Fireworks And Kisses At The Fireman’S Balls

Bastille Day at the Champs de Mars


Fireworks and Kisses at the Fireman’s Balls

International Living’s
Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris

Calendar #14

Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Paris, France



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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Summer days are far from lazy and in fact, it hardly feels like Summer with such cool temperatures. I’m sure, however, that in one day the heat will set in and won’t let up until La Rentrée at the beginning of September.

We all remember the intense and dangerous heat of last Summer, so if you’re planning on being in Paris this Summer, be prepared for another possible “canicule” (heat wave). The city advises: listen to radio and TV to follow the predicted temperatures; close your shutters, blinds and curtains during the midday and open your windows at night; install a fan or some sort of air conditioning device if possible; take frequent baths or showers or swab down with a cold wet cloth; drink no less than a liter and a half of water daily; avoid alcoholic drinks and don’t hesitate to contact a doctor if you have a fever, migraine headache or pain. For more information (in French), visit

Today Time Out bids farewell to its English language pages in the back of the Pariscope entertainment guide edited by Kate van de Boogert after 11 years of continuous publication due to “the severe downturn in tourism and advertising.” You’ll get a chuckle at Kate’s advice on how to survive it: 1. Don’t go out. Ever. 2. Go the Louvre and stay there. 3. Make your own fun. 4. Get out of town. 5. Perfect your French. 6. Let go. 7. Get your own customized guide. (That’s Parler Paris!) 8. Develop a spirit of adventure.

An advance copy of Pariscope compliments of Kate (sure to be a collector’s item) was welcomed so that I wouldn’t miss the release Michael Moore’s documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11 opening today in 28 theaters in V.O. (original version). Stateside, when it released last week, it was the #1 movie in the country, the largest grossing documentary ever. French friends reported seeing advances of it yesterday and I suspect the French will be just as interested as the American audiences. “On verra!”

Meanwhile, we are also gearing up for Bastille Day July 14th and the annual Fireman’s Balls. Festivities include the annual military parade on the Champs-Elysées, the “Bals des Pompiers” and of course, spectacular fireworks.

The Grand Ball of the City of Paris on July 13th takes place at place de la Bastille starting at 7 p.m. with lots of music: Tango, Salsa, Rock, Latino and Disco…expect it to continue until 12:30 a.m. so wear your best dancing shoes. Visit (in French) for more information.

Then, don’t miss the Fireman’s Balls — well known as the best place to get kissed by a handsome French fireman (they go from lady to lady and bestow their sweet lips upon your cheeks!) The balls take place on both the 13th and 14th of July in 40 fire stations on the Ile de France starting at 9 p.m. and continuing through the night until 4 a.m.! For a complete listing of participating stations, visit

The military parade starts at 9 a.m. July 14th on the Champs-Elysées ending at place de la Concorde. President Jacques Chirac will arrive on the scene about 10 a.m. to welcome the army officials and inspect the troops. The Royal Marines band will play, the air show by the Red Arrows will fly overhead, troupes of the Grenadier Guards, 106 British, the King’s troop, the mounted Calvary, motorcyclists from the Gendarmerie Nationale and thousands of military personnel will march down the Champs-Elysées, all in very traditional style. See for the details.

To top off the festivities, head to the Champs de Mars for spectacular fireworks set to music under the theme of “Fraternité et Olympisme” set off at 10:30 p.m. on the 14th (weather permitting) on the Jardins du Trocadero between the Palais de Chaillot and l’avenue de New York. Take a picnic, enjoy the spectacle with thousands of other Parisians and be prepared to walk home (Métros may be packed or stopped, taxis will be taken and traffic will be bumper to bumper!)

Happy Bastille Day!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail: [email protected]

P.S. Parler Parlor French-English conversation group is closed July 14th, but open all Summer, and begins Tuesdays sessions at Berlitz Opéra on July 27th. Visit for more information. Parler Paris Après Midi meets next Tuesday, July 13th 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at La Pierre du Marais. Visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for the details.

Further resources:

* The best and fastest way to find
the pied-à-terre of your dreams…

* Learn how to live and invest in France! Meet with us in Washington, DC this September.

* Learn things about Paris you never expected to know…realizing the true depth of this magnanimous city…Paris Confidential.


If you wish your community announcement to be listed in the Parler Paris Previews, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to [email protected] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies


Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries
Sundays 7:30 p.m.

12th September Barratt Walton “Buddha’s Aunt”
3rd October Lance Tait (tba)
7th November Linda Healey “Masks”
21st November Jon Allen Russo “Farce Noir”
5th December Shena Wilson (tba)

To receive the monthly mailings email [email protected]
For further information contact: or call Stephanie Campion on:


“A brillant combination of theatre and cinema.” The Paris New Guard LiteraryJournal.

Three narratives intertwine in a dramatic love story…for fifty years a slain war reporter remains alive through a series of enigmatic love letters…a hateful wife destroys her failed novelist husband’s soul as his adoring daughter looks on…yhe conquer and loss endured by the famed adventurer Sir Richard Burton.

Written and directed by Academy Award honoured Scott Hillier
cutting edge English theater. An award winning cast :

Sarah Pratt (Behind The Eyes of War)
Olivier Pages
Diane Kulankamp (The Man in the Iron Mask)
Mathew Geczy (Femme Fatale)
Alexis Ragougneau (The Real Inspector Hound)
Laure Portier (Andromaque de Jean Racine)
Meredith Hudson (Star Academy II)
Mélanie Hillier

7th July/8th July/ 9th July/10th July
8 p.m.

Ciné 13 Théâtre (airconditioned)
1 avenue Junot
75018 Paris

Musical Interludes

Mirande Country Music Festival
July 9 – 14, 2004


105 rue du fbg du Temple
Paris 10

Erin McKeown + special guest Ken Emerson (and friends Claude Langlois
& Pascal Mikaelian) in Concert
Wednesday, July 7th, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets 20 Euros
Pay by check to: Beer Necessities, 104 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010

Jolie Holland and Band in Concert
Monday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets 22 Euros
Pay by check to: Beer Necessities, 104 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010

102 quai de Jemmapes
Paris 10th

Paul Kelly
Sunday, August 29th, 8 p.m.
Hotel du Nord

Reservations for all concerts FNAC/VIRGIN etc.
Book all shows by calling or by email
[email protected] or

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Parler Paris Après-Midi

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. No Après Midi Meeting in August

This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local
professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France
questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions
and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property
and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to
network with other Parler Paris readers.

Upstairs at La Pierre du 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



CHANGING YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT YOURSELF AND LIFE IN GENERAL With Body Harmony. An Interactive Evening Featuring Coach and Body Harmony Practitioner Alexandra Rose.


Paris Soirées Dinner
Sunday 11 July at 7:30 p.m.
(At Patricia’s New Apartment on the Ile St Louis)

Our guest of honor will be:
Coach and Body Harmony Practitioner

Interested in discovering the freedom to be, to do, to choose whatever you want in your life, and to say ‘Yes/No’ serenely? Body Harmony is a powerful, extremely pleasurable – and absurdly simple way to unblock ANY area of your life. By using a delicate listening touch, it frees up the body and our selves, enabling us to drop patterns that no longer serve us, and gently ‘reprogram our inner computer.’

We’ll have an interactive evening: We’ll have fun exploring what goes on bodywise when you meet someone (it’s OK: in Body Harmony you work fully clothed!) We’ll also have a look at changing counter-productive thoughts about ourselves and life in general – all stored in the body – that get in the way of effectiveness, ease and health.

Thought for the day from Nelson Mandela: “There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you –As we let our own Light shine, we give other people permission to do the same.”

For Year-round individual sessions and week-end workshops with Alexandra: 01 46 36 50 89, [email protected] Visit the International website =

This week we’re at Patricia’s new place on the Ile St. Louis: 14 rue St Louis en l’Ile, 75004 Paris. The Métros are Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie. Farther away is St Paul.

Its 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.

Thanks for reserving via return email! If you dont receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia:

Patricia’s Tel: 01 43 26 12 88
E-mail: [email protected]

Literarily Speaking

Food Tasting and Book Signing
L’art de vivre à Marseille
July 7 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
7 juillet de 18h à 20h
with author Pierre Léonforté and his photographer, Christian Darramon

Galerie Librairie FOOD
58, rue Charlot
75003 PARIS

To subscribe to the Food newsletter, email [email protected]


July 5-8, 2004

Open to the general public — WICE membership not required for this special event.

Readings are free to all. There is a 10 euro fee for the lectures for non-PWW participants. Registration appreciated, walk-ins are possible in the limit of spaces available. Books by the authors will be available before the lectures. For bios on the readers see

1. “Making the Perfect Pitch,” agent Katharine Sands, 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 5, WICE
2. “Don’t Write What You See, See What You Write,” scriptwriter Sean Hardie, 1:30 p.m., Tues., July 6, WICE
3. “Concentric Narration: Walking through the Walls of Paris,” poet Stuart Dischell, 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, WICE
4. “Taking Note: Journaling for Writers,” writer Mimi Dixon, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 8, WICE

Free Readings
5. Chaiti Sen and Marie Houzelle, winners of the Patricia Painton Merit Scholarship; Chris Ames and Laure Millet, writers featured in Upstairs at Duroc, 7 p.m., July 5, WICE
6. PWW Writers in Residence Helen Benedict, Kerry Hardie, Phillip Lopate, 7 p.m., July 6, Village Voice
7. PWW Writer in Residence Katharine Weber and lecturers Sean Hardie and Stuart Dischell, 7:30 p.m., July 8, American Library

All events are subject to modification; call WICE at if you have any questions or want confirmation of an event.

Paris Writers Workshop
Email: [email protected]
PWW is a special annual event of WICE, a nonprofit educational and cultural assocation in Paris, France.

Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
Artist Kathy Burke in her beautiful Marais atelier…

245 Euros 3-hour private session
490 Euros 3-hour session with 2 to 6 people
Includes all materials.

For more information, [email protected]

The International Living Paris Office Presents Our Upcoming
Conferences to Make Your Dream to Live in France Come True…

If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or investing in property in France, these power-packed conferences are a
MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily newsletter, these few days will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conferences include seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails — with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts.

Choose the one that’s right for you!…

*** Working and Living in France
Paris, France
Home Plazza Bastille
June 18 – 20, 2004
For more information:

*** Living and Investing in France
Washington, DC
September 10 – 12, 2004
Washington, DC
For more information:

Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris with Thirza

Walking Tour of French-Speaking DC

Single in the City of Light
(And Loving It!) with Adrian Leeds

*** Working and Living in France
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Fall 2004

*** Read what our past participants have to say about our Paris Office
Conferences and Tours…

Reservations and information:

If you’d like to know more about the conferences or reserve your
place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html or
email Schuyler Hoffman: Special Conference Coordinator
Toll Free in the U.S. 1-877-457-2747
Email: [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group


Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for
free-form conversation with native French and English speakers.
Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make
friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures,
progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in
groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private


Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

14 rue Lafayette, 4th Floor
9th arrondissement, Paris
Métro Chaussée d’Antin, Opéra,
RER A Auber


38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber

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),
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 01 44 19 76 61
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01 40 27 97 59

What’s On in The City of Light

Information: (0,13 EUR/mn)


9 a.m. July 14th on the Champs-Elysées ending at place de la Concorde. See
for the details.

July 14th, 2004
Theme: Fraternité et Olympisme”
Between the Palais de Chaillot et l’avenue de New York
Paris 16th

Paris Plage
July 21 – August 20, 2004

Paris Jazz Festival – Program 2004

June 5 – July 25, 2004, 3:30 p.m.
Entrance to Parc Floral: 3 euros
Parc Floral de Paris – Esplanade du Château de Vincennes – 75012
RER Vincennes / M° Château de Vincennes

Paris Quartier d’Eté
July 14 – August 15, 2004
249 events in 45 different places around the city

Soirs d’Eté
Music in the Courtyard of the Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement
June 21 – July 14, 2004

Coulée Douce
June 12 and 13, 2004
Ten free spectacles among the bamboo and roses
Promenade Plantée et Jardin de Reuilly
1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sous la Plage
June 20 – September 19, 2004
Four Sundays and so concerts on the lawns of the Parc André-Citroën

Cinéma en Plein Air à la Villette
July 16 – August 29, 2004
14th edition of free films in the open air on the big inflatable screen at Parc de la Villette

Cinéma au Clair de Lune
August 4 – 26, 2004
Free films in the open air set in appropriate spots in Paris

Special Announcements

In conjunction with Studio Arts Open House

Do you have books to donate? Contribute your books to the Fair and we will pick them up!
Please contact John Baxter at

Biggest English-Language Weekend Book Fair in Paris
Thousands of Books — starting at 50 centimes
Signed first editions, paperbacks, rare books, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, including books from the libraries of Diane Johnson, Mavis Gallant, C.K. Williams, E.L. Doctrow, Carolyn Kizer, Robert Harris and many more. Not to be missed!

Saturday, October 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (auction at 6:00)
Sunday, October 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

20 bd du Montparnasse
75015 Paris
Métro Duroc

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