Wednesday, August 18, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
I get the greatest letters from you readers. Today I woke up to this one:
Well, ‘A Faithful Reader,’ you must be very beautiful. I certainly can’t say I’ve had the same experience. We should all be so lucky! So, I suppose ‘A Faithful Reader’ would rather be ignored by men? According to Ruth Mastron and Gilles Asselin, authors of “Au Contraire! Figuring Out the French,” –
Don’t you just love it?…A cultural clash if I’ve ever seen one. The authors open with a basis for our misunderstandings: “French cultural values, behaviors and attitudes differ markedly from those in the United States. Perhaps what makes this discover startling is that we look a lot alike.” They describe culture as an”iceberg” — only 10% above the waterline is visible, the other 90% remains hidden. The visible part is all the things that make a visit to a foreign culture interesting. The invisible part becomes apparent only after an extended period of living or working there.
Often I joke with friends about having “crossed over” to the other side…meaning that I see things now from a more French point of view. They have an expression for this: “Plus Français que le roi!” – More French than the king! That clearly comes from all the years of breaking away the tip of the iceberg to discover what really lies beyond the visible signs of the culture.
I see culture clashes happen on almost a daily basis, and not just with casual visitors, but with foreign residents, too, just like ‘A Faithful Reader.’ It’s the most difficult part of creating a new life here…the single biggest challenge. All the others are merely physical hurdles — getting residency status, learning French, renting or purchasing an apartment, sending your kids to school, etc., etc. All of these can be easily surmounted, but crossing the cultural divide?
Well, be prepared to hear yourself saying things like: “I find it hard to believe that…” and then stop and become a believer, because at that moment you’ve just chipped away a bit of the iceberg.
Ruth Matron is joining us in Washington, DC to speak about “Crossing the Cultural Divide” at the Living and Investing in France Conference September 10 -12 (there are still a few places left). She will also back me up on Thursday evening September 9th at Brasserie Les Halles…I’ll be talking about “Being Single in the City of Light (And Loving It!)” and Ruth will make a special appearance talk about “Life with a French Man!” It’s sure to be hilarious and loads of fun! To learn more or reserve your place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_DC/LIF_DC_single.html
“Au Contraire! Figuring Out the French” was written by Gilles Asselin and Ruth Mastron, published by Intercultural Press, Inc. and is available for purchase by visiting http://www.sococo.com/aucontraire.html
A la prochaine…
P.S. I’ve got a couple of last-minute apartment rental reductions you shouldn’t pass up:
* Available August 29 – September 10, the “Medieval Suite” has been reduced from 120 euros/night to 80!
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COMEDY IN SEPTEMBER
MOVING PARTS PLAY READINGS IN ENGLISH
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
12th September Barratt Walton “Buddha’s Aunt”
CONCERTS AT LES 7 LÉZARDS
SUNDAYS AT THE 7 LÉZARDS!
ALL OTHER SHOWS:
Friday 20 August
Saturday 21 August
Wednesday 25 August
Jeudi 26 August
Friday 27 August
Friday 27 August
Saturday 28 August
Sunday 29 August
Mardi 31 August
Enjoy free concerts of all types of music in the open air in lots of Paris’ greenest spots! Visit http://www.paris.fr/fr/environnement/jardins/animations_jardins/concerts_jardins/default.asp for more information
Parler Paris Après-Midi
NEXT MEETING: No Après Midi Meeting in August. September 14th, 2004 AND EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
PARIS SOIRÉE DINNERS EVERY SUNDAY
Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. She hosts a 21st Century Paris Salon where you meet interesting people in Paris and have a lot of fun. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01 43 26 12 88 or write email@example.com
Please mark your calendar for the next Paris Soirées Dinner:
JUST MARILYN: An Alluring And Affectionate Tribute To Cultural Icon Marilyn Monroe Featuring Vocalist Kate Michaels. Kate, In Town For A Concert Will Discuss Her Marilyn Monroe Pro
ject and CD.
(Kate Michaels and the Red Threads will perform from the Marilyn Monroe Songbook at The Petite Journal in Montparnasse August 31st, 13 rue du Commandant-Mouchotte, 75014 Paris, m° Montparnasse. For reservations: 01 43 21 56 70 – Dinner and Show or Show Only)
Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
245 Euros 3-hour private session
For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or investing in property in France, these power-packed conferences are a MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily newsletter, these few days will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conferences include seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails — with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts.
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Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris
NEXT SPECIAL EVENT
La Rentrée Saturday, September 18, 2004, 11 a.m.
Quiche Feast (Quiche, Salad, Dessert, Wine and Soft Drinks)
Eurocentres, 13, passage Dauphine, 6th
Plus, Sign-Up That Day and Save! –
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
PARLOR TIMES — 3 TIMES A WEEK IN TWO LOCATIONS
Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Till August 29t, 22 of the 27 public swimming pools are open. Consult
Favorite Pick of the Week:
Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville, M° Hôtel de Ville
Three days, three euros. August 22, 23 and 24 the City of Paris in collaboration with the Fédération Nationale des Cinémas Français invites you to 378 cinemas in the capital to see movies of your choice for only 3 euros!
Because traffic is so greatly reduced the month of August, more than 80% of the parking places in Paris will be free of charge! To consult the list, visit
n with Studio Arts Open House
Do you have books to donate? Contribute your books to the Fair and we will pick them up!
Biggest English-Language Weekend Book Fair in Paris
Saturday, October 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (auction at 6:00)
THE WALLACE FOUNTAINS
There are 108 Wallace Fountains with potable water all around Paris streets, square and gardens.
In 1872, Sir Richard Wallace, donated 50 drinking fountains to be established at the most useful points for public refreshment. Installation started in 1875; the first fountain was placed on boulevard de la Villette. The city quickly installed an additional 30 and today there are 108.
For a complete list of locations, visit
Two-Bedroom Apartment Available September 4 – 14, 2004
Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
For rent by the week or longer
Two lovely 2 or 3-bedroom apartments — 1st arrondissement, same building. Just minutes away: the Louvre, Tuilleries, Place Vendome and more. French style gives you a true taste of Paris. Fully equiped makes your Paris stay effortless, comfortable and memorable.
Livingstone Luxury Penthouse Condo
Beautiful completely renovated apartment is located on the 7th and top floor (with elevator) of a typical 1930′s Parisian building on rue Livingstone in Montmartre. From inside the apartment there is a spectacular view of sky, Parisian rooftops and all of Sacre Coeur. Montmartre is known as one of the most romantic spots in Paris, and the lovely view from this penthouse apartment will certainly help to confirm this. Email Erica Berman for more information.
Luxury 3 bedroom 107m2 Apartment
This beautiful quiet newly renovated 107m2 (about 1070 square feet) luxurious three bedroom left bank Paris apartment on the 4th floor (with elevator) is situated in the heart of the chic 7th arrondissement in Paris. Email Erica Berman for more information.
Rue Mazagran Penthouse Apartment with Two Balconies
The rue Mazagran Penthouse newly renovated one bedroom apartment is a haven of tranquility located very close to the center of Paris.
Email Erica Berman for more information.
Rent a luxury apartment in Paris and in other parts of France your next stay and have all the conveniences of home. Visit /parlerparis/apartments for a listing of
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