“Paris in Three Parts: Dust, “”Dinde”" and “”Des Affaires”"”

Hôtel de Sully, Through Dusty Eyes

Paris in Three Parts: Dust, “Dinde” and “Des Affaires”

Parler Paris “Nouvellettre
Your taste of life in Paris and France
Monday, March 2, 2009
Paris, France


***NEW: “Vacation Home in Paris” – Episode HHINT-1A05

March 27, 2009, 10:00 PM ET/PT
March 27, 2009, 2:00 AM ET/PT

New Yorkers Jeff Ballinger and Mary Schiller recently began the first steps toward making their dream together a reality. After honeymooning in Paris, they knew they wanted their own vacation property in France. Now, they’ve moved out of their house and into a smaller condo in the Bronx, NY, and have begun their search for a pied-a-terre in Paris.
House Hunters International Episode HHINT-402

***”Settling Down in Paris” – Episode HHINT-1A05

Angela and Ben met in 2003 when they lived in Los Angeles working for the same clothing company. Now, the two are engaged to be married. When Ben started receiving frequent overseas work, the company believed he’d be more valuable in Paris, so they happily relocated. They immediately moved into a cozy rental in the 17th district near the Arc de Triomphe and started to explore the different neighborhoods of Paris. The pair is now ready to take the big leap and purchase an apartment to stay for good. Property consultant Adrian Leeds is enlisted to help.
House Hunters International Episode HHINT-402

March 10, 2009 10:30 PM ET/PT
March 10, 2009 2:30 AM ET/PT

To learn more, visit AdrianLeeds.com or email Adrian Leeds, at [email protected]


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Someone recently asked me how easy is it to find things to write about…and I chuckled. In Paris, there is an endless stream of life to write about. If it were possible, you’d be hearing from me daily. So, in lieu of ‘daily,’ today’s Parler Paris is split in three ‘chapters’:

I. Knee Deep in Dust, Neck High in Elegance
II. More Talkin’ About Turkey by the Travel Oyster…We all stand to be corrected!
III. The New French Auto-Entrepreneur: “Work More to Earn More”…Now’s your chance to learn all about it.

It may be a lot to digest, so pick and choose or take the plunge and read it all. Meanwhile, I am happy to report that the long awaited new episode of House Hunters International, titled “Vacation Home in Paris,” is scheduled to air on March 27th — although that could change, so be sure to check the Web site page for the latest details at hgtv.com/house-hunters-international/vacation-home-in-paris/index.html

This is the story of Mary Schiller and Jeff Ballinger, who decided to take the plunge themselves, purchase a “pied-à-terre” in Paris, renovate it to the ‘nines’ and put it on the rental market. You will know it as “Le Beau Marais” — designed and decorated by our staff architect, Martine di Matteo, and
booking like crazy since the moment it landed on our Web site. When you view the program, pay close attention to the other apartments in the episode…as you may recognize them, as well!!!

Now, read on…


Knee Deep in Dust, Neck High in Elegance

Last week it was knee-deep in dust, yet neck-high in elegance at number 9 Place des Vosges. This is the little corner of Paris’ 400-year-old apartment complex where we are the developers of a Fractional Ownership apartment, appropriately named “Le Palace des Vosges” offered to 13 shareholders, each with four weeks of usage.

The two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, 81 square meter apartment sits on two levels of the back corner of the second courtyard at number 9, sharing this address with the three-star Michelin-rated restaurant, L’Ambroisie, and the Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt. Title was taken at the end of January and the demolition of the apartment is underway, breaking up the old and worthless stone floor, taking down the unwanted walls and ceilings to discover what lies under it all. The piles of broken stone and plaster were impressive, and there was no escaping the dust, but well worth it.

There are always surprises when uncovering what lurks behind old walls, particularly those from the 17th-century. We found curved walls and space we didn’t know existed. We found centuries-old beams and plumbing no longer used.

Interior Architect, Martine di Matteo, and I met to discuss the furnishings details and make important decisions. With a clean slate before us we further confirmed our plans to decorate the lower bedroom in a masculine style, while the upper bedroom will be a bit more of a feminine “boudoir.” The lower bedroom will have parquet flooring while the upper bedroom will have plush carpeting.

The bathrooms in both, “en suite,” will be absolutely luxurious — the lower bathroom with a large tile shower, the upper with both a spacious shower and free standing claw-foot bathtub. Both will have plenty of closet space, air-conditioning, elegant furnishings and beds that make into twins or one queen/king.

A powder room will be added to the lower level so guests need not go through a bedroom and will be adjacent to the château-like French fantasy kitchen — large and completely equipped and functional for even the most elaborate gourmet cooking. It is planned to be fully equipped with the finest appliances: stove/hood, microwave/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer, dryer and outfitted with a marble sink and counter top set in white distressed wood, adorned by copper pots and all the necessary utensils close at hand. A zinc bar will separate the kitchen from the dining area and will act as a great place to chat with the cook.

(Sunday at a “brocante” (rummage sale), thanks to Martine’s ‘inside information,’ there were heavy and authentic copper pots once used by the Restaurant Jules Verne, engraved with their mark! I snatched them up!)

Under the balcony which leads to the upper bedroom, a buffet-server will be built in for easy access from the kitchen to the dining table filled with serving pieces, bottles of wine, glassware, etc.

At a specialty tile shop in Le Marais, “Ambiance Cramique,” at 2, place du march Sainte-Catherine, we chose tile flooring for the living room/dining room and bathrooms — all made of beautiful stone, slate and baked ceramics in the pale creamy color of natural stone and the gray of natural slate…to be as authentic to the 17th-century period as possible, as will be the entire luxury apartment.

At a meeting Friday morning of a committee of the “Copropriété” (homeowners association) with the director of a well-respected real estate agency among the mix of representatives, we looked out the tall windows onto the elegant Place des Vosges and discussed the price of property in Paris.

Emmanuel de Poulpiquet, director of Féau Marais, remarked that while prices in the district have come down by as much as 15%, property in the Place des Vosges was selling between 15,000€ and 20,000€ per square meter, and on the average 18,000€ per square meter, with no sign of softening. This, of course, is due to the fact that there is virtually no available property on the Place and property of this stature will forever retain its value.

We were seated around a long glass table in a newly renovated apartment of the second floor, with exposed 17th-century beams and freshly painted pale blue walls. With members of the “Syndic” (management firm) and owners, there was a sense that they were overseeing much more than just a residential building. In the way that they spoke of each apartment…who owned, who sold, who renovated…there was a very personal and emotional side to their discussion.

They all came to see the apartment, even with all the dust — and were not intimidated. They were amazed at how the large space, once the stables for the horses, cows and chickens, was in the process of becoming a luxurious apartment for foreigners. M. Poulpiquet that about three out of four residents in the Place are international…yet I found that hard to believe!

Stay tuned for more developments as the renovation progresses. For more information about Le Palace des Vosges, visit frenchpropertyfractional.



More Talkin’ About Turkey by the Travel Oyster…We all stand to be corrected!

A loyal reader and very old friend, Geraldine Kaylor, who spends two months a year here every year with her mathematician husband, who is one of the world’s greatest story tellers and who has a blog online called “Travel Oyster” couldn’t help but reduce the insult and injury of last week’s turkey blunder by adding these comments:

“I did see your dinde mistake. On the other hand, you were
not that far off. The origin of the word ‘dinde’ comes from ‘coq d’Inde’ or ‘poule d’Inde,’ a name that was given in the 14th to 15th century to a ‘pintade’ (guinea fowl) from Abyssinia and then applied to the turkey of Mexico: ‘The dinde is the female of the dindon, which is what the French would say if there were a whole flock of turkeys, male and female. In English, we say turkey because the bird was confused with the guinea fowl, which was thought to have been come from Turkey. That guinea fowl would be that same pintade that the French said came from India (d’Inde) and whose name they later applied to the turkey. The turkey itself is native to North America (Meleagris gallopavo in Latin.) So you see, you are part of a long and honored line of people who have got the bird all wrong!”

Geraldine Kaylor
Travel Oyster


The New French Auto-Entrepreneur: “Work More to Earn More”…Now’s your chance to learn all about it.

You may recall this past November, a discussion in Parler Paris about the new French initiative to create more small businesses and instill more of an ‘entrepreneurial’ spirit into the French called “Auto-Entrepreneur.” The idea is that finally, taxes and social security charges will not be levied if there are no profits! Prior to this initiative, starting a business has been both difficult and expensive, thanks to bureaucracy and high tax obligations, without consideration of profits, creating a huge black market industry as well as deterring those who might want to venture out on their own in business.

Have a reread if you like at parlerparis.com/issues/pparis26-11-08

In the first 15 days of the new program, more than 20,000 people had registered. Yet, from a American capitalist perspective, the program seems riddled with problems. We hope to clear all that up for all of you readers interested to finding a way to earn a living in France…the legal way!

On Saturday, March 28th, Ann Cary Dana, an American-born French immigration lawyer specialized in foreigners working in France (work permits, temporary assignments, students working or applying for a change of status), who assisted me and my daughter greatly to obtain her Carte de Résident several years ago, has agreed to give a presentation and open discussion about the program — in English!

Scroll down for the details and be sure to register in advance as places are limited. The cost is 30€ and please expect to order at least one beverage at the café.

A la prochaine…Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Mark your calendars for March 10th to visit us at Parler Paris Après Midi, where readers will have an opportunity to get to know one another. Visit parlerparis.com/apresmidi for more information. Hope to see you there!











A Special Presentation and Discussion with Ann Cary Dana, Attorney
Sponsored by Parler Paris

Saturday, March 28, 2009
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais, On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers.
See Map Here

The self-employed or small business owners in France, whether French or foreigners, will invariably complain of spending all their Sundays on paperwork and paying such high social charges and taxes that it takes all the satisfaction out of being successful.

The French government recently instituted a simplified self-employment regime in the hopes of encouraging all those who hesitate to take the plunge to set up their own individual business, as well as enabling those who have an informal “side” activity to “officialize” it with minimum complications.

Ms Dana will point out the pros and cons of the new regime which could be of particular interest to foreigners in France. She will also explain how it will fit in with the regulations on work permits and the different categories of “carte de séjour.”

Join us for this 2-hour workshop session sponsored by Adrian Leeds and Parler Paris. Only 30€ per person! Places are limited. Pay at the door. Please expect to order at least one beverage at the café.

To register, email: [email protected]

Ann Cary Dana is an American-born French immigration lawyer specialized in foreigners working in France (work permits, temporary assignments, students working or applying for a change of status). To contact Ann Cary Dana for legal services, email [email protected]


Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference
March 21-22, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana

There is nothing else you can do in less time and as inexpensively to learn all you need to learn to make your dream to live and invest in France come true.

For more information and to register, click here FrenchPropertyconference or email [email protected]


Now you can own a share in an AMAZING “maison” — more of a house in the country than an apartment in Paris, right smack dab in the middle of Paris’ most elegant square — the Place des Vosges.

For more information visit frenchpropertyfractional.com or [email protected]


Welcome to Writing from the Heart…a journey into the heart of France, and into your own heart…April 21-27, 2009 in the inspiring village of Essoyes, in the heart of Champagne country, two and a half hours southeast of Paris. The workshop is given by Janet Hulstrand…

For more information visit: essoyesschool.com or email [email protected]


HiFX takes the pain and guesswork out of currency conversion. They offer a range of services and can provide the ideal solution to fit your specific situation when transferring money for your French property mortgage and more. Save more of your own hard-earned money with HiFX!

For more information, click here: frenchpropertyloan.com


Sunday, April 26, 2009
The International Law Partnership
The Vaults, Holborn Hall
193-197 High Holborn
London WC1V 7BD

ont>For more information, email [email protected]

Sunday, May 31, 2009
Chez Jenny
3, Boulevard du Temple
75003 Paris
For more information, email [email protected]


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.

Le Déco
One-Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4

From the quiet, residential rue Saint-Sébastien, walk up a mere dozen steps into this beautiful, newly renovated one-bedroom apartment. Le Déco’s stylish and comfortable interior combines contemporary design with Art Deco flourishes, while retaining elements of its 19th-century French heritage in its original wood beamed ceiling and marble fireplace. Its three large French windows with wrought iron railings provide a pleasant view of the rue Saint-Sébastien neighborhood.

Reserve now! Visit Parler Paris Apartments or email: [email protected]



Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants
Written and Regularly Updated by Adrian Leeds

You don’t need to be rich to dine well in Paris – you just need to know where to go. Enjoy fabulous three-course meals with wine for just $20 to $35, including tax and tip. Explore more than 200 hand-picked great-value restaurants. Plus, get a pull-out glossary of common food and dining terms found on French menus!

Insider Paris Guides are written for people who love the City of Light. You’ll get a Paris insider perspective on Good Value Restaurants… Making a Life… Black Culture… Expat Writers…plus, Practical Paris!

For more information, visit Insider Paris Guides at InsiderParisGuides.com

Next Meeting March 10, 2009

The second Tuesday of every month, Parler Paris and French Property Insider readers gather at La Pierre du Marais for a drink and a “schmooze” — it’s an opportunity to meet and chat with other like-minded people and a great way to make friends! Costs nothing except whatever you drink, so don’t miss the next gathering on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit Parler Paris Après Midi

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!

For further details, visit Parler Parlor

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