Beating the Paris Heat

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Beating the Paris Heat

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Paris, France

Living and Investing in France Conference
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September 16 & 17, 2006
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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 perhaps investing in property in France, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by Adrian Leeds, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly e-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for John Howell & Co., Law Overseas, London, these two days in San Diego will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen!

Plus, earn $100 for every friend you refer…see the web site for details.

For more information, visit Living and Investing in France Conference San Diego or email Schuyler Hoffman,


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

“You can stand here with me if you want, but you’ll have to agree not
to talk about the heat”, said Ned Racine (William Hurt) in Lawrence Kasdan’s film, “Body Heat,” to Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) who looks at him with a startling directness of her gaze, and replies cooly without being hostile, “I’m a married woman.”

I felt like Ned yesterday. It was 95 degrees in the shade here in Paris and is predicted to remain in the high 80′s and mid 90′s for the next ten days. Since 2000, the weather patterns have drastically changed. Believe it or not, “France is the country in Europe that is showing the most drastic changes in weather patterns, violent events and anomalies, what we call ‘americanization’ of European weather,” wrote John Connor, a National Weather Service Forecast consultant.

Air-conditioning is more uncommon than the norm, but can be found in department stores, grocery stores, movie theaters (although not all) and the better hotels. The French didn’t think it was very healthy for you…that is until the “canicule” (heat wave) of 2003 happened when more than 15,000 people died. That summer Paris had highs of over 100 degrees the first 12 days of August. I remember when it was 104 degrees on August 7th and you couldn’t even find a fan for sale, much less air-conditioning units. The temperatures were so high that even the best of systems couldn’t support the overload.

Health is not the only reason most apartments aren’t air-conditioned. Remember that in the U.S. we build a house from the ground up and network the systems within the walls before the sheetrock is hung. Just imagine trying to knock through my 17th-century walls that are solid stone to install the conduits! And then when the system wasn’t there as in “older” U.S. homes, units were invented so that you could just plug up the window and it would vent to the outside.

In Paris, most of the dwellings are apartment buildings, not single family homes, that are dictated by laws which govern the exterior of historical buildings and are run by their “copropriétés” (homeowners associations). External pipes or units are not allowed to be visible to the common areas. Individual units exist, but you must have a balcony or external space to put a machine that makes it work that doesn’t infringe on your neighbors. More and more people have resorted to free standing units that run a large hose to a window propped open, but it takes up space and isn’t very efficient.

Lack of air-conditioning is not only true for France, but is the case for all over Europe. Interestingly, in the reporting by the American press in 2003, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Greece, England and France all had record highs, but France had the highest temperatures for the longest period of time and therefore had more victims. While thousands died in the other countries, only France was criticized. (I call it “sibling rivalry” — our two nations that actually have so much in common.)

So, how does one beat the heat in the city that isn’t air conditioned?

First of all, the city of Paris provides a suggestions on way to protect your health and those of your family, friends and neighbors as well as ways to cool your homes along with emergency information for someone suffering from the heat. Visit
(in French) for more information.

Or head for the swimming pools…at the foot of the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (13th arrondissement) along the Seine, do a few laps in the open air “j2999éphine Baker” or consult for more cool Paris pools to dip into.

If you haven’t been to the beach yet, then make your way to Paris Plage. Starting tomorrow and until August 20th, three kilometers along the Seine on the Right Bank and now a new one kilometer portion along the Left Bank from Port de la Gare to the passerelle Simone de Beauvoir is beach blanket bingo for the 5th year. Two-thousands tons of sand, 240 parasols, 68 palm trees and 300 lounge chairs await you. Visit for more information (in French).

And if you’re just plain in the mood for rest and relaxation, take a book to the Fontaine de Medicis in the Jardin du Luxembourg to sit under the cool shade trees next to the still pond. I actually think it’s the coolest unairconditioned spot in all of Paris and one of the most beautiful.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Don’t forget, there will be no Parler Paris newsletters all next week while I’m beating the Italian heat in Tuscany! Save your letters or send them to where Lynda Sydney will help answer your questions or pass them on upon my return.


Calendar #118
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Paris, France


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One fascinating aspect of living or visiting Paris is the number of African art galleries, either galleries/shops, or more exclusive galleries geared to collectors. Some fifteen galleries dedicated to African art or arts primitifs are located on the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement alone, between boulevard Saint-Germain and the Seine River! Some house permanent and temporary displays and collections; others have gift shops…for more information and the complete list, see the guide.

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This Fall, travel like a Lord of the Manor
on a grand wine and food expedition to South America…


* Explore Argentina and Uruguay October 3-14, 2006, in the company of Argentina’s top sommelier… meet the best wine makers from each country… dine in some of South America’s finest restaurants… stay in five-star hotels… take chartered flights across the continent… and be thoroughly pampered in every way. For details, call Agora Travel at 800-926-6575 or click here:

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Located in a 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 when she’s traveling. Take advantage of this special offer while she is vacationing this Summer. One low price of 1000€ lets you stay up to 10 days. Includes high speed Internet access, free international calling, housekeeping one time per week and all linens.

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* “Le Provençal” Studio: Available as of August 2006

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.

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