The Cool Hot Air Hilltop of Paris

A La Bonne Cave, Butte aux Cailles, 13th Arrondissement

The Cool Hot Air Hilltop of Paris

Parler Paris Previews…
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Calendar #74

Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

There’s a corner of Paris few tourists ever venture, nor even Parisians for that matter. I ventured there last night after saying so-long to all the folks at Parler Paris Après Midi (be sure to read all about it at /parlerparis/apresmidi.html) to visit an apartment for sale on a well-lit pedestrian street with nothing particularly special about it except for an unusual lavender brick building with deep lavender painted shutters.

Just off the Place d’Italie, this is the highest point in the 13th arrondissement, one of the seven hills of Paris, from which one has a panoramic view of the city. It’s the unassuming “quartier” known as “La Butte aux Cailles.”

No, it’s not the “hilltop of the quails” — which one might easily assume — but named after Pierre Caille who purchased the land on this hill in 1543. His son, Clément, developed the family heritage by acquiring additional land until it became known as first, “Butte de Caille,” then “Butte Caille” and now today, “Butte-aux-Cailles.”

On November 21st, 1783, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, who was a French chemistry and physics teacher, and one of the first pioneers of aviation, made the first manned free hot air balloon flight in history, accompanied by the Marquis d’Arlandes. During the 25-minute flight using a “Montgolfier” hot air balloon, they traveled 12 kilometers from the château of La Muette to the Butte aux Cailles in (what was then the outskirts of Paris), attaining an altitude of 3000 feet. Engravings representing the landing display a tranquil country landscape. The landing spot today is the exit to the underground parking called the “Galaxie!”

The Buttes aux Cailles and the 13th arrondissement has changed quite a bit since. One century ago, it wasn’t even part of Paris, but part of the Commune of Gentilly. (Gentilly is also a name I grew up with as the eastern part of New Orleans, now sadly under water.) Still, the moment you step off the main streets that run between rue Bobillot, rue de Tolbiac and boulevard Auguste Blanqui, onto the one-way tiny streets spilling off the main street of rue de la Butte aux Cailles, you will sense that you’re in another world altogether.

It’s a strange sensation. The Butte aux Cailles is one of the few areas of Paris with single-family two-level homes, many covered in ivy or dripping with vines. Scattered among them are contemporary apartment buildings with chic architectural style and as a backdrop not far away lie the looming high-rises the 13th is so famous for. I stood in the center of the street rather dumb-founded by the contrast and wondered for a moment whether I was in Paris at all!

The neighborhood is awash with old-world charm — cafés, bars and restaurants, most of which still sport original decor. Quaint shops dot the landscape along with one of Paris’ most well-know swimming pools — Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles at 5 place Paul Verlaine — in art-deco style, supplied by a natural hot spring of a constant 28°C. You can still see a performance at The Théâtre des Cinq Diamants, once known for its Folie Bergère shows between the two world wars and as a hideout for the Resistance during World War II(see what’s playing at

I wandered along the streets until my nose led me to land at Le Temps des Cerises for authentic “boudin noir,” served in a casserole covered by crispy thin slices of apple. The authenticity of the bistrot with its “petites ardoises” nailed to every available spot on the cluttered walls, wood tables and bentwood chairs, each elbow to elbow and deep burgundy upholstery, overshadowed

the quality of its cuisine, but no matter…it reeked of Butte aux Cailles charm and didn’t cost enough to be a bad value (18-20 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, Around the corner at L’Avant Goût, your check will be double (31 Euros for 3 courses), but will be a better bet for an outstanding meal — known as the quartier’s best dining experience and one of the city’s best values (26, rue Bobillot,

There was even more action at the many bars and cafés, spilling out onto the street in the warm evening air. La Bonne Cave didn’t offer even one seat for the weary. Others to test include Papagallo (25, rue des Cinq Diamants), the Sputnik (14-16, rue de la Butte aux Cailles and the Folie en Tête (33, rue de la Butte aux Cailles), each offering a different ambiance to set the mood.

If you can’t get there in person, (it’s in French, but…) click here for a great little tour of the neighborhood: If you CAN get there in person, make a point of discovering a Paris you wouldn’t have otherwise.

A la prochaine…








Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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Calendar #74
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Stand-Up Comedy
Tuesday September 20 and Wednesday September 21, 8:30 p.m.

Star of BBC Radio 4′s The Shuttleworths
John Shuttleworth is “Fawn Again” in Paris with special guest Save Tordoff

La Java
105 Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris
Métros: Goncourt or Belleville

Tickets on night 20 euros and 17 euros (students & OAP’s)

Upcoming Shows:
October 4 and 5 – David O’Doherty from Dublin
October 18 – Simon Evans
November 8 and 9 – Adam Hills
November 21 and 22 – Jeremy Hardy, who it has taken a decade of persuasion to entice back – almost to the day.

In Concert
October 11 – Steve James & Del Rey
October 10 – Richmond Fontaine and Ian Moore and Amazing Pilots
November 14 – Peter Case and John Doe and Michael Weston King


MOVING PARTS presents:

Play Readings in English
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries

September 18 – Jonus “Breakthrough”
September 25 – Rupert Wates & Kenneth Hickey “Voices From The Dark”
October 9 – Thomas Dooley “Discretion”
October 23 – N.C.Heikin “Hitler’s Favorite Play”
November 6 – Lance Tait “Patricia Yang” (2nd reading)
November 20 – Lance Tait (title tba)
November 27 – Yelena Moscovich “The Planting Land”
December 4 – Chantal Rosas Cobian “Venus on Vacation”
December 18 – Timothy Jay Smith “Johnny Casanova”
January 15, 2006 – Chantal Rosas Cobian “Venus on Vacation”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play. January 2006 onwards available dates. Program subject to change. Latest version always available at or send an e-mail to Stephanie on to receive the monthly mailings. For further information contact Stephanie Campion at


Cirque Plume
Plic Ploc
September 21 to November 27

For over twenty years now, the Cirque Plume has enchanted audiences with its lively and colorful performances, full of music and poetry.

This well-known circus troupe is on tour in France and throughout Europe to present its latest creation, “Plic Ploc,” arriving in Paris this autumn at the Espace Chapiteaux of the Parc de la Villette. Make sure you catch this new show on the theme of drops of water and the musical sound they make. The actors, equipped with wellingtons, mops and umbrellas, go on a musical tour through a world populated by taps and hosepipes. From fountains and geysers to showers, we are promised a veritable ballet of acrobatics, contortions and somersaults.

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 PARIS
Métro: Porte de Pantin

Art and Culture

“Abreuvant Les Sillons”
Vernissage: Wednesday, September 14
Starting 6:30 p.m.
Sound Gallery

“Abreuvant Les Sillons” or 45/78 rpm Jazz records painted or illustrated by a dozen of our favorite artists…read all about it at or


Grand Palais Re-Opening!
Saturday, September 17, 2005

The Grand Palais will be re-opening on the morning of Saturday, September 17 and will stay open until La Nuit Blanche on October 1. At that time some parts of the building will be closed for further work. Stay tuned for further details.


PARIS WALKS with Leonard Pitt
September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 12

Leonard Pitt, author of the bestselling “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club, will be in Paris for one month, September 15 to October 16, and is now organizing small groups for walks through the city.

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Cost: 60 Euros per person. Maximum 8 to a group. Inquire about group rates.

Leonard’s unique perspective offers a view of Paris in all its beauty and drama that is not available anywhere else. Diane Johnson speaks of his book with praise in her latest book, “Into a Paris Quartier,” and the French press came out with numerous glowing reviews when his book appeared in 2002.

“Leonard is completely legitimate, he’s impregnated with Paris. He sees things that we don’t see.” – Le Figaro

“This American friend knows Paris like the back of his hand and illustrates clearly what the serious stroller would have a hard time deciphering on his own – the history that runs beneath today’s buildings.” – Le Nouvel Observateur

Jana Jagoe took a walk with Leonard in Spring 2005. She writes:

“If you want to truly understand the impact that Napoleon and Haussmann had on Paris the best guide is Leonard Pitt. He not only knows his subject matter but has the actor’s ability that allows you to see the past and the characters who filled it. I’ve lived half the year in Paris for five years and have taken dozens of tours. None compares to Leonard’s. All of the pieces are there. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss this one.”

For information, contact Leonard at
To see his book, go to:

Walk 1. Left Bank. Begins at St. Germain des Prés and ends at Square Viviani across from Notre Dame.

Walk 2. Ile de la Cité.
Walks 1 and 2 give a first-hand view of the making of modern Paris under Baron Haussmann. The effect of standing on a corner with a photo in hand of 19th century Paris brings home the full impact of the city’s transformation as the Baron’s pickaxe tore down 20,000 houses to make way for the great boulevards and avenues that define Paris today.

Walk 3. The Marais.
Begins in Place des Vosges and explores the unknown history of the Marais south of rue Saint-Antoine from the 1920s to the 1950s. A mixture of anti-Semitism plus a blockheaded approach to urban planning was a disaster to this quarter. The casual stroller has no idea of the dramas played out at virtually every corner.

Walk 4. Paris and Chocolate.
This walk combines Paris history plus visits to three of Paris’s premium chocolate houses. We begin on the grounds of the Louvre and look at how the creation of the Louvre as we know it resulted from a tragic accident. Then we walk to the garden of the Palais Royal to see how one man’s debauchery lead to the creation of that great architectural gem, the covered passageway. From there we walk across the street to two of the most beautiful passageways borne of this debauchery, Passages Vivienne and Colbert. Then up rue Vivienne with a stop at Debauve and Gallais to purchase some chocolate on our way to a wonderful network of passages including Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeaux. Exiting the passages we make our second chocolate stop at Mère de la Famille. A short bus ride to Place de l’Opera takes us into the making of modern Paris and the great history of the Grands Boulevards. We’ll then continue up the boulevard to the famous La Maison du Chocolate, make our final purchase of this food of the gods and repair to a cafe for our tasting, to compare, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy.

For more details visit

Special Note: Leonard Pitt will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner of the Living and Investing in France Conference October 21 – 23, 2005 at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. To learn more and reserve your place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html


“Première a Paris”
Photography by Jan Hanson
Vernissage September 22, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

San Francisco photographer Jan Hanson invites those of you who will be in Paris this fall to visit her photo exhibit at ArtSpace at WICE.

The exhibit features Jan’s display of stunning photos of Paris by night and mouthwatering close-ups of food by day, as well as a few surprise images added for good measure.

The exhibit, “Première a Paris,” will run from September 19 through November 10, and the Vernissage will be Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

20, boulevard du Montparnasse, 75015, Paris
Métros: Duroc and Falguiere

For more information, contact Jan Hanson at


International Contemporary Art Show: FIAC
October 6 to 10 October
Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles

The 32nd FIAC will take place in halls 4 and 5.1 of the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles. Some 207 galleries, almost a quarter of them are new to FIAC, will exhibit. 26 countries will be represented by 113 foreign galleries and 99 from France.


Charlie Chaplin et les i

The world through a comedian’s eyes
Until September 18

The exhibition “Chaplin in pictures” at the Jeu de Paume includes documents and home movies from Chaplin family archives. It reveals one of the 20th century’s best-loved characters and the outstanding achievement of his creator: producer, director and actor.

Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008, PARIS
Metro: Concorde
Bus: 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94
For tickets call:
For more information visit


La Nuit Blanche
October 1

Nuit Blanche is back and more surprising than ever. The Paris City Council invites us to take a different look at the capital by asking talented artists from all horizons (music, visual art, video, sound, lighting) to deploy their skills in order to amaze and move us.

In the space of a few hours, Paris becomes home of the night-owls. Dressed in their evening finery, museums, libraries, swimming pools and churches throw open their doors. Unconventional illuminations, offbeat sounds, unusual exhibitions, original ideas…are all on the agenda for this night without sleep.

Musical Interludes

Jazz Concert
Thursday, September 15, 9:00 p.m.

De l’axe Fargo-Paris

With Mike Missiras, Joe Makholm, Jacques Vidal

1, quai Bourbon, 75004, Paris
Métro: Pont-Marie (Ile Saint-Louis)


Joe l’Americain Gospel Concert
Sunday, September 25th, 7 p.m.
j2999eph Langley and the Choeurs de l’Ame in concert at Chapelle Saint Sauveur at the Hôpital Corentin Celton
Issy les Moulineaux
Métro Corentin Celton
Entrance 15 Euros
For more information, contact or


Aldridge Hansberry Ensemble
Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17, 10 p.m.

Originally from New Orleans, drummer, flautist, composer Aldridge Hansberry is a resident Parisian. Her formation is at the 7 Lézards for two nights. She has chosen some of the cream of Parisian Jazz as collaborators in this group that will be playing two nights at the 7 Lézards. It has been said of her compositions,”…A music that swings and is packed with ideas! Lively, colorful, dynamic with a dash of ‘groove’ that brings out a smile and makes you want to move…” Don’t miss these evenings of original music.

Jobic Le Masson – piano
Rasul Siddik – trumpet
Thomas Kpade – cello
Peter Giron – upright bass
Aldridge Hansberry – drums, flute, compositions

7 Lézards
Restaurant, Club de Jazz, Salon de Thé
10, rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris
Cover: 15 euros/12 euros


Festival Musique en l’Ile
June 28 to September 17

Classical concerts with the Moscow Sirine Choir, the Vocal Group “Oxford Voices,” the Paris Gregorian Choir and more.

Eglises Saint-Louis-en-Ile (4th Arrondissement), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arrondissement) and others.

For more information


Deva Premal and Miten’s Premier Concert in Paris
October 13, 2005

What do the Dalaï Lama, Cher, Eckhardt Tolle and Anthony Robbins have in common with a rapidly growing number of baby-boomers? They are all fans of Deva Premal and Miten! Their CD “The Essence” has been a best seller in Europe for the past 5 years; it created a sensation in the U.S. and Canada last year. Orders for their latest CD “Dakshina” topped the charts at even before it went on sale in April of this year.

Théâtre Adyar
4 square du Rapp, 75007 Paris

Editions le Souffle d’Or (Tel., FNAC, Ticketnet
Tickets: 25 euros

Sponsored by Etnotek, a non-profit organization
For more information, call Etnotek at or e-mail



A place for the New York Music Scene to meet Paris and beyond

Live International Acts Featuring:

Charles Theodore (folk – USA) and Alix Roy (electro – France) and Guests (jazz, soul, funk and more)

Free every Tuesday around 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
77 rue du Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris
Métro: Goncourt

Literary Events

David Sedaris
American Library in Paris
September 21, 7:00 p.m.

David Sedaris, author of the bestsellers “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim” may be the closest thing the literary world has to a rock star! He will speak at the American Library in Paris September 21.

American Library in Paris
10 rue Général Camou, 75007 Paris.
Cocktail hour & book signing to follow
20 euros per person.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings


Next Meeting: October 11th, 2005 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 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers



We’re open all summer!

MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Unsurpassed networking opportunities.

Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be:

Linda DeMarco, CPCC
Certified Life And Business Coach

Linda DeMarco has a degree in business education and is a product of the corporate world. She is now a life and business coach. Linda previously owned and managed a computer training company in New York and has also worked in Human Resources.

Through coaching, Linda specializes in helping people who come to a crossroads in their lives. The crossroads can be personal, career or business oriented. She helps people find clarity and to plan and navigate through the change.

She can be reached for coaching consultations by telephone in Paris at, in the US at (860) 693-9007 or by e-mail at



Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia



Every Sunday! We’re open all summer!

NEW TIME! Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday 18 September at 18h30 ­ (New Time! Happy Hour is at 18h30)

Our guest of honor will be:

Nijole Ladd
Teacher. Healer

Nijole spends part of every year in Paris. Always every summer. A lot of the rest of the time she spends in Key West, Florida.

Nijole is a teacher at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and a certified workshop leader for Brennan Healing Science workshops. “I teach wherever there is interest! I have a private healing practice in Key West and via long distance to clients all over the US and the world. Brennan Healing Science is a hands on energy healing modality- we read the “field” or aura, and help people work holistically with any blocks in the flow of energy (which is what results in disease, or issues and challenges in life).”

To contact Nijole Ladd fo, please write: or call her for a telephone consultation during the year on +1 305 396 2076.

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an emai

l confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. To reserve on Sundays, please call.


Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge your 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.


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.

Jim Haynes Atelier
A2 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
75014 Paris


Full Moon Picnic
Sunday, September 18
Pont des Arts
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The next full moon is Sunday, September 18, 2005. In American Indian lore it is known as the Harvest Moon. The Chinese have a different way to celebrate this full moon with a Mooncake Festival. Depending on which legend you believe, there were once ten suns in the sky until the Emperor’s archer shot nine down. But when his reward of immortality was stolen by his wife, she was banished to the moon where her appearance became immortalized. Another legend explains the role of the “Man in the Moon” with regard to marriage. The most famous legend explains how the Chinese overthrew the occupying Mongols by passing messages in mooncakes (made from Mung Bean Paste). For the full story and mooncake recipes:

WHAT: Everyone brings food and drink to share.

WHERE: Pont des Arts. We’ll gather towards the middle of the bridge. Nearest metros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli.

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 18. Sunset about 7:45 pm. Moonrise visible about 8:30 pm.

WHY: Share one of the most memorable sights in Paris with some of the nicest people around.

WHO: You and your friends.

HOW to find us: Keep your eyes out for a white telescope on tripod if the sky is clear. Check in by cellphone if you can’t find us:

FOOD THEME: Bountiful Harvest: based around corn, pumpkin, squash, beans, wild rice, etc. And don’t forget mooncakes or other baked Chinese goods. In fact, ALL tasty treats are welcome.

PUZZLER: Sometimes the Harvest moon is in September, sometimes it’s in October. What’s the explanation?

RSVP: Please send email if you’re planning to join,

PUZZLER ANSWER: The Harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal equinox, which is Sept. 21, marking the end of summer. Sometimes the October full moon is closer to that date, but usually it’s the one in Sept.


Rollerblading in Paris!
Fridays and Sundays

Every week, you can don your blades for two rolling tours through the City of Light!

Friday evenings: Over 4,000 experienced skaters take a different 25 km circuit each week. Full details the Thursday before at or call

Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit or call


Paris Half Marathon
October 26
Streets of Paris

Upcoming Conferences

For more information on the conferences, seminars and workshops listed below, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html

San Francisco
October 21 to 23, 2005
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

Our popular three-day Living in France Conference will give you all the information you need to make your Paris dream a reality! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts. For West Coast folks, or those wanting more comprehensive information on all aspects of living in France, the San Francisco conference is a must.


New York
October 26, 2005
Harvard Club

Take just one day and learn
from some of the finest experts in French real estate about the best ways to make your money and real estate investment grow. Join us at the prestigious Harvard Club for this power-packed one day event.


December 28, 2005
Chez Jenny

Enjoy your Christmas vacation in Paris, and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money grow, while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.


French Property Exhibition
London, England
September 23 – 25, 2005
National Hall, Olympia

Now in its 16th year, the London French Property Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of buying property in France. Visit the John Howell and Co. booth to meet John Howell, and Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider.


4th Paris Poetry Workshop
Paris, France
October 2 – 6, 2005

This is your opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets. Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another’s creative endeavors. This is your chance to become part of this exciting and vibrant community. Click here for more information:


—————- “Welcome to France” Fair
October 16
Carrousel de Louvre – We’re at #1!

The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #1 — come by and say hello.

At the Expatica Welcome to France Fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialized 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 sports teams.



The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
Paris, France
December 29 – January 2

Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned Trompe l’Oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate Trompe l’Oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.

Click here for more information:

To register click on or email Paula Winke at


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html


Schuyler Event Services
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WORDS THAT SELL! English Language Copywriter

Freelance copywriter with more than ten years of strategic marketing and advertising experience will write your brochures, sales letters, direct mail packages, web sites, newsletters and more. I will work with you to truly understand your products/services and the needs of your customers, to produce targeted communications that get results. Clients include advertising agencies, corporations and small businesses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at



Tell your French friends!

Business English, conversation,writing,TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs. Instructor has a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL),and 10 + years of teaching experience. Contact Nancy Szczepanski at or

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Saturday, September 17, 2005
at Eurocentres
10 Euros

PLUS Save 10 Euros on a 10-Session Card and 20 Euros on a 20-Session Card That Day!!

Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l’Opéra 2nd arrondissement, Paris Opéra, RER A Auber

At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro: Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

For Our Bay Area Friends

The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes, etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at

The Hot Club of San Francisco is donating all of the proceeds from the sales of our CD “Postcards from Gypsyland” on the CD BABY website directly to the Red Cross relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina for the next few weeks. This is a great time to pick up our latest (we’re super proud of it!) and to help with the disaster relief.


A call for assistance:

Sami Belhadjamara, a native French speaker with a masters in French literature from Bordeaux and considerable experience teaching in France and Tunisia, was recruited by the state of Louisiana to teach French in the New Orleans public schools as part of the state’s CODOFIL program. In the aftermath of the hurricane, he lost all his possessions; since his school has closed, he has no work. He has been offered the chance to stay in San Francisco with help to find him ajob as a language instructor.

Sami has superb references from the people who run the Louisiana program. He is in the process of preparing a resume, though as you can imagine he has been spending his days putting his life together. If there is any possibility of a teaching assistantship, or if you know of French departments, either at the university or k-12 level, that might have an opening, you assistance would be appreciated.

Contact Professor David Kirp at
Tel: 510-642-7531

Community Announcements

WICE Annual Open House
October 12, 2005, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for our one-day Open House event, October 12th, 2:00 – 8:00pm.

Learn more about our in-depth courses for adults ranging from Personal and Professional Development, Creative Writing, TEFL/Stage d’anglais and Languages to Studio Arts, Art History and History, Politics and Culture. Find out what we have in store for you this year!

For more information visit http://www.wice-paris

20 boulevard du Montparnasse
Métro: Duroc


Dems Abroad France invites you to a discussion
“Rebuilding New Orleans”
Monday, September 19, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.

R.Terry Schnadelbach, Professor, University of Florida, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Environmental Planner, has studied some of the most complex and problematic issues of urban rebuilding in the world. He is proposing a dialogue for rebuilding the flood damage to the city of New Orleans. He recognizes the political issues involved — neo-cons resistance to spending one dime of public money there? (Karl Rove). He will discuss ways to rebuild New Orleans that are both ecologically sound and in harmony with its cultural heritage.

At the home of Connie Borde
240 bis Bd St-Germain, 75007 Paris
Métro: rue de Bac
Buses: 63, 68, 84, 94

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Message From Howard Dean

Dear fellow Americans and Democrats,

A few days ago, we received the following message from Governor Dean, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (and, sorry, due to technical difficulties, DAF was not able to send this email out to you sooner):

This week millions of Americans fled Hurricane Katrina. Across the South families abandoned their homes and businesses, not knowing what would be there when they returned.

Many stayed behind and suffered devastating loss and injuries — nearly a hundred have died that we know of, and hundreds of thousands need our help.

America is at its best when we realize that we are one community — that we’re all in this together. That means that each one of us has the responsibility to do what we can to help the relief effort.
The Red Cross is a great place to start:

They are already moving people and resources into the region to help. Donations will provide clean water, food, and shelter for disaster victims. The Red Cross web site also has important information for victims and their relatives across the country.

Many local Red Cross chapters are organizing volunteers to travel to affected areas — doctors and nurses to provide medical care, workers to build shelters, first responders to assist in rescue operations. You can find your local chapter here to learn what you can do:

Anyone seeking information on missing family (but only these) can call the Red Cross at 1 866 438 4636

We are still learning the full story of the devastation, but there is no time to lose. Please do something now.

Thank you.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.


First Tuesday
October 4, 2005
Drinks 7:30 p.m, Dinner 8:00 p.m.


Jean-François Daguzan, Expert on the Mediterranean, Fondation pour La Recherche Stratéqique (FRS)
Karim Tazi, businessman and social activist, member of the Board of the Moroccan Social Development Agency.
Moderator: Rey Riemer, Executive Vice-Chair, DAF

Our theme for the kick-off the 2005-06 First Tuesday season is Morocco. Our speakers, will look at that strategic country from two different viewpoints. From a “macro” standpoint, Jean-François Daguzan will place the country in its present strategic context in the Maghreb and the Mediterranean basin. Karim Tazi will give the “micro” view, discussing the development of civil society in Morocco, his own efforts at forming and federating neighborhood associations, NGOs and youth activities, and the need to develop alternatives to extremism, which is gaining ground in the country.

To be held at:
Parnasse 138
138 Bd. de Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
Métros: Vavin, Raspail

In order to comply with the McCain Feingold act, you are invited to pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant. Please send your check for 32 Euros made out to “Parnasse 138″ to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse. To pay at the door (by check or cash at the door) call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at or Janice Mitchell at Please leave your information clearly and slowly when you call these numbers and reach a message machine!

What’s On in the City

Les Journées du Patrimoine
September 17 and 18, 2005
Two days to discover the heritage of France…


Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…


34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
Various Venues


“Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival
October 1
Streets of Paris


World Flea Market Show
October 6 to 8
Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen


International Chocolate Show
October 22 to 25
Paris Exhibition Center


Gay Life Show
October 21 to
Paris Exhibition Center

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Last minute special offer!

Beautiful Medieval suite in the Marais for up to 3 people at 40% off September 14 to 24. Only 100 euro per night instead of 140 euros per night — call now Paris time 00 33 662 236 240 or e-mail Includes a fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom, cable TV, adsl Internet and free local calls included.

View this fabulous apartment at:


Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety October 19 – 31, 2005 and November 22 – 27, 2005

Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square
meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and
is perfect for up to four people when rented in its entirety or a
single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian
Leeds is there.

Pictures and more details available at


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