Everyone Who Knows Paris Knows

Gypsy Sound System at Superdome After-Party with Dj Olga and Dr. Schnaps
Palais de Tokyo, May 29, 2008

Everyone Who Knows Paris Knows

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Monday, June 2, 2008
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Later this week, there will be a filming of another episode of House Hunters International, following a couple from the beginning of the house hunting process to completion when they move in. In this case, it’s not a ‘house’ but a ‘pied-à-terre’ in Paris (of course) that will be for their personal use as well as vacation rental.

(If you haven’t seen the first episode titled “Settling Down in Paris,” you have an opportunity this coming July 16th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT or July 17th at 2:30 a.m. ET/PT)

The producers, who are based in Los Angeles, are busy organizing for the shoot. They sent a questionnaire to answer that elicited a real chuckle.

QUESTIONS: Tell us about Paris — what is unique about it? Why do Americans move to Paris? Where is it on the map (Northern France?)? How is their life going to improve by finding a vacation home and vacationing in Paris, France?

“How much time have we got? These are big topics!,” and I wondered, do we take Paris so for granted that we think EVERYONE knows what makes Paris unique? Surely EVERYONE knows where Paris is located, no? Or that EVERYONE’S dream is to live in Paris? (They say it’s the Number One American dream.) And that yes, doesn’t EVERYONE know that life will d

efinitely improve by spending time here?

Of course, Paris is the Number One tourist destination in the world. (In a recent report on 2007, 10% of tourists were Americans, followed by 9% from the U.K. with a total of 15,400,000 visitors.) We all know that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world (The City of Light, ‘n’est-ce pas?’) and the most romantic (doesn’t EVERYONE fall in love with Paris, if not with SOMEONE while in Paris?).

And wow! There is nothing quite like owning a pied-à-terre in Paris and spending more time here to improve one’s quality of life. The response: “Seeing life from the other side of the ocean will change anyone’s perspective, broadening their viewpoints, not to mention open up all of Europe and further destinations by being so centrally located service by such a fabulous transportation system! They will learn some French, they will discover another culture, they will become enriched in every way and life will never be the same again…for the better, of course!”

Then I thought about just the last few days of life in Paris and how enriching every moment was — like a lifetime of experiences in just a few days. Without going into too much detail, here are just a few highlights…

Wednesday night American musician in Paris Paul Tannish introduced his newest compositions and wowed a mu lit-national crowd at The Beaver on the Ile Saint-Louis — NO ONE wanted him to stop playing!

Thursday night the “Superdome” exhibit opened at the Palais de Tokyo (13, avenue du Président Wilson, 16th), composed of five solo exhibitions “balancing between entertainment and desolation, decibels and prayers, high-tech and chaos” named after the stadium in New Orleans EVERYONE now knows (since Hurricane Katrina), which hosted numerous Super Bowls, a Rolling Stones concert, Pope John Paul II, the Republican Convention and of course, refugees of Hurricane Katrina.

You can get lost here among the “Last Manoeuvers in the Dark,” an army of 300 Darth Vaders or feel dwarfed by “Würsa,” a life-size elephant sculpture balanced on the tip of his trunk by Daniel Firman. Its on until August 24th, so don’t miss it, if you can help it.

In the courtyard between the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, The Gypsy Sound System held a Superdome after-party with ‘DJ Olga’ and ‘Dr. Schnaps’ until midnight. Olga and Schnaps couldn’t stop dancing themselves while jockeying gypsy music — addictive to EVERYONE in the near vicinity. “We could have danced all night!”

Saturday afternoon, an intimate group celebrated the 23rd birthday of young author of “The Bright Side,” a book for kids about ‘surviving’ your parents’ divorce, Max Sindell at “La Closerie des Lilas,” a vine-covered historical restaurant made famous by the literary and artistic giants who frequented it, such as Hemingway, Apollinaire, Miller, Picasso, Gauguin, Cézanne and others. The host ordered a platter of mixed French oysters to start…”Bélons,” “Claires” and others. One of them was so enormous, like none other ever seen — so large that it had to be cut into pieces to be eaten.

And on Sunday afternoon, a Dixieland jazz band entertained the tourists on the corner at Saint-Germain-des-Prés backdropped by a BIG little girl. While having coffee at the Café de Flore, I bumped into the gentleman next to whom I dined last week at Au Pied de Fouet — “par hazard.”

So, let me ask again? What is unique about Paris? Why do Americans move here? How is their life going to improve by finding a vacation home and vacationing in Paris, France?

You know the answers, right?

Adrian Leeds with the largest oyster she's ever seen!A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
(with the largest oyster she’s every seen!)
Editor, Parler Paris

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and to register, click on //liveinfrance/LIF_SF_2008/index.html


Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think…

Let us show you just how hassle-free it can be to get a French property mortgage for your dream Paris pied-à-terre or villa in the country!

Visit /frenchproperty/loan or contact Mortgage Manager John Rule at loan@adrianleeds.com

This Week
in French Property Insider…

Les HallesPart I: The New Les Halles
By Adrian Leeds
As Interpreted from an “Actualité du Projet”
Published by the City Hall of Paris

The beginnings of the complete renovation of Les Halles is now underway! During a contest between four architectural firms, the winner chosen in 2004 was the team of SEURA/David Mangin…Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France!

French Property Insider is a weekly e-zine, sharing insights, recommendations, tips, and discoveries about Paris real estate and French property. Each information-packed issue is devoted to educating its readers on how to effectively, efficiently and profitably purchase property in France.

For more information visit /frenchproperty/insider or email info@adrianleeds.com

Adrian Leeds, of Parler Paris and French Property Insider and John Howell, The International Law Partnership, Present the…

Living and Investing
in France Real Estate Conference

Upcoming Conferences in 2008:

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference
Date: June 22, 2008
Location: International Law Partnership Offices, Holborn Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Times: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with buffet lunch
Limit: 25 attendees
Registration Fee: £147 1st person, £97 2nd person

To learn more and reserve your place, click here: /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_London_June_2008/index.html

Living and Investing in France ConferenceLiving and Investing in France Real Estate Conference
San Francisco
Date: July 26-27, 2008
Location: An Alliance Française of San Francisco Special Event!
Limit: 80

Don’t miss our 22nd Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference! Learn how to live and invest in France…profitably.

Registration Fee:

Single Person Seminar $427, Parler Paris Subscribers, French Property Insider Subscribers, Clients of International Law Partnership and Special Friends Save $50, You Pay Only $377

Second Person $327 (Add Your Spouse, Partner or Friend), Parler Paris Subscribers, French Property Insider Subscribers, Clients of International Law Partnership and Special Friends, Save $50, Second Person Pays Only $277

To learn more and reserve your place, click here: /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2008/index.html

For more information, email info@adrianleeds.com

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference
Date: October 11-12, 2008
Location: Paris Chez Jenny
Times: To Be Announced
Limit: 100
Registration Fee: To Be Announced

For more information, email info@adrianleeds.com

The Naked Spirit
Cours Photo du Nu
by Leon Saperstein
June 8, 2008, Paris, France

The Nude and Naked form is one of the oldest and most entrenched aspects in all of photography, and art in general, and yet is the genre least attempted by most photographers.

This class is taught by a young, talented fashion/art photographer from the USA, who has been working with international magazines like Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Elle. He has been exhibited in galleries in the USA, Spain, France, Japan and China, and is now working on his first book “The Naked Spirit.”

This introductory course has designed to give beginners through experienced photographers an in-depth knowledge of three wonderful and inexpensive lighting techniques to create amazing, artistic nude photographs.

The course will be limited to 4-5 students, and each will have the opportunity to direct and photograph professional nude models.

Where: Studio 216, Paris France
When: June 8, 2008 – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (9 hours)
Price: Only 250 euros (200 euros

for returning photographers)

For more information and to register, visit http://www.saperstein.com/cours.htm or email leon@saperstein.com

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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 June 10, 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!

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
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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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Parismarais.com, affiliated with the Tourist Bureau of Paris, is the creation of a team of journalists and advertising professionals. Passionate about their district, they want the world to discover it as well. The Parismarais.com team constantly selects and recommends the best charming hotels, inexpensive restaurants, upscale shops, museums and galleries. Their goal is to provide information to all tourists and residents. Whatever your passion, everything you want to know about le Marais, in English, is on Parismarais.com! So chic, n’est pas?


Subscribe to the free Parismarais® Newsletter and each month you’ll receive a review of great bargains to be found in the district…

Every day, check out what’s new in central Paris on the Parismarais Blog: http://www.parismarais.fr/blog/

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