“48 Hours in Paris: More than a Manoir in Meaux, Macho Men on Fire, Homos Hommes, TITs (Transies in Training ), Lipstick Chicks and Unspoiled Spoils of War!”




Can you guess which pair of feet belong to a woman?
Gay Pride Parade, June 28, 2008

48 Hours in Paris: More than a Manoir in Meaux, Macho Men on Fire, Homos Hommes, TITs (Transies in Training ), Lipstick Chicks and Unspoiled Spoils of War!

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Living and Investing in France ConferenceRegister now for the…

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference

San Francisco
An Alliance Française of San Francisco Special Event!

Date: July 26-27, 2008
Limit: 80 people

Don’t miss our 22nd Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference! Learn how to live and invest in France…profitably.

*Please Note: Special Friends pricing ends July 14th! Register today and save $100 per couple!

To learn more and reserve your place, click here: frenchpropertyconference/LIF_SF_2008

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

It’s all in a weekend’s ‘work’ in Paris.

The festivities started early on Friday by train for a 37-minute ride from the Gare de l’Est to the town of Meaux, a commune of the Seine-et-Marne, on the edge of the Ile-de-France quite near EuroDisney. Martine di Matteo, our beloved (and quite talented) Interior Designer who lives nearby, “collected” me at the station to drive another 30 kilometers to Cocherel, crossing over to the Champagne region where the Château la Trousse sits quite regally.

It is here where Imogen Bonnet and her husband, Leon Klibansky, own a luxurious three-bedroom, three-level home in a 17th-century “orangerie” on the 40-acre estate with beautiful views of the château, the traditional baroque gardens and all the ‘accoutrements

‘ of aristocratic life. The home is being sold in fractions of eight, with complete usage of the amenities on the grounds…heated swimming pool, tennis courts, vegetable gardens, orchards, pond, dry moat, salon and more.

We visited the magnificently renovated and decorated home and the grounds of the château in its entirety before sitting down to a sumptuously ‘light’ lunch prepared by Imogen and Leon. For a city girl like me, these few hours alone in such a serene environment, released a week’s worth of stress. If there had been time, I would have gladly taken a sauna in the Canadian Red Cedar Spa or a steam bath among the bronze “Bisazza” mosaic tiles…

But, since 48 hours is a lot to digest in this one missive, the details of Residence “Belle Vue du Château” at Le Château de la Trousse will be told in greater detail with more photos in a future account. For now, visit
frenchpropertyfractional.com for more information. And if you’re interested in owning a share of this dream-come-true, be sure to email Imogen at [email protected]

The RER from Val d’Europe whisked me back to Paris where I joined up with Pascal Fonquernie of http://www.Parismarais.com to be one of the thousands to witness the annual fireman’s performance at the Palais des Congrès titled appropriately, “La Nuit du Feu.”

Girls (and men of an alternative persuasion), this is an event not to be missed! You have never seen so many young, handsome, well built men in one room in your life! With the participation of the “Doriss Girls” of the Moulin Rouge, the gymnastic team of the “Pompiers de Paris,” along with their 60 band members, their choir created in 2004, and a variety of other talent recruited to produce a first-class “spectacle,” La Nuit du Feu was a highlight of the year. Three hours of non-stop entertainment and amazement backdropped by an Eiffel Tower made of fire department ladders, fire works and misty smoke effects, we remained in awe snapping our cameras and applauding their fine performance.

Parisians are awfully proud of their “Brigade de Sapeurs-Pompiers” — with good cause. These are the guys we love to love. Have a look at who they really are, by visiting their official site at www.pompiersparis.fr and then mark your calendar to meet them in person at the upcoming “Bals des Pompiers,” July 13th and 14th (visit pompiersparis.fr/1407/01.htm for the complete list of events).

Saturday afternoon is the event of the year I religiously attend. This is when being a heterosexual is like being the only one dressed in a nudist colony. It’s the annual Gay Pride Parade that works its way from Denfert Rochereau to Place de la Bastille with dozens of floats and thousands of people, both as participants and spectators. No matter which, everyone is having a ridiculous amount of fun!

Besides the elaborate costuming, besides the under and overtones of the important anti-discrimination messages, besides the blatant exhibitionism, one can revel in the total abandonment and freedom of expression alive on the streets of Paris that one long nutty afternoon. Anything goes and everything does.

There were more exposed silicone breasts than hairs on my head. Among the paraders there were lots of bared “buns” of all shapes and sizes and hairy-chested beer bellies to be proud of. Big feet were squeezed into platform shoes and naturally long torsos cinched into bustiers like Marie-Antoinette. There were more feathers on heads than at the Moulin Rouge and enough tattoos of note to fill the Louvre walls.

Favors thrown from the floats were condoms — a bit different than the Mardi Gras beads I grew up with, but a lot more useful! Yep, I caught one. Quelle chance!

And on a final weekend note, a little more sobering than all the pride and gaiety, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme is showing 53 paintings including masterpieces by Cézanne, Delacroix, Matisse, Monet and Seurat, largely from the “MNR” (Musées Nationaux Récupération) fund — works that were confiscated from the Jews by the Nazis during World War II and later returned to their rightful owners (or not!). The works are stunning and the story fascinating. Don’t miss this historically important exhibition. For more information, visit http://mahj.org/

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
(holding a condom thrown from a float!)

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“Le Petit Trésor”…Our Hottest New Fractional Ownership Property!

In the midst of the lower Marais district (4th arrondissement) amid a flurry of restaurants and cafés, just steps from the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall), lies a quiet tree-lined cobblestoned passage anchored by an ancient fountain, called “rue du Trésor.” Vehicle traffic is prohibited, so that pedestrians can stroll freely and soak in the beauty of this oasis of tranquility. Aptly named, this little gem of a passage is truly “un trésor” — “a treasure.”

This is the lowest priced fractional property on the market today!

For more information on this apartment plus pricing details and to see more photos visit frenchpropertyfractional.com/tresor.html

Or to purchase your share now, email Steve Navaro at [email protected]


This Week in French Property Insider…

Ralph and Karen Moorhouse La Bonne NobelGetting Assistance in Making Your Purchase or Your Sale in France
By Adrian Leeds

You have an apartment or home in France you want to buy, or maybe you have an apartment or home in France you want to sell…but you’re not living in France and/or you don’t know where to begin or how to go about processing the purchase or the sale…Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France!

French Property Insider is a weekly e-zine, sharing insights, recommendations, tips, and discoveries about Paris real estate and French property. Each information-packed issue is devoted to educating its readers on how to effectively, efficiently and profitably purchase property in France.

For more information visit frenchpropertyinsider.com or email [email protected]


A Unique Opportunity to Change Your Life… And Save 100€!

This summer, Kristin Shannon, Edward Hines, Antonio Meza and Caspar Schjelbred, coaches of the The Paris Summer Institute, are offering a 9-day NLP Plus Certification from July 5th through 13th right here in Paris.

“NLP” stands for “Neuro-Linguistic Programming.” Wikipedia.org calls it “an interpersonal communication model and an alternative approach to psychotherapy.”

When you take the 9-day course with these fine instructors, not only will you reap the benefits of NLP yourself, but you will also achieve certification as a Practitioner, Master Practitioner or Trainer.

If you sign up now and say “Parler Paris sent me,” you’ll save 100€ off the normal price of 1750€ for the full 9-day training session.

For more information about the course, visit parissummerinstitute.com

To register, contact Edward Hines today at [email protected] or call +33(0)6 80 28 86 39.


Announcing the “The Essoyes School” and “Paris Through the Eyes of the Travelers”
July 1-28, 2008
Paris, France

Now in its 11th year!! Sponsored by Queens College, CUNY and the Essoyes School

Deepen and enrich your exploration of one of the world’s great cities by reading and discussing literary texts set in or written about Paris as you explore it for yourself.

What is it about Paris that has captured the imagination of the world for so long, and has provided artists, writers, and other creative people with the inspiration to create their best work? What is it about Paris that has drawn so many people to it in their search for truth, beauty, and romance?

Through the study of texts by Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, and others, we will explore this magnificent “City of Light,” learning much about its history and its people as we seek answers to the question, “Why Paris?”

Cost: Three-week workshop (July 1-18), $1,600. Week-long workshops, $550-$650.

Airfare, housing, meals not included. Assistance in finding housing available on request.

For more information visit frenchpropertyconference. For applications and inquiries: [email protected] or +1 (202) 744-7338


We wanted better guides. So we wrote them.

Insider Paris Guides are written for people who love the City of Light. You’ll get a Paris insider perspective on Good Value Restaurants… Making a Life… Black Culture… Expat Writers…plus the newest guide, Practical Paris!

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Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.

La Bonne Nobel
Rue Nobel – one of Montmartre’s Most Charming Streets
Two-Bedroom (One-Bedroom + Bedroom/Office), Sleeps 4

Rue Nobel is one of Montmartre’s most charming staircases — the romantic Montmartre we now know as depicted in the popular movie “Amélie Poulain.”

On the third floor of an elegant “pierre-de-taille” building with an elevator, on a quiet stair-stepped street in Montmartre, with no through traffic or hint of noise, sits “La Bonne Nobel.” Completely renovated in late 2007, this gem is bright, shiny and luxuriously comfortable. Every surface and corner of the apartment has been exquisitely decorated in soothing tones of pale blues, beiges and soft browns.

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Parler Paris Après Midi
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Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris…

The next gathering is July 8, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.


Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
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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!

Parler Parlor meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

AT LUTÈCE LANGUE
23, boulevard de Sébastopol (at the corner of rue de la Reynie), 1st arrondissement
3rd Floor on the Left (read notice on door to obtain entry code)
Métro Châtelet, Les Halles

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
AT BISTROT DE LA GRILLE SAINT GERMAIN
14 rue Mabillon, 6th arrondissement
(at rue Guisarde and Le Marché Saint-Germain) 1st Floor
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Odéon

For further details, visit parlerparlor.com


Parismarais.com: Discover the number one travel guide to central Paris

Parismarais.com, affiliated with the Tourist Bureau of Paris, is the creation of a team of journalists and advertising professionals. Passionate about their district, they want the world to discover it as well. The Parismarais.com team constantly selects and recommends the best charming hotels, inexpensive restaurants, upscale shops, museums and galleries. Their goal is to provide information to all tourists and residents. Whatever your passion, everything you want to know about le Marais, in English, is on Parismarais.com! So chic, n’est pas? parismarais.com/

Subscribe to the free Parismarais® Newsletter and each month you’ll receive a review of great bargains to be found in the district…
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Every day, check out what’s new in central Paris on the Parismarais Blog: parismarais.fr/blog/

Book the best luxury hotels in Europe:parismarais.com/hotels-europe.htm


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d Culture, delivers all the information you need to indulge your passion for France: travel advice you won’t find anywhere else, off-the-beaten-path trips, the inside track on trends in dining, hotels, shopping and style, and the culture scene.

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