Paris Pains and Pleasures




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Paris Pains and Pleasures

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris
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Calendar #72

Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Monday I wrote about the “tears” of a Montbazillac wine and promised you more today about dining at one of my favorite restaurants, Le Domaine de Lintillac. Today, the tears I shed are for the people whose lives are lost or torn apart by the disaster in Louisiana and Mississippi wreaked by Hurricane Katrina as well as the seven immigrants lost in a the fire that devoured a dilapidated house a few blocks away from my Marais apartment.

At the time, I was unaware and not far away, devouring “Rable de lapin” at another of my favorite Paris bistrots.

To all of you who wrote in concern for my family in New Orleans, I am deeply appreciative of your thoughts. Happily, they are safe and well, but fairly certain that their homes are completely underwater — located not far from the 17th Street Canal that broke a levee and spilled into the city — with no idea when or how they will return to them. We stay tuned daily.

Parler Paris reader Jim Jamesson from http://groovyadventures.com reminded me that one thing we can do is “donate a few bucks to help out relief efforts.” He posted this link on his site to go directly to the Red Cross to make your donation: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp I urge you to follow in his lead.

Reader and translator/interpreter Anna Augustin was one to write in concern, but also offered a confession about Montbazillac wine…”Not knowing anything of the value of wine many years ago, I used half a bottle of 20-year-old Montbazillac to make risotto a la Milanese. Well, it was the best risotto anyone at that dinner party had ever tasted.”

I doubt that Le Domaine de Lintillac cooks with their Montbazillac, but they certainly serve it up as the perfect compliment to foie gras. Part-time Marais resident Al Stewart of Business Mentors, Inc. (Management and Career Counseling, http://www.business-mentors.com/) and I shared an absolutely indescribable buttery, sweet and sensual foie gras poêlé for a whopping 12.60 euros. (See Al as guest speaker next Wednesday evening at Paris Networking Cocktail, scroll down for information.)

Like us, you will perhaps walk out shaking your head in disbelief. No other restaurant in Paris can serve this quality at this price. Jean Guillot opened Le Domaine de Lintillac a few years ago and complimented the comfy booths with red check cloths and toasters on the tables. It is filled with young clean-cut French who like traditional cooking and seem to smoke less. With a list of his “produits du terroir” (purchasable at the restaurant) and a menu of traditional Périgourdine specialties, M. Guillot is surprising everyone with incredible quality at a price half of what it should be. (But let’s not tell him for now!)

The most expensive bottle of wine on the menu is half as much less than you’d pay for the least expensive wine on any other restaurant menu, so splurge and it still won’t break the bank. A Kir to start is an unheard of 1.75 Euros! Entrées range in price from 3.35 to 12.60 Euros! Main courses range from 7.40 to 10.15 Euros! Wines range from 7.90 to 26.40 Euros! The prices are ridiculous. But most importantly, you will not be disappointed by the cuisine!…”Le pâté de canard à l’orange,” “La salade de Cabécous chauds,” “Les deux boudins aux chataîgnes” or the “La coupe Corrézinne de la truffe noire.”

Le Domaine de Lintillac has been a favorite listing in the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants ever since it opened and now there are two more — a

ll are equally as good! They may not have an inkling about these high praises as I never divulge my intentions as a critic, but should you choose to test out this suggestion, do tell them I’m a fan.

Call early for reservations at one of the two dinner seatings:

Domaine de Lintillac

* 10 rue St Augustin 75002, 01 40 20 96 27
* 54 rue Blanche 75009, 01 48 74 84 36
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20 rue Rousselet 75007, 01 45 66 88 23

A la prochaine…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. The Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants just got another update yesterday! Purchase the electronic version online today at http://www.insiderparisguides.com/restaurants/index.html or when you subscribe to French Property Insider all this month, YOU’LL GET IT FREE! Click on /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html to learn more and subscribe.

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1) a volunteer intern to assist in the immediate graphic design, production and printing of promotional materials for use in trade fairs and other venues

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You must be in Paris to qualify. French speaking a plus. To apply, send a brief description of why you are perfect for one or both of these jobs to Adrian Leeds at [email protected]

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Calendar #72
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Paris, France

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We gladly run announcements for non-profit organizations. If you wish your community announcement to appear, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Lynda Sydney: [email protected] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance
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Street Opera
September 2 – 4
Streets of the 12th and 13th Arrondissements

Imagine the songs of Verdi, Puccini and Rossini sung in the streets of Paris for all who wish to listen. Voices to make you lose yours, inspired musicians, amazing instruments and a right royal atmosphere. No doubt about it, this is street opera!

20 professional companies (75 singers and 60 musicians) will perform on 2, 3 and 4 September in the streets of the 12th and 13th arrondissements of Paris. Soloists from Lyon-Bertrand Tetu, the Acide Lyrique company from Toulouse and the Barbaroque ensemble are all on the program for thi

s year’s edition, where Louis XVI wigs, baroque flutes and troubadours await you for the first act. A sight for sore eyes!

http://en.parisinfo.com/show_exhibition/rub6106.html

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Cirque Plume
Plic Ploc
September 21 to November 27

For over twenty years now, the Cirque Plume has enchanted audiences with its lively and colorful performances, full of music and poetry.

This well-known circus troupe is on tour in France and throughout Europe to present its latest creation, “Plic Ploc,” arriving in Paris this autumn at the Espace Chapiteaux of the Parc de la Villette. Make sure you catch this new show on the theme of drops of water and the musical sound they make. The actors, equipped with wellingtons, mops and umbrellas, go on a musical tour through a world populated by taps and hosepipes. From fountains and geysers to showers, we are promised a veritable ballet of acrobatics, contortions and somersaults.

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 PARIS
Métro: Porte de Pantin

http://en.parisinfo.com/show_exhibition/rub6106.html

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Art and Culture
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PARIS WALKS with Leonard Pitt
September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 12

Leonard Pitt, author of the bestselling “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club, will be in Paris for one month, September 15 to October 16, and is now organizing small groups for walks through the city.

Four walks are offered. Each lasts about 3 hours+.

Cost: 60 Euros per person. Maximum 8 to a group. Inquire about group rates.

Leonard’s unique perspective offers a view of Paris in all its beauty and drama that is not available anywhere else. Diane Johnson speaks of his book with praise in her latest book, “Into a Paris Quartier,” and the French press came out with numerous glowing reviews when his book appeared in 2002.

“Leonard is completely legitimate, he’s impregnated with Paris. He sees things that we don’t see.” – Le Figaro

“This American friend knows Paris like the back of his hand and illustrates clearly what the serious stroller would have a hard time deciphering on his own – the history that runs beneath today’s buildings.” – Le Nouvel Observateur

Jana Jagoe took a walk with Leonard in Spring 2005. She writes:

“If you want to truly understand the impact that Napoleon and Haussmann had on Paris the best guide is Leonard Pitt. He not only knows his subject matter but has the actor’s ability that allows you to see the past and the characters who filled it. I’ve lived half the year in Paris for five years and have taken dozens of tours. None compares to Leonard’s. All of the pieces are there. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss this one.”

For information, contact Leonard at mailto:[email protected]
To see his book, go to: http://www.leonardpitt.com

Walk 1. Left Bank. Begins at St. Germain des Prés and ends at Square Viviani across from Notre Dame.

Walk 2. Ile de la Cité.
Walks 1 and 2 give a first-hand view of the making of modern Paris under Baron Haussmann. The effect of standing on a corner with a photo in hand of 19th century Paris brings home the full impact of the city’s transformation as the Baron’s pickaxe tore down 20,000 houses to make way for the great boulevards and avenues that define Paris today.

Walk 3. The Marais.
Begins in Place des Vosges and explores the unknown history of the Marais south of rue Saint-Antoine from the 1920s to the 1950s. A mixture of anti-Semitism plus a blockheaded approach to urban planning was a disaster to this quarter. The casual stroller has no idea of the dramas played out at virtually every corner.

Walk 4. Paris and Chocolate.
This walk combines Paris history plus visits to three of Paris’s premium chocolate houses. We begin on the grounds of the Louvre and look at how the creation of the Louvre as we know it resulted from a tragic accident. Then we walk to the garden of the Palais Royal to see how one man’s debauchery lead to the creation of that great architectural gem, the covered passageway. From there we walk across the street to two of the most beautiful passageways borne of this debauchery, Passages Vivienne and Colbert. Then up rue Vivienne with a stop at Debauve and Gallais to purchase some chocolate on our way to a wonderful network of passages including Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeaux. Exiting the passages we make our second chocolate stop at Mère de la Famille. A short bus ride to Place de l’Opera takes us into the making of modern Paris and the great history of the Grands Boulevards. We’ll then continue up the boulevard to the famous La Maison du Chocolate, make our final purchase of this food of the gods and repair to a cafe for our tasting, to compare, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy.

For more details visit http://www.berkeleychocolateclub.com

Special Note: Leonard Pitt will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner of the Living and Investing in France Conference October 21 – 23, 2005 at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. To learn more and reserve your place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html

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“Première a Paris”
Photography by Jan Hanson
Vernissage September 22, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

San Francisco photographer Jan Hanson invites those of you who will be in Paris this fall to visit her photo exhibit at ArtSpace at WICE.

The exhibit features Jan’s display of stunning photos of Paris by night and mouthwatering close-ups of food by day, as well as a few surprise images added for good measure.

The exhibit, “Première a Paris,” will run from September 19 through November 10, and the Vernissage will be Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

WICE
20, boulevard du Montparnasse, 75015, Paris
Métros: Duroc and Falguiere
Tel: 01.45.66.75.50

For more information, contact Jan Hanson at mailto:[email protected]
http://www.janhansonphoto.com

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International Contemporary Art Show: FIAC
October 6 to 10 October
Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles

The 32nd FIAC will take place in halls 4 and 5.1 of the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles. Some 207 galleries, almost a quarter of them are new to FIAC, will exhibit. 26 countries will be represented by 113 foreign galleries and 99 from France.

http://www.fiacparis.com

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Charlie Chaplin et les images
The world through a comedian’s eyes
Until September 18

The exhibition “Chaplin in pictures” at the Jeu de Paume includes documents and home movies from Chaplin family archives. It reveals one of the 20th century’s best-loved characters and the outstanding achievement of his creator: producer, director and actor.

Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008, PARIS
Metro: Concorde
Bus: 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94
For tickets call: 01.47.03.12.50
For more information visit http://www.jeudepaume.org

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La Nuit Blanche
October 1

Nuit Blanche is back and more surprising than ever. The Paris City Council invites us to take a different look at the capital by asking talented artists from all horizons (music, visual art, video, sound, lighting) to deploy their skills in order to amaze and move us.

In the space of a few hours, Paris becomes home of the night-owls. Dressed in their evening finery, museums, libraries, swimming pools and churches throw open their doors. Unconventional illuminations, offbeat sounds, unusual exhibitions, original ideas…are all on the agenda for this night without sleep.

http://en.parisinfo.com/show_exhibition

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Musical Interludes
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Jazz La Villette 2005
Parc De La Villette
August 30 – September 10

A week long jazz extravaganza that is now a major event on the Paris jazz calendar. Jazz La Villette brings together jazz musicians from many countries, of many ages, and playing jazz of all varieties, its got something for everybody.

Métro: Porte de Pantin
Info: 01.40.03.75.75

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Aldridge Hansberry Ensemble
Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17, 10 p.m.

Originally from New Orleans, drummer, flautist, composer Aldridge Hansberry is a resident Parisian. Her formation is at the 7 Lézards for two nights. She has chosen some of the cream of Parisian Jazz as collaborators in this group that will be playing two nights at the 7 Lézards. It has been said of her compositions,”…A music that swings and is packed with ideas! Lively, colorful, dynamic with a dash of ‘groove’ that brings out a smile and makes you want to move…” Don’t miss these evenings of original music.

Jobic Le Masson – piano
Rasul Siddik – trumpet
Thomas Kpade – cello
Peter Giron – upright bass
Aldridge Hansberry – drums, flute, compositions

7 Lézards
Restaurant, Club de Jazz, Salon de Thé
10, rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris
Tel: 01.48.87.08.97
mailto:[email protected]
http://www.7lezards.com
Cover: 15 euros/12 euros

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Richard Thompson
Guitarist and Songwriter
Monday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m.

A rare opportunity to hear brilliant guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson give a solo acoustic concert in an intimate venue.

La Java
105 rue Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris

For more information visit http://www.anythingmatters.com
Tickets 33 euros, available at FNAC or Virgin

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Festival Musique en l’Ile
June 28 to September 17

Classical concerts with the Moscow Sirine Choir, the Vocal Group “Oxford Voices,” the Paris Gregorian Choir and more.

Eglises Saint-Louis-en-Ile (4th Arrondissement), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arrondissement) and others.

For more information
Tel: 01.44.62.00.55
http://www.latoisondart.co

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Deva Premal and Miten’s Premier Concert in Paris
October 13, 2005

What do the Dalaï Lama, Cher, Eckhardt Tolle and Anthony Robbins have in common with a rapidly growing number of baby-boomers? They are all fans of Deva Premal and Miten! Their CD “The Essence” has been a best seller in Europe for the past 5 years; it created a sensation in the U.S. and Canada last year. Orders for their latest CD “Dakshina” topped the charts at http://www.amazon.com even before it went on sale in April of this year.

Théâtre Adyar
4 square du Rapp, 75007 Paris

Editions le Souffle d’Or (Tel. 04.92.65.52.26), FNAC, Ticketnet
Tickets: 25 euros

Sponsored by Etnotek, a non-profit organization
For more information, call Etnotek at 01.47.66.80.74 or e-mail mailto:[email protected]
http://www.etnotek.com

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Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
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PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
/parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: September 13th, 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

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PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL

We’re open all summer!

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

Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Our guest will be:
Al Stewart
President and Founder of Business Mentors, Inc
Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Paris

Al Stewart is President and founder of Business Mentors, Inc., a career management consulting company, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with branch offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Paris, France. His organization provides career management support to both corporations and individuals across multiple industries. As job security became questionable in corporate America, he realized that individuals needed to be more proactive and learn how to take control of their own careers. Since busy professionals had neither the time nor expertise to conduct a thorough review of their skill sets and competencies, Al assembled a team of professionals dedicated to helping clients achieve the maximum of success in their current organizations or to develop strategies for marketing themselves effectively when considering a career transition.

Business Mentors’ clients are taking advantage of executive coaching opportunities, learning methodologies for productive career search campaigns or exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in the US and abroad. One specialized part of his company’s offerings focuses on Americans who want to examine career opportunities in Europe and Asia, and American expatriates and foreign nationals who want to return to the U.S. or seek employment in the U.S. He assists them in packaging themselves for the domain they are targeting, understanding search methodologies used on a country-by-country basis and recognizing cultural innuendos that can contribute to success or failure. As an individual who works in and owns property in France, he understands the challenges inherent with international relocation and culturalization.

Al has an extensive background with Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications, transportation and career transition industries. He has held management leadership positions in sales and marketing, public relations, human resources, and training/organizational development with industry giants including AT&T, Sprint Communications, Eastern Airlines, and Drake Beam Morin, the world’s leading career transition organization.

He is actively involved in working with corporations to improve the performance of their employees and with individuals to more effectively manage their futures within those corporations. He works with management teams to help them understand the inherent value to the corporation when employees step up and accept responsibility for their own careers. He has spoken at numerous corporate and association events on a variety of career management topics, and he serves as a mentor for Mentium 100, an executive leadership program for women in
business. He has been published on several occasions in the New York Times, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, and Employment Weekly regarding topics ranging from the condition of the job market in corporate America to the needs of America’s “concerned employed.” He has been interviewed for specific segments by the Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting and the Fox Network on specific workplace issues that employees are facing in this era of change.

Al is fluent in French and Spanish and conversant in Italian. He received a BA in Modern Foreign Languages from Emory University in Atlanta and an M.Ed. in Adult Education & Counseling from Georgia State University, Atlanta.

How to contact Al Stewart:
888 Intracoastal Drive, Suite 15D, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Tel: 404-644-8618,
Please visit: http://www.business-mentors.com
Email: mailto:[email protected]

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BUFFET. GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.

Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
Mailto:[email protected]

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PARIS SOIREES DINNER

Every Sunday! We’re open all summer!

NEW TIME! Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.

HAPPY HOUR. DINNER. PRESENTATION. DISCUSSION.

WE’VE GOT AIR-CONDITIONING!

Sunday September 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest of honor will be:
Kate Michaels
Vocalist
The Marilyn Monroe Song Book

Kate will share with us some exciting moments of her career and will tell us how she got involved in the Marilyn Monroe songbook project. We’ll hear something from her repertoire. And we’ll enjoy Kate being Kate.

Kate Michaels performs established favorites with a contemporary flair. Her music has been described as classy, humorous, and elegant.

She has achieved international success in opera and musical theater an also performs some of the best of 20th century popular music, including Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Her CD, Just Marilyn, features big-band arrangements made famous by Marilyn
Monroe In addition to her career as a vocalist, Kate has coached numerous singers and performance groups and held performance workshops in European and U.S. schools.

Kate’s Concert in Paris August 31st:
Kate Michaels and the Red Threads will perform from the Marilyn Monroe Songbook at The Petite Journal in Montparnasse Friday 9 September ). (Le Petit Journal de Montparnasse, 13 rue du Commandant Mouchotte, 75014 Paris, m° Montparnasse. For reservations: 01 43 21 56 70 -
Dinner and Show or Show Only)

Please Visit: http://www.katemichaels.com

ADDRESS:
At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.

PARTICIPATION: 20 Euros

GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. To reserve on Sundays, please call.

Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
mailto:[email protected]

PARIS SOIREES
Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge your 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.

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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
01.43.27.17.67
mailto:[email protected]

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The Expatica and Euronet International Networking Event
Tuesday, September 13
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Please join Euronet Paris, Expatica and some of Paris’ top international professionals from a wide array of multinational companies and sectors for an evening of professional networking.

This international event is a unique opportunity to get exposure for your career and/or your business. In the short space of two hours, you will be able to participate in several networking sessions geared to your professional needs.

Institut Hongrois de Paris
92, rue Bonaparte
75006 Paris
Métro: Saint-Sulpice, Mabillon

At 9:00 p.m., Mr. Paul Tracy from Fine Wine World will accompany us to the 4 corners of the globe while we taste some delicious wines from all over the world: Hungarian red, Chilean Chardonnay, white Australian, and true red California Zinfandel. Mr. Tracy will be available to talk and answer any inquiries you may have!

For more information visit:
http://www.euronetinternational.com/euronet/index.php?page

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EURONET PARIS
Summer Events for Expats!

Euronet Paris is a multicultural and multilingual venue for international professionals to meet and network. Members represent over 50 different nationalities, are between 25 and 43 years old, and are internationally oriented, working in an international environment and living in Paris.

Upcoming Euronet events include:
Mid-September: Speed Networking Happy Hour

ze="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">For more information visit http://www.euronetinternational.com

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Astro Paris by Eric Francis
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We are approaching an eventful New Moon, exact Saturday Sept. 3 at 8:45 p.m. CED. In the days between now and then, we have the exact opposition of the Sun (in Virgo) and Uranus (the planet of surprises and inventions) in Pisces. This should shake the cosmic tree, particularly with everything else going on astrologically and otherwise.

This would include the approaching conjunction of Venus to Jupiter in Libra, exact Sept. 1, which is to say, in full effect right now. This is an event that is occurring close to the South Node of the Moon, the point in the chart associated with history and the effects of the past. As such, it may be part of an older story, representing a reunion of some kind, or the benefits of past effort. This may include the benefits of a skill, knowledge or wisdom that can be put to judicious use now.

Everything about this conjunction — a meeting of the two “benefic” planets in one of the most positively oriented signs — needs to be handled with a bit of prudence and an attitude of careful observation as events develop over the next two months, which include an eclipse of the Sun in Libra just over a month from today (Oct. 3).

It is just around that point (on Oct. 1) that Mars turns to retrograde motion for about 12 weeks. Mars, now moving slowly, very slowly, through Taurus, is certainly making itself felt in people’s lives, though there are many possible effects and they are not all “negative” Mars remaining in one sign for a long time (as it does once every two years; the last one was Pisces, in the summer of 2003) places great emphasis on that sign. Taurus is the region of wealth, financial security, comfort and self-esteem. This emphasis may come in as questions, reform projects or events with which we collaborate to shape the path of our lives. We are already in the retrograde effect, as Mars now occupies degrees wherein it will be moving backwards. In all, it’s a time to keep complications to a minimum, to keep discussions above the boards, and to keep a handle on where the people around you are coming from.

Last is the New Moon itself. Between now and Saturday, we are in the extreme waning phase of the Moon; this morning was probably the last time the Moon was visible as a think crescent in the predawn sky. The Moon entered Leo on Wednesday morning (for just all time zones except Australia, when it was Wednesday evening). This event still has the Sun in a fairly close opposition to Uranus, so it could be a kind of cosmic trigger of both personal and collective events. Many other aspects suggest that we are in a stable, dependable enough time of history to proceed with some combination of caution and determination.

Happy Birthday, Virgo!
You may finally figure out that your beauty and love are the real riches that you give the world, and if you do, you will be a lot happier. You have learned so much, yet there remains a little piece of self-knowledge that seems to be hiding from you — and if you want to find it, you’re going to need to look, within. You have every reason to give up the voices that have offered their criticism of who you are for so long, and this, too, is a decision you need to make. It starts with the awareness that you owe people nothing, and they owe you nothing.

(This is the short version of the Birthday Report. The full version is available to Planet Waves Weekly subscribers.)

Read more of Eric’s work and see lots of Paris photography at http://planetwaves.net/

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Sports
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Rollerblading in Paris!
Fridays and Sundays

Every week, you can don your blades for two rolling tours through the City of Light!

Friday evenings: Over 4,000 experienced skaters take a different 25 km circuit each week. Full details the Thursday before at http://www.pari-roller.com or call 01.43.36.89.81

Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit http://www.rollers-coquillages.org or call 01.44.54.07.44

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Paris Half Marathon
October 26
Streets of Paris
http://www.20kmparis.com/web/home.asp

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Upcoming Conferences
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For more information on the conferences, seminars and workshops listed below, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html

LIVING IN FRANCE
San Francisco
October 21 to 23, 2005
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

Our popular three-day Living in France Conference will give you all the information you need to make your Paris dream a reality! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts. For West Coast folks, or those wanting more comprehensive information on all aspects of living in France, the San Francisco conference is a must.

/frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_home.html
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INVEST IN FRANCE
New York
October 26, 2005
Harvard Club

Take just one day and learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate about the best ways to make your money and real estate investment grow. Join us at the prestigious Harvard Club for this power-packed one day event.

/frenchproperty/conference/IIF_NY_2005/NY_home.html
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INVEST IN FRANCE
Paris
December 28, 2005
Chez Jenny

Enjoy your Christmas vacation in Paris, and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money grow, while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.

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French Property Exhibition
London, England
September 23 – 25, 2005
National Hall, Olympia

Now in its 16th year, the London French Property Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of buying property in France. Visit the John Howell and Co. booth to meet John Howell, and Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider.

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4th Paris Poetry Workshop
Paris, France
October 2 – 6, 2005

This is your opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets. Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another’s creative endeavors. This is your chance to become part of this exciting and vibrant community. Click here for more information:

/parlerparis/poetry/parisoctober2005.html

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Expatica.com “Welcome to France” Fair
October 16
Carrousel de Louvre – Booth #17

The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #17 — come by and say hello.

At the Expatica Welcome to France Fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialized in expatriate services. You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more. Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and sports teams.

TICKETS ARE FREE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 16 IF YOU SIGN-UP ONLINE. CLICK HERE: http://www.expatica.com/welcometofrance/vis.asp

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The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
Paris, France
December 29 – January 2

Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned Trompe l’Oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate Trompe l’Oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.

Click here for more information: http://www.paintwithyves.com/

To register click on https://www.registrationassistant.com or email Paula Winke at mailto:[email protected]

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

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Schuyler Event Services
http://www.schuylerevents.com/
Providing experienced planning and management services for events, corporate meetings, and conferences and seminars internationally. Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES successfully creates, plans and manages a variety of events for clients throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Schuyler Editorial Services
http://schuylereditorial.com/
Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES is the outgrowth of several years working as a writer and editor and provides a variety of editorial and writing services for international companies and individuals. An innate sense of style and grammar coupled with education and experience give Schuyler a particular affinity for producing first class documents. His sensitivity to every writer’s voice make him a first choice editor for novice and experienced writers alike.

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WORDS THAT SELL! English Language Copywriter

Freelance copywriter with more than ten years of strategic marketing and advertising experience will write your brochures, sales letters, direct mail packages, web sites, newsletters and more. I will work with you to truly understand your products/services and the needs of your customers, to produce targeted communications that get results. Clients include advertising agencies, corporations and small businesses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at mailto:[email protected]

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.

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 06.32.20.47.10 or mailto:[email protected]

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Learning la Langue Française
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Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com

RENTREE LUNCH PARTY
Saturday, September 17, 2005
at Eurocentres
10 Euros

PLUS Save 10 Euros on a 10-Session Card and 20 Euros on a 20-Session Card That Day!!

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
http://www.parlerparlor.com
mailto:[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 02.38.92.10.32
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01.40.27.97.59

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For Our Bay Area Friends
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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
http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml

One announcement of particular urgency:
SEEKING HOST FAMILY FOR FRENCH EXCHANGE STUDENT

We work with international exchange students, particularly high school students. I am in a bit of a dilemma as we have lost the family that was to host a young man from France, and we are looking for a California home for him. His name is Rudy, his interests are: Animals, computers, movies, television, cooking, political activities, popular music, Badminton, karting, cycling, gymnastics, sport mechanics. You can find out more information about Rudy by going to http://www.facetheworld.org and clicking on available students and then inputting male and France.

Call Adriana (415)859-0315 or e-mail mailto:[email protected]

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Paris Transforming
Chocolate Awakening
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m.

Leonard Pitt, author of “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club will present a double-header evening made up of his totally new Paris show followed by a chocolate tasting.

Act 1. Pride and Passion – The Histrionics of Paris Urban Design
We usually think of city planning as the result of a process of reason and deliberation. And it is. But in the case of Paris, the layout of much of the city was triggered by raw violent emotion. Come hear the stories and see the images behind Les Halles, the Louvre, Palais Royal, and the Left Bank presented by one of the Bay Area’s most passionate Francophiles.

Act 2: Chocolate Awakening
We’ll begin with a brief overview of the history of chocolate. Then from a selection of five bars of premium chocolate we’ll taste, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy. Liking chocolate is one thing. Tasting a variety, comparing them, is a revelatory experience that deepens our own choco appreciation while opening us up to the subtleties and nuances of this food of the gods.

Where: 1542 Grant St. at Cedar in Berkeley in Leonard’s 17th century French cottage.

Donation $20

Each evening is limited to 20 people. They usually fill fast. Don’t wait. Reservations a must. Contact Leonard Pitt at mailto:[email protected]

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What’s On in the City
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Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…
http://www.bresilbresils.org

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34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
Various Venues
http://www.festival-automne.com

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“Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival
October 1
Streets of Paris
http://en.parisinfo.com/show_exhibition

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World Flea Market Show
October 6 to 8
Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen
http://www.parispuces.com

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International Chocolate Show
October 22 to 25
Paris Exhibition Center
http://www.chocoland.com

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Gay Life Show
October 21 to 24
Paris Exhibition Center
http://www.rainbowattitude.com

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Classified Ads
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Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety October 19 – 31, 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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For all short term rental apartments in Paris, take a look at /parlerparis/apartments or /frenchproperty/insider/longterm.html for long term apartments.

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