Pricey Posting Photos From Paris

BHV…Le Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville

Pricey Posting Photos From Paris

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Paris, France


Saturday, April 21, 2007
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


You spend months or years developing your screenplay and then, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to pitch it to someone who has the power to make your dream come true. Learn how to tell and sell an idea, make it clear, communicate a story in dramatic and visual ways, and describe a full length work in a few action-packed verbal minutes. Get the inside information on the rules and customs of the pitch meeting and how to make the listener say “Great, I want it.”

Led by Judith Merians and sponsored by Adrian Leeds and Parler Paris, join us for this 3 hour session, Saturday, April 21, 2007 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at La Pierre du Marais, only 30€ per person!

For further details and to register, please visit /frenchproperty/conference/ or email Judith Merians


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

While France is watching the developing upcoming French elections and its myriad of candidates (none of which seem very appealing to me, however) and the U.S. is glued to their TV’s in shock over the deadly shooting spree on the Virginia Tech Campus, I set out into the warm unseasonable weather to accomplish one simple task…post three packages.

The packages contained wedding photo albums filled with the images Erica had taken of the two traditional Indian weddings she was hired to photograph this past February. The photos were printed by which I have used many times in the last few years — good quality prints at very reasonable prices and the service is top notch. When they learned that the 600 prints I had ordered had not arrived within the 10 days they guarantee, they submitted the order again at no charge. There is no charge for international delivery and the orders usually arrive quite promptly. This one arrived just one day late and now with two complete sets for the price of one, there are no complaints.

The BHV department store is the best place on the planet to buy photo albums. There is a complete department of albums to choose from, so the biggest problem is not finding something that suits your fancy, but how to make a decision among the many that do! You’ll find them just near the preconstructed art frames and mats, of which there is also an amazing selection. The BHV (pronounced “bay-ach-vay” and stands for “Le Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville,” is the imposing building just opposite the Hôtel de Ville on rue de Rivoli that becomes the home away from home for every “bricoleur” (do-it-yourselfer) as if the BHV doesn’t have it, then it doesn’t exist.

So, after printing the photos, organizing the albums, wrapping each securely, labeling them for mailing, and preparing them for transport in my six-wheel “Rolser” shopping cart, I set out to find the best way to mail packages from Paris to the U.S. and India.

I first saw the six-wheel Rolser shopping cart in Venice, Italy, where the (mostly) women were easily rolling them up and over the canal steps without blinking an eye. There are three wheels on each side that easily “jump” the 70 steps to my apartment; it’s light, strong and folds flat to fit in the closet. Made in Spain, the corporate Web site is useless to find them (, but don’t distress, the hardware store named “Dujardin” at 71 rue Montorgueil sells them!

To mail the packages, I didn’t even begin to consider the French postal service. The last time I made that mistake, mailing my daughter’s left-behind iPod back to her in New York, the clerk insisted the contents be noted on the outside of the package, “iPod,” and you can guess that it was never to be seen again. I insured it for 500 euros, but even with that, it’s taken almost six months of bureaucracy to make the claim and still we are awaiting the settlement.

Down rue Réaumur I went with the Rolser in tow stopping first at UPS ( at number 107 (2nd arrondissement, The 3-kilo package to India was estimated at 188€ at the economic rate! When the clerk there saw the rates had taken my breath away, she was kind enough to send me off to Federal Express (

> and DHL ( to make comparisons. Federal Express has several locations around town, the closest one was just up the street at number 111-115 rue Réaumur inside the “Newworks” offices.

The very pleasant clerk laughed when I told him the UPS prices and didn’t hesitate to tell me that FedEx would cost 225€ for the same package. Now my heart is beating rapidly as what was supposed to be a quick errand turns into an expensive excursion. Last stop before giving up hope — DHL. It’s not far away at 6, rue des Colonnes near the Bourse. They calculated the 3-kilogram package at 146€.

A few minutes later, completing two forms for each package and handing over my credit card for a whopping charge of 354€ to send four photo albums in three packages (two to India, one to the U.S.) with a total weight of 6.5 kilograms, the task was completed and my wallet depleted.

The moral of the story…a plane ticket could have been cheaper. Hand carry the goods in your suitcase!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds

Editor, Parler Paris

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P.P.S. Join us for Parler Parlor this Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at our temporary Saturday location, La Croissanterie, 168 boulevard St Germain, between the garden of the Eglise St germain des Prés and passage de la Petite Boucherie next to La Rhumerie.

Calendar #157
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Paris, France


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Sunday Lunch in Normandy with
On Rue Tatin Chef, Susan Loomis
April 22, 2007
Theme: Spring Vegetables


Come to On Rue Tatin, Susan Herrmann Loomis’ 15th-century Norman retreat, for a sumptuous Sunday lunch. Your day will begin in Paris at the Gare St. Lazare where a representative from On Rue Tatin will meet and ride to Normandy with you. An hour and twenty minutes later you will walk through the small wooden door at On Rue Tatin and enter a savory, aromatic world where culinary adventure awaits.

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May 16 – 19, 2007


The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop AND The Ultimate Travel Photographer’s Workshop

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* Walk away with a short publishable article or photos in hand… and the contact information for editors we know who are happy to work with you, even if you’ve never sold a story or photo before…

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The next gathering is May 15, 2007, due to the holidays.

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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.
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.
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
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