Knowledge is Power.

Writing from the Imaginative Storm Workshop, Paris, April 2006
Photo Taken by James Navé

Knowledge is Power.
Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France

Special Friday Edition
Friday, April 21, 2006
Paris, France


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Knowledge is Power.

English philosopher, statesman, and essayist Francis Bacon (1561-1626) coined the phrase “Knowledge is Power,” then sexy “Matty” (played by Kathleen Turner) in the film “Body Heat” told her lover “Ned,” “My mother told me knowledge is power.” I’ll never forget hearing her utter that line in her deep, raspy voice and taking to heart at that moment how true it is — how much better this world would be if we could raise the level of education in every corner of it.

And that’s what many of my Franco-American colleagues are doing…raising your consciousness of a whole range of topics you won’t want to miss if you can help it. Let me remind you what’s on the upcoming roster:

*** Living and Investing in France Round Table — An Afternoon with Adrian Leeds, New Orleans, May 27, 2006, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Historic Tujague’s Restaurant

Spend an Afternoon with Adrian Leeds in her home town, New Orleans, learning how to make your dream to live and invest in France come true!

If you’ve ever dreamed of moving to France, creating a new life in Paris, purchasing a “pied-à-terre” of your own or perhaps investing in other property in France, this amazing afternoon is a very small investment to make that dream come true, sooner than you might have imagined. These few hours will provide enough information to get you on the right road in the right direction for a successful investment and life in France!

Plus, invite your friends and relatives to join you for a celebration cocktails and dinner at historic Tujague’s Restaurant, the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans. Everyone is welcome!

For more information or to register, click here or contact Project Manager Schuyler Hoffman at

*** Experience Food and Cooking the French Way! On Rue Tatin Cooking School

On Rue Tatin is more than just a cooking school…it is a unique opportunity to learn to cook using the techniques that make French cuisine so seductive, while getting an insider’s look into the rich traditions of life in France. Run by Susan Herrmann Loomis, an internationally-recognized food expert and the author of six cookbooks, courses are taught in the superbly equipped kitchen of her beautifully restored convent in Louviers, Normandy. Class sizes are small, giving you plenty of hands-on learning, the courses are taught in English, and the recipes are geared to the home cook. Choose from her week-long cooking courses, or special themed classes including:

* April 30 – May 5, 2006 Standard Week-Long Course
* May 14 – 19, 2006, Mother/Daughter Week

To sign up online, click here For more information, or to sign up, contact and ask for Tricia Boyer.

*** Learn the Tango in Argentina, May 13-22, 2006

Spend 9 days exploring gracious Buenos Aires while you learn to tango, and discover for yourself one of the most exciting cities on earth. It has a sophisticated, genteel Latin American influence… but it’s as cosmopolitan as New York or Paris. Large boulevards, expansive parks and plazas, tall trees, such a nice walking city… it feels very European. And people use all the community green space — they read on benches, they stroll, they dance. For details about this trip — May 13-22, 2006 — go to: or call 1-800-926-6575 or 561-243-6276.

*** 5th Paris Poetry Workshop, Paris, France, May 14-19, 2006
This is your opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets. Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another’s creative endeavors. This is your chance to become part of this exciting and vibrant community. Click here for more information.

*** The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop, Paris, France, May 15-19, 2006

Join a
unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned trompe l’oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate trompe l’oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.

Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned trompe l’oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate trompe l’oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.

Click here for more information.

*** Photography Workshop, Paris, France, May 24-27, 2006
Selling Your Vacation Photos to Magazines for as much as $150, 400, $600…

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get paid top dollar for your vacation snapshots. You don’t need a fancy camera either.

One “amateur snapper” hauled in $375 for six pictures she snapped in Edinburgh. Just like that. Another guy sold 10 pictures to a book publisher for $2,000. It was easy.

Learn the secrets from the pros, in the most beautiful city in the world. Come to Paris in the springtime, May 24-27, 2006 (in just a few weeks!) and let professional photographers Rich Wagner and David Morgan show you how to shoot and sell top quality photos. I assure you: This is something you’ll find not only easy … but fun, too.

See this page for details or call (866)879-2924 or local at (561)278-5557. Spaces are limited.

*** Writing Workshop: The Personal Travel Story, Turkey, June 3-10, 2006

Aboard a beautiful 82 foot Turkish gulet, we’ll visit thousand-year-old ruins, fishing villages, international resorts, and the Greek island of Simi. All the while learning to craft the perfect Personal Travel Story, in a workshop led by Travelers’ Tales Executive Editor, Larry Habegger. Learn how to unearth kernels of inspiration, find the right lead, create the ideal structure to give a story substance and meaning, access memory to add depth and texture, use techniques of fiction to add drama and suspense, craft the perfect ending, edit to make the story a page-turner. This unique experience is limited to only 8 participants — and few spots are left! To make reserve, contact Robin at as soon as possible.

*** The Taos Writing Salon, July 15-20, 2006

Just beginning your writing life? Well-established and seeking new inspiration? Interested in filling six days with creative exploration, passion, great food and glorious landscape? If so, then join James Navé, Allegra Huston and guest faculty in spectacular Taos, New Mexico for their annual writing salon — a cross-disciplinary writing adventure designed to energize, deepen and extend your writing practice. At the Writing Salon, you will discover wells of imagination you never knew you had. For more information visit or email

Whew! So you see, no shortage of ways to gain both knowledge and power! Sign up for one or more today!…Matty’s mother will be proud of you.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. I have had the pleasure of having experienced most of these workshops and can personally vouch for them as real, dynamic and very, very worth it in terms of both time and money!



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