Looking Up to Paris

Looking Up at La Tour Eiffel
Photo by Diane Benson

Looking Up to Paris

Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

When my parents came to New York City for my graduation from FIT, I warned them, “Don’t look up. You’ll look like a tourist!” But they couldn’t help themselves; looking up was fun and fascinating. For Christ’s sake, it was New York City! They hadn’t seen such tall buildings in their lives, having come from a city that exists below sea level, New Orleans, where to build even a few stories takes special foundation piling to keep the swampy land from sinking.

Paris doesn’t have this problem. The land is solid — mostly made of stone, except for those areas on which the stone was quarried, such as Montmartre. Nonetheless, there aren’t many buildings (thank goodness) to tower over the Tower (Eiffel, that is), except a few we ‘loathe’ (like Tour Montparnasse). That doesn’t stop some of us from looking up, especially one such visitor I recently came to know.

Diane Benson, a marketing professional from Michigan, who was a month-long guest at “Le Provençal” until today, decided to toss aside her usual daily journal writings in order to see Paris through the lens of her Sony Cyber-shot and LOOK UP — taking a new view on Paris one might normally experience.

I confess to looking up often, myself, changing sides of the street on which to walk so that I can look up at the buildings on the other side. This way there is something different to see with each passing. “A Vendre” (“For Sale”) signs on apartment windows are more often “Vendu” (“Sold”) signs than not and in Le Marais, one can see ancient wooden beams on the ceilings of many 17th and 18th-century apartments. At the tops of “Haussmannian” buildings, those built during the “Haussmannism” of Paris in the late 1800′s (learn more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/), Diane looked up and admired the “chambres de bonnes” (servants’ quarters), those dormer windows at the very tops, which have fabulous views of the city. She also looked up at monuments, statuary and anything that was taller than she, with a new eye.

This presented another way of experiencing the city — one perhaps most of us don’t even consider, since let’s face it, it’s NOT New Yo

rk City awash with skyscrapers to strain your necks. But, even knowing it as well as one might believe, this teaches that there is something new and exciting to discover in Paris every day, every hour, every minute…every moment.

Today’s photos represent a small part of what Diane saw, from this new and different perspective. Thank you, Diane.




A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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The Film Producing Workshop
Presented by Judith Merians
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Le Pierre du Marais

Do you want to produce the script you wrote or the literary property you optioned, start a production company so you can develop projects, or talk to producers intelligently? In the Film Producing Workshop you will learn what it means to be a producer, what skills you need, who you do business with, how you analyze the marketplace and the buyers, how to talk to money, distributors, and producers and think like they do.

This workshop is led by Judith Merians, who has been an entertainment lawyer and studio executive, literary agent, and film school professor in Los Angeles for over 25 years.

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Where: Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais in Le 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

Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Only 30€ per person!

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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 September 9, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.

Please note: There is no meeting in August.

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.

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