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Always in Love in Paris
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
I’m always in love when I’m in Paris. Not because I’m always in love. That would be just too simple an explanation. It’s because Paris is the ultimate lover. Let me explain.
There’s good reason Paris is considered the world’s most romantic city, although I doubt you’re aware of the reason. In fact, it took me years of contemplating the question of WHY Paris is so romantic, that I finally stumbled across the answer.
Thousands of authors have devoted their creative genius to the question, have written volumes on where to go, what to visit, what to eat, and so on, to have a romantic experience in Paris. And I realized, that you don’t have to follow any of their suggestions to accomplish that. Just being in Paris IS a romantic experience.
In fact, not long ago, a group of friends together were discussing what restaurant would be the perfect romantic spot for one son’s marriage proposal venue and we couldn’t come up with any we could agree upon. In the most romantic city in the world — no really romantic restaurant? How could that be possible!? It was a hilarious debate, a mix of French and Americans, all concluding that the tables were too close, the noise level too high, the smoke too dense, the food too whatever, etcetera, etcetera, to come up with a really suitable venue. All those thousands of authors are sure to disagree with us — they’ve listed dozens of restaurants they think are romantic, but we couldn’t come up with even one we really felt lived up to PARIS itself!
So, why is Paris the most romantic city in the world. One reason, one word: PASSION.
Passion is everywhere. The French are the most passionate people you will ever come across. They are passionate about their language, their culture, their history, their wine, their cheese, their literature, their everything.
They are famous for being the finest lovers in the world. Goethe, who was never without a passion, expressed his affection for Gretchen “with all the fervor of French phraseology.”
When the French make a product they are passionate about, it’s usually the best in the world. Honoré de Balzac said “Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.”
There is no end to the proof I can muster up to support these statements. You all know what I say is true. Paris is the most romantic city in the world and the French are the most passionate people in the world.
So, now you ask WHY…why are the French such passionate people? It may take me years to answer that one, and perhaps our cultural crossings gurus such as Polly Platt (author of “French or Foe”) and Ruth Mastron (author of “Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French”) will have some answers for me.
For now, I look forward to Valentine’s Day knowing Paris is my passion.
A la prochaine…(from New Orleans!)
P.S. Scroll down to the Community Calendar to “Where to Find Romantic Paris” for Valentine’s Day happenings.
Reminder: If you’re in Paris, don’t miss meeting other readers at Parler Paris Après Midi next Tuesday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at La Pierre du Marais. Visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more information.
Legal advisor Jean Taquet’s February Q and A Column is now online to read in its entirety at /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html
Jean Taquet is a French jurist and associate member of the Delaware Bar Association, specializes in civil, criminal and commercial law. He frequently gives courses about the legal system in France and speaks regularly at the Working, Living and Investing conferences sponsored by Parler Paris. He is also well known for his informative Q and A columns in past Paris Voice magazines, which can now be purchased in one document as “The Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France” (http://www.insiderparisguides.com/answers/index.html)
To subscribe to his monthly newsletter, email Jean Taquet at email@example.com
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Paris: City for lovers, lovers of fine food
Taillevent, Temple of Elegant Dining: This renowned monument to gastronomy near the Etoile-Arc de Triomphe is a perennial winner with guidebook gourmets and well-heeled honeymooners. Service is elegant, never condescending. Menu is a la carte. With a glass of good wine, plan to spend $65 to $100 a person; several courses and better bottles will run $130 a person. Location: 8 rue d’Anjou, Paris.
Les Arts, A Garden Haven: This elegant restaurant housed in a former club for engineers, near the Guimet Oriental Museum and the Trocadero, boasts a peaceful terrace for balmy summer days.The classic indoor rooms are spacious and chic. Service is discreet, friendly and efficient. With wine, prices range from $50 to $100 a person. Location: 9 bis, Ave. d’Iena, Paris.
L’Espadon Bleu, Latin Quarter Charm: L’Espadon Bleu (which means blue swordfish) offers delicious food in a small yet spacious restaurant between the Seine and the Odeon. It belongs to Jacques Cagna, famous for his Michelin-guide starred establishment a few doors away. Prices are $50 to $90 a person. Location: 25 rue des Grands Augustins, Paris.
Le Clos Des Gourmets: Gourmet Thrills: This small and cheery restaurant near the Eiffel Tower offers friendly atmosphere and excellent food with some new twists, such as juicy Colvert duck topped with spiced honey, warm quince with cinnamon and celery. A three-course menu at lunch is $43 a person, wine extra. Totals can range from about $50 to $100 a person, depending on wine. Location: 16 Ave. Rapp, Paris.
Romance On The Scenic Seine: Hold hands, sip and taste, as you cruise by the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Several tour barges cruising the Seine offer sound-and-light candlelit dinners, a good way to sample Paris by night, though food quality may vary. The well-known Bateaux Mouches has a special evening menu with music, wine and service included, for $160 a person. Special lunches (weekends, holidays only) cost $65, wine and service included.
The Capitaine Fracasse line offers “gourmet” dinners for $50 a person weeknights or $76 Saturdays, wine not included.
Tying the knot in France
As everyone knows, France is a romantic place. But not all are aware it offers two different ways of tying the knot; one is a traditional marriage contract while the other allows a legally-recognized union, including for same-sex couples.
A church ceremony can only take place after a civil marriage.
All marriages in France must first be performed by a French civil authority before any religious ceremony can take place. The civil ceremony is held in a village, town or city hall, called la mairie, in front of the mayor. The completion of the civil ceremony establishes the couple as husband and wife before the law.
It is the civil marriage ceremony which establishes a couple before the law. The mayor can be substituted to perform the ceremony by the deputy-mayor, or a city councilor.
If they so choose, they may then go on to celebrate a religious ceremony, and this is quite common in France. The clergyman performing the ceremony will require a certificate of civil marriage before it can take place.
Couples married in France receive a livret de famille. This is a legal booklet which records the marriage and subsequent events in the family such as births, deaths, divorce or name changes. It is often required for official purposes, not least during a child’s progress through school. A marriage certificate can be obtained from the mairie where the marriage was performed.
What you need before you marry
* A valid passport or a French residence permit
The Pacs is an alternative legal union for heterosexuals and homosexuals.
There is an alternative legal union in France for both heterosexual and homosexual couples, which is called Le Pacte civil de solidarité, commonly known as Le Pacs. While it falls well short of conferring the legal rights which marriage spouses enjoy, it has a legal status which offers both official recognition of the union and a number of rights for both individuals. It does not have any legal bearing over questions such as the adoption of children.
The Pacs is established before a local magistrates’ court for civil cases, called a tribunal d’instance. The parties can draw up a document specific to themselves which defines their engagement concerning financial matters, such as the equal share of household finances. The Pacs can be signed between two unmarried people, regardless of nationality or sex, who are aged 18 or over.
SUNday, FEBRUARY 1
3TH VALENTINE’S EVE
Thirza Vallois will be talking at Shakespeare & Company in Paris
And once more in the evening, at Patricia Laplante’s Happy Hour and Dinner Salon (starts at 6:30 p.m.).
Call or e-mail Patricia to reserve your place
ONE WORLD ACTORS PRODUCTIONS-2004 English Theatre presents
Tickets still available for:
Mondays & Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Entry Fees: 40 Euros, 30 Euros, 20 Euros (Reduced/groups 10 or more: 15 Euros)
V-day Paris joins global effort to stop violence against women and girls. In association with the V-day 2005 college campaign, the Ulip Theatre Society is proud to present, a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s
“THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES”
Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Plays in English:
20th February Rachel Ollagnon “Coupling”
Plays in French:
Contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58 to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.
ROBYN HITCHCOCK and PETER BLEGVAD In concert
Hôtel du Nord
j2999h Rouse & band
booking all shows 01.53.19.98.88
February 17, 2005 at 8:30 p.m.
ALESIAN LITERARY SALON By Toby Brothers
Bleak House- Charles Dickens- Monday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. The Sound and the Fury- Tuesday afternoons 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html
Next Meeting: February 8th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Buffet. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development. Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with others. You must bring a card.
Wednesday February 2nd – 18h30 to 20h30
Lydia Haferburg, Health Coach And Trainer
ENHANCING YOUR PERFORMANCE
Food is a magic source of energy and is a motivator. Lydia will show us how we can eat to have our bodies and brains functioning at their hi
ghest levels. That way we can be more successful at everything that we undertake. It’s a question of getting motivated, and then eating in a way to sustain greater clarity, feel better and stronger, be healthier, overcome stress and achieve longevity.
In her work, Lydia has often been inspired by the Japanese way of eating.
Please visit: http://www.eat-clever-slim-forever.com (As of 2 February) ADDRESS: At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis: 14 rue St Louis en L’Ile,75004 Paris. The Métros are Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie. Farther away is St. Paul.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
PARIS SOIREE DINNERS
Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.
Sunday February 6th At 18h30. Paris Soirées Dinner: Featuring Intuitive Rachael Frances Gordon: “The Symphony of the Soul”. Rachael shares her special healing process. I’m sure that she’ll be as fascinating as always. (First there’s Happy Hour. Then there’s Dinner. Then the presentation.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. INTERNATIONAL CUISINE.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
27 Years Of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
The newest arts salon in Paris takes place in a Bastille gallery. Artists and experimental/electro DJ Wet.
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
Make your health and fitness dreams a reality
Keep fit and toned with cardiovascular, resistance and
Contact Wendy 06.31.17.46.45
IRAN: FROM WOMEN TO NUKES
Bernard Hourcade, Director of Research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), who will discuss internal developments
Sheila Sarem, member of Young Democrats, who will speak on the status of women in Iran
Bruno Tertrais, Researcher at the Fondation de la Recherche Stratéque (FRS), who will address the nuclear issue
Vivian Walt, reporter just returned from her third trip to Iran, on assignment from Fortune, who will discuss U.S.-Iran relations
Les Noces de Jeannette
Pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant. Please send your check for 32 Euros made out to “Les Noces de Jeannette” to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse. To pay at the door (by check or cash) call for reservations: Cathy Decavele 01.30.52.34.92 or Ellie Schaffer 01.43.20.78.01
Poetry Workshop at WICE
The Pleasure of Process: A Weekend of Poetry
This intensive workshop is open to anyone with a serious interest in writing poetry, from beginners to those more experienced writers who wish to grow.
Cecilia Woloch, author of three collections of poetry, most recently Late, teaches at Emory College.
February 12 and 13–Saturday & Sunday
Congressman Ben Chandler
Democrats Abroad France is proud to honor Rep. Chandler with a fundraising dinner to be held on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at the home of
Suggested contribution: $200 or more
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris March 17th, 2005
Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.
Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations
Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
>At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to
The sky is gradually shifting into the sign Aquarius with greater intensity. Today, the planet Venus left Capricorn and joined the Sun and Mercury in Aquarius. In a few weeks, Chiron (a newly accepted planet in astrology, first discovered in 1977) will enter Aquarius, beginning a seven-year journey across the sign of the water-bearer. This represents a distinct historical phase.
Chiron in Aquarius places an emphasis on groups and group awareness — an energy that has been horribly lacking from some segments of our society. Mass hypnosis is not what you would properly call group consciousness, but that’s the thing we have plenty of right now. An unusual planetary condition that has existed since 1998 has put a kind of drug in the water, inoculating many people against the difference between truth and lies. With the arrival of Chiron in Aquarius, we’re going to see some of what we’ve been missing.
Chiron is a planet of awakening, healing and transformation. Awakenings can be pleasant, or they can be a little rude. I think this one will be a relief, even if we’re confronted with things that we find disturbing.
But for today, the emphasis is on Venus, which just arrived in Aquarius. This is a different kind of feminine energy than we’re used to. Her emphasis is on the intellect rather than on the emotions; she is a master of science, but able to maintain a state of equality with her peers; her idea of love is a lot more free and liberated than what we’re generally accustomed to in our society. I think this will bring some refreshing changes to relationships, offering a sense of perspective and necessary detachment where before all that was visible was commitment and obligation.
Happy Birthday, Aquarius!
Events and developments of this year promise to change your ideas about some of the more subtle points of perception. What is true and what is not? What is the relationship between your personal truth and the larger truth? What is your relationship to substances that change your consciousness, and is there any time when these may be used with integrity? Is the person you present to the world the ‘real you’ or is it a made-up personality? These are questions that will come to the surface in small bits and, at times, in sweeping moments of self-inquiry that will leave you a more solid, confident and authentic person than you’ve ever been before.
Eric Francis is a Paris-based astrological writer. His columns appear in the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and Europe. You can reach him via his United States office at (206) 567-4455 during Eastern business hours (speak to Ms. Bottinelli), or in Paris at 01 4329-0834. Visit Eric’s new page — Planet Waves Parenting — the world’s first journal of parenting and astrology. http://planetwavesparenting.com/
AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP
A few of the February opportunities:
3rd Musée Cluny
A few of the March opportunities:
2nd Louvre & Egypt: Art in the Land of the Pharaohs
The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert…
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.
FEBRUARY 8. “International Dispute Resolution.” A primer for non-lawyers. The expert is Alex Blumrosen, a Paris-based partner at the law firm Bernard-Hetz-Bejot.
MARCH 15. “Corporate Social Responsibility: How Europeans And Americans Understand This Term Differently.” The expert is Kate Fish, the Paris representative of the San Francisco-based consultancy Business for Social Responsibility.
APRIL 19. “Killer of the Modern World: The Mortality Effect of Climate Change (A Case Study of the 2003 Canicule).” The expert is Magali Barbieri, a Paris-based researcher at the Institut national d’études démographiques.
MAY 24. “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).
JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker.
American Library in Paris 10 rue du Général Camou 75007 Paris 01.53.59.12.60 Fax: 01.45.50.25.83 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. http://americanlibraryinparis.org
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