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An American-Turned-Parisian-Turned-New Yorker

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Monday, February 25, 2008
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

It’s hard to believe, but during one week under the palm trees of Miami, my toes didn’t once feel the sand between them thanks to gray, rainy weather. We left very early Friday morning feeling unfulfilled, landing in New York’s LaGuardia Airport to several inches of snow and slushy streets.

No two American cities could be more different, with one exception — the people. Florida is awash with good-weather-seeking New Yorkers and both are overflowing with “Francophones” and “Francophiles”…”Francophones” being those who speak French and “Francophiles” being those who would like to speak French!

There’s a new café on the corner of rue de Bretagne and rue Charlot appropriately named “Le Charlot.” The decor was described to me as “a French brasserie as it would be in New York City.” So true, it’s not too dissimilar from “Les Halles,” a brasserie on Park Avenue South, with sister restaurants in Miami and Washington, DC. Les Halles is described to “evoke the atmosphere of the brasseries in the old market district of Paris, where the cream of society, stopping for a bite after a night on the town, would sit next to workmen having their breakfasts, and truckers finishing their shifts, and artists drafting creatively.”

Entering into the dark wood paneled French lunchroom immediately transported me back to my corner café and French naturally poured from my lips turning this unwavering “Francophile” into a “Francophone” once again. I ordered a “Salade Niçoise,” a glass of “Saint-Chinian” and a “Café Noisette” feeling right at home. It’s not easy to feel right at home in New York City for an American-turned-Parisian with its tall buildings, bright neon lights and megastores.

The reason for being here is to personally deliver the co-op board application package required to purchase the apartment we’ve chosen for my daughter in the West Village. Passing the board’s muster is considered a “rites of passage” and we hope to be among those who have been accepted. After two hours at Kinko’s and almost $300 worth of copies, we rolled home a marketing cart filled with 11 copies of a stack of documents that leave no aspect of our lives uninvaded. Tomorrow we will leave it in the hands of a few people who will decide my daughter’s fate as a Parisian-turned-New Yorker.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. The Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group turns 10!!! Join us for our 10-year Anniversary Lunch Party Saturday, March 15 at 12:45 p.m.: Au P’tit Boulevard, 23, boulevard de Sebastopol, 25€ with choice of 3 entrées, choice of 3 plats, Special Anniversary Cake, 25 cl of wine and coffee or tea. Please make your reservations and payment in advance…email, or call Elisabeth at or Adrian at Visit for more details.

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This delightful studio is located on the quiet courtyard of a very charming 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais. It is fully equipped with high-quality beds and appliances, plus Internet, free long distance phone service and more! This bright and cozy studio makes a perfect Parisian home for one or two. Click here for more information and photos.

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Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is March 11, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

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!


Saturday, March 15 at 12:45 p.m.

Au P’tit Boulevard
23, bd de Sebastopol
25€ includes Choice of 3 Entrées, Choice of 3 Plats, Special Anniversary Cake, 25 cl of Wine and Coffee or Tea

Please Make Your Reservations and Payment in Advance

Elisabeth at or Adrian at

Parler Parlor meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

23, boulevard de Sébastopol (at the corner of rue de la Reynie), 1st arrondissement
3rd Floor on the Left (read notice on door to obtain entry code)
Métro Châtelet, Les Halles

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
14 rue Mabillon, 6th arrondissement
(at rue Guisarde and Le Marché Saint-Germain) 1st Floor
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Odéon

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