December 21, 2004, 11 p.m., Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
Passion for Paris, People and Places
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
We’re getting a breath away from Christmas day, the weather is cold, damp and dreary just like one would expect and it wouldn’t be unusual to contemplate moving to a warm tropical island…but, the realization struck me yesterday that the three best reasons to live in Paris (weather not being one of them): Passion, People and Places.
Last night as I slid like an inept skater on the icy stone “parvis” in front of Notre Dame to meet up with Jean Rauscher, Webmaster of http://www.francemonthly.com, the concept whirred in my subconscious. Jean and his wife, Sylvie, are transplanted Parisians living in Boston for many years who acquired a new passion for France after moving away. (It’s the same old story — we don’t appreciate the places we grow up in or very familiar with until we’ve looked at it from the outside, taking a new perspective. I wonder how many native Parisians have never ridden to the top of the Eiffel Tower?)
Several years ago, they started traveling back to France, and Jean discovered that history was so much more exciting when taken out of academic studies. He and Sylvie began writing about French people and places and publishing their informative articles on their Web site. They offer a variety of tours to France, but otherwise are non-commercial and keep the site alive to satisfy their passion for France. Their monthly newsletter is free. You can sign up on the site.
Passion is what mostly everyone I meet in Paris has and what we find immediately as common ground. When Tracy James came to interview as Parler Paris Previews new “Calendar Gal,” it struck me then again when she told her story about giving up years earning big bucks as a mortgage broker in Washington state to pursue her dream to live in France. She speaks with such passion, that you can’t help but feel the energy. You can now send your community announcements to passionate Tracy at Calendar@ParlerParis.com
Bill j2999on, an attendee from the recently past Washington, DC Living and Investing in France Conference arrived Monday in Paris to volunteer as staff at the December 29th Invest in France Seminar. He “begged” for the position and worked hard to find the lowest air fares and accommodations with friends to make the trip possible. We’ve put him to work preparing for the seminar and will be on the ground to assist in every way. Anything you send to email@example.com reaches Bill while he’s here and working with us.
Paris by Night, the two-hour tour by Vincent Dupont (sales manager of the four-star hotel, Les Jardins du Marais), happened simply because he’s so passionate about the City of Light, its incomparable beauty in the nighttime and the centuries of history that exude from her stone walls (besides, he loves Americans and can’t wait to show off his city)! There are a few seats available…and time is running out, so be sure to sign up now at /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_Paris_by_Night.html or write Bill j2999on for availability at firstname.lastname@example.org
And for those of you here during the holiday season, expressing your Passion for Paris or People or Places, there’s a cornucopia of activities to keep you busy, so scroll down for what’s on the agenda for the people of Paris.
P.S. There will be no Wednesday, December 29, 2004 newsletter due to all of us who will be attending the Invest in France Seminar taking place here in Paris at the Jardins du Marais. There are still a few seats left for last-minute registrations. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_home.html for more information and to sign up.
P.P.S. Come for Galette des Roi, Vin Chaud, conversational exchange and membership discounts Saturday, January 15th, 2005, to the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group. Visit http://www.parlerparlor.com/ for more information.
P.P.P.S. Sandy Zayas’12 square-meter apartment on the Ile Saint-Louis is suddenly available December 28th to January 2nd at only $70 a night. For anyone interested, visit /parlerparis/issues/pparis12-11-04.html for more information about it and to book it, email another person with passion for Paris, Adrian Leeds, at adria
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Welcome new “Calendar Gal” — Tracy James, who sold her mortgage broker high-powered suits and high heels after living 12 years on San Juan Island off the Washington state coast north of Seattle to pursue her life-long dream to live in Paris. She comes a bit over-qualified for editing our weekly calendar, but who’s complaining? I am sure we will find lots of other uses for her many talents!
Next week, both Tracy and I will be taking off Wednesday (me for the Invest in France Conference and Tracy for a vacation week with her U.S. manfriend), so don’t look for an updated calendar until January 5th, 2005.
If you wish your community announcement to be listed in the Parler Paris Previews, continue to please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Lynda Sydney at Calendar@ParlerParis.com?subject=Calendar_Listing We reserve the right to edit as necessary.
Thank you, Adrian
Moving Parts Play Readings In English
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
The following readings have been organized by Moving Parts
Always on Sundays, always at 7.30 p.m.!
Plays in English:
9th January Charles Borkhuis “DUSK”
Plays in French:
Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
Drama Ties Theatre Company present a play in English at Comédie Bastille, 5 rue Nicolas Appert, Paris 11th:
Monday 10 January 2005 – 2:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
On Stage at the Théâtre de Nesle through January 2005
TRAVELLIN’LIGHT by Nicholas Calderbank
8 rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, Métro: Odeon
Alesian Literary Salon By Toby Brothers
January Salons Now Forming!
Here are the proposed salons for January. From the feedback I am getting from current Salon participants, there is a groundswell of interest in Faulkner – and some folks can only come afternoons or evenings. So now is the time to vote and commit. If you are planning on doing a Salon (start week January 10th), please let me know your preference. If you verbally offered your preference in this week’s Salon, now you can give your written (e-mailed, to be precise) desire. If you have multiple interests, please make that known as well. I promise to do everything I can to accommodate your requests. Remember if this is your first Salon, I require a deposit of 25 euros to hold your place in the Salon.
Here is my proposal:
Monday Nights: Bleak House- Charles Dickens
Now is the time to vote and commit! If you are planning on doing a Salon (start week January 10th), please let me know your preference. If you verbally offered your preference in this week’s Salon, now you can give your written (e-mailed, to be precise) desire.
Le photographe photographié, l’autoportrait en France 1850-1914
Les Nuits Parisiennes 2005
Start 2005 with panache at Les Nuits Parisiennes at the Carrousel du Louvre on January 27th and January 28th.
Join over 8000 visitors and experience 70 expositions including music, visual shows, lingerie, magicians, dance and delicacies to name a few!
For more information visit: http://lesnuitsparisiennes.fr
December has several treats in store at MUSÉE DAPPER-the premier space in France dedicated to ancient and contemporary art of Africa.
Musical performance of “Issa, longues jambes” by la Compagnie Vertigo. Inspired by a traditional African story, the tale reunites words, music and dance.
Sundays: 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th January
Tarifs:8 euros; T.R.: 6 euros for children under 12.
CIRQUE: Balabala Street
Désiré N’Goma (acrobat, équilibriste) et Vincent Mézières (juggler) presented by la Compagnie Chapiteau d’Afrique
Thursday, December, 23rd at 3:00 p.m.
10 euros; T.R.: 8 euros for children under 12.
Paris by Night
Take a very private and personal tour with Vincent Dupont!
Let Vincent Dupont, “hôtelier” with the four-star Les Jardins du Marais, guide you and only four others
Tour all through Paris by night to see the city’s most stunning monuments…le Louvre, le Grand and le Petit
And all the while, Vincent tells his tales of Paris past and present…while you sit back and enjoy the
Only Four Tours Available:
Tuesday, December 30th
Invest in France Seminar Participants: 30 euros per person
Limited to 5 Persons per Tour
Parler Paris Après-Midi /parlerparis/apresmidi.html
Next Meeting: January 11th, 2004 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
Paris Soirée Dinners Every Sunday
Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.
For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01.43.26.12.88 or write email@example.com
GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
NEW! Paris Networking cocktail and speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Buffet. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development.
Myhanh Coaching Expert. Former Entrepreneur Myhanh knows how to create success – in life and in business because she created her own. She will share how she has generated success and flowing prosperity out of her deepest passions and wildest dreams. Career Highlights: At 20 years old, starting without experience or money, she created her own international Trading company and 5 weeks later, became a successful businesswoman for 10 years. She had fun and creatively dealt with influential market makers. Later Cartier International asked her to develop their worldwide diversifications. She later became one of the founders of the first private commercial television in France, La Cinq.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA
OF THE DAY
Patricia’s Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
27 Years Of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
The Most Important Thing You Can Do Before the Year is Over
Learn the best ways to watch your money and real estate investment grow before your very eyes…all while gazing at the world’s most famous monument over a frothy café crème.
Now’s your opportunity to take a holiday vacation in the most romantic and beautiful city in the world and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money double (and even triple — like mine has since I bought my Marais apartment just four short years ago).
December 29th, the first 100 individuals to register will learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate…how to make the most of the rest of their lives while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
245 Euros 3-hour private session
For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Parler_Paris_Reader_Request
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris
KING CAKE PARTY (Galettes des Rois)
Saturday, January 15, 2005, 11 a.m.
Come for conversational exchange and celebrate the New Year over Galette des Rois with Vin Chaud. Make new friends, practice speaking French and English and get to know the members.
SAVE 10 EUROS OFF A 10-SESSION CARD
Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.
Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Speaking of astrology, a new tarot card has appeared all around town. It’s an advertisement for the tram service that’s coming to Paris, and this is on billboards along St. Germain and other places; it’s probably a city wide campaign.
But why do I say tarot card? Read cards long enough and every advertisement and piece of artwork begins to speak in the language of symbols. The first thing I noticed about this ad was that it depicted an ultra-modern looking tram pulling up along a street corner, being boarded by several people, including a guy in a wheel chair. The vividly sunny day contrasts with the dark Paris winter.
The image has an ultra-utopian feel, like euphoria has just set in, and the future has arrived (with the tram) in all its splendor and perfection. It looks like ads from the 1950s that would say we’d have better living through chemistry, or like an architectural rendering of a new building on my college campus that would promise eternal bliss for the university community.
The caption is what got me: “Le Tram Reinventé les Maréchaux.” I walked back into the café where I had just had breakfast, and mustered up a translation team. People helped me, eagerly. Basically, what I got is that this translates to, “The Tram will Bring Back the Era of the Great Generals.” In other words, nostalgia, because a long time ago Paris had street cars. So on the one hand you have nostalgia and on the other, you have this vision of the perfect future. No wonder people are confused. We will find the perfect future by reinventing the past, and people in wheel chairs will be able to ride the tram on a sunny day.
A friend who is fluent in about five languages (but principally Italian and Arabic) and happened to be standing there helped me with the translation and we got a good laugh at how bizarre some things French are.
As for the great generals, it does work out that in 2006, when the tram arrives on that spring day, Saturn will be in the peak of its transit through Leo — a fitting image of the nostalgia for the great men. That particular story begins in the summer of 2005 and is one of the more significant transits of the coming year.
More on the astrology of 2005 in Planet Waves.
As for the week. We have just experienced the Winter Solstice. The days are now getting longer, and chickens, at least those left on their natural cycle, will resume laying eggs.
Mercury is no longer retrograde. Electronic Christmas gifts purchased later rather than sooner likely have a better chance of working.
While the Sun has left Sagittarius behind, many planets remain in that sign, particularly Venus, Mercury
and Pluto. Mars is soon to arrive, on Christmas day, which may be a tense transition because any planet leaving a sign and entering another can come with a fair bit of tension.
Happy Birthday, Capricorn!
Read more writing by Eric Francis at http://PlanetWavesWeekly.com/ or subscribe to Planet Waves Weekly directly by calling (877) 453-8265. Planet Waves Weekly is my (twice) weekly astrology news service devoted to covering world events from a personally relevant angle, with much information about healing, astrology, astronomy and more; plus my weekly Sun-Sign horoscopes. Call toll free for a free trial subscription. International, call (206) 567-4455 during Eastern business hours.
Eric Francis, a Paris-based American astrologer, is the author of Planet Waves, a premium online information service available at http://PlanetWaves.net/ He also does private consultations (solar returns, compatibility charts, locational astrology, business consulting, gift readings and more) on the phone and in person in Paris. Call +1.206.463.7827 or +1.877.463.8265 for more information.
American Women’s Group: Upcoming Events
January: 12th Musée Nissim de Camondo
The American Library in Paris Presents Evenings With An Expert…
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. beginning January 11 2005
Do you work in business or in law? Or do you simply have an inquiring mind that seeks to understand the world around us? Then come to the Library to learn and enjoy our new monthly program, Evenings With An Expert. This exciting six-session program which debuts on January 11 2005, will feature various topics of general interest from Europe’s prominent experts. The format will be a moderator and principal speaker, with questions afterwards from the audience. All sessions will be moderated by Drew Shagrin, formerly a lawyer and currently a part-time professor at HEC (and connected to AUC France through both Dartmouth and Berkeley).
January 11th “Money Laundering:Where Banking and Government Meet Organized Crime and Terrorism.” The expert is Chris Davies, the Paris-based director of worldwide compliance at Société Générale.
February 8th “International Dispute Resolution.” A primer for non-lawyers. The expert is Alex Blumrosen, a Paris-based partner at the law firm Bernard-Hetz-Bejot.
March 15th “Corporate Social Responsibility:How Europeans And Americans Understand This Term Differently.” The expert is Kate Fish, the Paris representative of the San Francisco-based consultancy Business for Social Responsibility.
April 19th “Killer of the Modern World:The Mortality Effect of Climate Change (A Case Study of the 2003 Canicule).” The expert is Magali Barbieri, a Paris-based researcher at the Institut national d’études démographiques.
May 24th “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).
June 14th “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris-and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
American Library in Paris 10, rue du Général Camou 75007 Paris France Telephone: 01.53.59.12.60 Fax: 01.45.50.25.83 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. http://americanlibraryinparis.org
Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public.
Celebrate France – Happy New Year
31 December 2004 – 1 January 2005
Thousands of performers from around the world participate in Celebrate France, a massive and varied two-day extravaganza taking place around Paris at New Year.
New Year’s Eve is spent in Chantilly with the Grande Parade de Chantilly, a spectacular street parade and open-air concert. The colourful parade consists of marching bands, dance and cheerleading troupes, floats, balloons and variety acts. The 4000 participants include 20 bands and five floats decorated with a fairground theme, the traditional parade of French circuses.
On New Year’s Day the parade moves lock, stock and barrel to Montmartre.
Disco Classic – A Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Party
31 December 2004
On New Year’s Eve, the disco balls at Paris’ Le Gibus vibrate to the classic tunes of Chic, Sylvester, Diana Ross, Earth Wind & Fire and Gloria Gaynor. The legendary DJ Tallulah (ex-resident at Studio 54!) is the man in charge of making the music until the early hours of 2005. Happy Disco New Year!!! Le Gibus has travelled a long way since the days when it was known as a heavy metal venue – it now attracts international DJs and a faithful gay following.
10p.m.-6a.m., 30 euros (includes one drink and one glass of champagne)
Overdrive Speciale 31 – New Year Party
31 December 2004
If you’re serious about your partying, the Batofar is the place for you, with a 14-hour party-marathon to begin the New Year in proper fashion. All the resident DJs take part in this electronic funk extravaganza, including dA frESH, Henry Goes Dirty, Popof Live, Yvan Vegeta, Se
bastien, Freak’N'Cie and Arnaud Plage.
10 p.m.-12 p.m., 20 euros
LES SAPINS DE NOEL DES CREATEURS
PARIS SUR GLACE
PARIS SUR GLACE
Though the merry-go-rounds are designed primarily for children’s entertainment, a trip on one of these gaudy manèges is also a romantic treat for all who love the City of Light.
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS – FACADE OF GALERIES LAFAYETTE
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: RUE ROYALE, RUE SAINT HONORE
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE MONTAIGNE
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: PLACE VENDOME AND RUE DE LA PAIX
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: ABBESSES AND RUE LEPIC
VITRINES DE NOEL AU PRINTEMPS
CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT THE SAMARITAINE
CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT GALERIES LAFAYETTE
VITRINES DE NOEL AU BON MARCHE
LA CRECHE DE NOEL A NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
CHRISTMAS ARCH AT LA DEFENSE
CHRISTMAS MARKET IN COUR DE ROME – OPPOSITE GARE SAINT-LAZARE
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT DISNEY VILLAGE
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE BENEATH THE ARCADES OF MAINE-MONTPARNASSE SHOPPING CENTRE
MARCHE DE NOEL A LA NATION
LE MONDE DES ENFANTS
* Vacation Apartments: Special Offers
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“Passion For Paris, People And Places”
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