La Rentrée in a Paris Passage

Passage Brady, 10th Arrondissement

La Rentrée in a Paris Passage

Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France

Monday, September 4, 2006
Paris, France

Living and Investing in France Conference
NEW! Join us for the Conference Celebration Dinner
Open to Everyone!

Living and Investing in France Conference
September 16 & 17, 2006
Sheraton Suites San Diego
San Diego, California

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,

NEW! Living and Investing in France Conference
Conference Celebration Dinner

Join us for a sumptuous three-course gourmet dinner at San Diego’s popular Café Cerise. This optional dinner is open to everyone, conference and non-conference participants alike!

8 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2006
Café Cerise
1125 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

$95 person all inclusive

For all the delicious details including the mouth-watering menu, and to sign-up, visit: /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SD_2006/LIF_SD_2006_dinner.html


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

“La Rentrée” is unofficially official today, as it always is, in tandem with Labor Day in the U.S.

So while Americans are taking the day off, stoking up the barbecue for burgers, here the kids go back to school, the worker-bees go back to business, the meter maids go back to ticketing the cars for unlawful parking and life as we know it in Paris resumes with a vengeance.

This is the week that everyone has promised to reconnect with one another, answer long forgotten emails, complete some tasks that were put on the shelf while they relaxed at their country homes, tanned on the beaches or traveled to foreign lands.

‘Of course, this is the image people like me have been projecting about the French August holiday for decades, and of course, it’s really a bit of an exaggeration. Not EVERYONE has quite so much time on his hands, especially those who are managing businesses of their own, and particularly the immigrants who aren’t in cushy civil servant jobs.

This is one reason during August you may find the little French bistrots shut tight while the ethnic restaurants are packing them in. To find the best ethnic restaurants in Paris, generally speaking, it’s best to venture into their own neighborhoods for the most authentic. Every now and then, when I have a hankering for an injection of Indian or Pakistani cuisine and culture, I head for the area around the Strasbourg-Saint-Denis Métro — rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin and the passages that quietly connect them.

Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis is one of Paris’ most colorful “quartiers.” You will see many more men than women, gathered on the sidewalks talking or in the bars. They are dark and swarthy, of mostly Indian, Pakistani, Asian and Middle Eastern descent. I realized that because of it, as a woman walking alone, I felt even safer among them.

One of the passages which most Paris guide books don’t share with you is worth knowing — Passage Brady. It is one of two covered passages in the 10th arrondissement, constructed in 1828 and put on the historical register in 2002. Boulevard de Strasbourg cuts the passage into two parts, but only the first part is covered.

Passage Brady is a cornucopia of Indian restaurants, one after another, barking in the passing clientele. If you walk the length of the passage without being tempted to enter any of them, you will notice that there is something special about the FIRST one that commands the best position, “Pooja” — it’s the only one with standing room only. Ther

e’s a reason for that. It’s the best one.

Serving Northern India specialities in a space with warm colors and Indian kitsch style with dim lights, Pooja (which means “prayer” in Hindi and is also a woman’s name), is proprietor Umesh Bhatt’s soulful child. You will not find tourists at his tables, but a variety of French and multi-cultural seekers of savory dishes.

They speak perfect English here, so don’t hesitate to ask for their recommendations. I can attest to the Dhal Panak (lentils and spinach), the Murgh Tandoori chicken, Pyaj Pakora (onion fritters) and Lamb Korma, not to mention Garlic Naan (bread), perfumed Basmati rice and Mango Lassi (a yogurt-based drink). We were in Indian heaven taking in the beautiful aromas and exotic tastes…yet, we weren’t in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, or Mumbai.

We were right here in the middle of Paris “La Rentrée!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Don’t forget, Parler Paris Après Midi is one week early this month because I am heading west to California for the Living and Investing in France Conference in San Diego September 16 and 17th. (To register for the conference, visit /parlerparis/liveinfrance) So, be there TOMORROW at 3 p.m. to meet, drink and be conversational! Scroll down or visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more information.

P.P.S. Parler Parlor French-English conversation group celebrates La Rentrée on September 23rd with its annual party — this time with Hot Dogs American style and a special offerings on both 10 and 20 session membership cards and the six-month membership! Scroll down or visit for more details.

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This Week in French Property Insider…

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The Answers to Your Questions About Living in France…

Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France
By Jean Taquet

I am an American working with a one-year contract and I have no idea what my work rights are in France. Can I get unemployment benefits if I quit or lose my job?

Since you are working in France, you are entitled to all the French benefits for workers. If you lose your job because of being fired or economical lay off, you should most likely be entitled to unemployment benefits. You would first register with the A.N.P.E. as a job searcher, “demandeur d’emploi,” then you will receive in the mail a file from the ASSEDIC you should fill out and send back. A commission in the ASSEDIC will then study your case and if approved you will get unemployment benefits such as a monthly allowance…
For the complete answer, see the guide….

The Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France is packed with almost 300 questions from real people, for real people…and the practical answers that will save you countless hours of frustration. If you’re moving to France, this guide is a must! Get your copy now!

To read Jean Taquet’s latest column, visit /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html

Discover the culinary world of Normandy and its apples…


Normandy and Apples
September 17-22, 2006

Join Susan Herrmann Loomis and her colleague Hervé Lestage, oenologist and owner of La Feuille de Vigne in Honfleur, for five magic days around the apples and orchards of Normandy. During this exciting class we will delve deeply into the culinary world of Normandy and its apples, from sparkling hard cider to Pommeau and Grim de Poire, from sumptuous apple desserts to apples as condiment. And then there is Calvados, the unparalleled Norman elixir, to finish each meal. We will learn about and taste dozens of apple varieties, meet cider and Calvados makers, and take a very special trip to visit orchards and the people who run them. To join us, contact Cost for Sunday through Friday is 2000 euros per person. (Excludes lodging and transportation to and from classes.)

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Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.

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Parler Paris Après Midi Meets On a Special Date in September…

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is September 5, 2006

Because Adrian will be traveling to San Diego for the Living and Investing in France Conference the second week in September, the next Après Midi will be September 5th instead of September 12th.

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.

Welcome to France Fair

New to France or just looking to make the most of expatriate life?

At the Expatica Welcome to France fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialised in expatriate services.

You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more.

Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and event organisations.

Welcome to France
October 15, 2006
Carrousel de Louvre
Paris, France

Tickets are FREE if you sign-up online before September 15th. For more information visit

To sign up for your FREE tickets, click here!

*** See the French Property Insider Consultation and John Howell of International Law Partnership booth number 55/56 next to the entertainment area and
stay for our presentation, “Getting ready to find your dream home in France…” with John Howell and Adrian Leeds at 3:45 p.m.

Celebrate La Rentrée with Your Parler Parlor Friends…

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Come for Conversation! Then Have Lunch With Us !
Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw, Potato Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies,
Wine and Soda (10€)
At Eurocentres, 13, passage Dauphine, 6th

Plus, Sign-Up That Day and Save!
— 12 Sessions for the Price of a 10-Session Card!*
— 24 Sessions for the Price of a 20-Session Card!*
— 25€ Off a 6-Month Membership!*

*See New Rates Effective September 23, 2006

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!


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