What the French Like About B.O.

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What the French Like About B.O.

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Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conferences

London – June 22, 2008
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Date: June 22, 2008
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

So, it looks like the U.S. will have the first half-Black candidate running for President on a major party ticket. Surprise, surprise.

No big deal to the French. Paris has a Gay mayor and France has a one-quarter Jewish president.

Twenty years ago I had a premonition that Al Gore would be our next great president (when he was just a slim Senator from Tennessee), and you see what happened? I was wrong. Then I thought Hilary Clinton was a ‘shoe-in’ (‘sure win’ from an old racetrack term) and you see where that leaves me. Nowhere and wrong again.

Recently, a British newspaper, The Telegraph, conducted a survey in Europe’s five most economically prosperous countries (Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Russia) and found 52% were rooting for B.O. (short for “Barack Obama” — it’s easier to say). They don’t like the Republican candidate much — only 15% had their heart set on the man who was a one-time “P.O.W.” (“prisoner of war”) in North Vietnam, John McCain.

Poor John, he has George W. and the “Eye-Rack” war to thank for his lack of popularity among the Europeans. Italy loves B.O. the best, with as high a pro-vote as 70%. I must say, this is shocking to me. As Frank James put it in a Baltimore Sun blog, “What’s up with the Italians? Isn’t this the same nation that just re-elected conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, an Iraq War supporter. A real disconnect, it seems
to me.”

The Russians think McCain can pull the world economy out of their doldrums (36% to 28%), but Americans see it as his weakness. Funny, huh? and there was a much smaller divide among the Russians who supported B.O. compared to P.O.W., only 7%.

But who cares what we over here think about the U.S. presidential election?

We Americans living in Europe do. We are anxious to establish a better reputation with our comrades here who don’t know what to make of the mixed up U.S. politics. They liked John Kerry in 2004, too, but Americans didn’t care enough about the international point of view to elect him (or were there other reasons as we saw in the documentary film, “Uncounted?”).

We’re also anxious to strengthen the U.S. dollar against the euro. I never thought it would hit the $1.50 mark and you see, wrong again. Now, we’re happy it’s showing some signs of strengthening, “down” to $1.54 to the euro today.

Well, let’s hope I’m wrong again. Because I’m not so sure that the Good Ol’ U.S. of A. is really ready for one-half of anything, much less B.O. that isn’t a P.O.W.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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tourism ParisParis Tourism 2008
By Adrian Leeds

In a report from the Office du Tourisme et des Congrés for 2007, 57% of France tourism is made up of foreigners, the largest group being American with 10%, followed by 9% from the U.K., 5% Spanish and 5% Italian, 4% German and 4% Japanese, 1% Chinese and the rest of the world makes up 19%…Subscribers Read On…

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AWAI’s Breaking into Food Writing Workshop
Denver, CO – June 21, 2008

Join us for a one-day workshop in Denver, this June and get an instant leg up in your travel writing when you learn the tricks to writing well about food and dining.

This workshop isn’t just for people who want to write exclusively about food, you’ll find it helpful if you’re looking to include any restaurant or dining experience in your articles too.

Writing about food isn’t hard when you know the insider’s secrets… and Jen Stevens and Kyle Wagner will be there to share them with you.

Go here to read all the details: http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/denverfood/09

The Naked Spirit
Cours Photo du Nu
by Leon Saperstein
June 8, 2008, Paris, France

The Nude and Naked form is one of the oldest and most entrenched aspects in all of photography, and art in general, and yet is the genre least attempted by most photographers.

This class is taught by a young, talented fashion/art photographer from the USA, who has been working with international magazines like Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Elle. He has been exhibited in galleries in the USA, Spain, France, Japan and China, and is now working on his first book “The Naked Spirit.”

This introductory course has designed to give beginners through experienced photographers an in-depth knowledge of three wonderful and inexpensive lighting techniques to create amazing, artistic nude photographs.

The course will be limited to 4-5 students, and each will have the opportunity to direct and photograph professional nude models.

Where: Studio 216, Paris France
When: June 8, 2008 – 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (9 hours)
Price: Only 250 euros (200 euros for returning photographers)

For more information and to register, visit http://www.saperstein.com/cours.htm or email leon@saperstein.com

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Rue Nobel is one of Montmartre’s most charming staircases — the romantic Montmartre we now know as depicted in the popular movie “Amélie Poulain.”

On the third floor of an elegant “pierre-de-taille” building with an elevator, on a quiet stair-stepped street in Montmartre, with no through traffic or hint of noise, sits “La Bonne Nobel.” Completely renovated in late 2007, this gem is bright, shiny and luxuriously comfortable. Every surface and corner of the apartment has been exquisitely decorated in soothing tones of pale blues, beiges and soft browns.

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Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris…

The next gathering is June 10, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.

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!

Parler Parlor meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

23, boulevard de Sébastopol (at the corner of rue de la Reynie), 1st arrondissement
3rd Floor on the Left (read notice on door to obtain entry code)
Métro Châtelet, Les Halles

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
14 rue Mabillon, 6th arrondissement
(at rue Guisarde and Le Marché Saint-Germain) 1st Floor
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Odéon

For further details, visit http://www.parlerparlor.com

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