Après Midi

adrianEvery second Tuesday of the month (except August), since 2003 (!), Adrian Leeds personally hosts an open and free gathering to the public, enhanced by a speaker from the community who offers something special to share with everyone! Speakers range from authors who have a new book out to filmmakers to specialists in their fields -- always a topic of interest with an open forum for questions and discussion. There is no need for registering in advance...just come any time, but the earlier you get there, the better your seat!

3 to 5 p.m. the Second Tuesday of the Month (except August)
Upstairs at Café de la Mairie

(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

See Map Here

*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Après Midi November 12, 2019:

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds on House Hunters International

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.


Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

January 14, 2020

Kim Bingham - Private Rate

Kim Bingham, Real Estate & International Financing Professional

If Kim had a time for every time she was told, "I hear French banks don’t lend to Americans buying property in France," she’d be a millionaire, or almost. As the director of the international financing agency Private Rate, Kim has become a go-to person for loans to US buyers in France. Her seven years of experience in French real estate range from being Adrian’s top property search consultant in Paris to working as a real estate agent for Paris luxury apartments and French Chateaux. This before founding what is now a seven-member multilingual team of international mortgage brokers at Private Rate in 2017 — a branch of French mortgage firm La Centrale de Financement. Kim and her team assist buyers from all over the world with financing solutions for their property purchases across France. It’s their job to navigate what can be a demanding process to a successful outcome.


February 11, 2020

Erin Zaleski

Erin Zaleski, Writer and Editor



March 10, 2020

Roni Beth Tower

Roni Beth Tower, Psychologist, Educator, Author
"Paris from a Personal Perspective"

Roni Beth Tower is a clinical, research and academic psychologist who taught at Yale and Columbia Teachers College. After retiring, she turned from writing science to memoir. Her award-winning book, Miracle at Midlife: A Transatlantic Romance (She Writes Press, 2016), describes the two years preceding her mid-life move to Paris in 1998.  Her blog,."Life, Refracted" can be found at psychologytoday.com/blog/, and her writings about Paris are at bonjourparis.com/author/.  Other articles, background, and photos are on her website, miracleatmidlife.com.  She and her husband now live in Tarrytown, New York, but spend at least two months each year in their beloved Paris.


April 14, 2020

Heather Hartley

Heather Hartley, Author

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and the author of Adult Swim and Knock Knock, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her short fiction, poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Slice and other venues. She has presented writers at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop and has taught creative writing at the American University of Paris and the University of Texas El Paso MFA Online program.

We'll be celebrating poetry and spring this month and talking about poetry in and about and around Paris. 

Celebrating National Poetry Month

May 12, 2020

William Jordan

William Jordan






June 9, 2020

Author, Talia Carner

Talia Carner, Author

Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. An award-winning author of five novels and numerous stories, essays, and articles, she is also a committed supporter of global human rights. Carner has spearheaded ground-breaking projects centered on female plight and women’s activism.

Talia is the author of The Third Daughter (September, HarperCollins)
Hotel Moscow, Jerusalem Maiden, China Doll & Puppet Child.


July 7, 2020:

Ella Dyer

Ella Dyer - Nice in Nice

Ella Dyer, Author

"Nice in Nice: Is a Lifetime Enough?"

Author of Nice in Nice: The day-to-day musings of a middle-aged housewife living "part-time" in the South of France, Ella Dyer is fond of saying "A lifetime in Nice is never enough!" (amazon.com/)

Over the past 35 years, Ella’s varied career path has taken her from working at the Playboy Mansion to earning an MBA from The International University of Monaco. She and her husband of nearly 30 years, Jody, found their apartment in Nice long ago and before the introduction of the Euro. During her time on the Riviera, she focuses on helping others learn about and live with gusto on the Côte d'Azur. She's a member of the American Club of the Riviera (ACR), MonacoUSA, the Professional Women’s Network (PWN) and is founder of Meet the Authors, an annual event that highlights both local and international writers with a connection to the Côte d’Azur. Ella is the Adrian Leeds Group's premier Property Consultant on the Riviera and proves that Nice is nice by single-handedly being the welcome committee for our clients and friends who chose to visit or live in or near Nice.



August 11, 2020
En Vacances!

September 8, 2020

October 13, 2020

Toni Kamins

Toni L. Kamins, Writer, Editor,• Content Developer, •Non-profit Communications Management

Every organization needs a dynamic and effective communications strategy to promote its mission, get its message out to the public, the media, and donors, and advance its financial goals. As a communications specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit world as well as in media relations and journalism, Toni has successfully helped manage and implement the communications goals of both clients and employers. As a professional communications consultant who specializes in not-for-profit communications strategy, she provides an array of creative services including website project management and content creation across a variety of platforms and media.

November 10, 2020

December 8, 2020
Véronique Savoye, French Girl in Seattle