Do You Know The Way To Saint-Tropez?

PARLER PARIS: DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAINT-TROPEZ?


August 6, 2002


*** NEVER TOO RICH OR TOO THIN–IN SAINT TROPEZ


Saturday morning, the first official day of France’s
vacation period, the streets were as quiet as a Christmas
morning. The train stations were just the opposite and not
a seat was to be had on the TGV (Train de Grande Vitesse)
on route to the Cote d’Azur.


From the train station in Saint Raphael, it’s a 10 minute
walk to the port where a "shuttle" boat in 50 minutes takes
you to Saint Tropez. They’re timed with the trains and the
Office de Tourisme in Saint Tropez
(http://www.ot-saint-tropez.com/, 04 94 19 52 52)
pleasantly helps you map out your Riviera vacation.


The cool ride on the water is the first real hint of what
is to come here in the land of the beautiful, rich, relaxed
and tan. I couldn’t stop humming…"Do you know the way to
Saint-Tropez…" (yes, I know it’s really "San j2999é…")
with the wind in my face and the sun on my legs.


The home my friends rented just outside the port town is
typically Provençal…pink stucco, red tiled roofs, green
shutters, terra cotta tiled floors, bougainvillea climbing
up the walls, surrounded by palms, lavender,
flowers…serene and warm and inviting. From where I sit
now in the "salle a manger,"I can see the pool out the
window, made completely private by virtue of the tall
bushes, but with a magnificent view of the port, its
elegant yachts on blue Mediterranean waters.


In the tiny town of Saint Tropez, there is no shortage of
beautiful jet-setters showing off their expensive cars…we
counted 4 silver-blue Ferraris within 30 minutes of being
there. At the chic 4-star Hotel Byblos, no car parked in
front was less than a Mercedes.


Le Byblos, built in the style of a Mediterranean village,
is just up the hill from the Place des Lices, Saint
Tropez’s main shopping district. The 52 guestrooms and 43
suites with nightly rates of $300 to $1500, is equipped
with the latest facilities, including some rooms with
Jacuzzis. The outdoor heated swimming pool has been called
"sensual" by journalists and is busy this time of year. So
are its restaurants–most famous are the new Spoon Byblos
by Alain Ducasse and its discothèque, Les Caves du Roy.


Today we’re off to the beach at La Plage de la Bouillabaise
for a relaxing , tanning "sejour" with six high school
buddies celebrating our big birthdays together after 30
years of being apart.


I can’t think of a better place and ambience to re-commune
after all these year.


A la prochaine fois (back in Paris),


Adrian


P.S. Hotel Byblos, Avenue Paul Signac-B.P. 160-83991, Saint
Tropez, Phone 33) 4 94 56 68 00, Fax (33) 4 94 56 68 01.


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Parler Paris
/parlerparis/
Written and Edited by Adrian Leeds


Published by International Living
http://www.internationalliving.com
mailto:[email protected]


Issue Number 50, August 6, 2002


In this issue:


*** Cruisin’, Cruisin’, Cruisin’ Down the River
*** Parlez-Vous Français?
*** The Easier Way to Move to France
*** Languedoc-Roussillon–the Next Best Place to Provence
*** The Many Colors of Paris
*** Discover a Bit of Italy in October
*** From Paris, France to San Francisco Bay
*** Not Just Another Sandwich


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*** CRUISIN’ OVER DINNER ON THE SEINE


Sunday, October 20th, 9 p.m.


Take part in the Working and Living in France Conference
and take the cruise–Set off from the Allée des Cygnes for
a two-hour cruise with an an excellent three-course gourmet
dinner, apéritif, wine, coffee and water traveling up the
river Seine as far as the new Bibliotèque Nationale de
Paris and back. The cruise, th
ree-course meal, all drinks,
taxes, tips and transportation to and from the
Paris-République Holiday Inn is included.

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Special Menu:


Entrée: Chiffonnade de saumon fumé accompagnée d’un chèvre
chaud au basilic sur salade et d’un émincé de melon frais


Main Course: Confit de canard et son délicieux gratin
dauphinois ou Feuilleté de saumon sauce homardine


Dessert: Croustillant au chocolat et Nougat glacé


The dinner cruise on the Seine is not included in the
conference price. Sign up yourself and your guests.


* If you are not taking part in the Conference and still
wish to join us on this cruise, you can!


For more information, visit the site at:
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/dinner.html


To reserve your space or for more information, contact:


In the U.S. or Canada: Barbara Perriello, Agora Travel
Phone: 1-800-926-6575 or 1-561-243-6276 Email
mailto:[email protected]?subject=dinnercruise


In France: Schuyler Hoffman, International Living Paris
Office Phone: +33 (0) 1 40 27 97 59 E-mail:
mailto:[email protected]?subject=dinnercruise


*** YOUR CHANCE TO BRUSH-UP YOUR FRENCH


Co-coordinator of the popular French-English Conversation
Group and Ex-Berlitz director, Elisabeth Crochard, will
have you speaking in no time at the 9-hour SURVIVAL FRENCH
course–two days prior to the Working and Living in France
Conference.


Master the basics–learn the greetings, how to order your
croissant, ask for the check, the price of an item, sizes,
colors, numbers, asking for the time and all the key
questions: who, what, where, when, how…the use of the 10
basic verbs and where the Musée d’Orsay is located. Also,
become skilled at exchanging pleasantries with the
French–learning about the social protocols most often
misunderstood by tourists.


OCTOBER 16 and 17, 2002 at Coprom Langues, 14 rue
Lafayette, 9th 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30
p.m. (both days)


$195 Conference participant $245 Non-Conference
participant


For more information, visit the site at:
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/survivalfrench.html


To register contact:


In the U.S. or Canada, Barbara Perriello, Agora Travel;
Telephone 1-800-926-6575 or 1-561-243-6276; e-mail:
mailto:[email protected]?subject=WorkingLivingCo
nference


In France, Schuyler Hoffman, Assistant Director
International Living Paris Office; Telephone +33 (0) 1 40
27 97 59; email:
mailto:[email protected]?subject=WorkingLivingC
onference


*** MAKE YOUR MOVE TO FRANCE EASIER!


Making the move to France has never been easier–with the
experts to help you. Don’t miss these special power-packed
four days in Paris at the:


WORKING AND LIVING IN FRANCE CONFERENCE


Paris, France October 18 – 21, 2002
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/index.html


The line-up for the conference includes seminars, tours,
discussions, dinners, cocktails–with well-known
Paris-based experts in the fields of:


Obtaining the Right to Be in France
Making the Move
Dealing with Technology
Finding Employment
Starting a Business
Finding Housing and Owning Property
Setting Up Your Finances
Health Care and Insurance
Learning the Language
Educating the Kids
Bridging the Cultural Differences
Finding Properties for Sale and Rent in Paris


* See the full line-up of presenters at:
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/presentersbios.html


* Stay at luxury hotels at Place de la République, or in
your own Paris apartment:
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/accommodations.html


* Have cocktails and dinner at Chez Jenny "An authentic
Brasserie with a soul, a style and a history." See the
complete information at:
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/dinner.html


* PLUS, take an amazing 4-hour tour around Paris, winding
in and out of the prettiest streets to illustrate
residential areas that have the most appeal. All 20
arrondissements will be covered, and while author of
"Around and About Paris," historian and Paris expert,
Thirza Vallois, describes the history and personalities of
each.


Read Thirza Vallois’ article about the 20 arrondissements
of Paris here:
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/arrondissements.html

* Reserve by August 15th, save $100–AND GET A FREE GUIDE!


SPECIAL NOTE: International Living Lifetime Members and
Paris Key Club Members are
entitled to the early
reservation price of $695 at any time and the FREE "Insider
Guide to Working and Living in France."


To register or for more information, contact:


In the U.S. or Canada, Barbara Perriello, Agora Travel;
Telephone. 1-800-926-6575 or 1-561-243-6276; e-mail:
[email protected]=WorkingLivingConference

In France, Schuyler Hoffman, Assistant Director
International Living Paris Office; Telephone +33 (0) 1 40
27 97 59; e-mail:
[email protected]=WorkingLivingConferenc
e


*** DO IT IN LANGUEDOC!


October 22-27, 2002


If Paris isn’t enough…the day after the conference, we’ll
take you on a five-day tour to the Languedoc region of
France, where you will discover quaint villages and
beautiful properties. See what the region has to offer for
an idyllic life. Meet with residents, journalists and real
estate agents and learn about finding your vacation,
retirement or primary home in the French countryside. This
is too important an opportunity to miss.


For more information, visit:
/parlerparis/liveinfrance/languedoctour.html


*** PARIS IN WATERCOLORS- AN EXHIBITION


The USO takes you around the world in watercolor…


You are invited to an exhibition of watercolors and prints
by Lisa Rothstein. Come to the vernissage and cocktail,
Friday, September 6 from 17H30 at the USO office: 20, rue
de la Tremoille, Paris, 8th.


Lisa Rothstein was born in New York City and has been
drawing and sketching since she could hold a pencil. After
moving to Paris in 1993, she took up watercolor, studying
with the British watercolorist Stanley Woolston. She has
exhibited numerous times in Paris, and has had pieces
commissioned or acquired by members of the British
aristocracy and international royalty, as well as by the
American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris.


Lisa’s sketches of scenes in such places as France, Greece,
Italy and China are her favorite way of recording her
travels, in the tradition of the journals of Delacroix and
Turner, to capture the feeling of a place in a way that
photos can’t. You can see the evidence by browsing this
site. Some of these originals are still available for
purchase, and several have been selected for a limited
print run of 100, each piece matted, numbered and signed by
the artist.


A rendering in watercolor of a treasured place is a
wonderfully personal gift, perfect for that person who "has
everything." Maybe that’s you!


To find out how to get your own watercolor made just for
you or a loved one from your favorite photo, click here:
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*** TO THE LAND OF THE MEDICIS AND MICHAELANGELO


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author of Italy: The Owner’s Manual, will take you on a
magical journey through the most beautiful part of
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*** FOR OUR FRIENDS IN THE BAY AREA


Our friends in San Francisco, Terrance Gelenter of Paris
Through Expatriate Eyes, has lots in store for you this
month:


August 18, 3PM-5:30PM: Jean Gabin as Pépé Le Moko; wine &
cheese tasting and discussion hosted by PTEE director
Terrance Gelenter to follow. Castro Theatre, San Francisco,
CA. Email mailto:[email protected] for additional
details.


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*** WHERE YOU’LL FIND THE BEST CROQUE MONSIEUR IN PARIS


A reader wrote–"The best one I have had in Paris was at a
little café on a corner between the Musée Picasso and
Carnavalet. It had some sort of toasty puffed coating on
the outside of the bread, and was not just a toasted cheese
sandwich like many places serve. I would kill for the
recipe." Thanks….Carolyn H.


Croque Monsieur (grilled-cheese sandwiches) is a
brasserie’s most typical menu item.


The café isn’t giving out their own recipe, but maybe this
one will get you started:


Croque Monsieur ("Crunch Mister") and Croque Madame
("Crunch Miss") is made of sandwich bread, ham and cheese.
Butter a slice of sandwich bread, add a slice of ham then a
slice of semi-soft cheese and finally cover with another
slice of sandwich bread. Put in oven for 10 minutes and
serve right away (the bread will toast and the cheese will
melt). For a croque-madame, just add an egg on the bread.


And for a great brasserie…(excerpt from "Leeds Good Value
Guide to Paris Restaurants")


LE NEMROD


Traditional Auvergnate French/Cuisine du Terroir and Wine
Bistrot 51, rue du Cherche-Midi at 30, rue Saint-Placide,
Arrondissement 6 Phone 01.45.48.17.05
Métro Sèvres Babylone, Rennes, St. Placide
Closed Sunday
Inexpensive A La Carte Menu


Make no bones about it–this is as typical a brasserie as
one might wish to find in Paris and few can actually live
up to. A beehive, buzzing with scurrying waiters where
drop-in diners hurriedly seek a vacant table. Don’t go with
too large a party–two to four is best for a squeeze. The
menu is laden with specialties of the Auvergne:
"Charcuterie, Pounti d’Auvergne," "Chou Farci, Pommes à
l’Auvergnate," "Petit salé aux lentilles" and "Saucisse
d’Auvergne, Aligot ou Truffade," to name a few. Then there
is the usual fare of oysters, "Omelettes,"
"Croque-Monsieurs," steak with fries and large composed
salads. Sandwiches are made on Pain Poilâne, ice creams and
sorbets come from the famous Maison de Berthillon.
Specialty wines are promoted and offered by the glass,
pitcher or bottle. Service is fast and particularly jovial
(the waiters seem to get a thrill from its lively character
and exude the same good nature). Le Nemrod won’t likely
make your list of most intimate spots in Paris, but it’s
guaranteed to be fun.


Editor’s Note: The Summer 2002 version of the Insider Guide
to "Leeds Good Value Guide to Paris Restaurants" at
http://www.insiderparisguides.com/restaurants/index.html
with 245 restaurants in Paris’20 arrondissements is now
available for immediate download.


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