(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
NEXT MEETING: EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed August)
Now, every month, a guest speaker of note comes to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion!
*Special Note: Anyone attending Parler Paris Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.
Parler Paris Après Midi May 15, 2015:
“How to be photogenic”
To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Parler Paris Après Midi Archives.
Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:
June 9, 2015
Cecilia Woloch, Author and Poet
"Paris as an Inspiration for Writers: Blurring the Borders Between Autobiography, Fiction and Poetry"
Cecilia is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009) and Tzigane, le poème Gitan (Scribe-l’Harmattan 2014), the French translation of her second book, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem. Her novella Sur la Route, a finalist for the Colony Collapse Prize, appears from Quale Press in 2015, along with a new collection of poems, Earth, awarded the Two Sylvias Press Prize for the chapbook.
Sur la Route is a novella in postcard-like vignettes — a series of brief, vivid, poetic episodes that trace the path of a disaffected American woman “on the road” in France and western Europe. It’s the winter of 1994 and she’s fled the blandness of Los Angeles for Paris, carrying with her only a list of the names of friends-of-friends, a couple of battered suitcases and a longing to be part of a more sensual, nuanced, mysterious world.
EXCEPTIONALLY July 21, 2015
NO MEETING IN AUGUST
September 8, 2015
David Downie, Author and owner/operator of Paris, Paris walking tours
"A PASSION FOR PARIS: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light"
David will be joining us once again to talk about his latest book. He is an accomplished author with several novels and guide books to his credit. He has been called... “Downie is the consummate guide... encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its magical story. Anyone who loves Paris will adore this joyful book.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A Passion for Paris is about Paris’s secluded, atmospheric parks, artists’ studios, cafes, restaurants and streets little changed since the 1800s, a treasure hunt exuding romance. The art and architecture, the cityscape, riverbanks, and the unparalleled quality of daily life are part of the romantic equation.
In the book Downey weaves the story of his own life in Paris with the lives and loves of Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire, Balzac, Nadar and other great Romantics thrilling in the city’s secular romantic pilgrimage sites and asking himself, Why Paris, not Venice or Rome?
October 13, 2015
Rosemary Flannery, Author
"Introducing Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour Through the History of Paris"
Angels are sculpted everywhere in Paris, not just on churches but in unexpected places: holding a lightning rod atop the Théâtre du Châtelet’s roof, adorning a seventeenth-century gilded sundial inside a courtyard at the Sorbonne, hovering above a railroad headquarters where a beautiful stone frieze features young angels flying in to work on the tracks. Subtly, subliminally, the angels are a part of the fanciful and romantic spirit of Paris. Angels of Paris is the first book to explore this intriguing and extraordinary subject.
Rosemary Flannery has lived in France since 1989 and enjoys dual French-American nationality. Born in New Jersey, Rosemary moved to NYC where she studied French language and literature at Columbia University and graduated with honors in French in 1985. While at Columbia she co-produced and hosted French Encounters, a public-access television program on French culture produced in conjunction with the French Embassy. Rosemary studied Méthodologie de l'Architecture with Claude Mignot at the Sorbonne. Artist and writer, Rosemary also gives tours of Paris museums and neighborhoods, and lectures on French architecture in Paris and the U.S.
November 10, 2015
Cara Black, author of the New York Times Bestselling list Aimée Leduc series
December 8, 2015
Sibel Pinto, Chef-instructor, University Lecturer, Author
"The sweet and sour journey of the Turkish Sephardic cuisine"
Born in Istanbul, Turkey to a Sephardic family, Sibel Pinto studied Business Administration at Bosphorus University. While in Turkey she worked as a bank manager. Arriving in Paris, Sibel decided to study at the world-famous Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School and had her master’s degree at Hautes Etudes du Goût at Reims University.
She now owns a catering company and works as lecturer and chef-instructor in cooking schools and gastronomy departments of universities. She also runs a well-known Istanbul gourmet walking tour where she takes participants off the beaten track on a delicious culinary adventure. She is a regular columnist for Shalom newspaper, the only Jewish newspaper of the Turkish Jewish community, and a frequent contributor to culinary magazines and cookbooks. Sibel divides her time between Paris and Istanbul.
Sibel will take us on a sweet and sour journey with the Sephardic people expelled from the Iberian Peninsula in 1492 who settled in the Ottoman Empire and kept alive their food culture influenced by the Spanish heritage. You’ll learn the secrets of this very special cuisine, tasting some delicacies while taking in the fresh air of Istanbul!