“Be Happy, This is the Festival of Love!”

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Be Happy, This is the Festival of Love!

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Paris, France

“Le Provençal” Studio


“Le Provençal” Studio

Located in a very charming and quiet 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais, this sunny studio is perfect for one or two seeking ultimate Parisian calm, flavored with the beautiful colors of Provence.

LAST MINUTE RENTAL! Available March 8th – 27th and April 26th – May 6th (departure May 7th)!

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Get out your video cameras and keyboards. Now’s your chance to declare your love…in a very public way…before the entire city of Paris and the entire world! This Valentine’s day, under the theme of “Parisians Love Paris,” the City of Light is declaring its love for love and all love has to offer by making it possible for all of us to declare ours…for a special person or for the city itself.

Release the frustrated director in you to declare your love in your own video! Create something 30 seconds or less in any of six possible formats and two resolutions with 30 frames per second and less than 10MB of memory. Then submit it by completing this application at http://www.v2asp.paris.fr/fr/actualites/Saint_valentin_2007/video.asp

To ensure it will be chosen, be sure that it is not violent in any way, speak of racist ideas or hate, nor can it be pornographic and it must respect the rights of the author himself. Watch out! The deadline to submit your video is February 11th! And if you’re one of the lucky ones, your love video will be shown on the city Web site, all day February 14th, at http://www.Paris.fr.

Have words of love needing expression? Everyone is invited to add their loving remarks on 170 illuminated panels with 180 messages per district — a total of 2600 messages of love around the City of Light. Don’t exceed more than 7 lines of 18 characters each (a total of 126 characters maximum) and make it simple to read and understand.

Every message will display one time per hour for a duration of 20 seconds beginning Wednesday, February 14th at 6 a.m. The city Web site has provided a map where you can find the illuminated panels. One will be on rue de Bretagne, just where rues des Archives and Eugène Spuller meet, the corner where the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement sits and just opposite La Pierre du Marais, where Parler Parlor meets every Tuesday night and where we will be celebrating our 9th anniversary on March 17th. This is also where Parler Paris Après Midi meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month — the next meeting is next Tuesday, February 13th. (Scroll down for more information about all these great meeting-up events…where you might meet your next love of your life!)

Click here to find all the illuminated panels: http://www.v2asp.paris.fr/fr/actualites/SAINT_VALENTIN_2007/plan.asp

Watch out! Your deadline to submit your words of love is February 12th! Click here to submit them: http://www.v2asp.paris.fr/fr/actualites/Saint_valentin_2007/formulaire.asp

I just entered my own to be posted somewhere in the 3rd arrondissement: “Americans love Parisians who love Americans who love Paris.”

The city’s advertising proclaims: “Pas de malheureux, le jour de la fête des Amoureux!” (“Be happy, this is the festival of love!”)

I find it particularly heartwarming that while key phrases in my own native culture are negative, violent and aggressive such “War on Terrorism,” “War on Drugs” and “War on Poverty,” that the Parisians are promoting a very different approach to their enriching their lives and solving their problems…with love. Count me in.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. Be sure to mark your calendars for next week’s Parler Paris Après Midi coffee gathering Tuesday, February 13th at La Pierre du Marais 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. where we will celebrate the Festival of Love together. Visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.


Calendar #147
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Paris, France


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Cooking Up a Storm on Rue Tatin
Cooking and Food Writing
April 1 – 6, 2007


Cooking Up a Storm on Rue Tatin is a unique opportunity for you to explore the fascinating relationship between cooking, writing, and creativity. We’ll be Cooking Up a Storm with food made from the freshest seasonal and local ingredients and words inspired by the creative surroundings of Normandy, good food, the fabulous wines selected from the old cellar, and lively conversation around the dinner table. When you leave On Rue Tatin you’ll take with you a passion to cook for yourself, a newly energized confidence in your writing, and a stronger creative identity.

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** Two-Bedroom Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety February 16 – 27, 2007
150 per Night, 7 Night Minimum

Located in a charming 17th century Le Marais Hôtel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to 4 people. Includes high speed Internet access, free international calling, housekeeping one time per week and all linens.

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Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is February 13, 2007

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.


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!

* Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne
3rd arrondissement
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

* Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
* Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 75006
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel, Pont Neuf

SATURday, MARCH 17, 8 P.M.

At L a Pierre du Marais (corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, Paris, 3rd Arrondissement)

Menu: Kir, Confit de Canard, Gratin Dauphinois, Salad, Moelleux au Chocolat, Wine and Coffee
Only 25€!

Plus, take advantage of these special anniversary prices:


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