Never Taking Paris for Granted

“Many years ago walking long-side a man crossing the Champs de Mars in front of Ecole Militaire, with the Eiffel Tower silhouetted against a bright pink sky, not one time did this man glance over to take in the beauty of the scene.”
Photo by Erica Simone on Bastille Day 2006

Never Taking Paris for Granted

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Living in the City of Light isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…that is, unless you can stay a tourist the rest of your life. It’s just that at this time of year, when Paris becomes a cultural Mecca, those of us who can’t take advantage of the 35-hour work week (most self-employed or workaholic Americans) can get awfully depressed thinking about all there is going on culturally that we might be missing.

It’s the reason we moved here in the first place. Then not long after we settled in, we moved on to more normal lives, doing what we do every day to earn our livings and/or raise our kids…and we find ourselves without the time to really enjoy the city’s many museums, exhibits, fairs, etc. (although, let’s face it, just a stroll across Paris can be satisfying enough!).

If you work hard in Paris, prepare to play hard. If you’re not making dinner reservations, you’ll be making a dinner party. If you’re not getting tickets to the latest opera, you’ll be getting tickets to the Métro. If you’re not shopping for sexy lingerie, you’ll be shopping for hardware in the basement of the BHV. No matter what, you won’t have a moment to spare, but you won’t care. You’re in Paris.

Many years ago walking long-side a man crossing the Champs de Mars in front of Ecole Militaire, with the Eiffel Tower silhouetted against a bright pink sky, not one time did this man glance over to take in the beauty of the scene. I thought to myself, may this never happen to me — may I never be so jaded as to take this magnificence for granted. Now I find myself talking on the cell phone and not paying attention to much of anything while walking the streets (classic, huh?) for lack of time in the office or at home to make the calls.

HELP! Do we really become so oblivious to all around us once it becomes the norm rather than the new? Practice what I preach. To all of you who have been living in Paris more than a year or two…to all of you who dream of living here full time like the 100,000 plus North Americans (of which only less than one-quarter are registered or bona fide residents), don’t ever let your eyes blur to the fortune we have to be one of the 2.25 million inhabitants who get to finely dine out or dine in, take a velvet seat at the Opera or a hard seat on the Métro, hook on a French lace bra or hook up a new “lave-linge.”

STOP. Read today’s calendar (online late Wednesday evenings, Paris time). Thanks to, the Insider’s Weekly Guide to the City of Light, not only can you find all there is to do in Paris on the subjects of art, film, music, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shopping, outings, hot topics and favorites…but now you’ll find the Parler Paris Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris there, too!

A few of the things I refuse to miss this weekend are:

For all contemporary art lovers…
FIAC 2006 33Rd Edition
Grand Palais & Cour Carrée Du Louvre
October 26th – October 30th 2006

For all chocolate lovers…
Le Salon du Chocolat
October 28th – November 1st

For all portrait lovers…
“Portraits Publics, Portraits Privés: 1770-1830”
October 4th – January 8th
The Grand Palais

For all photography lovers…
Lee Friedlander
September 19th – December 31st
Jeu de Paume
Mois de la Photo
November 2006

Check them out today. Click to /parlerparis/calendar.html to see some of our favorite events…then scroll down to click on the calendar in its entirety housed at

Now you’re ready to play hard and play smart…

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Parler Parlor is closed November 1st for Toussaint (All Saints Day), but we’ll be open Tuesday evening in spite of Halloween! See for more details.

P.P.S. French Property Insider special offer…Get a free report when you subscribe for two years. Offer expires October 31st. Scroll down for more information or visit /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html


Calendar #132
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Paris, France


The Parler Paris Weekly Community Calendar is a partnership with to provide you with the most up-to-date information about upcoming events related to the Anglophone community in Paris.

We gladly run announcements for non-profit organizations. If you wish your community announcement to be listed, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to:

We reserve the right to edit as necessary. We cannot promise it will be run if the information is provided in French or if the format is unacceptable. Please use the calendar format as your guide.

Thank you, Adrian

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Good Vibes, Good Bones in Le Marais
By Adrian Leeds


This week in French Property Insider…

You may remember from our September 7th issue of FPI a story about a soon-to-be married couple named Ben and Angela whose new 100 square meter apartment in Le Marais will be the subject of an upcoming House Hunters TV episodeFPI Subscribers Read On…


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Stories of Paris and People of Color…


Excerpt from Insider Guide to Black Paris
By Melinda Herron

Though born into slavery, Anna Julia Cooper achieved the unimaginable. Not only was she the first Black woman to obtain her doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris at the tender age of 67 — defended March 23, 1925— but
Dr. Cooper was additionally the fourth Black woman to earn such a prize in the U.S.A. Identified as both an astute educator, feminist, and uncompromising activist against oppression, Cooper remains as scholar Mary Helen Washington (1988) notes: “a lesser known figure than the other prominent women of her day.” It is possible to visit the Amphithéâtre Richelieu at the Sorbonne where she defended her dissertation… For more incredible stories, see the guide….

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One day in Paris can get you started on your France dream
Living and Investing in France Real Estate Seminar


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

Living and Investing in France
Real Estate Seminar

December 29, 2006
Chez Jenny, Paris, France

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 seminar 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.,International Law Partnership, London, this one day in Paris will put you on the right footing to make it happen!

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* Obtain the Right to Be in France!
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* Reduce Your Currency Exchange Risk!
* Plus, answer all the rest of your questions during a Q and A panel with the presenters.

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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 November 14, 2006

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



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 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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), 75006
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel, Pont Neuf


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