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Monday, February 11, 2019 • Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,



This coming Thursday afternoon, I'll be doing a live video with podcaster Oliver Gee from The Earful Tower. He calls them "Walk Shows" — they're like talk shows, but while strolling in Paris. We are going to be walking through the Marais and maybe even exploring an early 17th-century apartment right in the center of it all.

You can read all about what's in store for you during the podcast by reading last week's French Property Insider, "Loving le Marais." 

If you want to watch us live on YouTube, be ready at 4 p.m. Paris time on February 14th and then you can see it at any time after that via this link

You can even set a reminder right now on that page so it'll alert you when it  goes live. Be sure to write comments as we go along — it's much more fun and interactive that way!

And by the way, you should absolutely check out Oliver's podcast. If you like Paris and you like podcasts then you've got 100 episodes to binge-listen (and I'm in some of them!). 


An Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou from February 6 through May 6, 2019

Image by the MuseumImage by the Museum

Vasarely as an iPhone Saw ItVasarely as an iPhone Saw It

Jean-Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show

Tribute to Josephine Baker - Photo by Luke Austin, Courtesy of the Jean-Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak ShowTribute to Josephine Baker - Photo by Luke Austin, Courtesy of the Jean-Paul Gaultier's Fashion Freak Show

Patricia Laplante CollinsPatricia Laplante Collins

I can't remember when I had so much fun in an art exhibition! That's saying a lot, considering it's my "raison d'être" to never miss an exhibit in Paris — one of the reasons I moved here to begin with — to take advantage of the art and culture the City of Light has to offer. And I rarely do...miss them, that is. We had two or three signed prints in our Knoxville home by the Hungarian-French Op Art artist that I hope are still in possession by my ex-husband!

This is the first major retrospective in France to be dedicated to Victor Vasarely. "Through three hundred works, objects and documents, the exhibition explores the world of Vasarely and showcases all the facets of the prolific creation of the father of optic art, presenting every aspect of his work from paintings, sculptures, multiples and architectural integrations to advertisements and early studies."

I felt like a kid in a candy shop, running from painting to painting in awe of each and every one. What you see with the eye, is not what you get when you look through your iPhone or camera lens. They tell different stories. And the paintings play games with your have fun like I did.Don't miss it!

At the Folies Bergère

Sulfurous creator, the “fashion’s 'enfant terrible,'“ Jean Paul Gaultier created a new genre of show — a smashing and original revue: “Fashion Freak Show.“

The show was extended untill April 21st...and for good reason! Gaultier pulled out all stops on creative talent, combining fashion/costume, singing, dancing, all designed around telling his own personal life story, with the strong message of gender equality and love of beauty in all people and all things...and in the realm of the Folies Bergère, his dream runway.

For those who have never had the pleasure of seeing a "spectacle" at the The Folies Bergère, the theater was built as an opera house having opened in May of 1869. Ignore the worn carpeting that looks like it's been there ever since, it's still the symbol of Belle Epoque life in Paris and can claim the fame of having featured African-American expatriate singer, dancer and entertainer, Josephine Baker, in 1926 when she danced there semi-nude wearing little but a string of fake bananas.

Take two hours of your time to be totally entertained and awestruck by the talent with a total sense of humor and good spirits. Do not miss the show under any circumstances!


The response to the eulogy we published last week honoring one of Paris' most influential Americans, Patricia Laplante Collins, was overwhelming to say the least. Emails, calls, Facebook posts and text messages came pouring in. Expatriates Magazine called to ask if they could reprint the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® issue. One friend wrote the New York Times Obituary section to suggest they honor they should.

If you were one of those who expressed your feelings to us directly, my assistant, Patty Sadauskas, would have responded to your letter. In spite of her name at the bottom of the email, I can assure you that I read each and every one of them myself. Tuesday (tomorrow) at Après Midi, we won't usurp too much of speaker Lily Heise's time, but will take a few moments to make come deserving comments and spend a minute in silence to honor Patricia's life in Paris.

Some of the comments we received included:

"She had a gift for bringing people together and attracting interesting people, both residents and visitors."

"No matter your origin, color, or creed, she made you feel part of the Paris circle. We Americans who call Paris home, and all those who pass through for a little or a long time, are all the better thanks to her."

"Patricia was very special in providing a "home" for Americans and I'm sure she enabled many friendships. It's too bad she passed alone and more friends were not privy to her plight. Or perhaps she went to sleep and never woke up. Where ever she is now I wish her peace."

"For your information, Paul and I were one of those 'marriages' (happily married now more than 15 years) which began at one of Patricia’s soirées. Patricia was a special guest of honor during our wedding."

"For me, she was a beacon in the City of Light. I feel so fortunate to have met her, been part of her soirée whenever I've been in Paris since 2000. She was kind and generous and willing to laugh. She was so inviting to strangers and acquaintances. I will never forget her. But, I must say, I am so happy that I had the chance to walk in her circle of life for as long as I did."

 And some information about her we might not have known:

"I was a college classmate of Patricia at Sarah Lawrence. I have notified the Alumni Office and our 50th Reunion Committee which commenced this June. Patricia transferred to SLC from Spelman College her junior year. I believe she was born in 1947. I’ve asked the Alumni office if they have records."

And others are wanting a special tribute:

"I am very sad to learn that she passed away as we had just been introduced and we talked in December about organizing a soirée together...I am [author] Richard Wright's granddaughter and I live in  Paris, if on one of your Après-Mdi talks you plan a tribute to Patricia, could you tell me?"

Yes, be there tomorrow so we can all participate!

A la prochaine...

Adrian Leeds - Paris, France

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P.S. As mentioned above, TOMORROW is February's Après Midi. Details below and on our Après Midi page. Don't miss it!! 

Après-Midi: TOMORROW!
Lily Heise

February 12, 2019

Lily Heise, Author & Travel Blogger

While the myth can be true that the French can be the best lovers, it’s not always that simple having a successful cross-cultural relationship. In time for Valentine’s Day, Canadian author and romantic expert Lily Heise will share some of her most entertaining dating stories, chronicled in her two books.

Lily is a Canadian freelance writer and romantic expert who has been living in Paris in 2000. She is the author of two books on looking for romance in Paris and her articles and travel writing have been featured in the Huffington Post, Condé, Business Insider, and many others.

Don't miss it!

The second Tuesday of every month 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit Après-Midi

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