Packing in Paris Pre 2007

The Champs Elysées, December 30, 2006

Packing in Paris Pre 2007

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Monday, January 1, 2007
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Earlier this morning the rain came pouring down, but later opened up a bright sky on this first day of 2007. Two-thousand-six ended with a whirlwind series of events that I would equate to a ride on La Grande Roue at Place de la Concorde…around and around, up and down, getting thrills from the highs and relaxation from the lows.

Friday was an 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. marathon of information about living and investing in France presented by six professionals who had come from London, Leeds, Florida and Paris to an eager group of British, Canadians and Americans. It was the 17th seminar of its kind that we have offered to those interested in both enjoying their time in France while profiting from their investment.

Chez Jenny makes a perfect venue as they keep us plied with coffee and croissants, then wine us and dine us generously all throughout the day and into the closing cocktail reception. Before parting, the attendees handed over their evaluations and comments. Some on the seminar evaluations included:

“This was very well put together, organized.”
“Well worth the fees.”
“Awesome! Thank you so much!”

Saturday might have been a day of relaxation except the activity chez Leeds was mind boggling and unavoidable. Parler Paris Assistant Tamara Coleman came to turn over her files and say so-long to take on a new and brighter position teaching English. Housekeeper, Tess, who has worked chez Leeds since 1994 (!) managed to polish the tables under her piles of filing.

Lorin Kalisky of Bastille Media and creator of the classified Web site for France,, was with us, too, to put the final touches on his take over as publisher of the 10-year-old Insider Paris Guides! Yes, beginning January 15th, the Insider Paris Guides will be sold under the name of Bastille Media. I’ll still be writing the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants and as Lorin told us, he believes “that the guides are a great resource for the Anglophone/Francophile community, and I hope to bring new products, new ideas, and new energy to the operation.”

In the midst of this beehive of activity, came a desperate phone call from a friend who had managed to miss two flights on route from Spain to New Orleans and needed a place to stay for the night. When she arrived with her luggage in tow up my 70 steps, she discovered her passport missing! Thanks to a helpful agent at the American consulate, a new passport will be issued, but not until tomorrow morning when the consulate reopens! (If it ever happens to you, make note of this Web page with instructions: Lucky for me to have her with us for New Year’s Eve.

That evening, the rain misted down, but did not deter the hordes of visitors to Paris, who were elbow-to-elbow on rue de la Paix ogling the sparkling diamonds at Cartier (since 1898 at number 13) and climbing into taxis at the Hôtel Ritz. We met past conference attendees at the Bar Vendôme for drinks (they have an extensive menu of drinks at decadent prices — I ordered “Sex on the Beach” — the ultimate fantasy!) before heading to “Le Boeuf sur le Toit” near the Champs Elysées for dinner. The hotel, the Place Vendome and the interior courtyard are decorated for the ho

lidays in frosty winter whites and blues…elegant and stunning.

Le Boeuf sur le Toit, an art deco decor brasserie/restaurant of the Flo chain on multi-levels on rue Colisée (number 34, 8th, Métro Saint-Philippe du Roule or Franklin-D.Roosevelt, Tel: +33 (0)1 53 93 65 55), was brimming with end-of-the-year revelers and fine cuisine. Try the profiteroles…they are particularly of the melt-in-your-mouth variety.

On the last day of the year, the crowds were heavier than ever on the streets and in the cafés. We grabbed the last light of day to discover the newly reopened Musée des Arts décoratifs on the western end of the Louvre, boasting of some 150,000 objects. The collections are “privileged testaments to the French art of living, the savoir-faire of its craftsmen and industrialists, the research and creativity of its artists, the passion of its collectors, the generosity of [their] donors and the desire to pass these riches on to others…” The Balenciago fashions exhibit closes this week, so don’t delay. For more information, visit

New Year’s Eve, always opting to be home to avoid any transportation worries (although this year the Métro and buses were not only free, but operated a full hour later than usual), we drank bubbly, dined on foie gras and danced to Aretha Franklin until 2 a.m. On the Champs-Elysées and at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, an estimated 400,000 people celebrated the new year.

Today is recuperative, welcoming a new tenant to Le Provençal, downing a “Chocolat Chaud Ancien” at Place des Vosges while reflecting on the year past, turning our eyes toward the year of the future and enjoying the repose of the present.

Happy New Year 2007. May all your wishes come true…especially those that bring you to Paris and France.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. Parler Parlor reopens tomorrow, January 2nd at La Pierre du Marais. Visit for more information. And at the same location, mark your calendar for Parler Paris Après Midi on January 9th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more information.

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France Property Prices Remain Stable 3rd Quarter
By Adrian Leeds


This Week in French Property Insider…

According to the INSEE (Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques) and FNAIM (Fédération Nationale de l’Immobilier), during the month of November 2006, deeds of resale homes registered showed small decrease of -0.6%, while the prices of apartments remained stable…FPI Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an e-mail newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. Learn all the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week.

To learn more, visit /frenchproperty/insider or go directly to subscribe at /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html

Discover a true Paris bistrot hidden in the hip Marais district…

Excerpt from the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants By Adrian Leeds

Traditional French, Arrondissement 3

This is my idea of a true Paris bistrot…one of the narrowest streets in the Marais, old fashioned bentwood chairs, lace curtains in the windows, stone walls, but with sweet paintings of flower pots. It comes by its name honestly, placed just next door to the oldest covered market in Paris, Les Enfants Rouge. This part of the Marais is becoming hipper

by the moment. The menu is oh so traditional, yet surprising! “Coques brûle doigts,” “Filet de sole meunière, courgette à la tomate,” “Andouillettede chez Duval,” “Magret de canard champignons” or “Steack tartare et frites”……for more delectable details, see the guide….

Yes, you can have a great three-course meal with wine and coffee in Paris for between $15 and $40 including tax and tip! Take Adrian’s advice…and discover more than 200 of the best-kept restaurant secrets in Paris. Get your copy of Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants now.

Whole Apartment of Decorator Furniture for Pennies on the Euro!

Leaving Paris. Buy over 100,000 € worth of furniture, fixtures, and antiques for 20,000 € or buy individual items. Owner arriving in Paris December 30th and will clear everything out by January 5th. To get a glimpse, visit (apartment Blériot — Vue Seine).

To get a complete listing of furniture before December 30th, email

Items include King-size bed, twin beds, sofa bed, dining room table and antique chairs, Louis XV desk, chests and mirrors, wine racks, pots pans, dishes, flat screen TV’s, Marantz/Bose stereo system, bicycles, cocktail tables, artwork, clocks, and much, much more. Will sell the whole package for 20,000 € or will sell individually. Cash only. To reach owner, dial +33 (0) or +33 (0) after 3 p.m. on December 30th, or email now.

You can trust the team at Parler Paris Apartments


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.

Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home – and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.

***”Le Provençal” Studio

Located in a very charming and quiet 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais, this sunny studio is perfect for one or two seeking ultimate Parisian calm, flavored with the beautiful colors of Provence.

Still available April 6th – 15th (departure April 16th) and April 26th – May 6th (departure May 7th)!

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/provencal.html

Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is January 9, 2007

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.

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!

* Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003
3rd arrondissement, Paris
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

* 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, Pont Neuf


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