This rare Paris apartment, located next to Notre Dame on the beautiful, historic Ile de la Cité has two bedrooms, one and one half bathrooms, and impressive views of Notre Dame's towers. The building is on the banks of the Seine river opposite the Hôtel de Ville and Ile St. Louis. This ideal location is very rare, since there are so few buildings on this magical island located right in the middle of the Seine River.
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
“Hate” might be too strong a word for how I feel about “La Rentrée,” so instead, let’s just say I’m “not very fond of it.”
“La Rentrée” is the real “new year” for the French. It’s when everyone returns from his or her month-long vacations to go back to work, back to school and back to normal life, whatever that might be. For one month, there is no one on the streets, no doggy poop to step over, no parking tickets on the cars, no cars on the streets, no open bakeries, no Parisians…just plenty of tourists and plenty of solitude. Then within a few days, everything changes.
In the blink of the proverbial eye, the Parisians return to their beloved city and have one week to catch up for the one month they lost. By next Monday, there will be no signs of summer, except for the women who are hell bent on showing off their tans by dressing scantily even if it’s cold and they are freezing (I am guilty of this). Even the weather seems to know it’s La Rentrée, although the summer in Paris is never in the summer (our warmest days seem to arrive in mid March -- go figure).
Mark Twain’s remark about San Francisco always comes to mind: "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco" (this quote has never been verified as authentic!)…but another one by actor James Quin nailed it when someone asked him about Paris, "Did you ever see such a winter in all your life before?" "Yes," said he, "Last summer."
Nonetheless, this week there are more people on the streets, more doggy poop to step over, more parking tickets on the cars, more cars on the streets, more open bakeries and more Parisians…but still plenty of tourists (of the older kind) and a whole lot less solitude. Catch-up is killer. Everything that didn’t get accomplished in the last month must be done this week. All those bills that piled up must get paid. All those friends you haven’t seen must get scheduled into your social life. All those exhibits you didn’t see have to get seen. All those emails that added up have to be answered. Yikes!
Next Tuesday I celebrate my 18th year in Paris. When we arrived that fateful September 4th during La Rentrée, our daughter started school just a few days later. That day she was given a long list of things she needed to bring with her THE NEXT DAY. She was just one of many thousands of kids who were given the same task. The “papeteries” (stationery shops) and the stationery departments in the “Monoprix” stores were swamped with parents holding their lists and filling their baskets. It was nuts, not to mention expensive! (Paper products are some of the things you want to bring with you to France from the U.S. where they are much less expensive!)
There ARE some good things that come along with La Rentrée, so I really shouldn’t be quite so ‘unfond’ of it. Friends are back. New exhibitions open. It’s seasonably appropriate to wear sweaters. Newly renovated shops and restaurants reopen.
And best of all, you can actually get things accomplished.
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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!
Join us for the annual La Rentrée Party 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.
Note: Parler Parlor will be reopening on September 4th.
Until that time, practice your French or English at free open house style meetings on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. at Coolin's pub, 15 rue Clément, in the Marché Saint Germain, 6th arrondissement.
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.
Francisco Leiva, Tango Instructor and Master Performer
"It Takes Two to Tango"
Francisco Leiva is an actor, dancer, director, choreographer and playwright living in Paris who is an accomplished teacher of contemporary dance and physical theater. Francisco will talk about how he started to dance and why, and the aspects of dancing that he applies to his life. He will discuss the fundamentals of the dance and how anyone can learn to tango and love it -- and will demonstrate some steps. He will also share some special places to visit in Paris that promote the culture of tango. There will be time for questions and answers. Come to watch or participate!
Tuesday, September 11, 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
Le Bonaparte is very well placed in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, one of the most sought after locations in Paris! This large studio is well designed and with three large windows, the apartment is bright and welcoming with lots of natural light that highlights the tasteful décor.
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