Bucking The Euro Against The Dollar


 Paris by Night, Holiday Lights Along the Champs Elysées

Bucking the Euro Against the Dollar

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris
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Calendar #36

Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

There is as much conversation in the air today about the euro/dollar rate of exchange as there was about the U.S. elections a few weeks ago. My inbox is filled with letters from readers asking for opinions on what we can expect the future to bring for the ever-increasing euro and the ever-declining dollar.

According to today’s International Herald Tribune, “U.S. officials including John Snow, the Treasury secretary, and Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve, have fed impressions over the past month that the United States welcomes the dollar’s decline, which cheapens American exports and, theoretically, could help reduce the deficit.”

It’s hurting all of us living or visiting here and sensationalist media sets up fears that the dollar will decline even further. Friends are sending me buckets of money to deposit in euro savings accounts to hedge their bets against the future they see as potentially gloomier.

I’m the ultimate optimist and don’t believe the euro nations will allow the imbalance to go much further. In the same IHT article by Carter Dougherty, he writes “A sustained rise in the euro to $1.35 or $1.40 would force the bank [European Central Bank] to intervene directly in currency markets, many strategists believe. Now that Trichet [Jean-Claude Trichet, president] has clearly aligned himself with worries about the euro’s strength, backing up words with deeds is crucial to the ECB’s ability to convince financial markets that it has a firm hand on the rudder.”

Readers are also asking important questions about how this will affect property investments and appreciation. Paris property has never been “cheap,” but is still less expensive than its European counterparts as in London or Dublin. And it’s getting more expensive all the time, as appreciation in Paris property continues at the rate of more than 13% annually. We have not seen any change in this upward price trend and viable properties are selling within a few weeks of being on the market at very close to original asking prices. Interest rates have been at an all time low for a few years now, yet reducing borrowing costs further is a move that would presumably weaken the euro.

We will be fully discussing the pros and cons of purchasing a euro asset with a weak dollar during the Invest in France Seminar on December 29th here in Paris (/frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_home.html) and in you’ll hear more from me about it in tomorrow’s French Property Insider (/frenchproperty/insider). I’ve watched the rate of exchange go from $1.30 in September 1994 when I moved here (yes, we made the move even during that high!) to when I bought my apartment in 2000 at the bargain of $.93 to today at $1.33.

Either way, I’m so thankful to have such an important and large asset in euros, as the rate of exchange fluctuates over the years. If I were to sell now, I’d have multiplied my investment by 3.5 times in U.S. dollars and by 2.5 times in euro value.

What would you do? Should I sell, take my big bag of bucks and move back to the States or hang on to my pied-à-terre in the City of Light and let my investment continue to grow?

Meanwhile, Invest in France Seminar participants and visitors to the City of Light during the week between Christmas and New Year’s have a special treat in store for them, thanks to Vincent Dupont, “hôtelier” with the four-star Les Jardins du Marais. Vincent will guide you and only four others through the streets of the City of Light by night in his luxury van to see the stunning Holiday array of lights and spectacles…only four tours are available. Scroll down for all the details or visit
/frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_Paris_by_Night.html and reserve now before the seats are gone.

And news on the online scene for Anglophones seeking a wide variety of resources in Paris is Franglo.com, a free classified ad service for Anglophone Francophiles. From now on you won’t have to run out for the latest copy FUSAC (France-USA Contacts) — just click on http://www.franglo.com direct from the Parler Paris site to read the ads or post your own!

A la prochaine…


Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Don’t forget, if you book your place at the Invest in France Seminar and your luxury room at the four-star Les Jardins du Marais before December 10th, you’ll only pay the rate of exchange of $1.25 — our gift to you! See /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_home.html for all details or email Schuyler Hoffman at info@adrianleeds.com

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Calendar #36
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Paris, France
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Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies
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Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
Saturday, December 11, 2004

Sylvie Braitman presents “De Varsovie a Paris, ou comment ma grand mere a decouvert l’amour.” Accompanied by Pierre Cleitman, accordion.

Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot
75011 PARIS
Métro Oberkampf
Tél.: 01.47.00.14.00
Fax: 01.47.00.14.47
http://www.yiddishweb.com
16 euros/12 euros for members

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Moving Parts Play Readings In English

Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries
Sundays 7:30 p.m.

The following readings have been organized by Moving Parts
with the kind permission of Carr’s Pub & Restaurant.

Always on Sundays, always at 7.30 p.m.!

Plays in English:

9th January Charles Borkhuis “Dusk”
23rd January Elena Kaufman “Our Mothership Sails”
20th February Rachel Ollagnon “Coupling”
6th March Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
20th March Mary Bruton-Sandifer “Hunting Season” (2nd reading)
17th April NC Heikin (title TBA)

Plays in French :
19th December Kartik Singh “Aicha” (2nd reading)
6th February Michael Diantonio “Epidéo”
3rd April Romain Bisseret (title tba)
1st May Pascal Loison “Intimités”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
May 2005 onwards available dates
Program subject to change
Latest version always available on the website: http://www.scamparis.com
or send an e-mail to Stephanie: stef@movingparts.org.uk to receive the monthly mailings
For further information contact:
Stephanie Campion on: 06.14.67.18.58

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Drama Ties Theatre Company presents three plays in English, at Comédie Bastille, 5 rue Nicolas Appert, Paris 11th:

PRINCEACADEMY
by Kester Lovelace
Inspired by the classic Mark Twain novel, The Prince and the Pauper
Britain is in crisis, after the abdication of its two Princes. A new TV reality, Prince Academy, show is launched to find the young man who can sing, dance and charm Princesses. The favorite to win changes places, unseen by the cameras seeing, with a maths geek. The audience will get to vote to decide the end of the story.
Monday 10 January 2005 – 14:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 13 January 2005 – 10:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
with Maja Bieler, Elena Kaufman, Simon-Timothy Marozzi.
Directed by Kester Lovelace
Songs by David Stanley
Tickets: 13 euros 35 euros (families)

All Bookings:
Drama Ties Theatre Company
tel: 01.45.86.30.52
drama.ties@wanadoo.fr
http://www.drama-ties.com

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Théâtre Pixel presents…

Bus Stop by William Inge

“In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked and four weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning…”
Come see the play the New York Times calls “an uproarious comedy that never sways from the truth.” Don’t miss these two shows!

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. until December 18th
18 Rue Championnet, 75018 Paris, Métro: Simplon
14 euros/9.50 euros for students and unemployed
Reservations: 01.42.54.00.92

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On Stage at the Théâtre de Nesle through January 2005

Travellin’ Light by Nicholas Calderbank
A free-wheeling comedy suitable for ages and linguistic levels.

8 Rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, Métro: Odeon
10 euros/8 euros for students and unemployed
Reservations: 01.46.34.61.04

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Literary Events
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Alesian Literary Salon By Toby Brothers

January Salons Now Forming!

Now is the time to put in your requests for January Salons. I want as much lead time as possible to collect resources and create schedules. Are there texts you have always wanted to read but just couldn’t dig into on your own? Was there a work you read in your earlier days that you would like to re-discover? Send me suggestions — I will put together selections and potential time slots in the coming weeks.

Works or writers for consideration:
Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Virginia Woolf, J.D. Salinger
Jane Austen, Salman Rushdie
Beowulf, William Faulkner
D.H. Lawrence, John Steinbeck & Emile Zola

These are just some of my ideas…I would love to hear yours!

Website: http://literarysalon.free.fr
Call 06.85.13.81.27 or email literarysalon@wanadoo.fr for more information.

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Bilingual Poetry Reading Saturday, December 11 at 6:30 at the Galerie EOF

Come for a bilingual poetry reading by poets Rae Armantrout and Philippe Beck.

Rae Armantrout teaches poetry at the Universiy of California San Diego and has published various books
including “Up to Speed”, “The Pretext” and “Veil: New and Selected Poems”. Philippe Beck was born in
Strasbourg in 1963 and lives and teaches in Nantes. His books include “Garde-manche Deux”, “Dans de la
nature” and “Aux recensions”.

Galerie EOF 15 rue St-Fiacre
Paris 2ème Métro: Grands boulevards, l. 8 or 9
Admission is free

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What’s on in the City of Light
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Picks: Photography Exhibitions

Le photographe photographié, l’autoportrait en France 1850-1914
From Friday, November 5th 2

004 to Sunday, February 13th 2005
Maison de Victor Hugo – Hôtel de Rohan Guémenée – 75014 Paris

Vu d’Italie, 1841-1941, un siècle de photographie italienne dans les collections du Musée Alinari
From Wednesday, November 10th 2004 to Sunday, March 6th 2005
Pavillon des Arts – 75001 Paris

New York et l’art moderne
Alfred Stieglitz et son cercle 1905-1930
From Tuesday, October 19th 2004 to Sunday, January 16th 2005
Musée d’Orsay – 75007 Paris

‘Documentary and anti-graphic photographs’, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson et Walker Evans
Reconstitution de l’exposition de Julien Levy à New York en 1935
From Wednesday, September 8th 2004 to Sunday, December 19th 2004
Fondation H.C.B – Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson – 75014 Paris

Robert Capa
Connu et inconnu
From Wednesday, October 6th 2004 to Friday, December 31st 2004
Bibliothèque Nationale de France – BNF Département des estampes et de la photographie – 75002 Paris

La Véronique
Frank Horvat
From Friday, October 29th 2004 to Thursday, December 30th 2004
Galerie Dina Vierny – 75006 Paris

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James Kigin Photography

Thursday, December 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the 3eme Salon International du Très Petit Format

Attend the opening night of a vernissage for a collective exhibit of artists in which James Kigin has been invited to participate with several of his recent photographs: a few from his web site ( http://www.jameskigin.com) and a series from this August’s 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris.
If you can’t make the opening on December 9th, you are invited to come to the closing on Sunday December 19th, from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm.
Or come any other time in between and if you’d like to meet James at the gallery, give him a call or send him an SMS at 06.87.82.13.70, or an email: james@jameskigin.com

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AZURRETTI by Jean Servais Somian

An Exclusive Exhibition of New Works
Artist and designer of functional art furnishings from the Ivory Coast presents his new collection…

December 13th to 16th, 2004
1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LES ARCHES DU MARAIS
11 Rue de Braque
75003 PARIS
Vernissage (Opening) 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. December 13th
http://www.mazagency.com (click on Nouveau Talents)
Phone 06 03 05 43 32, som.azurretti@laposte.net

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Guided Tours
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Paris by Night

Take a very private and personal tour with Vincent Dupont!

Let Vincent Dupont, “hôtelier” with the four-star Les Jardins du Marais, guide you and only four others through the streets of the City of Light by night in his luxury van to see the stunning Holiday array of lights and spectacles…

All through Paris to see by night the city’s most stunning monuments…le Louvre, le Grand and le Petit Palais, l’Arc de Triomphe, la Tour Eiffel, Le Panthéon, les Invalides, l’Assemblée Nationale, l’Hôtel de Ville, le Palais de l’Elysée, Nôtre Dame…

And all the while, Vincent tells his tales of Paris past and present…while you sit back and enjoy the beautiful sights of the most romantic city in the world!

Only Four Tours Available:
Tuesday, December 28th
1) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 2) 10 p.m. to 12 Midnight

Tuesday, December 30th
3) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., 4) 10 p.m. to 12 Midnight

Invest in France Seminar Participants: 30 euros per person
Non-Seminar Participants: 35 euros per person

Limited to 5 Persons per Tour
Choose your tour (1, 2, 3 or 4) and reserve your place by email
info@adrianleeds.com?subject=Paris_by_Night
Meet in the lobby 15 minutes ahead at Les Jardins du Marais, 74, rue Amelot, 75011 Paris
Note: Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
Visit /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_Paris_by_Night.html for more information.

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Musical Interludes
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Mary Modified in Concert December 20th, 8:30 p.m.

Mary Modified is a 5-member electro-pop group with American singer/songwriter, Jen Jordan. Her sensitive, melodic songs have been compared to Dido and Alanis Morrisette.
All lyrics in English.

La Scène
2 bis, rue des Taillandiers Paris 11
M° Ledru Rollin / Bastille
Cover: 10 euros
(opening act: French pop group Montparnasse)

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“Aloha Noel”
L’Ukulele Club de Paris
La Java
December 14th and 15th at 8:30 p.m.

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Festival d’Art Sacré de la Ville de Paris through December 16th

15 concerts in 10 of the city’s most stunning churches (and other venues) including Notre Dame and Église St. Germain-des-Prés.

For more information and a schedule of events visit: http://festivaldartsacre.new.fr, phone 01.44.70.64.10

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The European Choir of Paris and its instrumental ensemble present…

Requiem de Mozart conducted by Hugues Reiner. A Mozart Requiem not to be missed; Hugues Reiner is famed for choruses that exude passion, sincerity and deep connection to the text. Come for a night that promises to be breathtaking.

Thursday December 16th and Saturday December 18th at Eglise Saint-Séverin.
3 rue des Prêtres
75005 Paris
Métro: St.-Michel
20/30 euros
Réservation: 08.92.68.36.22 or http://www.ticketnet.fr
08.92.69.70.73 or http://www.fnac.com

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Renowed Canadian musician Hayden Live this Wednesday!

Wednesday December 8th, 8:30 p.m.
La Java
105 rue du faubourg du Temple Paris 10
20 euros

Hayden is a Toronto musician who’s been releasing records for ten years. His international debut ‘Everything I Long For’ (Geffen) was released in 1996 after initial attention in Canada following two cassettes and several 7-inch singles. The album’s home recorded songs appealed to critics and fans alike, making many year- end top ten lists.

Following tours of the U.S, Europe and Japan, Hayden released ‘The Closer I Get’ (Geffen) in 1998 a more band oriented affair and a sonic and lyrical progression. Following over a year of touring and promotion, Hayden closed the book on chapter one of his music career. It wasn’t until 2001 that he returned with the wonderful ‘Skyscraper National Park.’

Recorded at his home studio, it was filled with a warmth and beauty that was felt by music lovers everywhere and was a massive retur

n to form. His new album Elk-Lake Serenade is out now and is once again generating a huge amount of praise.

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Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
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Parler Paris Après-Midi /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: December 14th, 2004 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
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

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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 parissoirees@noos.fr

PARTICIPATION:
Its 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.

GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine

CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia:

Patricia’s Tel: 01 43 26 12 88
parissoirees@noos.fr

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Paris Network Cocktails Every Wednesday

Hosted by Patricia Laplante-Collins…

PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development.

Our guest speaker will be: Michael Stevens Professor. Bisiness Consultant

PARTICIPATION:
15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.

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.

PARTICIPATION:
15 euros and lots of business cards.

BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY
FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.

RESERVATIONS PLEASE
Thanks for reserving via return email! Or call Patricia:

Patricia’s Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
E-mail: parisnetwork@hotmail.com

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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.

Jim Haynes
Atelier A2
83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
75014 Paris
01.43.27.17.67, email jim_haynes@wanadoo.fr

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Services
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Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
For samples of their great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

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Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
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The Most Important Thing You Can Do Before the Year is Over

Learn the best ways to watch your money and real estate investment grow before your very eyes…all while gazing at the world’s most famous monument over a frothy café crème.

Now’s your opportunity to take a holiday vacation in the most romantic and beautiful city in the world and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money double (and even triple — like mine has since I bought my Marais apartment just four short years ago).

December 29th, the first 100 individuals to register will learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate…how to make the most of the rest of their lives while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
Take just one full power-packed day, this coming December 29th — in Paris, France. Learn how…

/frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_promo.html

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Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
Artist Kathy Burke in her beautiful Marais atelier…

245 Euros 3-hour private session
490 Euros 3-hour session with 2 to 6 people
Includes all materials.

For more information, parisportraits@free.fr?subject=Parler_Paris_Reader_Request

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Learning la Langue Française
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Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
http://www.parlerparlor.com

Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris

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

Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Berlitz Opera
38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber

Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At Eurocentres
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine),
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership And General Information
http://www.parlerparlor.com
Email: info@parlerparlor.com
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 01 44 19 76 61
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01 40 27 97 59

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Astro-Paris by Eric Francis
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France seems to be one of those places where Mercury is always retrograde. This country’s strange relationship to technology may be at the root of that. It seems the French don’t really trust progress all that much; they insist on a measure of tradition in all aspects of living. What I’ve noticed is that any technology you need is available, but you have to go looking for it. It doesn’t just show up at your door. And in an odd
way people are still fascinated by what was old news in the United States three years ago. There is practically a line outside my door to experiment with my BlueTooth wireless mouse.

Anyway — Mercury is in fact retrograde as of early Tuesday. This is a condition that comes along three times a year for about a month. The astronomical aspect involves Mercury overtaking Earth in its orbit around the Sun, since Mercury makes three orbits of the Sun for every one that the Earth makes (hence, it happens three times a year). It seems that the traditional wisdom about Mercury retrograde really does hold: don’t make major purchases or sign important agreements, if at all possible, till this condition passes.

It’s not always possible to avoid these things, of course, in which case it’s necessary to have escape clauses and allow for renegotiation once the retrograde is over. It’s wise to expect revisions, probably delays and a bit of confusion, which teaches us to respect our communication processes. This is the time to practice making clear agreements and having contingency plans.

The physical objects of communication need to be treated with extra respect during this phase as well; computers should not be taken for granted, files need to be backed up carefully, SAVE your work when you’re beginning a project, and take extra care with hardware and software.

Remember that Mercury is the trickster, and he’s always got a good joke up his sleeve.

Happy Birthday Sagittarius!

Stand your ground. You may not be able to see the strength of your position, but I assure you that others do. If you refuse to let the doubts and misgivings of anyone else cloud your judgment, you will soon discover that you were on the right path all along. While it’s true that you cannot always see the big picture for which Sagittarians are so famous, you can see enough of it to have a sense of where you really stand. The only time problems arise is when you doubt your own strength, or when you confuse fear of the worst thing happening with your more natural expectation that the best thing really is possible. You have done well so far, in part because you’re always able to take any situation and, at the very worst, turn it to good experience. Usually you do a lot better.

Eric Francis, a Paris-based American astrologer, is the author of Planet Waves, a premium online information service available at http://PlanetWaves.net/ He also does private consultations (solar returns, compatibility charts, locational astrology, business consulting, gift readings and more) on the phone and in person in Paris. Call +206 463-7827 or 877 463-8265 for more information.

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Community Announcements
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Democrats Party Meetup Group this Thursday, December 9, 2004 at 7:00 PM

At the last meeting of the Democratic Party Meetup Group on November 9th, we discussed the aftermath of the Presidential election. What direction will the Democratic Party platform take? Will the party compromise its values to attract more members? What needs to happen in order to take back The Whitehouse and Congress?

In the news and by analysts it seems there are different approaches. Some people feel that Democrats need to be more centrist while others feel that the party needs to simply improve its infrastructure and communications. Is the Democratic party becoming more conservative? Bottom line, what are the evolving differences between the parties and their approaches?

A group member suggested inviting Republicans Abroad to our next meeting. We can engage in an interesting discussion about the different political platforms and outreach approaches. At a minimum, it is an interesting social experiment. I hope you will take part in this meeting and make any brave Republican attendees feel welcome.

Joe Allen
30, rue Pierre Lescot 75001: near Etienne Marcel Metro
Paris, meetup304
01.42.36.70.13

Please sign up and RSVP at the meetup.com website for the next meeting of Democratic Party Meetup Group. The direct website address is: http://www.democrat.meetup.com. But, if you have problems accessing it directly, you can go to the meetup.com home page and select the Democratic Party Meetup Group at the Paris location. RSVPs are not necessary, but are appreciated. Also, feel free to simply reply to this message. And, please invite friends. Anyone who is interested in American politics is welcome to come. You need not be American.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Dede Leydorf
Group Organizer

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American Women’s Group: Upcoming Events

December:
12/8 Estelles’ Flowers
12/9/10 Beyond Paris – Strasbourg
12/10 Nativity Scenes at the Louvre
12/13 AWG Coffee-Christmas Potluck Lunch
12/14 Tea at the Plaza Athénée
12/15 Lunch around the world

January:
1/12 Musée Nissim de Camondo
1/13 Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay
1/18 Musée Marmottan
1/19 Lunch Around the World
1/20 Cordon Bleu – Soups
1/24 Musée Pasteur
1/25 Musée Carnavalet
1/27 Beyond Paris – Provins

For more information, contact:
American Women’s Group
32, rue du General Bertrand
75007 Paris France
Tel: 01.42.73.36.74
http://www.awgparis.org
www.awgparis.org

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Christmas/New Year in Paris: Activities, Events & Displays

GLACIATION PLASTIC – CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
From 15 November 2004
BERCY VILLAGE 1, Cour Saint-Emilion 75012 PARIS
presse@bercyvillage.com
http://www.bercyvillage.com
33.1.40.02.90.80

LES SAPINS DE NOEL DES CREATEURS
From December 1st, 2004 to January 1st, 2005
Closed tuesday
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU Place Georges Pompidou 75004 PARIS
http://www.centrepompidou.fr
01.44.78.12.33

PARIS SUR GLACE
Ice Rink in the 5th
Open every day from December 5th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 midday to 8:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Place Raoul Dautry 1 Place Raoul Dautry 75015 PARIS

PARIS SUR GLACE
Open every day from December 6th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 12 midday-10pm. 12:00 p.m.to midnight on Friday. 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday
With a designated area with games and activities for children under 6 years old. Skates can be hired for 5 euros.
HOTEL DE VILLE DE PARIS 1, place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 PARIS

RÊVE DE NEIGE MILKA
From December 12th, 2004 to December 20th, 2004
STADE DE FRANCE 93210 SAINT-DENIS-LA-PLAINE
http://www.stadefrance.com
08.92.70.09.00 (0,34 EU/mn)

CHRISTMAS ME

RRY-GO-ROUNDS
From December 18th, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
A host of merry-go-rounds spring up all over Paris for the festive season, offering entertainment for all the family. The Manèges de Noël, with traditional carved horses and other animals, whirl around on the squares of the central arrondissements of the French capital, including Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Place Saint-Sulpice and the Square du Temple.

Though the merry-go-rounds are designed primarily for children’s entertainment, a trip on one of these gaudy manèges is also a romantic treat for all who love the City of Light.
Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 PARIS

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS – FACADE OF GALERIES LAFAYETTE
From November 9th, 2004 to December 31st, 2004
GALERIES LAFAYETTE 40, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS
01.42.82.34.56

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: RUE ROYALE, RUE SAINT HONORE
From November 24th, 2004 to January 9th, 2005
RUE ROYALE Rue Royale 75008 PARIS

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES
From November 25th, 2004 to January 4th, 2005
AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 PARIS

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE MONTAIGNE
From November 25th, 2004 to January 4th,2005
AVENUE MONTAIGNE Avenue Montaigne 75008 PARIS

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: PLACE VENDOME AND RUE DE LA PAIX
From November 25th, 2004 to January 5th, 2005
ARRONDISSEMENT 75001 PARIS

CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: ABBESSES AND RUE LEPIC
From December 1st, 2004 to January 15th, 2005
75018 PARIS

VITRINES DE NOEL AU PRINTEMPS
From October 29th, 2004 until January 1st, 2005
MAGASINS DU PRINTEMPS 64, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS
01.42.82.45.09

CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT THE SAMARITAINE
“Magic Windows”
From early November to early January
LA SAMARITAINE 19, rue de la Monnaie 75001 PARIS
01.40.41.20.20

CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT GALERIES LAFAYETTE
Dates : from 09/11/2004 to 31/12/2004 -
GALERIES LAFAYETTE 40, boulevard Haussmann 75009 PARIS
01.42.82.34.56

VITRINES DE NOEL AU BON MARCHE
From November 17th, 2004 to Jnauary 1st, 2005
LE BON MARCHE RIVE GAUCHE 24, rue de Sèvres 75007 PARIS
01.44.39.80.30

NATIVITY SCENE
Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), architecture et humanisme
From November 15th, 2004 to December 15th, 2004
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Ecole d’architecture Paris Malaquais 14 rue Bonaparte 75006 PARIS
01.44.49.67.67

LA CRECHE DE NOEL A NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
From November 27th, 2004 to February 3rd,2005
CATHEDRALE NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS 6, place du Parvis-Notre-Dame 75004 PARIS

Christmas/New Year – Salon/Fair/Christmas market
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE MAISON DE L’ALSACE
From November 22nd, 2004 to December 21st, 2004 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
MAISON DE L’ALSACE 39, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 PARIS
01.53.83.10.00

CHRISTMAS ARCH AT LA DEFENSE
From November 30th, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
PARVIS DE LA DEFENSE 92911 PARIS LA DEFENSE CEDEX
01.47.22.40.99

CHRISTMAS MARKET IN COUR DE ROME – OPPOSITE GARE SAINT-LAZARE
From November 30th, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
75008 PARIS
01.47.22.40.99

CHRISTMAS IN ALSACE AT THE GARE DE L’EST
From December 3rd, 2004 to December 18th, 2004 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on December 18th.
GARE DE L’EST 75010 PARIS

CHRISTMAS MARKET AT DISNEY VILLAGE
From December 3rd, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005
DISNEY VILLAGE 77777 MARNE LA VALLEE
01.47.22.40.99

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE BENEATH THE ARCADES OF MAINE-MONTPARNASSE SHOPPING CENTRE
From December 3rd, 2004 to December 31st, 2004
TOUR MONTPARNASSE 33, avenue du Maine Tour Montparnasse / Montparnasse 56 75015 PARIS
visite@tourmontparnasse56.com
http://www.tourmontparnasse56.com
01.47.22.40.99

MARCHE DE NOEL A LA NATION
From December 3rd, 2004 to December 24th, 2004
1, PLACE DE LA NATION 1, place de la Nation 75011 PARIS

UNAPEI CHRISTMAS MARKET
From December 16th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
1, PLACE SAINT-SULPICE 1, place Saint-Sulpice 75006 PARIS
01.44.85.50.50

L’ALLEE GOURMANDE
From December 17th, 2004 to Decemb er 24th, 2004
FORUM DES HALLES Porte Lescot 75001 PARIS

MARCHE DE NOEL
From December 17th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
PLACE MAURICE-CHEVALIER 1, Place Maurice Chevallier 75020 PARIS

MARCHE DE NOEL DE MENILMONTANT
From December 17th, 2004 to December 19th, 2004
BOULEVARD DE MENILMONTANT Boulevard de Ménilmontant 75020 PARIS
01.40.33.50.30

LE MONDE DES ENFANTS
“Children’s world”
From December 4th, 2004 to January 2nd, 2005 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1, PLACE DE LA BASTILLE 1, place de la Bastille 75004 PARIS

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Welcome in the New Year at the Hôtel de Crillon

The Hôtel de Crillon is opening its historic reception rooms overlooking the Place de la Concorde for New Year’s Eve, for the first time in its glorious history. Guests have a unique opportunity to view, from the terraces of these salons, one of the world’s most beautiful New Year’s celebrations, where fireworks and the revelry culminate at midnight on the Place de la Concorde. This special occasion begins an evening surely to be one of the world’s most sumptuous and interesting celebrations to welcome in the New Year anywhere in the world. The evening at the Crillon begins with a four-course dinner, prepared by Les Ambassadeurs Chef Jean-François Piège, being served in three magnificent reception rooms the Salons Marie-Antoinette, Aigles and Batailles, all with stunning views of the Place de la Concorde.

Package Details: 540 euros per person, including: Champagne Cocktail served with a tasting of Chef Jean- François Piège’s creations A Four-course dinner designed by Chef Piège A selection of fine wines chosen by Sommelier David Biraud Live music during dinner Complimentary champagne all evening

Special package, including New Year’s Eve dinner and party, with accommodation on December 31st :

Superior Single Room:1210 euros Executive Single Room:1430 euros Superior Double room:1835 euros Executive Double
Room:2055 euros

Package includes accommodations, a bottle of Taittinger Champagne in the room, VIP gift, and Brunch on January 1.

To book the New Year’s Eve dinner contact the banqueting department: 011.33.1.44.71.15.22; via
Facsimile: 011.33.1.44.71.15.06 or via E-mail: banquets@crillon.com

To book package with accommodations contact: 011.33.1.44.71.15.01 or reservations@crillon.com. The
Crillon website is: http://www.crillon.com.

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