“Fun in the Sun at the “”Bord de la Seine”"”

Opening Day at Paris Plage
Crédits photo: Mairie de Paris/M. Verhille

Fun in the Sun at the “Bord de la Seine”

Parler Paris…
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Paris, France

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New Listing!

Le Pinot Noir
Rue Debelleyme, 3rd Arrondissement
One-Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4

“Le Pinot Noir” one-bedroom luxury apartment is a wine connoisseur’s dream and everyone’s dream. Located just steps off the lively rue de Bretagne, but facing the quiet little street of rue Debelleyme across the street from one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Le Pamphlet, it affords views of rue de Bretagne and the adjacent Marais streets from close to rooftop level.

Le Pinot Noir is completely equipped for pure luxury. Newly renovated, it is complete with a queen size bed that converts to twin beds when desired, a comfortable and easy-to-open sofa bed for additional guests, a washer/dryer combination, microwave, four-burner ceramic stove, full size over, large refrigerator with separate freezer, high speed Internet, flat screen TV, DVD player, stereo, and free(!) long distance phone service

For more details and photos visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/pinot_noir.html

To book, email [email protected]

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

The “Plage” just opened yesterday. Last year the weather was so dreary there wasn’t a single reasonable opportunity to pay it a visit. This year may be entirely different. Let’s hope so.

If you don’t know what the “Plage” is…it’s “Paris Plage”…the man-made creatively invented “beach”
along the Seine concocted by Mayor Bertrand Delanoë and his team of frustrated sunworshipers a few years ago.

Whoa! Actually, it’s been since 2002. That makes this the 7th edition of fun in the sun (when we get a little) at the “bord de la Seine.” The year of the “canicule” (the record-breaking heat wave of August 2003), it got lots of action, particularly under the “brumisateurs” (cool water misters). It was the most heavenly place to be even if you left collapsed like a wet taco.

Paris Plage is a stolen name, from “Le Touquet-Paris-Plage,” a coastal town in the Pas-de-Calais. It has a reputation for being quite elegant…the “playground of the rich Parisians.” Think the same Parisians are at the Paris Paris Plage? Doubt it. Paris Paris Plage is for all us non-vacationing Parisians or vacationing non-Parisians, in whichever category you find yourself.

Each August I’m one of those non-vacationing Parisians who’s looking for things to do while all the rich Parisians are at Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, or the Côte d’Azur or this year, traveling to the good ol’ U.S. of A. where their strong euro buys them everything in sight for “centimes.”

No complaints, really. Tomorrow morning I board the big bird for the City by the Bay (San Francisco) along with all those rich Parisians in search of a bargain vacation Stateside. While they’re buying up The Gap, drinking Café Lattes at Starbucks and discovering “freedom” fries at MacDonald’s, I’ll be at the Alliance Française teaching a group of Francophiles how to “Live and Invest in France.” Ironic, isn’t it?

So, consequently, I’ll miss most of the three weeks Paris Plage will be in “beachiness” (through August 16th). Shucks! But, hey, you may have a chance…if you’re a non-vacationing Parisian or a vacationing non-Parisian, then don’t miss it. There’s lots to do along the Plage this year…

Exercise along the quays…bike, build muscle, jog, flex.
Ping pong, ping pong, ping pong.
Dance from morning to night.
Play baby soccer or “pétanque” or “Putt-Putt.”
Or just plain hang out. Picnic. Walk. Ride. Eat. Drink. Be merry.

When I was a kid in New Orleans, we used to go every summer to Pontchartrain Beach. The advertising jingle I can still so vividly remember comes to mind now as Paris Plage opens its arms to Parisians of all kinds (vacationing or non):

At the beach, at the beach, at Pontchartrain (Paris) beach.
You’ll have fun, you’ll have fun, every day of the week.
You’ll love the thrilling rides, laugh till you split your sides
At Pontchartrain (Paris) beach.

Can you hear me singing?

For more information consult, http://www.paris.fr for everything you need to know about Paris Plage (in French, sorry!).

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.P.S. There is still time to register for the Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference this coming weekend in San Francisco. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2008/index.html to sign up now.

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By Adrian Leeds

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Living and Investing in France ConferenceIt’s this Saturday!
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Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference

San Francisco
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July 26-27, 2008

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

Parler Paris Readers, FPI Subscribers, Alliance Française Members can save $50!

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La Bonne Nobel
Two-Bedroom (One-Bedroom + Bedroom/Office), Sleeps 4

Rue Nobel is one of Montmartre’s most charming streets and 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

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.

Please note: There is no meeting in August.

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.

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