A Tourist in My Own Town

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A Tourist in My Own Town

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Your taste of life in Paris and France
Monday, February 4, 2008
Paris, France

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Beat the winter blues…and learn everything you need to make your French property dream come true…

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!
February 16-17, 2008
Alliance Française, Miami, Florida

If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own “pied-à-terre” in Paris or home in the Provinces of France, perhaps as a future retirement home or for now as investment property rented part of the year…this power-packed two-day conference is a MUST.

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Trekking to the top of the Eiffel Tower was just the beginning of behaving like a tourist in my own town.

At the Louvre we saw the ever charming and smiling Mona Lisa discussing why she is the most famous painting in the world. It wasn’t difficult to get lost in its endless corridors and chuckle that it would make a great title for a book: “Lost in the Louvre.” We were awed by the opulent interiors of the Second Empire Napoleon III Apartments with their gilded bronze decoration and painted ceilings and overwhelmed by the museum’s vast collection of antiquities. Le Louvre is not just for first time tourists — but for every-time tourists, don’t you agree? For more information visit http://www.louvre.fr

Is it completely coincidental that the brothers whose name is “Lumière” (Auguste and Louis, “lumière” meaning “light”) should have invented the “autochrome” color photography process? It was patented in 1903 in France and remained the principal process until the advent of color film in the 1930′s. At the Hôtel de Ville, the free exhibition “Paris en Couleurs: des Frères Lumière à Martin Parr” opened in December (on until March 31st), but the line to enter the striking red-backdropped showing of more than 300 works was always too long to consider. Thanks to inclement weather all last week, only the hardiest of tourists (such as ourselves) persevered and entered with no wait at all! If you love Paris, you will love seeing photos of the city in color from long ago eras that knew only black and white. I suggest a different name for this exhibition: “Paris: La Ville de Lu

mière” (Paris: The City of Light). For more information, visit http://www.paris.fr

If you can’t get enough reminiscent images of the City of Light (like the photo-junkie I am), the Maison Européenne de la Photographie is showing Edouard Boubat’s humanistic view on the world through his memorable photos (until March 30th). Born and raised in Montmartre, Jacques Prévert called him a “Peace Correspondent,” having “traveled through France and around the world as a reporter, capturing fleeting moments of happiness.” The retrospective presents over 150 images, from his first photograph (“La petite fille aux feuilles mortes”) to his late photogrammes. By Sunday afternoon, the weather had became stunningly sunny and beautiful, so the lines to enter ran down and around the block. Before 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon is the best time to arrive for a shorter wait. For more information, visit http://www.mep-fr.org

For a good laugh, we tapped into Karel Beer’s Laughing Matters stand-up comedians. The “one and only, uniquely inimitably, original” British Simon “I’m not a pot-head” Munnery played at La Java last Tuesday (105, rue du faubourg du Temple, 10th), coincidently all the while tapping into beer after beer until he was ‘pissed’ (English expression) and even funnier. Munnery, a.k.a. Billy Buckethead and Alan Parker, the Urban Warrior and The League Against Tedium, performs mainly to an “alternative audience” but went mainstream on a BBC Radio show in 1997 and television series “Attention Scum!” in 2001. For more information, visit http://www.anythingmatters.com or call Karel Beer at to be on his emailing list so you’ll always know what’s in store on the comedy scene.

In 2007, I recorded having dined at more than 400 restaurants in Paris (that’s almost eight per week) at an average of 20€ per meal! Not bad considering most French meals consist of two to three courses, wine and coffee! Last week was no different, except that a few ‘never-had-tried’ were tried. Auberge Nicolas Flamel, in the oldest house in Paris (1407) on rue Montmorency in the 3rd, was a particular treat. Ancient under the 15th-century beams and contemporary all at the same time, much like the contrast of Le Louvre and its Pyramid, it’s a romantic setting and a class A dining experience. Reserve now for Alan Al Geaam’s Saint Valentine’s Day’s Special Menu at 49€ or 69€ (with drinks) by visiting their Web site at http://auberge-nicolas-flamel.f

Findi Italian Restaurant on avenue George V (number 24) was a perfect pre-theater dining spot. Entering down the long staircase puts you and the diners on show, particularly if you have the key table at the bottom of the stairs as we did. Decor is elegant, cuisine excellent and service impeccable. For more information and again, to reserve for the Saint Valentine’s Day’s Special Menu (69€) visit http://www.findi.net

Findi is just down the street from the Crazy Horse Saloon, for a little Sex in the City of Light to round out the perfect week of playing tourist in my own town. There is simply nothing like the Crazy Horse. The dancers are nude and virtually all have the same bodies — same height, same shape, same size breasts, making it almost impossible to tell one from another. Their precision dancing is perfection — not a single out-of-step movement — and the special lighting effects are like nothing you’ve ever seen. It’s an institution in Paris, opened by Alain Bernardin in 1951 and personally operated by him until his death by suicide in 1994. THE Pamela Anderson is doing four exclusive shows on February 13th and 13th, so if you’re a fan, reserve now! Visit http://www.lecrazyhorseparis.com/ for more information.

Meanwhile, 53-year-old President Nicolas Sarkozy and 40-year-old model-turned-pop singer Carla Bruni got married this weekend while we weren’t looking — only a few months since his divorce from Cecelia, threatening to drop his popularity ratings even further.

And taxi drivers went on strike against deregulation making it even more difficult than ever to spot one “libre.” Our driver was quick to point out the difficulties of earning a proper living driving a taxi and the reasons so few taxis are available have to do with restrictions on when and how they can work. For a really good article on the issue, visit http://www.bloomberg.com

All the while Vélib (free bike) riders are out in record numbers, traveling any which way they want causing accidents all around them while thinking they are pedestrians on wheels, rather than vehicles on the road that should respect the traffic rules.

And tomorrow is Super Tuesday…so Expats, don’t forget to vote…by Internet, mail/fax or in person. For more information, visit http://www.DemocratsAbroad.org or in person, you can vote tomorrow from 12 noon to 10 p.m. at the American Church in Paris, 65 quai d’Orsay, 7th.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. There are a few more spots available at “Writing from the Heart…in the Heart of Champagne…March 23-29, 2008″ — a wonderful opportunity to relax in the same beautiful French village that inspired and nourished the creative genius of Pierre Auguste and Jean Renoir, among other artists; work on your writing (or begin to write for the f

irst time) with others in a nonjudgmental, supportive small-group workshop; enjoy fine French cuisine in the heart of the Champagne region; explore a beautiful and relatively undiscovered part of France just 2.5 hours away from Paris. For more information, visit /frenchproperty/conference/, email Janet Hulstrand at [email protected]or call 1-202-744-7338.



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This Week in French Property Insider…

Maison & Objet ShowMore Objets de Maison than You Can Imagine!
By Adrian Leeds

The bi-annual Maison & Objet industry trade show was in full swing last weekend (January 25 – 29, 2008) at the Paris Nord – Villepinte Exhibition Halls near Charles de Gaulle Airport. International exhibitors numbered almost 800 in the field of decoration, home and office design, furniture, lighting, fabrics and textiles, handicraft products, kitchen and bath accessories…Subscribers Read On…

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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 /frenchproperty/insider or email [email protected]

Parking Space For Sale in Le Marais

An unusual opportunity, an FPI reader owns a parking space in a secure modern garage in the Marais, located at the corner of rue au Maire and rue des Vertus, just near Arts et Métiers.

Underground parking with keyed entry, security guard and elevator. Asking price: 34,000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee.

If interested, email [email protected]

Fast, Fun, Easy Cash: Pocket an Extra $1,000 a Month with Your Everyday Snapshots

If you can click a camera and you can spare a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday now and then, you can easily snag a tidy $1,000 a month taking snap shots in your own backyard… on your family vacations… or anywhere in the world you care to travel.

It’s simple. It pays well. And best of all… it’s A TON OF FUN!

You don’t need fancy equipment. And you don’t need to know a thing about photography to get started. You don’t even have to quit your day job (if you don’t want to, that is). Most photographers I know are turning a picture here and a snapshot there into cash in their spare time.

Here’s everything you need to know about this fun and lucrative side-business: http://www.thephotographerslife.com/phc/09

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

The next gathering is February 12, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

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!

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3rd Floor on the Left (read notice on door to obtain entry code)
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(at rue Guisarde and Le Marché Saint-Germain) 1st Floor
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Odéon

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