3 to 5 p.m. the Second Tuesday of the Month (except August)
Upstairs at Café de la Mairie
(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)
On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers
*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.
To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.
December 11, 2018
Laurent Queige, Tourism and Maketing Professional
He was the manager of the tourism department at the Paris City Council from 2001 to 2013. He ran the strategy for Paris tourism attractiveness: engineering, quality charters, marketing, digital tourism, monitoring and prospective, communication, international relations. His main achievements are: Paris Capital of Creative Design, the Paris quality charter for bed & breakfasts, the Paris Nightlife Festival, Creative Paris.
Laurent is the general manager of the Welcome City Lab, the first startup incubator focused on tourism innovation in the world, which aims at positioning Paris as the world leader in innovation in urban tourism. He advises thirty startups every year, in order to accelerate their growth and be successful worldwide. He manages a 4-people team and runs a stearing committee composed of 13 public and private partners. He aims at creating an international network of tourism incubators in the world.
January 8, 2019
Liz Alderman, Journalist
Liz Alderman serves as Business Editor of International Herald Tribune S.A.S. Ms. Alderman is a specialist in monetary policy (Federal Reserve and ECB) and macroeconomics. She joined the IHT from the financial news agency BridgeNews, where she served as Paris bureau chief overseeing coverage of the French and eurozone economies and French corporate and political news. She was the Federal Reserve correspondent from 1995 to 1999 in Washington D.C., covering the American economy. As a Greenspan-watcher, she made television appearances on CNBC and Public Television's “Nightly Business Report” programs. She also covered banking issues in the early 1990's, including U.S. bank regulatory reform and the Whitewater hearings. Her Broadcast Experience include: CNBC and Public Television's "Nightly Business Report". Ms. Alderman graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in English Literature and Language.
February 12, 2019
Lily Heise, Author & Travel Blogger
Lily Heise is a Canadian freelance writer and romantic expert who has been living in Paris in 2000. She is the author of two books on looking for romance in Paris and her articles and travel writing have been featured in the Huffington Post, CondéNastTraveler.com, Business Insider, Playboy.com, Frommer’s Paris and France travel guides, City Secrets Guides, DK Eyewitness, WendyPerrin.com, France Tourism UK, LonelyPlanet.com, The Local France, The Tourist in Paris, HiP Paris, Girl Gone International Magazine, GLOW Magazine and other publications.
March 12, 2019
Following the format of the small classic An Hour from Paris (2002, 2008, 2017) and written with the same delight in the little-known treasures of the Ile de France, comes Annabel Simms’s long awaited sequel, Half an Hour from Paris. It describes 10 surprising new destinations only half an hour by train or métro from central Paris, yet unknown to many Parisians.
Based on over 20 years’ experience of exploring the Paris countryside by train, each daytrip includes the essential historical, cultural and social background, as well as detailed practical information, clear maps and optional extensions to the recommended walk.
Annabel was born in England, of Hungarian parentage. She has lived in Paris since 1991, when she arrived from London on a year’s sabbatical from her job as a college lecturer in English language and literature – and never left. She continues to spend her weekends happily exploring the Ile de France by train and on foot.
April 9, 2019
Adrian Leeds has "starred" in 36 episodes of HGTV'S House Hunters International episodes since 2006, as a French property consultant who helps people realize their dream of owning property in Paris and all of France! Join Adrian for at Après Midi as she combs the romantic streets of Paris to find the perfect pied-à-terre or journeys to the French countryside in search of the ideal home for her clients. Three episodes of House Hunters International will be shown and Adrian will talk about her experience filming the shows and will open the forum to questions.
May 14, 2019
Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Timothy Jay Smith had an unparalleled international career and life that saw him smuggle banned plays from behind the Iron Curtain, maneuver through Occupied Territories, and stowaway aboard a ‘devil’s barge’ for a three-day crossing from Cape Verde that landed him in an African jail.
Someone once remarked that Tim is so well traveled that he could fill a whole library with his stories. With the April 2019 release of his third novel, The Fourth Courier (Skyhorse Publishing), he’s on his way.
June 11, 2019
John Pearce, Author
John Pearce is a part-time Parisian but lives most of the the year in Sarasota, FL. He worked as a journalist in Washington and Europe, where he covered economics for the International Herald Tribune and edited a business magazine. After a business career in Sarasota, he spends his days working on his future books. For several months each year, he and his wife Jan live in Paris, walk its streets, and chase down interesting settings for future books and his blog, JohnPearceAuthor.com. They lived earlier in Frankfurt, Germany, which gave him valuable insights for several of the scenes in his books in Paris.
July 9, 2019
September 10, 2019
October 8, 2019
November 12, 2019
December 10, 2019