Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City is an award-winning guidebook written for the “Sex & the City” generation of independent, empowered women. Informative, intelligent and entertaining, this guide helps you discover the hidden pleasures of the City of Light, with insider tips on planning a sexy getaway in Paris, whether you’re traveling as a couple, with the ladies, or on a solo adventure of your own.
First released by the indie publisher Fleur de Lire Press in 2008, this completely revised, improved and expanded second edition with 352 pages and 295 photos includes:
How Parisian women embrace pleasure and beauty in their everyday lives
How to flirt like a local and decode French pick-up lines
Intimate hotels and packing tips to set the scene for seduction
The best Parisian fashion boutiques, beauty salons, and perfume shops
Lessons in pole dance, striptease, pastry-making, or finding your personal style
Erotic museums, art galleries, and book shops to get you in the mood
Female-owned boutiques specializing in naughty toys, lingerie and fetishwear
Drinking, dining, and afternoon tea recommendations for couples or solo ladies
The best clubs and cocktail bars for mingling with the locals
Kinky cabarets, burlesque shows, and masked costume balls
An introductory peek into swingers’ clubs, fetish parties and couples-only parties
Useful vocabulary and detailed resources for finding more information
If Content is King, Quality is Queen
Who cares about the excellent content if your book feels cheap and falls apart before you get to the last chapter? Because we love books and want them to live forever in your library, not in a landfill, Naughty Paris is made with high-quality matte paper, heavy cardstock for the cover, traditional offset printing methods, and sturdy Smyth-sewn binding. For the second edition, we’ve partnered with a certified green printer using only non-toxic, vegetable-based inks and paper from sustainably harvested trees. You get a book that looks great, feels good, and respects the planet.
Three Ways to Enjoy Naughty Paris
On Your Own
The exhilarating freedom, the endless possibilities, the lingering glances from handsome locals...Paris is a whole new city for women traveling solo. People are friendlier, more helpful, and more likely to strike up a conversation than if you were traveling with friends or a partner. Enjoy the rewards of your independence. Spoil yourself with a day of self-pampering, shopping for shoes, or reading Anais Nin's naughty diaries on a sunny cafe terrace. This guide includes a special selection of hotels suitable for independent women, as well bars and restaurants "For the Ladies" that are all solo-female-friendly.
With the Ladies
Nothing brings out a woman's sexiness more than the laughter and joy we experience with our closest friends. An excellent destination for bachelorettes, best friends, or elegant empty-nesters rediscovering the joys of feminine company, Paris never fails to inspire female bonding excursions. Whether it's a visit to the city's racy female-friendly toy boutiques, ladies night cocktails in the swankiest locals' bars, or a naughty male striptease show and pole-dancing lesson, some things are just more fun with friends. And when things get wild, you know you can all agree on one thing: "What happens in Paris, stays in Paris."
He may be your husband of 20 years or the charming young Frenchman who was wooing you all night at the bar. That's your business. This guide will help you live out your fantasies, whether you're here to inject a bit of Parisian naughtiness into a long term relationship or to engage in a steamy tryst. Check in to a sexy boutique hotel, feed each other oysters in a candlelit restaurant, and flirt shamelessly in a secluded corner of an intimate bar. And if the mood is right and your accomplice willing, Naughty Paris can open the doors to the city's most exclusive libertine clubs and fetish soirees. With this guide, you can be the sex goddess you always knew you were.
Yes, you can kiss on the Eiffel Tower or cuddle by the banks of the Seine, but savouring the notorious naughtiness of Paris can be difficult for the uninitiated, especially if you're a woman. Fortunately, Paris just got a little sexier, thanks to a new book and tour created specifically for girls going out on the town.
"I think Paris is naughtier than other cities," says American-in-Paris Heather Stimmler-Hall, the author of the upcoming Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City. "The literature, the architecture, the history: Paris has all these great stories of empowered women."
She adds, "It's more our city than a man's city. Amsterdam, for example, that's a man's city. I know people say that Paris is a woman, but I say Paris isn't a woman, it's a woman's city."
Stimmler-Hall started out running ordinary historical tours and writing an e-
newsletter for visitors to the City of Light. But, she says, "I'd get these discreet little questions about Paris after-hours. After a few dozen of those questions, I thought maybe I should do a guide." She considered translating one of the existing French guides about the sexier side of Paris, but the general tone put her off. "I didn't want to find myself in the Bois de Boulogne at two in the morning, chatting about how to pick up a Brazilian hooker. Instead, a friend suggested I focus on what women like, what I know and love about Paris, what secrets my female friends know."
And so Naughty Paris was born, with recommendations for everything from romantic riverside tango lessons and tea rooms where you can share cake with your girlfriends to corset boutiques and bars that offer pole-dancing lessons. "It's the guide for the Sex and the City generation," Stimmler-
Hall says, laughing.
The book will be out this summer, but for now, requests are coming in for customized naughty tours. "I can take people to lingerie shops, light-hearted toy boutiques; it really depends on what they want. People like having a guide so they don't feel weird or sleazy in the shops." She also recommends having a session in a hammam, a Turkish-style bath that's very popular in Paris, and can rhyme off cheerful bars where a woman can feel comfortable having a drink on her own, without running the risk of unwanted attention. "Paris respects women eating or drinking alone," she says.
And, of course, she thinks more women should take a holiday walk on the wild side. "There's so much you can do here. It's a great fun adventure, whether it's a night with friends to see the city, or a bachelorette or ..." She winks.
A TASTE OF NAUGHTY PARIS
Hotel Amour (8, rue Navarin; 01-48-78-31-80; hotelamour.com) Stimmler-Hall always starts with a fun hotel recommendation. "Really," she says, "the room can make a difference for the whole trip." The Hotel Amour is one of her favourites, a hop away from the Erotic Museum in South Pigalle (an up-and-coming area known as SoPi), and featuring several artist-decorated rooms (including one with glow-in-the-dark wallpaper). Reasonable rates mean you'll have enough left in your budget to spring for champagne and bubble bath for the claw foot tub. Doubles from 90 euros.
Metamorph'ose (49, rue Quincampoix; 01-42-72-21-98; metamorphose.fr) This deceptively small shop has a vast basement with room after room of costumes, shoes, bustiers, accessories and sexy toys. The lady of the house (cradling a fluffy dog in her arms) is happy to help, but she'll also leave you alone if you're shy. A great place to find your naughtiest Parisian self. "You can get mildly sexy stuff or super-fetish wear here," Stimmler-Hall says.
Musee de l'Erotisme (78, boulevard de Clichy; 01-42-58-28-73; musee-erotisme.com) Open until 2 a.m., this museum turns the red-light district of Montmartre into a historical and artistic attraction: Belle Epoque brothel photos share floor space with original Robert Crumb drawings. Stimmler-Hall includes the museum on her naughty tour "because it's the titillating side of Paris. Pigalle can be seedy, but this is perfect for tourists."
Au Bonheur des Dames: Regine's Club (Thursday nights from 9:30 p.m.; 49, rue Ponthieu; 06-21-70-52-56; bonheur-des-dames.com) This weekly soiree mixes free cocktails, dinner, gifts and a slew of naked men. "It's all hands-on," Stimmler-Hall says. Each evening has a different sponsor, and until 10:45 p.m., it's all free. "I have a moleskin notebook that I love from Regine's Bridget Jones's Diary night. Everyone was wearing bunny ears. It's a lot of fun: manicures, jewellery and girl talk." Dress up, get there on time, and don't sit in the front if you think oil might stain your dress.
Les Chandelles (1, rue Therese; 01.42.60.43.31; les-chandelles.com) For the adventurous, this is the most refined of the libertine Paris clubs. Recommended dress for women includes the highest heels you can manage. The clientele at these places can be a bit predictable (a few too many older men), which makes couples' nights the best option. Stimmler-Hall says that you're never obliged to join in, whatever club you find yourself in. "The places I recommend, you dress up, you go and dance and there's a back room if you want something a little more risque."
Le First Boudoir (234, rue de Rivoli; 01-44-77-10-40; lefirstrestaurant.com) Once upon a time, this plush haven was the Continental Hotel, home of Janet Flanner, the New Yorker writer and lesbian-
about-town. These days, the restaurant is a candlelit retreat offering tasting menus and an inspiring view of the Tuileries gardens. "I go for bars with dark corners, restaurants that are intimate. You'd think that would be easy in Paris," Stimmler-Hall says, "but actually a lot of restaurants have kids running around, or they're party places. I look for quiet romantic places."
For more information, go to naughtyparisguide.com.
Polly Vous Francais
Ladies (and gentlemen), it's time for a little break. Time for a few minutes' hiatus from the news, from fretting over the Dow Jones, the campaign mudslinging and Tina Fey lookalikes. Forget dwelling on the impending gloom of autumn, the holiday decorations you just don't have the get-up-and-go to get-up and get.
Ladies, we all know that reading is the ultimate cheap thrill, the easiest way to escape the daily doldrums. Some of us may read bodice-ripper steamy pseudo-novels. Some may read of exotic travel in guides to foreign lands. Some may read self-improvement books. But if you've ever wondered how to really relish the life -- or even a moment or two -- of no-holds-barred romance and seduction a la francaise, please treat yourself to the guilt-free, oh-so-guilty pleasure of reading Naughty Paris: A Lady's Guide to the Sexy City.
Naughty is in the eye of the beholder, of course. But Heather Stimmler-Hall's new book is a gem. A gold mine of how-to's and where-to's for any woman traveling to or living in the City of Love, or even dreaming of it. Call me jaded, but I found this guide to be an excellent primer -- with precious little to be titillated about -- on how to find your inner femme fatale. Your naughty may be another's nice, but this book is an unapologetic romp into the foundations and fundamentals of being a healthy, gorgeous woman who attracts the opposite sex. How to understand the French dating and pick-up codes. Where to buy the best lingerie for your money. Toys. Boys. Seduction poise. But it's not all that naughty, really. It's just authentic and French: there are even chapters on history of French women, literature, museums. An intelligent, cultivated woman is, of course, the most alluring.
Admit it, most of us appreciate such lucsious advice. We devour it. We're just not supposed to acknowledge it. Naughty Paris rips the bodice off the false-prudery and gives you all the steamy details. (If your prim sensibilities find the end chapters on certain clubs and activities offensive or embarrassing, just discreetly exacto them out.) As I read through the book, I thought, "If Mae West were alive today, she would have written the foreword and the jacket blurbs. Heck, she would have written the book."
Naughty Paris has plenty of pointers for flirting ŕ la francaise. I have one flirt tip to add: read this book on a plane, a train, or in a cafe, and trust me, you'll have one of the best conversation starters a femme fatale wannabe could ever want.