Mtro Tickets and Parking Tickets

Métro Ticket or Parking Ticket?
Photo by Cara Scouten for

Mtro Tickets and Parking Tickets

Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France

Monday, September 25, 2006
Paris, France

How to Write a Script I Can Sell
How to Sell a Script I Wrote


Learn inside information and Hollywood strategies to write a script you can sell and sell the script that you wrote!…All in three short hours Saturday afternoon, October 7th, with Judith Merians, Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer, Studio Executive and Consultant to Independent Producers for the last 30 years. Judith is also a UCLA Film School Instructor of Business and Finance of Filmmaking and has also taught at the Moscow Film School, Tokyo Film School, American Film Institute and Los Angeles Film School. She regularly speaks at the Cannes Film Festival and is published in four Countries.

Bring your paper, your pen and your script. Workshop in English.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 7th, 2006
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

30 Euros
Limited to 30

Register upon arrival
Reserve your place by emailing: Mornings Only


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Saturday mid afternoon leaving Eurocentres, co-coordinator Marie-Elisabeth Crochard loaded up her car and I headed for the bus with a shopping cart filled to the brim with leftovers. We had a full house at the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group La Rentrée Hot Dog Party, but as usual, we had too much of everything — too many dogs, too many buns, too much ketchup, too many bags of potato chips and too much soda. Luckily, I was wearing my new Z-Coil shoes for long distance walking, as the bus wasn’t going in the normal direction, thanks to yet another “manif” (“manifestation” — demonstration) on the streets of Paris.

Shrugging my shoulders in good French style, while dragging the cart behind me as I wandered toward the river to cross to the right bank, I headed for the BHV department store to buy a thing or two. It was then I learned the reason the 96 bus was bypassing the usual route near the Hôtel de Ville. Riot police were positioned at the corners of Pont Notre Dame to greet hundreds of motorcyclists protesting their grievances with the city hall, mostly regarding the lack of parking and their inability to park legally on the sidewalks, for which there are heavy fines.

The flyers handed out by participating bikers were sponsored by the “Fédération Française des Motards en Colère” — The French Federation of Angry Motorcyclists! Leave it to the French to have an organization for the sole purpose of expressing their dissatisfaction! From what I could tell, they weren’t very angry at all — it seemd as if they were all having a whole lot of fun! (Hey, what’s so bad about an afternoon in the sun in the City of Light, all with police escorts?)

There are many ways to enter the BHV, one of which is via the Métro entrance at the Hôtel de Ville. I always wondered how the BHV got so lucky as to be recognized by the RATP as a major destination like Le Louvre or the Gard du Nord…but it is really, and possibly more visited than either (!). That entrance is also the pedestrian route to the parking garage under the BHV.

I took the corner entrance at rue du Temple instead. The BHV was the busiest I have ever seen it. Lines formed at the bottom of the escalators to hitch a ride up to the merchandise-packed floors where they are currently running their “Les 6 Jours du BHV” promotion (through October 7th). I couldn’t tell if the shopping cart I had in tow was a help or a hindrance to ward off the bargain-hunting crowds.

Last week, however, somebody took a wrong turn. Either that, or even Parisian drivers know they can get across town faster by Métro than by car! There is also the possibility that they were so anxious to hit the sales at the BHV before anyone else, they decided to bypass the parking garage and go straight for the door!

Thanks to Cara Scouten, staff member of, who had her eye and camera handy, we can all be witness to the Métro’s newest passenger. Wonder if they had their Métro ticket ready? I’ll bet they walked (or rode) away with a ticket of their own, thanks to the Paris police!

A la prochaine…

face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Keep your eyes out for our announcement to do a one-day seminar in December the week between Christmas and New Year’s in Paris! To be on a special mailing list to learn more, email Schuyler Hoffman at

Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think


* Let us show you just how hassle-free it can be to get a mortgage for your French dream property! /frenchproperty/insider/mortgage.html

French Property Insider Consultation…your complete solution to finding, buying, renovating or renting your new dream home or apartment in France. /frenchproperty/consultation

Fixer Uppers: Renovating Your French Property
By Adrian Leeds


This Week in French Property Insider…

Don’t expect to find a property in Paris or anywhere in France that doesn’t need some renovation. French owners tend to live in a house or apartment many years without having done much to keep it up to date, and buildings can easily be at least one century old, if not several…FPI Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an e-mail newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. Learn all the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week.

To learn more, visit /frenchproperty/insider or go directly to subscribe at /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html

Everything You Want to Know About Black Paris…

Excerpt from the Insider Guide to Black Paris
By Melinda Herron


One fascinating aspect of living or visiting Paris is the number of African art galleries, either galleries/shops, or more exclusive galleries geared to collectors. Some fifteen galleries dedicated to African art or arts primitifs are located on the Left Bank in the 6th arrondissement alone, between boulevard Saint-Germain and the Seine River! Some house permanent and temporary displays and collections; others have gift shops… For more information and the complete list, see the guide.

Get your copy of Insider Guide to Black Paris now.

Speak French? Speak it better!


Improve your language skills with Champs-Elysées audio magazines for intermediate-to-advanced speakers of French. Each monthly issue of this fascinating cultural language program comes with a 1-hour CD/cassette, full transcript, notes and glossary in English. Available worldwide with full money back guarantee.

You can trust the team at Parler Paris Apartments


Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.

Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home – and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

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.

* “Le Provençal” Studio: Now Available!

Located in a very charming and quiet 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais, this sunny studio is perfect for one or two seeking ultimate Parisian calm, flavored with the beautiful colors of Provence.

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/provencal.html

Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is October 10, 2006

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


*** 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.

New Tuesday Location at the 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!


* Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003
3rd arrondissement, Paris
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

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

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

This Fall, travel like a Lord of the Manor
on a grand wine and food expedition to South America…


South America Wine Tour
October 3-14, 2006

Explore Argentina and Uruguay in the company of Argentina’s top sommelier… meet the best wine makers from each country… dine in some of South America’s finest restaurants… stay in five-star hotels… take chartered flights across the continent… and be thoroughly pampered in every way.

For details, call Agora Travel at 800-926-6575 or click here:


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