Après Midi

Adrian LeedsUpstairs 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

See Map Here

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. 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.

Lisa Anselmo - My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home

Après Midi December 13, 2016

Lisa Anselmo, Author, Blogger, No Love Locks Co-Founder

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Parler Paris Après Midi Archives.

Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

January 10, 2017

 Monique Wells

Tom Reeves

Monique Y. Wells,
Creator of Entrée to Black Paris tours and the Entrée to Black Paris blog  & Tom Reeves, Tour Guide and Author

“African-American Presence in the City of Light”

African Americans have been coming to Paris and leaving their imprint on the city for over two hundred years. Join Tom Reeves and Monique Y. Wells to learn about a number of these personalities – including music conductor James Reese Europe, who introduced the French to a new form of music called jazz, and artist Henry O. Tanner, three of whose paintings now hang at the Musée d’Orsay. Tom will draw on material that he presents in his popular “Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden” walking tour and Monique will talk about African Americans whose presence she has identified in other parts of the city.

Monique has lived in Paris since 1992. Since 1999, Monique and her husband Tom have provided tours and services to travelers wanting to experience African Diaspora history, culture, and contemporary life in Paris. She has written and been featured in many online and print articles on the topic and has worked with various study abroad programs focused on “Black Paris” since 2001.

Tom  has been a confirmed Francophile since he first took an unpaid sabbatical in 1975 to travel to France to learn the language, see the country, and pursue a diploma in French language, literature, and civilization. Returning to California in 1978, he eventually realized that while he had left France, France had never left him. He moved back permanently in 1992.
Together they created Discover Paris!, a company that specializes in guided tours on African-American history in the French capital, as well as gourmet tours of the city.

Entrée to Black Paris tours

Discover Paris!

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February 14, 2017

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin(photo ©Stéphane de Bourgies)

Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, Author

Paris is the lingerie capital of the world and St Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate life, love, and lingerie. So put on your best lingerie and join Kate for a delightful afternoon as she discusses her new book, Paris Undressed: The Secrets of French Lingerie. Paris Undressed goes behind the seams, combining cultural references, expertise, and practical advice to inspire sensuality and rêverie. Discover how to integrate a lingerie lifestyle à la française to enhance your own femininity, confidence, and joie de vivre. Learn about garter belts and stockings, the true meaning of dépareillé, and where to find the perfect bra, couture camisole, or cheeky panty. Join us and treat yourself to that ooh la la feeling that only French lingerie can provide. Paris Undressed is published by House of Anansi and will be available wherever books are sold. The book is available for pre-order now.

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin is a journalist and entrepreneur. She has been living in Paris and working in the lingerie industry since 1990. She started her own lingerie company, Soyelle, which specialized in accessories and beauty products, before founding Paris Lingerie Tours -- the ultimate luxury rendez-vous for helping women fulfill their lingerie dreams. In 2009, she founded Pink Bra Bazaar, a charitable organization dedicated to breast health education and supporting women with breast cancer. Born in Canada, she lives in an old millhouse outside of Paris with her husband, five children, and assorted pets.


March 14, 2017

Heidi Ellison
Heidi Ellison, Editor and Freelance Journalist

Heidi Ellison, a long-time Paris resident, is a freelance journalist specializing in art, travel and literature, and the founder and editor of ParisUpdate.com. Her articles have been published in dozens of international publications, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France.

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