Montmartre on My Mind
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Wednesday, October 6, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
I’ve got Montmartre on my mind.
Yesterday I had lunch with Paris vacation apartment rental agent, Erica Berman (“Haven in Paris” — who made Montmartre her home many years ago) at one of her favorite bistrots, hidden in the back of a nondescript brasserie on rue des Abbesses. It was so classic, so French, so very Montmartre…like a lunchroom from the turn of the century. I savored plump and perfectly cooked foie de veau on a bed of spinach, Erica dined on grilled salmon with tagliatelle and we talked about the pros and cons of life on the hill. (If you want to taste the real Montmartre, too, you’ll find “La Mascotte” at number 52, rue des Abbesses, 01.46.06.28.15 and be sure to walk in and all the way through the café to get to the main dining room.)
In tomorrow’s French Property Insider and Friday’s Paris Property Picks, you’ll hear more about life and the rental business in Montmartre — how Erica keeps her studio apartment (that has a drop dead gorgeous view of Sacre Coeur) rented all year, even in such an untraditional part of Paris.
In 1932, the city of Paris planted a field of 2000 vines in Montmartre where vines once existed from the 16th-century. The inhabitants of the village at that time were mainly ploughman and “vignerons” (wine growers).Sadly, it disappeared during the 18th-century. Today, Francis Gourdin, a wine-maker of Montmartre and vice-president of the “oenologues franciliens,” has overseen its heritage since 1994. The vineyard is comprised of 27 types of vines, the majority of which include: Gamay, a type of Beaujolais (75%); Pinot Noir (20%), a large vine of Burgundy and a few plants of Sauvignon blanc — a total of more than 1000 kg of harvested grapes. The old vines are gradually being replaced by new the more productive ones. Francis Gourdin selects them in nurseries in Burgundy and in Beaujolais.
Last year I was lucky to catch a special moment when this little girl turned to look at me with her angelic smile, dressed in traditional costume and in good spirit, as part of the parade of the annual “vendanges” (grape harvest) festival in Montmartre. The 71st edition is taking place again this year this coming weekend, October 8, 9 and 10 and I don’t plan on missing it.
Here’s your opportunity to help celebrate the arrival of the 2003 vintage from the Montmartre vineyards — mostly centered around Sacre Coeur, place du Tertre and the hilltop village streets of central Montmartre with a variety of events…wine tastings, regional food specialties, traditional folkloric parade (the highlight for me! — on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.), music, spectacles and street performers. City officials will be present, including Bertrand Delanoë, the Mayor of Paris and Daniel Vaillant, the appointed Mayor of the 18th arrondissement.
Be sure to scroll down to read all about it and mark your calendar to take part. for more information, visit
And I hope to see many of you tonight at Paris Network where I will be speaking on “How to Make Your Dream to Live in France Come True” or next Tuesday afternoon at Parler Paris Après Midi! Scroll down for all the information.
A la prochaine…
P.S. Thanks to all of you for pointing out my spelling error is Monday’s newsletter! My only excuse is a poor command of French (even after all these years) and a spell checker that failed me. Glad to see you are reading and keeping me on my toes!
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* Dream of working and living in France? Don’t know how to go about simply DOING IT? Rose Marie Burke tells you how! http://www.insiderparisguides.com/workandlive/index.html
* Though France might seem as familiar as any other Western country, the truth is, from paying taxes to having a baby — things are done differently in France. Read the stories how other people maneuvered the system. http://www.insiderparisguides.com/answers/index.html
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Improstival Shows Octobre 5,6,7,8,9
Tuesday 5 – Micetro mix of troupes form around the world, Directed by Keith Johnstone
Tickets 5 Euros – 15 Euros
Thursday 11h-13h Mick Napier, Second City Chicago Director 30 Euros
Win free tickets on http://www.parislive.net
For more information
One World Actors Productions
English/French & World Theatre Season
Every Tuesday till October 12th
From October 19th, 9 p.m. and every Tuesday
THEATRE Darius Milhaud
Moving Parts Play Readings in English
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
7th November Linda Healey “Masks”
Alesian Literary Salon by Toby Brothers
Sign up now for the November Literary Salon, designed to guide participants through a classic text in 6-8 weekly sessions. Toby Brothers, Salon Director, provides loads of background information, historical and social context, essays of literary criticism and definitions of literary terms. The discussions are energized with questions and propositions that allow all, from the most fervent academic to the analysis neophyte, to participate. 2004 Fall Salons: Hamlet, Midnights’ Children , Beloved and Invisible Man.
Sign up soon- each session is limited to 10 participants.
Un Thursday aux Puces
Paying homage to Frida Kahlo, visit http://www.festivalfridakahlo.com/presentation.htm
Rex Foster + Kerry Getz
Parler Paris Après-Midi /parlerparis/apresmidi.html
Next Meeting: October 12th, 2004 and every second Tuesday of the month 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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
Paris Soirée Dinners Every Sunday
Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. She hosts a 21st Century Paris Salon where you meet interesting people in Paris and have a lot of fun. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01 43 26 12 88 or write [email protected]
Paris Network Cocktails Every Wednesday
Hosted by Patricia Laplante-Collins…
Wednesday 6 October – 18h30 to 20h30.
Cocktails. Networking: Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with others
Our guest speaker will be:
“How to Make Your Dream to Live in France Come True”
Few people know how to survive the trials and tribulations of living in Paris better than Adrian Leeds. She will share her secrets with us at Paris Network.
Good Wine. Great Canapes! Confirmed Reservations Please
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
Workshop in Executive Presence with Madeleine Barchevska
“You can rapidly improve your personal and professional life by clarifying the signals you send out to the world. This learning will bring you to that capacity.” — Madeleine Barchevska, M.A.
Inviting You to Explore …”Behind the Mask”
Increased business effectiveness, confidence, clarity and impact are the results of this training. Designed for executives and top management, this is a high-performance learning experience which enhances personal impact, accelerates development of personal style, and minimizes stress.
The mask is an ancient tool of liberation. It magnifies perception and puts us in direct contact with the flow of our nervous system and our impulse to respond to life. Knowledge from both life sciences and theatre arts fuel this training. It is both direct and indirect, deep and engaging, and contributes immediately to success at a dynamic executive level.
Madeleine Barchevska has developed an award-winning approach to training which is profound, accelerated, fascinating and which gives immediate results in all areas of life. Barchevska takes the essence of artistic and scientific knowledge and custom-designs training for the specific needs of each individual within the group. This can be a memorable learning experience for each participant.
When: Saturday evening, October 9, 2004 19:00 – 22:00 and
Where: Atelier 44, 159 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
Course Price: 85 Euros per participant
About Madeleine Barchevska
Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
245 Euros 3-hour private session
For more information, [email protected]
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris
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 room.
Parlor Times — 3 Times a Week in Two Locations
Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Consult the city Calendar!
Celebrating the arrival of the 2003 vintage from the famous Montmartre vineyard. The vintage is baptized this year “Solidarité Grêle de Mai.” All proceeds from sales of the wine will go to the benefit of social programs in the 18th arrondissement.
In the heart of Montmartre, experience an original folk event, traditional music, art and the spirit of old Paris as a commune and village. Officiating: Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, Daniel Vaillant, Appointed Mayor of the 18th, Godmother and a prestigious Godfather, Isabelle Giordano and Fabrice Luchini.
Friday October 8:
Stands of regional products will take place two steps from Place du Tertre, with an official inauguration in evening including musicians, street singers and many performers. Come for tastings and sales on the spot all the weekend long.
Saturday October 9:
10 a.m. Traditiona Ceremony
Traditional one and prestigious ceremony for a round of applause for the grape harvest will take place amid the marvellous vines, in the presence of the representatives of the brotherhoods, in costume.
3 p.m. Parade
The procession will meet the public in a merry and musical environment. More than 40 brotherhoods, 1200 people, in traditional clothing, will saunter from the city hall of the 18th to the heart of the village, accompanied by folk and musical groups;
6 p.m. Grand Muscial Soirée
In a gathering at the center of the village, expect an evening of music and regalia with the sound of the bagpipes, accordions and other instruments..
.folk brass bands Parisian groups such as, “Derrière la Cravate” or “Minaro.”
Sunday October 10:
The festival will continue in the heart of the village with the stands of regional products, always lots of animations.
Showing the Vice Presidential Debate
Wednesday, October 6, at 6 PM
First come first serve. Questions? Contact Sheila Sarem [email protected]
Events for Young (or Young at Heart) Dems
More Democrats Abroad Events
Tuesday, October 12, at 8 PM
Saturday, October 16, at 6 PM
Wednesday, October 20, at 8 PM
Thursday, October 28, at 8 PM
RSVP for dinners
Tuesday, October 12, at 8 PM
Wednesday, October 20, at 8 PM Women’s Caucus Dinner
Thursday, October 28, at 8 PM
Contribution 100 Euros per Person or more is welcome!
First Annual WICE Book Fair Benefit
Do you have books to donate? Contribute your books to the Fair and we will pick them up! Please contact John Baxter at 01.43.54.25.74
Biggest English-Language Weekend Book Fair in Paris
Saturday, October 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (auction at 6:00)
Start a Business in France
For free advice on how to start a business in France, the Mairies are offering assistance:
Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For rent by the week or longer
Two lovely 2 or 3-bedroom apartments — 1st arrondissement, same building. Just minutes away: the Louvre, Tuilleries, Place Vendome and more. French style gives you a true taste of Paris. Fully equipped makes your Paris stay effortless, comfortable and memorable.
Leeds Marais Entire Two-Bedroom Apartment
Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter apartment two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is in or for up to 4 people when she’s traveling.
Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
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Montmartre On My Mind
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