 (Poet and teacher Jennifer K. Dick's monthly list of literary events in Paris)

Patty's Paris (Patty Lurie is a writer, painter and art instructor)

Wild Writing Women
(A writing group with its spiritual heart in France)

Anne Woodyard
(American food & travel writer, with Music & Markets tours in France)

Original Impulse
(Cynthia Morris is another US writer whose alter ego lives in France)

Gabrielle Luthy
(A romance writer in love with France)

Gavin Banns (A photographer, actually, who sells beautiful contemporary and antique photos of Paris)

Joanna Walsh (blogs about Paris life in Badaude, and is the Paris editor of www.stylbible.com)

Practical Sites

AGESSA
(French Social Security for authors)

Press Online (Resources for journalists, in French)

WICE
(Writing classes in English in Paris)

Associations

Paris Writers Group: Founded by Mary Duncan on June 20, 2008, PWG meets monthly to discuss the business aspects of writing such as literary agents, editors, ebooks, publishers, blogs, websites, current news and trends in publishing. Each member has three minutes to discuss their writing and any other issues related to their work. We do not critique manuscripts. Membership is for published writers who live in France and is limited to approximately twenty-five people. We have a "Friends" list for writers who would like to receive our monthly news and updates. Contact Mary Duncan for more information:  maryrduncan@gmail.com.

TravelWriters UK (For British travel writers or anyone who writes for UK publications)

Anglo-American Press Association of Paris
(One of the oldest journalist clubs in France)

SACD
(An association for authors, composers, and multi-media artists)

FIJET
(World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers)

Travel Journo (The US/Canadian branch of FIJET)

Le Press Club
(An association for French-speaking journalists)

SNJ
(French Journalist's Union)