parlerparislogo500w-vertYour Doorway to Working, Living,
Investing and Visiting Paris and France!

A Free Twice-Weekly Nouvellettre®
Written by Adrian Leeds® and Published by the Adrian Leeds Group, LLC

18-4-12 MAIN La-marchande-de-fleurs-1968 web-

La Marchande de Fleurs - Robert Doisneau

Your taste of life in Paris and France 
April 18, 2012 • Paris, France

Don't miss a single issue of Parler Paris! "Whitelist" Parler Paris by adding "" to your address book.

French Property Consultation

Book your FREE personal consultation with Adrian Leeds!

If you are a guest staying in any one of our luxurious Parler Paris Apartments or Parler Nice Apartments, and would like to consider having your own "pied-à-terre" for your pleasure and profit, fill out our consultation request form for a free one-hour consultation while you're enjoying the apartment in the City of Light or on the Riviera.

Visit Parler Paris Apartments or Parler Nice Apartments to book your stay and for more information or email Adrian at

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

18-4-12 kiss at City Hall by doisneau lg18-4-12 Structure-de-Baltard-2-deücembre-196818-4-12 leshallesdeparis-1865 by Baltard18-4-12 Les Halles by STUDIOSEZZ.COMdePhilippeGUIGNARD18-4-12 Les Halles Canopy18-4-12Les-filles-au-diable-Paris-1933Les Filles au Diable18-4-12 Triporteur aux Halles by DoisneauTriporteur aux Halles - by Doisneau

Nine-thirty a.m. was a perfect time to get in the line to see the "Doisneau, Paris les Halles" exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville (on until April 28th). That was just this morning, on a cold, damp and windy April day. Timing it right means not having to wait too long in line, as a friend did when she arrived at 3:30 p.m. -- the peak hour and at least a 1.5 hour wait.

It's a popular exhibit, not just because these are photos by Robert Doisneau, the French photographer who is famous for his photo Le Baiser de l'Hôtel de Ville ("Kiss at the Town Hall") and was given the title of "Chevalier" of the Order of the Legion of Honor in 1984, but because it's his account of what one of my friends termed "the murder of Les Halles."

Les Halles was the original large central wholesale market, even before 1183 when King Philippe II Auguste enlarged the marketplace by building shelters for the merchants, who came from all over to sell their wares. In the 1850s, massive glass and iron buildings designed by Victor Baltard were constructed and it became known as the "Belly of Paris," as coined by Émile Zola in his novel, "Le Ventre de Paris," set in this busy marketplace of the 19th-century.

It thrived more than a century, then moved outside Paris to Rungis and replaced in 1971, thanks to President Georges Pompidou and the Préfet Diebold who wanted to build a modern shopping center and save money by building the future Métro station Châtelet les Halles under an open sky. On August 2, 1971, the Baltard Pavillons were demolished while the Parisians were on vacation. Only one Pavillon has been maintained and transferred to Nogent sur Marne where today this Pavillon has become an event center. Meanwhile, their 'grand plan' has been deemed by Mayor Bertrand Delanoë (and many others) as "the worst urban planning disaster in the history of Paris."

Right he was, because it's now undergoing a second face lift under the auspices of architect David Mangin along with architects Patrick Berger and Jacques Anziutti. The design incorporates a massive curvilinear building inspired by plant life: "La Canopée."

Doisneau took his first photo in Les Halles in 1933 -- Les Filles au Diable (Girls on the Dolly) at the foot of the church Saint-Eustache. The 214 images spanning the years up through its demolition tells a tale of a pulsating 'belly' of Paris that we effectively 'murdered' and of one which we all yearn to resurrect.

While the site was under construction in the 70s, the enormous pit was nicknamed the trou des halles (hole of the halls) and was a black mark on the landscape next to one of the city's most beautiful churches, Saint-Eustache. When you see Doisneau's poignant images of a bustling, thriving market, under a beautiful iron structure much like Le Carreau du Temple and others from that period, with Saint-Eustache as the backdrop, it will bring tears to your eyes to think those days are long gone, never to return no matter how hard the city leaders try.

And here we are, once again faced with a new construction site, which may look less like a "trou," but is just as unsightly. Will Mangin's concept once again prove to be a poor excuse for the centuries-old marketplace that Doisneau so successfully captured with his Leica?

I'm afraid so.

A la prochaine...

adrian 2008Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

Respond to Adrian

parler paris postmark150

wvillage-3P.S. West Village New York City studio apartment (with a perfect view of the Empire State Building) is available for vacation rental May 29 to July 5 (departure required on July 5) for as little as $175/night, $1100/week (inquire for discounts on longer stays). Located in the heart of the coolest 'hood' in the city. "It's super cozy, clean and comfortable." A 50% deposit reserves your stay.

See the apartment at West Village Studio

For your reservations requests, email:

 France Owner's ManualFrance: The Owner’s Manual

France always makes sense! It is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, immersed in culture and tradition, with a good climate and unspoiled countryside, as well as excellent health care and affordable real estate. It’s not surprising that France is the world’s favorite destination, receiving in excess of 82 million overseas visitors each year.

This edition is updated and edited by Adrian Leeds and Schuyler Hoffman. If you’ve ever aspired to living or investing in this beautiful and desirable country, France: The Owner’s Manual will provide you with all the information you need to turn your dreams into reality. Get Your Copy Today!

CeciliaPicbyTheoRobinsonParler Paris Après-Midi

At every Après-Midi, a guest speaker of note will come to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion.

May 15 - Cecilia Woloch, Poet and Teacher  

"The Poetry of Paris"

Poet and teacher Cecilia Woloch will read from her own work and the work of other poets inspired by Paris, poetry in which the city itself features prominently. Following a brief discussion on the role of Paris as muse, Cecilia will lead a brief exercise in capturing the beauty and mystery of Paris in words.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
and the second Tuesday of every month 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais, on the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 3rd.
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

Costs nothing except whatever you drink!

For more information, visit Parler Paris Après-Midi

ad-FPF logo shdw

Own a luxurious pied-à-terre in Paris… at the best address in the city

ad-pdvLe Palace des Vosges

The luxurious two bedroom fractional ownership apartment known as "Le Palace des Vosges" feels more like a house in the country, but is conveniently located right in the middle of Paris’ most elegant square, the Place des Vosges. If this is the year you plan to purchase your Paris pied-à-terre, Le Palace des Vosges is the perfect property – it is finely decorated by Interior Architect, Martine de Matteo, and furnished with every luxurious amenity. There are just a few shares left. Become one of the happy owners of Le Palace des Vosges before it's too late.

For more information about how to purchase your own share in the magnificent Le Palace des Vosges, visit Le Palace des Vosges or email Mary Ellen Gallagher.

And to get the free "Paris, France Property Market Report," click here: Paris Property Report

To learn more about "What is Fractional Property Ownership?," click here: Fractional Property Ownership

ParlerNiceAptsonwhite purplePARLER NICE APARTMENTS

Parler Nice Apartments from Adrian Leeds are luxury vacation rentals in Nice on the Côte d'Azur!

le-matisse-adNew! Le Matisse

Le Matisse is a luxury one-bedroom apartment in the heart of one of Nice’s chicest and safest districts, Le Carré d’Or. Located on a well-known pedestrian shopping street, rue Masséna is teeming with cafés, restaurants and boutiques so you will never be for want of anything. Le Matisse is an artist-designed, newly renovated and decorated apartment that will put you in happy, high spirits, much like a Matisse painting -- full of color and life.

Enjoy the gorgeous Côte d'Azur climate all year long! To book this Mediterranean masterpiece visit Le Matisse for more information and put in your request by emailing

To book a Paris apartment for a visit in the City of Light on your way to Nice, visit Parler Paris Apartments to view our full selection.

ad-FPLoanlogo150shadowGetting a mortgage in France is easier than you think...
Let us show you just how hassle-free it can be to get a French property mortgage for your dream Paris pied-à-terre or villa in the country!

Visit French Property Loan or contact our Mortgage Manager at

Buy and sell with Parler Paris classifieds!

Earn money. Become an Introduction Partner of French Property Consultation!

Read past issues of Parler Paris...

      |  Forward this e-mail to a friend  |  Click here to view it online

Copyright 2012, Adrian Leeds®
Adrian Leeds Group, LLC,