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Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France
Monday, July 28, 2008
Paris, France

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“Le Petit Trésor”…Our Hottest New Fractional Ownership Property!

In the midst of the lower Marais district (4th arrondissement) amid a flurry of restaurants and cafés, just steps from the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall), lies a quiet tree-lined cobblestoned passage anchored by an ancient fountain, called “rue du Trésor.” Vehicle traffic is prohibited, so that pedestrians can stroll freely and soak in the beauty of this oasis of tranquility. Aptly named, this little gem of a passage is truly “un trésor” — “a treasure.”

This is the lowest priced fractional property on the market today!

For more information on this apartment plus pricing details and to see more photos visit /frenchproperty/fractional/tresor.html

Or to purchase your share now, email Steve Navaro at [email protected]

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Arrival into San Francisco was a comical cultural shock after having traveled 24 hours thanks to airline delays (avoid United Airlines at all costs!) to be told that there was no room at the hotel (Hotel California at 580 Geary Street) as they had the booking for the next day in error. When they scrambled to find a room in the totally booked hotel, the computer wouldn’t accept the reservation change as I stood at the desk exhausted and starving.

The hotel boasts of one of San Francisco’s finest restaurants, The Millennium, so while they sorted out the computer glitch, I sauntered over to the Maitre D’ only to be informed they had stopped serving a few minutes earlier — at a whopping 9:30 p.m. Do they really “roll up the sidewalks” so early? This is when Parisians are just beginning their dinner hour!

The sweet young woman succumbed to the whining. “I’ve traveled 24 hours, they don’t have a room for me and now you tell me I can’t eat,” I said pathetically. She replied with her brows slanted upward, “Don’t tell anyone. I’ll seat you at the bar,” and I promised to order something simple. The waiter was a youngish man with a modified Mohawk. He handed me a paper menu with elaborate descriptions.

Perhaps my eyes were blurry from lack of sleep or maybe my brain simply wasn’t functioning, but I wasn’t understanding the language on the printed paper. There were unrecognizable words and really, I couldn’t understand much of it. For example: “Wilted Bloomsdale Spi

nach and Dandelion Green Salad –green tea-miso glazed tofu, orange-ginger tamari vinaigrette, burdock-hijiki kimpura, kumquat, $10.25.” Or “Stuffed Truffled Roulade — French lentil and black chanterelle ragu, roasted chestnuts, black truffle butter, smoked pimenton cream, roasted maitake and exotic mushrooms, sautéed broccoli di Cicco with currants and pine nuts, mushroom syrup, $23.95.”

It was a lingo I wasn’t catching on to. Where were the “steack-frites” or the “poulet roti?” So I asked politely for him to ‘translate’ it for me. Could he recommend something simple like fish or chicken?

He smiled and said, “It’s vegetarian.” The prices were serious — $21 and up for an “entrée” which in U.S. terms is a “main course,” not a starter (the word DOES mean “enter,” you know). That’s when I knew I had landed in California! Only in San Francisco could a vegetarian restaurant be filled to the brim with sophisticated diners paying such heavy prices for…”roasted golden beets” and “green lentils with garlic.” After scarfing up the green lentils with lettuce leaves, he remarked how “delicious” the pot of mushy green substance was to which I replied, “yes…for…beans!”

Since then, it’s been nothing but fun. We’re eating our way through San Francisco’s Pacific Rim cuisine, diner food and nutty concoctions you’d never see the likes of in France. And meanwhile, we’re talking about Paris and France and how to live a French lifestyle with an enthusiastic group of like-minded individuals who have come to hear all we have to say on the subject at the Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference at the Alliance Française (1345 Bush Street).

The 21st conference that John Howell and I have hosted since 2002 is now over, exhausted from two days and having celebrated with cracked dungeness crab at Alioto’s at Fisherman’s Wharf, satisfied with the results of its success. As usual, we got great reviews that keeps us coming back to do them time and time again:

“Anyone interested in buying property in France for the first time NEEDS to attend this program.”

“It was fantastic. I’m excited to have all these new resources.”

“Takes a lot of fear of buying overseas away.”

“This was a very informative experience that I will highly recommend to others. It was completely worth crossing the country for the two days!”

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. Our next Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference is scheduled for October 11-12 in Paris. For more information, visit frenchpropertyconference or email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected]

Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think…

Let us show you just how hassle-free it can be to get a French property mortgage for your dream Paris pied-à-terre or villa in the country!

Visit frenchpropertyloan.com or contact Mortgage Manager John Rule at [email protected]

This Week in French Property Insider…

Le Pinot NoirThe Devil is in the Details: Make Your Rental Apartment Perfect Down to the Details
By Adrian Leeds

You’ve purchase an apartment or home in Paris or elsewhere designed for rental revenue. It needs refurbishment, or perhaps complete renovation. The big aspects aren’t difficult to think about…the floor plan, the color scheme, the appointments such as exposure of old beams, fireplaces, etc. and the position of furniture. But in the end, it’s the details that count and make the rental property comfortable and convenient…Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France!

French Property Insider is a weekly e-zine, sharing insights, recommendations, tips, and discoveries about Paris real estate and French property. Each information-packed issue is devoted to educating its readers on how to effectively, efficiently and profitably purchase property in France.

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

Writing from the Heart…
journey into the heart of France, and into your own heart…
October 21-27, 2008
Essoyes, France

Janet Hulstrand, workshop instructor, is a writer, editor, and teacher whose essays and articles have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Guide to Retirement Living, International Educator, Smithsonian.com, and other publications. She has taught writing and literature at Hunter and Queens Colleges of the City University of New York. Her first book, Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, was widely praised. She is currently working on her next book, A Long Way from Iowa, a literary memoir. 

Cost: 1175 Euros* (payable in dollars at current rate of exchange)
Application deadline:  August 15, 2008. Enrollment limited to 10.

More information available at: essoyesschool.com or [email protected]

Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City
By Heather Stimmler-Hall

Special Price for Parler Paris Readers!

“Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City,” is a beautifully illustrated, 296-page guidebook with over 200 full color photos. At just 6.25″x 7″, it fits easily into your purse, and makes a wonderful souvenir even after your trip is over.

Naughty Paris will be available in bookstores for €25 in September, but you can pre-order your own copy here, and you will receive it a month in advance, fresh off the printing press at the pre-order price of just €20!

The Naughty Paris Guide was written by Heather Stimmler-Hall, a Paris-based journalist and editor of the Secrets of Paris website since 1999.

We wanted better guides. So we wrote them.

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 the newest guide, Practical Paris!

Visit Insider Paris Guides

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.

One-Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4

L’Aubergine sits tucked away on an historic and quiet Marais “cul de sac,” making it an oasis of peace and calm. This second floor apartment (two flights) has two large bright windows that face a classic Parisian courtyard. With digicode, intercom entry system and elevator, it has been completely renovated and professionally decorated to the height of luxury, with a soothing “aubergine” (eggplant) and taupe color scheme. Everything in the apartment is new, from the designer linens and towels, to the appliances and electronics.

Reserve now! Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/aubergine.html
or email: [email protected]

Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is September 9, 2008 and every second Tuesday of t

he month.

Please note: There is no meeting in August.

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!

Join Us for the Rentree Party Picnic!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Join us for the Conversation Group and then meet there to picnic on Sandwiches, Desserts, Wine and Drinks — 10€

Save 25€ when you buy a 20-Session card that Day!
Normal price 125€, but you pay only 100€!

Parler Parlor meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

23, boulevard de Sébastopol (at the corner of rue de la Reynie), 1st arrondissement
3rd Floor on the Left (read notice on door to obtain entry code)
Métro Châtelet, Les Halles

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
14 rue Mabillon, 6th arrondissement
(at rue Guisarde and Le Marché Saint-Germain) 1st Floor
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Odéon

For further details, visit parlerparlor.com

Parismarais.com: Discover the number one travel guide to central Paris

Parismarais.com, affiliated with the Tourist Bureau of Paris, is the creation of a team of journalists and advertising professionals. Passionate about their district, they want the world to discover it as well. The Parismarais.com team constantly selects and recommends the best charming hotels, inexpensive restaurants, upscale shops, museums and galleries. Their goal is to provide information to all tourists and residents. Whatever your passion, everything you want to know about le Marais, in English, is on Parismarais.com! So chic, n’est pas? parismarais.com/

Subscribe to the free Parismarais® Newsletter and each month you’ll receive a review of great bargains to be found in the district…

Every day, check out what’s new in central Paris on the Parismarais Blog: parismarais.fr/blog/

Book the best luxury hotels in Europe:parismarais.com/hotels-europe.htm

France Today, The Magazine of French Travel and Culture, delivers all the information you need to indulge your passion for France: travel advice you won’t find anywhere else, off-the-beaten-path trips, the inside track on trends in dining, hotels, shopping and style, and the culture scene.

To subscribe, visit francetoday.com or call 1-800-901-6560

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