Your taste of life in Paris and France Monday July 9, 2012 • Paris, France
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The Property Investors Network (PIN) in Paris is a monthly meeting hosted by Justine Trueman, a Professional Investor and Finance Writer/Editor.
Adrian Leeds will be speaking at every meeting providing an update on the market and from time to time, going into depth on other property topics. For readers of Adrian's newsletters, the first time you attend is FREE! For your free seat, all you have to do is register using the promotional code "Adrian."
Yvonne Emery, a renovation expert from the UK -- Taking your project "from mould to gold".
Vincent Berger, a local tax lawyer -- Is it worth putting your investment properties into a company structure such as the French SCI?
July 2012 Paris PIN Meeting Thursday, July 26, 2012 Networking and Registration 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meeting 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Chez Jenny, 39 boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris Price: £20.00 GPB OR FREE WITH THE SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL CODE "ADRIAN"
Gertrude Beerman 'smoking' a Pirouette chocolate cigar, age 94Timothy Smith
A few of us Americans in Paris celebrated Independence Day on the banks of the Seine at the western point of the Ile Saint-Louis with a potpourri of goodies, bottles of wine and good cheer. It drizzled on the way down to the river, but in typical Paris fashion, the clouds came and went, the rain sprinkled a bit and then left us in warmth and soft light the rest of the evening.
This was just the prelude for what is about to come. France is about to gear up for a weekend of Independence Day celebrations of their own ("Bastille Day" -- known in French as Le Quatorze Juillet) commemorating the storming of the Bastille fortress/prison on July 14, 1789, the moment in history when France overthrew its monarchy and created the First Republic. But I won't -- instead I'm heading southwest to "La Nouvelle Orléans" for my mother's 95th birthday celebration.
Yes, I said 95th.
I don't relish missing the festivities here in France -- it's an event to which I look forward every year, particularly "les Bals des Pompiers" and the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. However, there is much in store for us (the entire family and friends) in my home town, where the heat is high (high 80sF) and it pours raining every day about 2 p.m. in the afternoon, then steams away. There are dinners, lunches and brunches, pool parties and downright pig-outs in the plans, so Paris might not be missed as much one would think.
My mother is the picture of health and good humor. She lives alone, drives her own car (claims to fill it with gas and wash it herself, too), works two volunteer jobs and walks a few miles around the shopping center almost daily. A couple of weeks ago I heard a 'rumor' going around town that she was 'dating' a friend of mine and was 'pregnant with twins!' When I confronted her with the 'news,' she responded in a split second with, "Yes, it's true, but it's not with him!" to which you can imagine, I laughed till I cried. We all think she will live much past 100 at this rate. I just hope she passed down her good genes to her youngest daughter (me).
Meanwhile, you lucky folks in Paris are headed for a France kind of merriment. Tomorrow you won't want to miss our monthly gathering "Parler Paris Après Midi" (3 to 5 p.m. at La Pierre du Marais) when award-winning novelist and screenwriter Timothy Smith talks about "Real life experiences that made a book" -- Cooper's Promise. It's the last event for the Summer (beginning again in September), so make an effort to join us! For more information, visit Parler Paris Après Midi.
On the 13th and 14th, you will want to mark your calendar for the Bals des Pompiers. It's party time in the capital and the firemen seriously know how to throw a party! Just imagine a corps of young, well-built handsome men (who make it a practice to kiss all the girls), living in a big compound that has enough space in the bays for the likes of firetrucks, who move out the equipment, bring in the band and the sound system, set up booths where they sell champagne, beer, soft drinks, hot dogs and chips...and that's what you get at the Bals. Choose a "caserne" (station) near you, get there early, wear your dancing shoes and have cash in your pocket. There is simply no way not to have the time of your life!
On the morning of the 14th, if you didn't party too hard the night before, head down to the Avenue des Champs-Elysées where the military parade will begin at 9:10 a.m. If you want to see newly elected President François Hollande in the flesh, this is your chance, along with many other officials. There's a full-out parade and overhead the fighter jets will fly past...all this takes place up until 11:40 a.m.
Later that day, take your picnic to the Champs de Mars to prepare for the fireworks. Get there early -- about 3 p.m. -- to get the best vantage point: dead center at the point where rue de Grenelle dumps into the grassy plain. From this perspective, the Eiffel Tower silhouetted against the fireworks is a knock-out.
Sure, you'll be there all day, but it's well worth it and if you take the right food and drink and ask the right friends to come along, you'll have a blast. If friends are meeting up with you there, don't expect your cell phones to work -- too many people trying to make the same kinds of calls, so wear bright colors, or post a flag or umbrella marking your spot so everyone can be found -- as it's worse than playing "Where's Waldo" in a crowd of hundreds of thousands. Also, alcohol is not allowed on the grass, so to pass any inspection, pour your wine into a soft drink bottle!
The fireworks start around 10:45 p.m. and will last about 30 minutes. This year's theme is "Disco Years" (70-80) -- wonder if they'll make the Tower 'dance' like a couple years past? It was amazing!
After gaining at least 10 pounds eating my way through New Orleans, my daughter and I will be flying down to Costa Rica for a first-time experience of the tropical parks and beaches. Parler Paris may or may not be on time in the usual way...so please bear with me while we 'live a little' -- and then have plenty to write about!
"There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" Music by Theodore A. Metz, Lyrics by Joe Hayden, 1896
Come along get you ready, wear your bran, bran new gown, For dere's gwine to be a meeting in that good, dum strange town, Where you knowed ev'ry body, and they all knowed you, And you've got a rabbits foot to keep away the hoodoo; Where you hear that the preaching does begin, Bend down low for to drive away your sin And when you gets religion, you want to shout and sing There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight!
P.S. Looking for a long term rental apartment in Paris? Long term apartments are rare and book fast! That's why you have to be 'on the ground' and say YES in the blink of an eye. It's also tough to find a landlord willing to rent to a foreign client! Fortunately, we offer a service to find just the right apartment for you and you're in luck -- we recently reduced the rate by 40% (about 1 month's rent or less), so here's your opportunity to take advantage of the savings, particularly while apartments for the Fall season are booking fast.
GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT: We found an amazing 40 square meter, three room apartment on the 3rd floor in one of the Marais' sweetest buildings (a single-family house-turned-apartments -- one on each floor), on the coolest corner of the 3rd arrondissement (at Poitou and Charlot) with lots of windows, tons of light and fabulous views from both sides (southeast and southwest). Believe it or not, it's newly renovated and completely equipped including washing machine and Internet/Satellite TV/VOIP Phone, owned by an English-speaking foreigner who's happy to rent to other foreigners, for only 1,550€ a month! Our client turned it down because of its small shower/bathroom...but in our opinion, the assets outweigh that one one liability!
If you are interested, act fast, as it may be gone as I write this! For more information, contact us and the landlord at email@example.com.
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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.
Timothy Smith, Author and Screenwriter
"Real life experiences that made a book"
Award-winning novelist Timothy Jay Smith will discuss the story behind the story of his successful self-published book, Cooper’s Promise. Tim will share the real life experiences that contributed to his intriguing story that touches on human trafficking, blood diamonds, and gays in the military. He will also talk about the self-publishing process: how to do it, what it involves, and how it’s part of a larger strategy that's already opening doors for him to traditional publishers.
Tuesday, July 10, 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
From leading hundreds of tour visitors around the City of Light since 2004 (Nuit Blanche Tours), we know people are staying in many different areas of the city so our walks are sorted by arrondissement (district). We also know that visitors have certain budgets and have an idea in mind of the kinds of shopping experiences they wish to have so our walks also cover a variety of price ranges and fulfill different types of experiences. There is something to suit every taste and budget!
Learn about discount shopping, Les Grands Magasins, pedestrian streets filled with boutiques and shops, and much more!
Written by Karen Henrich, author of Practical Paris and founder of Nuit Blanche Tours, Paris Shopping will help you make the most of your shopping trip to the City of Light!
Experience autumn in Champagne at Writing from the Heart... a journey into the heart of France, and into your own heart...
Workshop: October 23-29, 2012, Essoyes, Champagne Registration deadline: August 15, 2012
Find the time, the courage, and the inspiration to write about what's most important TO YOU!
"Go. Write. Feel safe. Be brave. Take the risk! Janet is there to catch you. And she is there to set you free." --Writing from the Heart participant.
Cost: 1295 Euros (payable in dollars at current rate of exchange) Applications now being accepted. Enrollment limited to six.
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 will be closed for the summer from July 1st, reopening September 4th.
During that period, free open house style meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at Coolin's pub, 15 rue Clément, in the Marché Saint Germain, 6th arrondissement.
Rentrée Party September 15, 2012
The annual Rentrée Party will be held on September 15th after the session at Lutèce Langue.
Special offer that day: 12 sessions for the price of 10, and 24 sessions for the price of 20.
Light lunch and drinks will be provided for free if you register that day, otherwise the lunch is 10 euros.