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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Learn the Tango in Argentina
Spend 8 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 this October 14-23, 2006, click here: http://www.agoratravel.com/tango/pp
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Last night the doors of the Centre Pompidou were open after hours for the “vernissage” (opening) by invitation only of the newest exhibit, “Les Peintres de la Vie Moderne” — works from the collection of contemporary photographs from the Caisse des Dépôts donated in 2006.
Almost all of the 680 works are on show (much to my dismay). Here is a collection created between 1991 and 2003 through direct acquisitions made by the selection committee, by commissions and by assistance in producing the work. Set up by an institution “whose public aims are closely linked with land development and long-term improvement strategies,” the Caisse des Dépôts’s collection is considered a “reflection of contemporary society, its transformations and its issues.”
Much of it is surprisingly innovative and intriguing, but most of it, whether one can appreciate the works or not, has been crammed into a small space, each piece hung within a few centimeters of one another, with what seemed like little rhyme or reason, so that no one photo could be focused on without distraction from the others.
It was a rare moment to catch a photo of the lobby of the Centre Pompidou completely void of humanity. It was a brainchild of President Georges Pompidou, designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, that first opened its doors to the public in 1977. It is one of the most visited attractions in France with about 6 million people who pass through its doors each year — a total of over 150 million visitors over the last 29 years, even though it was closed for two years for massive renovation reopening on the millennium.
The Centre Pompidou houses one of the most collection of modern and contemporary art in the world, including a vast public reference library of general documentation on 20th century art. It is regularly criticized for its rebellious architecture, standing like a brightly-colored Lego toy in the middle of what is one of the oldest parts of the city. The average Parisian or visitor is known to question its harmony, or lack of, with the city of Paris and architects have held forums to debate its virtues, or lack of.
Recently I received an email from James Humberd, author of “Invitation to France” who remarked: “Two different years we visited inside the Pompidou Center in Paris. It makes less sense inside than out. It had been reported by the Office of Tourism that the Pompidou is the most popular tourist attraction in the city of Paris. I found that hard to believe, so on three different visits (we’ve visited Paris 9 different years) I conducted a poll of my own. The people I talked to, members of tour groups from several countries, said they were not here by choice, but since this is where the tour bus dropped them, what option did they have?. The tour guides figured that people are reluctant to complain when they have been dropped at an art museum that has been (mis)represented as a top tourist destination.”
According to Kelby Carr at http://www.About.com, the top 6 Paris attractions are, as visited annually:
Mr. Humberd, we’re not sure where you heard it was the MOST visited, since everyone knows the Eiffel Tower is the number one destination, but I must agree, 3rd place isn’t too shabby. And while tour buses do go there, they go to the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, and the Ar
c de Triomphe, too, whether the passengers want to or not.
Do you know the story about how the Eiffel Tower was met with resistance from the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore (novelist Guy de Maupassant ate at a restaurant at the tower regularly, because it was the one place in Paris he was sure he wouldn’t see it!)?…and look how our opinion has changed in 100 years!
I’m one of those nuts that LOVES the Centre Pompidou, for all its color and rebellious nature, for its confidence and boldness in support of contemporary art, for its place on the horizon of a city often thought of as a museum itself. Lucky me, it’s just a 15 minute walk from home, its doors open everyday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (except for Tuesdays and May 1st) to enjoy inside or out whenever I fancy. Guess that makes me one (or a a few) of the happier 5.5. million who cross its threshold every year.
A la prochaine…
P.S. The Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group NOW meets in a new Marais location every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.! Visit http://www.parlerparlor.com for more information.
P.P.S. Be sure to also put the 5th edition of La Nuit Blanche 2006 on your calendar for October 7th and visit the six neighborhoods highlighted this year: Quartier Goutte d’Or, Quartier Centre Marais, Quartier Bercy Tolbiac, Quartier Champs-Elyses Concorde, Quartier Beaugrenelle and Quartier Carpentier. See http://www.nb2006.paris.fr/ for more information.
To access the complete Community Calendar, you now have two choices:
1. Click here for the online version with hot links to your favorite sites:
2. Click here for a printer-friendly text version:
We gladly run announcements for non-profit organizations. If you wish your community announcement to appear, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Lynda Sydney: Calendar@ParlerParis.com
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 following listings as your format guide.
Thank you, Adrian
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This week in French Property Insider…
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.
Excerpt from the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants By Adrian Leeds
Living and Investing in 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!
You will learn how to…
* Obtain the Right to Be in France!
Details to be announced…to be on a special mailing list to be notified with complete information about the conference, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 q
uality 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.
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.
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
Tickets are FREE if you sign-up online before September 15th. For more information visit http://www.expatica.com/welcometofrance
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.
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!
NEW TUESDAY LOCATION IN LE MARAIS!
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 26, 2006
BEGINNING OCTOBER 3, 2006
* Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
Paris Eyesore or Eyecandy?
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