Summer in Paris: Where I Want to Be
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Wednesday, July 5, 2006
* Available in its entirety July 21 – 30, 2006, rent the personal Marais apartment of Adrian Leeds for only 1000€!
Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hôtel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to 4 people when she’s traveling. Take advantage of this special offer while she is vacationing this Summer. One low price of 1000€ lets you stay up to 10 days. Includes high speed Internet access, free international calling, housekeeping one time per week and all linens.
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
I used to think October was the time of year to live and die in Paris. Now, I’m convinced that Summer has every other season beat, even in the heat.
Outdoors is where everyone is — at the open air cafés and restaurants, picnicking under the shade of the trees at the parks, languishing along the waters’ edges and taking advantage of the many cultural festivals the city has planned to keep us entertained. Clothing is minimal — women are in their filmiest dresses, their hair piled high on their heads; men are in their “marcel débardeur” T-shirts showing off their muscular tans, flip-flops are the shoes of choice and people have taken to licking “gelati” and “boule de glace” on crispy cones while walking down the streets.
Last night strolling home about midnight from a July 4th celebration dinner at an outdoor table on rue Montorgueil, I passed the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement where a few hundred “voisins” (neighbors) were seated on plastic chairs enjoying a film on a large screen on the “parvis” (courtyard) of the city hall. This is the 9th edition of the Festival Soirs d’été which began June 21st and continues till July 14th, Bastille Day.
July 13th, while the Bals des Pompiers are in full force at the various “casernes” (firehouses) around town, the Mairie hosts a live band from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. where I plan to end our evening, after eating, drinking, dancing and flirting with the handsome firemen at the station on rue de Sévigné (number 7). (For more about the Soirs d’Eté, visit http://www.mairie3.paris.fr).
The Bals des Pompiers normally start at 8 or 9 p.m. on both the 13th and 14th of July and continue into the wee hours of the morning on both occasions. I know American women who met their mates on these dates — when the young virile men (a fireman can be no older than 35!) steal kisses from all the ladies…who, of course, gladly let them! You can bet I’ll be there — although there is tough competition from the gorgeous waifish “filles Françaises.”
If you can survive the evening well enough, head to the avenue des Champs-Elysées at 9:30 a.m. the next morning for the annual Bastille Day parade, when M. Jacques Chirac, “Le président de la République,” inspects the troupes and pays tribute at Place de la Concorde. The stands are already in place awaiting his arrival.
If that isn’t enough, the annual fireworks at the Eiffel Tower blast off at 10 p.m. Friday night — the most stunning color and light show you are sure to see. My advice: take a picnic to the Champs de Mars at 8 p.m. and wait for the sun to go down and the fireworks to go up into the warm Paris night!
(The best listing I’ve found for complete information the Bals des Pompiers and all the Bastille Day events is at http://www.fra.cityvox.fr/)
This Summer, Paris is where I am and where I want to be.
A la prochaine…
P.S. I know that this Paris is where I am and where I want to be. But if you aren’t so sure yourself, then don’t miss Sunday night’s Paris Soirée when Anne Morton,Ph.D. and Presidnet Tap Your Potential will “close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.” Anne will show
you how to tap your potential and share techniques you can use to live more fulfilling lives and to reach your goals with ease. (http://www.tapyourpotential.net) For more information, visit /parlerparis/calendar.html or http://www.parissoirees.com
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Parler Paris Apartments
Leeds Marais Guest Room or Entire Two-Bedroom Apartment — Available in its entirety July 21 – 30, 2006 and September 8 – 18, 2006
Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hôtel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is in or for up to 4 people when she’s traveling.
* “Le Provençal” Studio: Available as of August 2006
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
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Summer in Paris: Where I Want to Be
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