Every man has two countries: his own and France.

Photo Ms. Liberty in the Seine by Eva Lee Lichtenberg

“Every man has two countries: his own and France.”

Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Paris, France

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This October, Your Paris Dream Could Come True…

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!
October 11-12, 2008
Paris, France

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.

Hosted by Adrian Leeds, long time resident of Paris, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly E-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for the International Law Partnership, London, these two days in Paris will point you in the right direction to make it really happen!

For more information or to register, visit frenchpropertyconference or email Schuyler Hoffman, Conference Coordinator, at info@adrianleeds.com

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

You’re probably glued to the TV right about now watching the events unfold at the Democratic National Convention in Denver and not thinking too much about Paris.

Or maybe that’s the reason you ARE thinking about Paris! I’ve been joking for a while now that if the United States elects another Republican, the Democrats on the verge of despair may give up hope and seek greener pastures! Hey, France may be one of them. It wouldn’t surprise me.

Oh, this is sure to press your patriotic buttons. Don’t blame me. I’m just the one uttering the words and telling it like it is. I hear it and see it all the time from American Francophiles who love their country, but have become disillusioned, disheartened and scared of their country’s and their own futures. They see life in France and think about how it differs, how it seems better, culturally richer (if not economically richer), healthier or at least, more fulfilling.

You know what they say…”the grass is always greener on the other side.” And then there’s the other old saying…”Love it or leave it.”

I don’t believe either one of them.

The grass may be greener, but that only makes it a different color. That doesn’t mean greener is better, right? So, let’s say that life on this side of the ‘big pond’ is just a different ‘color.’ And it is different in a zillion ways. Some aspects are much tougher. Some ideologies much more difficult to accept. Some standards are lower, but some are higher. Life is definitely different and there things we like and others we’d like to change. I’ve got a long list of those things to change from both sides of the big pond.

So, let’s take the “love it or leave it” idea and realize how stupid that is! Just because you’re not wild about the way things are going, you wouldn’t just abandon them and give in to the wrongdoings. No! You’d stand up and fight for your rights and perhaps be the leader of change for the better. In fact, Thomas Jefferson wrote in the declaration: “…Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” So, nothing could be more American than DISLIKING it and STAYING and CHANGING it!

By now, I hope you’re having a bit of a laugh. If you aren’t, and you find these ideas offensive, then take a deep breath and think about why that is. My role is just to make you think. These are decisions you must make for yourself.

When I left Los Angeles for Paris (next week is my 14th anniversary in Paris), it wasn’t about LEAVING. Life was great there. The sun shone every day, we had lots of friends and the lifestyle was really good. There was no reason to LEAVE. Moving to Paris was instead about experiencing another way of life, another culture, one that had intrigued us for a long time, that seemed to call to us in some inexplicable way. I would have done anything to get to Paris…for at least a short period of time to know what it was like to be a part of it.

The plan was for just one year. At the end of the year, we couldn’t think about leaving the new life we had created for ourselves. We made lots of new friends who were very much like us. The city is perpetually beautiful. Dining out became an exciting adventure with every meal. It was a cultural and bureaucratic challenge that toughened us up. We learned another language. We discovered new places and new ideas. And it broadened us in every sense of the word. Then we looked back at the other side of the pond and saw it from a new and different perspective. No, the grass wasn’t any greener — it was just a different color.

So, one year has turned into 14…with lots of hurdles and road blocks, I might add. It isn’t perfect. There are lots of things NOT TO LOVE, but I wouldn’t dream of LEAVING it. It was Jefferson who also said, “Every man has two countries: his own and France.”

May the best man win…and may the U.S. of A. prosper…and may all those who want to make the decisions for themselves…come to Paris.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. Mark your calendars for Parler Paris Après Midi La Rentrée gathering September 9th, the Film Producing Workshop
by Judith Merians September 13th and the Parler Parlor
Rentrée Party Picnic September 20th.


Register to Vote and Request an Absentee Ballot Now!

Register on-line at http://www.VoteFromAbroad.org

Or register in person, pick up an emergency Write-In Ballot, and get help from experienced voter assistants in Paris. We’ll be there to help you…

1. Every Wednesday, 5-7 pm. at Brentano’s Books
On the Right Bank between Palais Royal and the Opera
37 avenue de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris
Metro: Opéra, Pyramides, Palais Royal

2. Every Saturday, 2-5 pm. at Shakespeare & Co.
On the Left Bank across the Seine from Notre Dame
37 rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris
Metro: Saint-Michel, Maubert-Mutualité

All American citizens living abroad who will be 18 on Election Day have the right to vote in the U.S. Presidential election.

Register now!

Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think…

Let us show you just how hassle-free it can be to get a French property mortgage for your dream Paris pied-à-terre or villa in the country!

Visit frenchpropertyloan.com or contact Mortgage Manager John Rule at loan@adrianleeds.com

This Week in French Property Insider…

Le Balcon PlanteLe Balcon Planté

Located near Place de la Bastille

and the Bastille Opera, Gare de Lyon, the Viaduc des Arts and the Promenade Plantée, 12th Arrondissement. Sunny, Bright and Airy One-Bedroom apartment with Planted Balcony, and Views of the Promenade Plantée and Clock of the Gare de Lyon, Sleeps up to 4 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 info@adrianleeds.com

The Film Producing Workshop
Presented by Judith Merians
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Le Pierre du Marais

Do you want to produce the script you wrote or the literary property you optioned, start a production company so you can develop projects, or talk to producers intelligently? In the Film Producing Workshop you will learn what it means to be a producer, what skills you need, who you do business with, how you analyze the marketplace and the buyers, how to talk to money, distributors, and producers and think like they do.

This workshop is led by Judith Merians, who has been an entertainment lawyer and studio executive, literary agent, and film school professor in Los Angeles for over 25 years.

Join us for this 3-hour workshop session sponsored by Adrian Leeds and Parler Paris.

Where: Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais in Le Marais, 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Only 30€ per person!

Places are limited. For more information visit frenchpropertyconference/

To register email judithmerians@aol.com

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!

Visit Insider Paris Guides

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.

One-Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4

L’Aubergine sits tucked away on an historic and quiet Marais “cul de sac,” making it an oasis of peace and calm. This second floor apartment (two flights) has two large bright windows that face a classic Parisian courtyard. With digicode, intercom entry system and elevator, it has been completely renovated and professionally decorated to the height of luxury, with a soothing “aubergine” (eggplant) and taupe color scheme. Everything in the apartment is new, from the designer linens and towels, to the appliances and electronics.

Reserve now! Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/aubergine.html
or email: Apartments@AdrianLeeds.com

Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is September 9, 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!


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

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.
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

Join Us for the Rentree Party Picnic!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Join us for the Conversation Group and then meet there to picnic on Sandwiches, Desserts, Wine and Drinks — 10€

Save 25€ when you buy a 20-Session card that Day!
Normal price 125€, but you pay only 100€!

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…

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

France Today, The Magazine of French Travel and 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.

To subscribe, visit francetoday.com or call 1-800-901-6560

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