Amour is in the Air and On the Sidewalks

Photo by DDotPalmer

Amour is in the Air and On the Sidewalks

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris

Click here for Community Calendar #146

Click here to send Parler Paris to a friend…

Express Yourself. Click here to comment on Parler Paris…

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Paris, France

“Le Provençal” Studio


“Le Provençal” Studio

Located in a very charming and quiet 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais, this sunny studio is perfect for one or two seeking ultimate Parisian calm, flavored with the beautiful colors of Provence.

LAST MINUTE RENTAL! Available March 8th – 27th and April 26th – May 6th (departure May 7th)!

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/provencal.html


Pepé Le Pew

Jean-Luc Duez

Ben and Angela Harris

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Love must be in the air. In the last few weeks, the word “wedding” has entered my verbal and written world from a myriad of sources.

My daughter has been invited to photograph back-to-back brother-sister weddings next month in Delhi, India, unifying families from both the northern and southern regions of the country. We are both attending and feverishly studying up on the traditions of the ceremony and how we, as westerners, are going to fit in to such colorful and exciting events (it will last for days!). (During those weeks, I will do my best to report in to you and send a glimpse of the sensory overload we are sure to experience!)

Meanwhile, I have received letters from friends, colleagues and clients asking how to go about having their weddings in France. It’s such a romantic idea. Why? Because France itself is a romantic idea. Doesn’t it seem impossible to think of Paris or France without thinking of love.

Remember Looney Tunes own Pepé Le Pew, the stinky but amorous French skunk? He is described by his creators as having all the qualities of a great lover…a born romantic with an enthusiasm that knows no bounds. His ego is as big as the Eiffel Tower, he showers “les femmes” with flowery come-ons, champagne, and gifts. He purrs. He coos. He cajoles…all in that entrancing French accent. Unfortunately, like all great heroes, he has a flaw — his natural “perfume.”

This is the image we grew up with as kids — the Latin lover from France…and oh how we dreamed of having our own…but without the “odeur!” Now, as adults, France still holds the dream of “amour.”

It’s more than just a dream on the streets of Paris. Four years ago, water colorist Jean-Luc Duez declared “After her, there was room for nothing else” and began to paint the word “Amour” in a cursive script on sidewalks, walls, Métro stops, benches and even cars, all over the city (Pascal Fonquernie of was one of the lucky few to have his car branded!). Even as the little green men with their scrub brushes tried to eradicate it, it came back again and again, with even more vigilance.

The story goes that the woman left him after two years and to win her back, he tried the usual tactics…letters and flowers…just like our old Pepé! She continued to reject him, but he didn’t wan. He draws mostly in white paint, and left roughly 100 Amours around the city each day. Fitting…for the most romantic city in the world, n’est-ce pas?

So, let’s say you want to get married in France? Unless you are an official resident of France for at least 40 days prior to the marriage, you can not officially marry here. But that doesn’t stop you from having a ceremony! Have a small private ceremony before a judge in your hometown, then pack up for your dream wedding in France, with all the trimmings.

If you’re living here or attending school or one of you is resident in France, and wish to obtain a marriage license, here’s a great site to tell you just how to do it: Love Tripper


ngs take place regularly in the “Salle de Mariage” at the city halls in Paris and of course, at châteaux all over France designed specifically to make your day special. One I am personally familiar with is Le Château de Saint-Loup, a jewel of France’s architectural heritage near Poitiers, and a perfect setting for romantic honeymoons and marriages.

I don’t recommend, however, that you try to organize it all on your own. Angela and Ben Harris who recently married here, worked with an event planner in Toulouse — Sunflower Events. Angela wrote, “She knew local companies here in Paris as well…she was really great at what she does!…I’d recommend her to everyone I know that is getting married.”

There are lots of other resources to make the most of your wedding vows in France thanks to the Internet and all those who have the same romantic idea of “l’amour”…

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

Express Yourself. Click here to comment on Parler Paris…

P.S. Be sure to scroll down to see what on the roster for cooks and writers who want to perfect their crafts!

Calendar #146
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Paris, France


The Parler Paris Weekly Community Calendar is a partnership with to provide you with the most up-to-date information about upcoming events related to the Anglophone community in Paris.

We gladly run announcements for non-profit organizations. If you wish your community announcement to be listed, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to:

We reserve the right to edit as necessary. We cannot promise it will be run if the information is provided in French or if the format is unacceptable. Please use the calendar format as your guide.

Thank you, Adrian

Your move to Paris can be hassle-free


Moving to Paris? Our experienced relocation expert will help make your move easy and hassle-free. We offer complete property consultation and search services…visit
/frenchproperty/consultation/propertyconsultation.html or email

French Property Insider Consultation…your complete solution to finding, buying, renovating or renting your new dream home or apartment in France. /frenchproperty/consultation

Insider Paris Guides Have a New Home!

This Week in French Property Insider…

Insider Paris Guides started almost 10 years ago with the idea of creating an online electronic regularly updated listing of my favorite good-value restaurants. I wrote it one summer, listed 50 Paris restaurants and we called it the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants. It sold from the moment it hit cyberspace and over the years, guides were added to the roster...FPI Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an e-mail newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. Learn all the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week.

To learn more, visit /frenchproperty/insider or go directly to subscribe at /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html or email

Cooking Up a Storm on Rue Tatin
Cooking and Food Writing
April 1 – 6, 2007


Cooking Up a Storm on Rue Tatin is a unique opportunity for you to explore the fascinating relationship between cooking, writing, and creativity. We’ll be Cooking Up a Storm with food made from the freshest seasonal and local ingredients and words inspired by the creative surroundings of Normandy, good food, the fabulous wines selected from the old cellar, and lively conversation around the dinner table. When you leave On Rue Tatin you’ll take with you a passion to cook for yourself, a newly energized confidence in your writing, and a stronger creative identity.

For more information, email: or visit

Creative Writing Workshop
with Cecilia Woloch
Centro Pokkoli, Vitorchiano, Italy
March 4 – 10, 2007


Join poet Cecilia Woloch in the beautiful, ancient town of Vitorchiano, Italy, for the second annual creative writing workshop to be held at Centro Pokkoli, March 4 – March 10, 2007.

To read more about it and for more information, click here to download the pdf brochure or contact Cecilia Woloch at

Please be sure to tell Cecilia that Adrian and Parler Paris sent you!

Party Catering Mediterranean Style!

Let Sibel Pinto cater your next dinner party Mediterranean style, so you can relax and enjoy entertaining your guests! Visit
/parlerparis/services/index.html for more details.


You can trust the team at Parler Paris Apartments


Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.

Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home – and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.

** Two-Bedroom Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety February 16 – 27, 2007
150 per Night, 7 Night Minimum

Located in a charming 17th century Le Marais Hôtel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to 4 people. Includes high speed Internet access, free international calling, housekeeping one time per week and all linens.

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html

We wanted better guides.
So we wrote them.


Insider Paris Guides are a series of electronically published, downloadable guides about Paris and France written by journalists and writers who live and work in, and love, Paris.

We cover specific, niche-interest topics that are difficult to find anywhere else. Get an insider perspective on Restaurants… Making a Life… Black Culture… Expat Writers…

For more information, visit

Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is February 13, 2007

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.



Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Details to be announced soon…

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!

* Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne
3rd arrondissement
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

* Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
* Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 75006
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel, Pont Neuf


Subscribe to the PARISMARAIS monthly newsletter FREE
The Art of Living Guide to Le Marais.




Buy and sell with Parler Paris classifieds: /parlerparis/advertise.html

Read past issues of Parler Paris: /parlerparis/issues/readpastissues.html
Read this week’s Community Calendar all week long: /parlerparis/calendar.html
Know someone who would be interested in the opportunities in Parler Paris? Forward it for FREE to your friend, relative, or associate here: /parlerparis/tell-a-friend/index.php
To Subscribe:
– Visit /parlerparis/subscribe.html
To Cancel Your Subscription:
– Click /parlerparis/unsubscribe.html
Copyright 2010, Adrian Leeds® Adrian Leeds Group, LLC, /

This entry was posted in 2007, Parler Paris and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>