Happy Days Are Here Again

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN


May 07, 2002


*** PARISIANS PARTY AT PLACE DE LA REPUBLIQUE


What a relief–we held our breaths but we knew in our hearts that
Jacques Chirac would win with a landslide. And he did. 82.06%
overwhelmingly voted AGAINST Jean-Marie Le Pen.


I’m lucky enough to live close to Place de la République, the
traditional spot where most important rallies take place. And so it
did on Sunday night with Monsieur C. and his lovely wife, Bernadette
(holding her little handbag as always), by his side on camera, while
he delivered a clear and concise message that France still stood for
"liberté, egalité, fraternité"–just as the hundreds of thousands of
people who marched here on Wednesday knew.


I was there, with flag in hand and stickers on my back. We sang songs
of solidarity, we danced, we reveled in the feelings that a nation
had come together to stand up against the "evil forces."


And while we are feeling good about ourselves and the true nature of
France and Frenchmen, fellow Americans send disturbing messages
written by journalists and community leaders who clearly don’t
comprehend the depth of the political situation here, and who are
rallying to stand up against France, boycott all products made in
France, and boycott its shores. Mon dieu!


But as David Applefield wrote in this month’s issue of the Paris
Voice, http://www.paris-anglo.com/ ,"…the burning of a Marseilles
synagogue and the attack [on] a Jewish soccer club–these ugly acts
do not characterize the mood in France nor public sentiment here, and
should not alone be a reason to rebuke a country and a people."


And Toni L. Kamins (author of "The Complete Jewish Guide to France"
http://www.completejewishguides.com/ and "Insider Guide to Jewish
Paris" http://www.insiderparisguides.com.) wrote in the L.A. Times,
"The synagogue firebombings and attacks on soccer players and school
buses are as much anti-social, anti-establishment and anti-French as
they are anti-Jewish." (Read more at
http://www.latimes.com/la-000029037apr24.story)


I applaud those in the media who dare to tell the true story–as it
pains me that so many of my own people are carrying the same
anti-something sentiments they wish to defend themselves from.


Anti-anything seems pro-Le Pen to me.


A la prochaine fois…


Adrian
Email: mailto:[email protected]


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Parler Paris /parlerparis/
Written and Edited by Adrian Leeds


Published by International Living
http://www.internationalliving.com
mailto:[email protected]


Issue Number 37, May 7, 2002


In this issue:


*** Everything You Need to Know About Buying
Property in Paris
*** "I Learned More [About Travel Writing] Than I Could Put to Use in
a Lifetime"
*** The Best Way to Travel To and From the Airport
*** Dine in Old World Charm, Chez Henri
*** Tips For Visitors New to Paris
*** Is Paris Safe for Single Women?


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*** TRAVELING BETWEEN PARIS AND THE AIRPORT
IS EASY AND CHEAP


The best way (for the price) to get to and from the airport in Paris
is with a shuttle service and the best one in Paris is one I’ve been
using for years…AIRPORT SHUTTLE. These are the guys with the blue
vans and the yellow letters. I’ve found them to be reliable, pleasant
and fast.


Inexpensive, too–14.50 euro for 2 or more, 22 euro for one person.


It’s easy to request a shuttle in advance–just email your details
to: mailto:[email protected]?=ParlerParisAirportShuttle.


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*** WHERE TO EAT: CHEZ HENRI


— Adrian Leeds,
http://www.insiderparisguides.com/restaurants/index.html


— CHEZ HENRI
— Traditional French
— 9, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève, Arrondissement 5
— Phone 01.43.29.12.12
— Métro Maubert Mutualité
— Open Everyday
— 2-Course lunch with coffee; 14 euro; Dinner a la carte: 30 to 35
euro per person


Chez Henri and Le Bistrot d’Henri in the 6th on rue Princess are
"brother" restaurants, with the same owner, offering the same great
quality meals at a big bargain. This lovely old-world charming space
is decorated with original art and is an elegant setting for lunch or
dinner. Menus are both in English and French…but don’t ever trust
the translations. Cuisine is simple yet beautifully prepared–"Salade
d’endive Mimosa," "Côtes d’agneau," " Blinis au saumon fumé," "Boudin
aux pommes," "Poëlée de petoncles et plurottes," "Agneau de 7
heures." Desserts are not exciting, but the rest of the meal will wow
you.


Not long ago a group of participants of the Ultimate Travel Writers
Workshops here in Paris joined me for dinner at Chez Henri. Steenie
Harvey, a correspondent for International Living, ordered "Assiette
d’os à moëlle pain grillé" (bone marrow served with toast) and then
to follow, had the boudin (blood sausage). She was the most
adventuresome of the group of non-Parisians, but we who love to eat
extraordinarily, coveted her plates!. The waiter was particularly
jovial and joking, too, adding even more spirit to the occasion. This

same lighthearted atmosphere abounds in the brother restaurant, so
clearly management has the right attitude to make the meal and the
ambience work in accord.


Special note: The third "Henri" is Le Machon d’Henri at 8 rue
Guisarde in the 6th just next to Le Bistrot d’Henri, with a similar
menu, same quality cuisine and same low prices as Le Bistrot. I
haven’t tried it yet–but if it’s as good as either of the brothers,
it will be a delight.


*** LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


* What’s the best way to travel around Paris?
— Frank


The "La Carte Hebdomadaire" permits you to travel as much as you
like on Métro and bus during seven days, Monday through Sunday. For
zones 1 and 2 (Paris proper), 1 ticket is now 1.30 euro, a "carnet"
of 10 tickets is 9.30 euro, the weekly pass is 13.25 euro and the
monthly pass is 44.35 euro. For more information, visit the RATP site
at http://www.ratp.fr/, but beware, very little is in English and
it’s tough to navigate.


* Recently it has been widely reported in the media that France,
especially Paris, is suffering from a steadily increasing crime
rate…what do you think?
— Philip Chu


I’ve lived in New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans–all cities with
a high crime rate–and Paris is the safest city I have ever lived,
despite the high amount of pickpocketing and the random acts of
terrorism over the past few years.


As a single woman, I walk alone late at night anywhere in Paris with
no fear for my safety. The streets are well lit and people are out
and about. I have learned how to avoid pickpockets by dressing
correctly, using the right kinds of bags and not acting like a
tourist or a victim (learned well in New York!).


People don’t carrying guns, my apartment is on a secure third floor,
and the homeless are better cared for (social security for all) and
aren’t so aggressive.


The French are very non-violent. They can be verbally aggressive, but
rarely physically aggressive. The pickpockets are clever and don’t
need a gun to get your watch or your wallet.


In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I love living here, as I used
to spend most of my life paranoid on U.S. city streets and now I’ve
forgotten what that even feels like.


For answers to other frequently asked Paris questions, see:
http://www.internationalliving.com/paris/faq.cfm


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