Paris: Host with the Most

Paris: Host with the Most 

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Calendar #54

Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Paris, France

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Once-in-a-lifetime experience…Uncover Paris Disparu with Leonard Pitt

Join me on a special tour of the Left Bank with author of “Paris Disparu, Leonard Pitt, Saturday, May 7th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Be one of ten with Leonard Pitt leading the way and giving us the historical background he’s unearthed, from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to square Viviani.

Reserve now to be one of the select few.
60 Euros

The cost is a mere 60 euros for this and he’ll have signed copies of the book available for purchase. To reserve, email today: [email protected]


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

The “scuttlebutt” about the city’s new “Charte de Qualité” for Bed and Breakfasts in the Capital was released yesterday at a special press conference in the “salon de réception Georges Bertrand” of the Hôtel de Ville.

Assistant to the Mayor in Charge of Tourism, Jean-Bernard Bros, led the line-up of presenters, who included heads of the member companies: “Fleurs de Soleil,” “Bed Break,” “Good Morning Paris,” “Une Chambre en Ville,” “Alcove & Agapes,” “France Lodge,” “BAB France” and “2 B in Paris.” Chantal Goldstein, President of the “Les Parisiens Associés” who headed the committee, sat on the front row quietly listening to the presentations and questions from journalists.

Several arrondissements have agreed to be the first to pilot the project — 3rd, 6th, 9th, 13th and 18th — and a few of the representative mayors attended — Serge Blisko, the Mayor of the 13th arrondissement, sat next to me on the front row.

The goals of the initiative hopes to insure comfortable accommodations and a friendly welcome, and as a plus, encourage interaction between Parisians and visitors. The purpose of the charter is to “define the notion of a Parisian Bed and Breakfast based on the criteria of welcome, comfort and amenities. It also sets down the commitments of the Member Companies, who benefit from the seal of approval of the Paris City Council and the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

There are 75,000 hotel rooms in Paris and only 300 guest rooms (to-date and growing) by comparison, yet the hotels are up in arms over the city’s intervention in promoting them. The “Hôte Qualité Paris” committee defends the accusations that the initiative will hurt hotel business, but believes that it will only augment what the city has to offer for the 26 million annual visitors and create a more welcoming atmosphere.

The press material fails to include the number of furnished apartments in the city available for short-term vacation rental nor has there been much discussion as to how their business might be affected. My own personal opinion is that someone who stays in a furnished apartment more likely fits the profile of someone willing to stay in a Bed and Breakfast and therefore the initiative is more competition to rental agencies and owners than to the hotels.

Guests of Chambres d’Hôtes will most likely be, first, Europeans from nieghboring countries, then Americans and Candadians followed by Japanese visitors. There is special consideration for guest rooms that accommodate the handicapped and the elderly, particularly those on the ground level.

I personally exactly fit the profile of the kind of people who are willing to open their homes to guests…women over 40, single, in three room or larger apartments, whose kids have grown and gone. No wonder I’ve so happily rented my daughter’s bedroom as a guest room — and enjoy the friends I’ve made this way so much!

For those who want to do the same, and become a part of the city system, the rules are pretty simple. There are parameters for the quality of the room, specific amenities it must have (such as heating, one window, size of the bed, lighting, closet sp

ace, linens, etc.). The bathroom can be shared or private and the room must be cleaned daily if shared and every four days if private. Price is suggested to be between 25 and 70 euros per night.

One thing they were adament about…breakfast must be “carefully served by the homeowners, the French-style family breakfast must include at least tea, coffee or hot chocolate, milk, fresh bread, butter and jams.” I loved this attention to detail and hospitality!

Click here for complete information and the list of requirements can be found in English.

From the visitor’s perspective, the new “Hôte Qualité Parisien” does indeed open up more choice and also offers a peek into the world of a Parisian’s life as well as an opportunity to get to know one another better. There’s certainly nothing wrong in building better relationships between us!

When you look at the bigger picture, it should bring even more visitors to Paris as a result and therefore fill more hotel rooms, apartments and Bed and Breakfasts. If the competition gets tough, then the strong will survive and that means the quality improves for everyone.

Paris aims to be the “Host with the Most” or should we say “Hostess with the Mostest” since so many owners are women? Either way, I’m all for it.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. The Hôtel de Ville is (what many believe) is the city’s most magnificent building. As part of the Working and Living in France Conference May 20 – 22, we’ll be taking a private tour with Official Guide Marie-France Benett. For more information and to register, click here. For a virtual tour, now with English subtitles, you can visit the Hôtel de Ville by clicking here.

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* Learn how to buy property in France….the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France.

* Insider information form the insiders…Everything you need to know about Paris and France…Get the Insider Paris Guides

Calendar #54
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera in Three Acts Words and music by Scott Joplin Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., April 30-June 19

Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris Métro: Porte de Pantin Call 01-42-01-92-26 for reservations

Dubbed the “King of Ragtime” by his music publisher, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a formally educated musician whose popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense.

The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and racial background and works her way up the social ladder, trading on education and non-violence, 40 years before Mahatma Gandhi and 60 years before Martin Luther King. Needless to say that Scott Joplin’s chances of raising money to produce his masterpiece were anywhere from modest to remote.

The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime, aspiring “to genuine operatic richness.”


MOVING PARTS Play Readings Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries

Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.

Plays in English: April 17 NC Heikin “Femail”
May 1 Robert Watson Barr “Sixty”
May 22 Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
May 29 Thomas Dooley “Discretion”

Plays in French: April 3 Romain Bisseret “Mariage d’Amis”
May 1 Pascal Loison “Intimités”

Contact Stephanie Campion at to book a reading of YOUR play.
June 2005 onwards dates available.

Latest version always available on the website: or
send an email to Stephanie [email protected]

Literary Events


April 17 – 22, 2005

WEDNESday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading at le Caveau des Oubliettes
Featuring Jennifer Dick, Ellen Hinsey, Lisa Pasold and Kathleen Spivack
Hosted by Cecilia Woloch

Location: le Caveau des Oubliettes
52 rue Galande (downstairs in the jazz cellar)
5th arrondissment
Métro: St. Michel

FRIday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Closing Poetry Reading
Featuring workshop participants & Sarah Luczaj and Cecilia Woloch Hosted by Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop

This will be a pleasant evening to discover new voices rom the US and also to hear some translations from the Polish by Sarah.

Location: Polly Magoo’s (upstairs)
3-5 rue du Petit Pont
5th arrondissement
Métro: St. Michel


Shakespeare and Company events:

MONday, 25th April, 8pm: LEONARD PITT will give a reading based on his book “PARIS DISPARU”.

FRIday, 29th April, 7pm: Alan Jenkins is a distinguished London Poet and Deputy Editor with The Times Literary Supplement. He has also served as a visiting professor of modern poetry and creative writing at the American University of Paris. His most recent collection, A Shorter Life has been praised as his most formally satisfying collection to date.

“Jenkins combines extreme technical skill with outspoken expression and intense feeling…The outcome is an indivisible whole… ingenious in execution, free-ranging, devoted to truth.” – Kenneth Cox, Agenda (cover painting by David Bromley)

Shakespeare and Company,37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

Musical Interludes

Sunday, April 24 from 7-10 p.m.

An evening of original songs in a friendly little Irish bar called Connollys Corner
12 rue Mirbel, Paris 75005
Métro: Censier-Daubenton (line 7)
Entrance free of charge.
Guinness on tap… live acoustic music… expats and locals.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings


Next Meeting: May 10th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 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



MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others.

Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)

Cocktail Buffet.
Next Wednesday 20 April at 6:30- 8:30 p.m.

THE SECRETS OF A GREAT CV (actually, TWO kinds of great CVs)”. Featuring Shari Segall, President of Foreign Affairs, Ltd and Networking Expert.

When Shari Leslie Segall arrived in Paris in 1985, she talked her way into what she calls “the greatest job in the world.” Since then, she has been giving presentations (for organizations such as WICE, etc.), interviews (for books & articles) & advice (through her company Foreign Affairs, Ltd.) on how to use this technique, as well as on writing a great Curriculum Vitae & preparing for job interviews.

Foreign Affairs, Ltd. specializes in marketing, p.r., document creation (newsletters, brochures, web text, speeches, ghostwritten books), event organizing & advice to expats. Shari also teaches part-time at Sciences Po. Under the nom de plume Dale Gershwin, she is a published author whose books are set in or about France; her latest book, “France…REALLY!!!” will be available for purchase (at a discount) & dedication the evening of her talk.

(Please bring a pen and paper to this presentation, for note taking.)
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.



Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel:, email:
[email protected]

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday, May 27th 6:30- 8:30 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be: Jean Taquet, French Jurist

“What Does It Take For A Foreigner To Have The Right To Work In France?”

="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Jean Taquet is a French jurist and an associate member of the Delaware Bar Association who specializes in civil, criminal and commercial law. He is well known for his legal column formerly in the ‘Paris Free Voice’, addressing reader’s questions about their rights under French lawFor Jean Taquet’s Practical Answers guide visit:

For Jean Taquet’s main Q/A column with its latest update Visit: /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html


(NEW TIME! Happy Hour Is At 6:30 p.m. Don’t Miss It.)

PARIS SOIREES: Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.

SUNDAY April 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Journalist and Author Jeanine di Giovanni, will speak of her book: “Madness Visible: A Memoir of War”…Riveting.

Janine di Giovanni is one of Europe’s most respected and experienced reporters covering war and conflict. Her reporting has been called “established, experienced brilliance” and she has been called “the finest foreign correspondent of our generation”.

Location: This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the I’le St. Louis Métro: Sully-Morland (closest) or Pont-Marie.

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

CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. Tel: 01 43 26 12 88, [email protected]


27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

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.

Jim Haynes Atelier A2 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire 75014 Paris, email [email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

Art and Culture

Once-in-a-lifetime experience…Uncover Paris Disparu with Leonard Pitt

Join me on a special tour of the Left Bank with author of “Paris Disparu, Leonard Pitt, Saturday, May 7th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Be one of ten with Leonard Pitt leading the way and giving us the historical background he’s unearthed, from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to square Viviani.

Reserve now to be one of the select few.
60 Euros

The cost is a mere 60 euros for this and he’ll have signed copies of the book available for purchase. To reserve, email today: [email protected]?subject=Reserve_Paris_Disparu_Tour

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

SPECIAL CLOSING: Saturday, May 14th Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l”Opéra 2nd arrondissement, Paris Opéra, RER A Auber

At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information

Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Knowledge is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

Cooking Classes with Christian Constant

The next three scheduled “Classes de Cuisine” will be on: Monday’s: May 9, and June 6

April in Paris, isn’t only a fantastic song, it’s also the title of our next cookery class.

Spring is the season of lamb and a whole selection of beautiful springtime vegetables and Christian will be showing you how to choose your various cuts of lamb, prepare them and serve with seasonal vegetables dishes.

Our classes try to be informal and chatty, full of useful tips and informatio

n to help you buy and cook food the easiest way possible “chez-vous.”

We begin the morning at 9h30 with coffee and croissants, spend approximately 3 hours in the kitchen, followed by an aperitif and lunch for those who wish to stay and eat with Christian Constant in his fish bistro “Les Fables de la Fontaine.” The price is 185 Euros per person all included, or 140 per person without lunch.

If you would like to reserve a place, please respond by email giving your name and the number of participants plus a telephone number where we can contact you in France.

Alternatively you may reserve by telephone at 01 45 55 15 05 or Fax +33 1 45 55 00 91 [email protected]
Restaurant Le Violon d’Ingres
135 rue Saint Dominique
75007 Paris
Métro: École Militaire


The French-American Foundation presents:

French-American Histories: recalling the strategic importance of a long-standing alliance

Title: “De Tocqueville’s America: The French Reaction to a New Social and Political Experiment”

Date: April 21, 2005 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception.

Location: France Amériques, 9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

Participation Fees: Membres FAF and FA, Les Amis de L’Histoire, Professeurs: 10 euros, Studiants: 5 euros, Others: 15 euros

RSVP necessary.For more information contact: Tel: 01 45 77 40 01


Advanced Writing Workshop-Creative Renewal

Sessions for Advanced Writers in English in Paris with Kathleen Spivack. Next workshop: Thursday, May 5th These workshops offer a protected time to concentrate intensively on your ongoing writing projects, move them along a bit, and write your head off! Exquisite attention and support for your writing process. Places are extremely limited. Please telephone me in advance to discuss your project and whether this workshop might be right for you. The workshops are professional-and enjoyable! Phone:

Price: 55 Euros per session (50 Euros per session for former attendees and with early enrollment) Continued professional discussion over (optional) lunch afterward. *Individual private intensive coaching is also available for serious advanced writers who are working toward publication.

Kathleen Spivack is the author of many books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, etc.). Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she has held NEA, PSA, Bunting, Howard, and numerous other prizes and fellowships; and has been published in over 300 magazines and anthologies (The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon, Esquire, Antioch, Agni, Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, etc.). Cited by the National Writers” Union as an outstanding writing coach, she teaches throughout the United States and France. Kathleen Spivack’s clients are her best advertisement. They win major prizes and publish widely: NEA, Pitt, Yale, Troubadour, Eugene O”Neil, Prometheus, PSA, Alice James, Bunting, Howard, Ohio, Ragdale, Chicago, Texas, Stanford, St. Martins, Cleveland, Graywolf, Workworks, Rutgers, Viking/Penguin, Simon and Schuster, Knopf, Little Brown, and others. Some are performance artists, songwriters, play and screen writers, choreographers. They staff literary magazines, bookstores, universities, major writers” conferences, communication media (print, television, cinema, radio, and theatre), and publishing houses.


Drawing classes (portrait/life model)

Would you like to learn or improve your drawing skills? Award-winning art director and artist Brett Petrie is holding a weekend intensive portrait/life model drawing class – taught in English – on March 5-6, 2005. The course will provide a relaxed, constructive atmosphere, with practical techniques and ideas that can help break down the barriers to improving drawing skills. Beginners and more accomplished artists are welcome. Class size limited to 15. Fee includes materials and model fees. Call Brett at 01 42 33 76 71 for more details, a brochure (with samples of his own art) by to reserve your place.


The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert.

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.

MAY 24. “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).

JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker.

American Library in Paris 10, rue du Général-Camou 75007 Paris Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.


Wine seminars with David Witter, May 5th

Designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of oenology. Class size is limited to encourage informal discussion and exchange of personal observations. Grape varieties within major and
less well known wine growing areas of France are discussed and wines from them are tasted and evaluated in a structured manner. Details of each seminar will be posted on my web site several days before each class. I select the wines from those most recently available in Paris. And a wine salon is coming in early April (Porte de Champerret), so I’m holding off till then. For more information see the website for Vignerons Indépendants de France,

Astro Paris by Eric Francis

Astro Paris by Eric Francis

There is a new pope. Cardinal j2999eph Ratzinger, of Germany, became Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday at 5:50 p.m. European time when a little puff of white smoke came from the special chimney erected above the Vatican. Pope Benedict has an interesting natal chart, which I will evaluate elsewhere — except to say that he has Pisces rising, an Aries Sun and the Moon in Libra.

The astrology for the election of the pope is perhaps more significant than the his personal astrology. Ratzinger was chosen with the Sun in the very last degree of Aries, a condition called ‘void of course’. Generally this does not bode well; while it can represent innovation or the opportunity to do something unusual, more often it creates difficulty keeping a handle on one’s original agenda. Given that Ratzinger is already coming under fire for his treatment of the church’s traditionally oppressed, this might work out to be a good thing.

However, if stability is what we are seeking, it’s unlikely to happen now. Much discussion has gone into Ratzinger’s choice of names (popes traditionally name themselves). But I would like to briefly mention the number: XVI, or 16, which is the number of the Tarot card The Tower. We are in for some surprises.

Ratzinger is being touted as a man who will continue the conservative doctrine of his predecessor. But any continuity is temporary. Based on the what is perhaps the most traditional method of prediction (solar arc direction), there will be some big change either to the Church or with this papacy within four months of now. What direction will things go? It appears that some kind of radical change is in store.

Also occupying the very last degree of Aries is Persephone, an asteroid named for the Greek goddess of growth, the daughter of Demeter. Persephone is the one who was kidnapped by Hades and taken down to hell, where she lived (or lives) half the year, accounting for why it’s warm in the summer and cold in the winter. Given that the Sun (a rather male figure) is conjunct Persephone there is a commentary on women and the treatment of women in this chart. Generally when the Sun is exactly conjunct a planet, it takes on the nature of that planet in a significant way. He may identify with the plight of women more than he lets on. But that does not mean he will act on his perceptions, and he may be coming from a place where he feels victimized.

There is more about women in this chart. Venus (who represents women, the Goddess and from the Church’s perspective, the Virgin) was in an exact square (90-degree aspect) to Chiron as the papal conclave began, suggesting that she just sustained a loss of some kind. Venus represents values; sensuality; pleasure; love; abundance. Venus occupies the degree exactly opposite the position of Sunday’s eclipse of the Moon — which brings up what is perhaps the most significant fact of all. It is strange and unsettling that this election was concluded so close to an eclipse of the Moon. If an astrologer was planning these dates for them, it was not a well-cast chart.

For those of us who were not involved in the papal election, this eclipse is something to watch carefully, and to factor both into our plans and experiences.

Happy Birthday, Taurus!

There are many factors promising peace and fulfillment in your life this year, and others suggesting that if you live in pursuit of material ends alone, you will burn out pretty quickly. As always, ancient wisdom suggests finding a balance and working to keep it. But your solar return chart also reminds you that every need, wish or desire has a deeper layer. Look beneath what you think you are striving for. What exactly is motivating you? What would you do if you could never find that thing, or experience? What would happen if it were suddenly put in front of you?

Strange but true: Eric Francis is an astrology writer living in Paris. You can visit his awesome web page at or write to him at [email protected] The freephone in the USA, for subscriptions or other inquiries, is 877 453-8265. If you’ve read this far and are checking my work out each week, I suggest you drop in at my homepage and have a look at what’s on offer each day — and look in on the rather excellent subscriber service we offer. Or visit:

Community Announcements


The American Hospital of Paris steps up to the plate in the struggle against obesity. Two free community events in June will feature speakers and provide information on preventing childhood obesity and new insights into diabetes and obesity relating to women’s health.

According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30% of children 6 to 10 years of age are overweight and 15% are obese, higher than ever before. Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases which were once only prevalent among adults.

Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.
The Second Annual Children’s day, organized by the Pediatrics Department of the American Hospital of Paris, focuses on Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Challenge of the 21st Century. Pediatricians and health professionals will be speaking on the diagnosis, cause and long-term consequences of obesity in childhood and adolescence, and will review commo

n diet mistakes, the psychology of obese children and orthopedic issues these children may face.
Admission is free and seating is limited so advance reservations are required. The lectures will be in French and English, with simultaneous translation.

Obesity plays a significant role in causing poor health in women, negatively affecting quality of life and shortening lifespan. More than half of adult U.S. women are overweight, and more than one-third are obese. Prevention and early treatment of obesity are crucial to ensuring the health of women of all ages.

June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
The Hospital’s Foundation is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Iris Cantor Women’s Health Lecture, Robin Goland, M.D., a nationally recognized endocrinologist and leading expert on diabetes and obesity, will give a lecture titled, Weigh Less! Live Longer! New Ideas in the Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity.
Dr. Goland is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital The lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into French. A cocktail reception will follow.
The lecture is free and seating is limited, and advance reservations are required.

Both events will be held at the American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
55, bd du Chateau, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine.
For more information on these events, please contact Rebecca Allaigre, American Relations Coordinator, at 01 46 41 26 26 or by email at [email protected]


Fullbright Scholar Position

The University of Tours is looking for a full professor in African American Studies for the fall term of 2006.

The pay is 7000 euros per month and travel expenses and accomodation are included. It is a highly prestigious award and the recepient would take part in the activities of our research group as well as a few parisian research institutes.

Applications can be made via the Fulbright program or the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The deadline is May 1st of this year.

For more information check the following websites:




A few of the APRIL opportunities:
20th- 18th Century Women at the Louvre
21st- 3rd Annual Relocation and Repatriation Seminar
26th- Bastille Walking Tour
27th- Apollo Gallery at the Louvre

MAY Preview:
11th Lunch Around the World
12th Impressionist Women
19th Tour at Roland Garros
19th Dinner at the Senate
23rd Ladies of the Marais Walking Tour
25rd Estelle’s Flowers
26rd Les Halles Walking Tour
27-29th Beyond Paris – Bordeaux

American Women’s Group
32, rue du Général Bertrand
75007 Paris France
[email protected]

For Our Bay Area Friends

The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes, etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at

Please note that there will be no new list the week of March 31. Publication will resume on April 7.


Thirza Vallois in California/Spring 2005

Thirza Vallois, the author of the internationally acclaimed series, “Around and About Paris” and “Romantic Paris” will be back in California for a series of talks on Paris. If you happen to live in California or passing through, try and make it to one of her events. Enlightenment, pleasure, entertainment will be part of the evening, and lots of stunning slides. Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase during those events.

Thursday, April 28, 12:15 p.m The Monterey Institute of International Studies, McCone Auditorium

Pierce Street, Monterey Reservations (for groups and school parties) by e-mail, preferably: [email protected] or by telephone:
(831) 647-3508

Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
La Bohème restaurant in Carmel.
For reservations: (831) 624 7500

Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Readers Books, Sonoma
130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 Tel: 1 (707) 939 1779
[email protected]

Sunday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
Napa (Napa Valley), Alliance Française
Napa Club (address and phone number to be confirmed)

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa (Napa Valley), Alliance Française
613 Fourth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Telephone reservations: (707) 829-7708.

Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.

Mechanics Institute, San Francisco
57 Post Street, Telephone reservations & Information: (415) 393-0100
Reservations by email: [email protected]
Sunday, May 29, 3:00 p.m.
Fifi’s Bistro and French Patisserie, Pacific Grove
1188 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Telephone reservations: (831) 372-5325

Sunday, May 29, 3:00 pm
Fifi’s Bistro and French Patisserie, Pacific Grove
1188 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Telephone reservations: (831) 372-5325


Thirza Vallois’s article on the new Viaduct of Millau and the Aveyron area will be published in United Airlines’ award-winning inflight magazine, Hemispheres, on 1 February 2005.

You can read the article through May 2005 on all United Airlines flights.

What’s On in the City

Gay Pride Parade June 25

Positions Offered/ Positions Wanted

Host Needed for TV Show Cannes Film Festival

Bi-lingual Host needed for TV Show/s at Cannes Film Festival this May. Ideally, the person will be a French male, 20 to 35 years, as we don’t have time for hair/makeup and wardrobe changes. Acting or TV experience a must. Can consider a female if person is very self-reliant, and non-French if French is perfect. Shows are young, edgy, and hip. Agents are welcome. Please don’t answer if you don’t fit our requirements.

Please call Tommy at 06 60 90 48 84 or send email to
http://[email protected]

Edward Flaherty Prime Cut Productions 65 rue Javelot 75013 Paris, France
Tel/fax: +33 144 24 04 28 Cell: +33 660 90 48 84



Tell your french friends!

Business English, conversation,writing,TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs. Instructor has a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL),and 10 + years of teaching experience. Contact Nancy Szczepanski at or email: [email protected]

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Leeds Marais Apartment
Available July 22 – August 1, 2005

Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to four people when rented in its entirety or a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is there.

Pictures and more details available at /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html


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