Sein Advice — Americans Bare Their Breasts


The Venus de Milo — Goddess of Love and Beauty — Bare Breasted at Le Louvre

“Sein” Advice — Americans Bare Their Breasts

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

Calendar #50

Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Yesterday was a very “breastful” day in Paris.

My doctor sent me for my annual “mammographie,” an extremely important ritual that women my age should make a point of doing — considering that one out of every eight women have breast cancer at some point in their lives and it is now the second cause of mortality in women.

My doctor is a British woman with whom I was very fortunate to meet soon after our arrival in France, as her style of care changed my quality of health. By using her brain to ask all the right questions instead of her pen to write unnecessary prescriptions, she has solved multitudes of health problems quickly, simply and inexpensively.

I have always felt she was a fine example of a product of the French socialized medical system, where the doctors don’t need to turn patients like restaurants turn tables to earn enough to pay for exorbitant malpractice insurance. (This is a big topic I will save for another occasion!)

She was practicing then at the Hertford British Hospital in Levallois Perret, a western suburb of Paris, where I felt comfortable as a fledgling French speaker and could easily walk to from my apartment in the 17th arrondissement. When I first went to the hospital for the mammogram, it was a male technician who greeted me, asked me to remove my clothing and step over to the X-ray machine. I was shocked and I remember saying…”Sorry for my apprehension, but I’ve never had a man administer the mammogram!”

I am still visiting the radiology lab at the British Hospital, with the last ten years of film they use for comparison, and the same technician is still positioning my breasts on the cold plastic surface. He quietly directs, “Please hold still, don’t breathe…” — you hear a low buzz for three seconds — “breathe normally.”

The American Hospital is not far away in the adjacent suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. I walked over to attend a very special ceremony. Before an impressive gathering of physicians, administrators, officials and members of the community, they inaugurated their brand-new state-of-the-art “Centre d’Imagerie du Sein” (Breast Imaging Center).

How synchronistic to have bared my breasts in one hospital and in the other, to have invested in breasts.

American Ambassador to France, Howard Leach, made a few remarks, primarily to introduce his wife, Gretchen, who chaired the Advisory Council responsible for the new Senology Center. She introduced her board; among them was Jackie Kennedy’s sister, Lee Radziwil, and other recognizable names. Presentations by radiologist Marc Abehsera and General Electric’s president, Francis Bailly, illustrated the advances made in a “multifunctional digital” system that increases the possibility of detection of lesions and facilitates prompt non-surgical biopsies.

The equipment is impressive and the dedication to the cause admirable. The people watching was fascinating…multi-national (mostly male) physicians in gray suits or lab coats, women (mostly wives) in chic evening suits well coiffed. We celebrated over champagne, hor d’oeuvres and tours to the new center.

As we headed back to Paris for dinner, first hopping on the 82 bus that begins and ends in front of the American Hospital, and hopping off near the Trocadero, we landed just in time to witness the Eiffel Tower’s ritual sparkling, a reminder of our good health and good fortune to be in the City of Light.

For more information:

Hertford British Hospital
3, rue Barbès
92300 Levallois Perret
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 39 22 22

American Hospital of Paris
63, boulevard Victor Hugo
F92 200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
Tel: +33 (0)1 46 41 25 25
Centre d’Imagerie du Sein
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 41 29 30

If you would like the coordinates of my doctor, please email me at [email protected]

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. Happy Easter everyone! I’ll be exploring Brittany with friends all weekend long and hoping for sunny weather and interesting tales to bring you on Monday. Parler Parlor will remain open thanks to Nancy Szczepanski who will be running the show, but closed Saturday, May 14th for Pentecost.

Further resources:

* First You Dream It. Then You Do it. Attend the Working and Living in France Conference, May 20 – 22, 2005, Paris

* Foreigners can borrow up to 80% on a home loan. Find out how easy it is. /frenchproperty/insider/mortgage.html

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

Calendar #50
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

The American University of Paris” WhiteMask Theater Group presents…
HAIR: The rock musical that makes love, not war!
March 29, 30, 31
8:00 p.m.

Salle Adyar 4, Square Rapp, 7th
Métro: Ecole Militaire,
RER: Pont d’Alma Tickets at the door (opens 7:15 p.m.): 4 Euros For more information: Email: :[email protected]


-2004 English Theatre presents:
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare
in English, directed by Kim-Michelle BRODERICK.

Mondays at 8 p.m.
Studio-Théatre de la Comédie Française
Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Métro: Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre

Tickets still available for: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 24, 31 and June 14 and 21

Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.
UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 7th
Métro: Cambronne, Ségur
March 25, 29, April 1 and 5

Tickets: 40 Euros, 30 Euros, and 20 Euros (Reduced/groups 10 or more: 15 Euros) By reservation only: phone or by email at :[email protected]

For further information and to become a sponsor, visit our Web site


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.”


The International Players present:
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE April 14th, 15th, and 16th at 8:30 p.m.
and Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th at 2:30 p.m.

Salle des Fêtes Quai Voltaire, 78230 Le Pecq RER line A: Le Vésinet-Le Pecq Adults: 15 Euros, Students: 10 Euros Reservations: phone: 06 76 27 11 07


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]

Musical Interludes

The Paris Choral Society will be performing: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana Directed by Edward Tipton

April 3 at 5:00, April 5th 8:30
American Cathedral of Paris
23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris
Métro: Alma Morceau, George V

Tickets: 15 Euros or 10 Euros for students at the door or at FRAC/Virgin

Literary Events

The Franco-American association and La Galerie ÉOF
invites you to a lecture by:


Sunday March 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Bilingual lecture at la Galerie EOF, 15 rue St-Fiacre, Paris 2nd
Métro Grands boulevards, l. 8 ou 9
Entrance is free.


with Jean-Claude PERRIER, writer and journalist: Les comptoirs de l’Inde 50 ans après la restitution

Wednesday March 30 6:30 p.m.
Signing of his latest work: Le goût des villes de l’Inde – Éditions Mercure de France, mars 2005 Dans les comptoirs de l’Inde – Éditions le Cherche Midi, November 2004

Free entry. RSVP at 01 45 00 91 75

MUSÉE DAPPER 35, rue Paul Valéry 75116
Métro: Victor Hugo



Starting this week- To the Lighthouse Monday nights, 8-10 p.m.- 2 spaces available

Starting next week- Great Gatsby/Catcher in the Rye – Tuesday nights-full

Starting next week- To the Lighthouse Tuesday afternoons, 1:30-3:30p.m. – 5 spaces available

To sign up: reply to this email or visit the Salon website:
The Tuesday night GG/Catcher Salon has 7
signed up, so is moving towards full. The others are also well-
subscribed, but there is still room.
To sign up: if you have already attended a Salon, you may simply drop me a note (via the Web site or straight email) to confirm your
participation. If this is your first Salon, your participation is
insured with a 25 Euro deposit ( inscribed to Toby Brothers, sent to 3
ter rue d’Alesia, Paris 75014). I am also organizing a student Salon
(12-17) for Catcher- if you know of an enthusiastic young reader,
please have them contact me- I am hoping to schedule four meetings in
March to meet and understand the elusive Holden Caulfield- nice guy,
needs some help. Other events…

Website: Call or email

href="mailto:[email protected]">:[email protected] for more information


March 23, 7 p.m.
The Red Wheelbarrow, 22 rue St.Paul, 75004
Métro: St.Paul

The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore and Upstairs at Duroc invite you to: A reading by poets Andrew Zawacki and Jesper Svenbro. Andrew Zawacki, co-editor of Verse, is the author of 2 collections, Anabranch (2004) and By Reason of Breakings (2002). His poems are also in Best American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries. Swedish author Jesper Svenbro wrote Three-Toed Gull: Selected Poems (Northwestern UP), translated by John Matthias and Lars-Hekan Svensson; it draws from his 7 previous volumes. Svenbro is an internationally renowned classical scholar whose works are chiefly written in French, and translated into English. He holds a post at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris.


March 29, 7 p.m. The Red Wheelbarrow, 22 rue St.Paul, 75004
Métro: St.Paul

Ex-pat Poet, Jennifer K Dick, launches her first collection, FLUORESCENCE, winner of the 2004 Contemporary poetry prize from University of Georgia Press. Jennifer, previous editor of Upstairs at Duroc, WICE instructor, teaches at the university of Marne-la-Vallee and for Oxbridge Summer Programs. Recent work appears in The criminals’ Closet (anthology, nth postion press, UK), Colorado Review, TITF, Volt, Aufgabe, UADuroc, etc. She hopes you will join her for this event and then for dinner at a nearby spot after!

March 31, 7 p.m.
The poet and essayist Kenneth White will read and sign books
at the Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse, 75006
Métro: Mabillon, Odéon or St Germain de Près


Call for American Poets in Paris. Find a home for your poetry in the Café Review’s upcoming American Poets in Paris issue. The Cafe Review is a quarterly journal of poetry, art, reviews and interviews published in Portland, Maine.


1. Poets must be Americans with a substantive Parisian experience either current or in the past. Poems must have been written after or during the poet’s Paris experiences but they do not have to be about the Expat experience. We are looking for work that has been filtered through the alembic of the Parisian experience.
2. Poems must be original and unpublished. If in French, the poet’s English translation must be included. Other languages cannot be considered.
3. Up to five poems may be submitted.
4. Submissions for this issue should be made at: :[email protected] 5. Submission deadline is June 15, 2005. 6. Please submit poems in the body of the email, not as an attachment, if possible.
7. We are accepting email submissions, and waiving our $1 reading fee, for this issue only. 8. A short bio, including the poet’s Parisian experiences, must be included. 9. Poets will be notified of acceptance by email and payment will consist of two contributor’s copies.
10. Please communicate with us at :[email protected] 11. If you need a local Paris contact, email :[email protected] or use submission email address with “heather” in the subject line.
To find out more about The Cafe Review ask for us at stores like Shakespeare and Co. or visit us at:


March 28, 8 p.m. Shakespeare and Company
37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

Reading of “Whinings of a Malcontent, ” a play in one act written and performed by American stand-up comic, Rick Ashton (AandE Network, Comedy Central).

“Whinings” is full of sex, death, politics, religion- (you know, a comedy!) set deep within Bush-occupied America. It was censored in Sacramento, California, do to it’s political content. Scheduled to open August 6, 2004, just blocks from Governor Schwarzenegger’s mansion, the theatre owner backed-out during production, citing his “right-wing republican audiences wouldn’t get it for fear of accepting the truth.”

Ashton hosted an award-winning radio show in Boulder, Colorado. He has
appeared several times on National TV and Radio, as well as many local
shows across the US. He is a frequent visitor to Paris, and even
marched in the Anti-War demonstrations in the streets of Paris in
Spring 2003.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: April 12th, 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



others. You must bring a card.

Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Buffet. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with others. You must bring a card.
(Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 to 8:30 .p.m

Shari Segall President of Foreign Affairs Ltd and Expert Networker

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. 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 card




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


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

Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. 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.

Future Paris Soirées Dinners: Sunday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.

EASTER DINNER! “OVER THE TOP: From The Brooklyn Projects To Paris “. Featuring Young Adult Novelist Janet McDonald, Author Of “Project Girl” And Other Works.

Nest Week’s Paris Soirées Dinner:

Sunday, April 3: “Beating The Odds In Hollywood.” Featuring Author Melvin Donalson, author of “Black Directors In Hollywood”.

20 Euros in an envelope.

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


Make your health and fitness dreams a reality.
Keep fit and toned with cardiovascular, resistance and core training. Qualified English personal trainer, aerobics teacher and life coach available for one to one motivation and group work. Telephone coaching for general life coaching/specific nutrition and fitness goals.

Contact Wendy
:[email protected]


English language lessons with a qualified instructor.
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]

Art and Culture

Cooking Classes with Christian Constant

The next three scheduled “Classes de Cuisine” will be on:
Monday’s: April 4, May 9, & 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
information to help you buy and cook food the easiest way possible

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: Ecole Militaire


Arts nord sud Paris present American artists: Aleksander Balos and Davide Larousse
March 31- April 15
Opening: March 31, 6:00 p.m.
at Credit Municipal de Paris, Espace Griffon 22 rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris For further information contact: Arts nord sud Paris: Philippe Hecquet 59 rue Louis Blanc, 75010 Paris France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 05 02 32
e-mail: :[email protected]

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:


2005 is the YEAR OF LANGUAGES! for details

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

Workshop in Executive Presence with Madeleine BARCHEVSKA, M.A.

Inviting You to Explore … “Behind the Mask”

Increased business effectiveness, confidence, clarity and impact are the results of this training. Designed for executives and top management, this is a high-performance learning experience which enhances personal im

pact, accelerates development of personal style, and minimizes stress.

The mask is an ancient tool of liberation. It magnifies perception and puts us in direct contact with the flow of our nervous system and our impulse to respond to life. Knowledge from both life sciences and theatre arts fuel this training. It is both direct and indirect, deep and engaging, and contributes immediately to success at a dynamic executive level.

Madeleine Barchevska has developed an award-winning approach to training which is profound, accelerated, fascinating and which gives immediate results in all areas of life. Barchevska takes the essence of artistic and scientific knowledge and custom-designs training for the specific needs of each individual within the group. This can be a memorable learning experience for each participant.

Friday evening , April 8, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. and Saturday morning April 9, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Total: 6 hours)

At: Atelier 44, 159 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
Course Price : 85 Euros per participant

To Reserve Your Place : Send a check for 50 Euros before April 3rd to Madeleine Barchevska 67, bd. Bineau 92200 Neuilly sur-Seine (Balance to be paid on Friday evening)


The French-American Foundation-Comité Français
invites you to a breakfast-debate on “Japan, between American and Asia” with Robert Dujarric, council on Foreign Relations Hitachi and Karoline Postel-Vinay, Director of research at CERI

In French
Wednesday, March 30,2005, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
at The Travellers, 25 avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris
Métro: Franklin Roosevelt

Reservations necessary.
Tel: 01.
Email: :[email protected]

Advanced Writing Workshop-Creative Renewal

Three sessions for Advanced Writers in English in Paris with Kathleen Spivack Sunday, April 3, 10:30 to 13:30
May to be announced

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. Tel:


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 on 01 42 33 76 71 for more details, a brochure (with samples of his own art) by email, and to reserve your place.



Isabelle Richet
Professor of American Studies at the University of Paris X will discuss the so-called “value-divide” in the US, and the issues raised by the mix of religion and politics – for religion and for politics. Tuesday, March 29
6:45 p.m.
At the home of Connie Borde
240 bis Bd St-Germain, 75007
Métro: Bac
Buses: 63, 68, 69, 84, 94 Organized by The Women’s Caucus of Democrats Abroad France RSVP to Sheila Malovany-Chevallier: :[email protected]


The American Library in Paris presents: Evenings With An Author
Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation

American Library in Paris 10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007
Métro: École Militaire, Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont d’Alma
Bus: 42, 63, 69, 80, 82 and 92

For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail :[email protected]


Wine seminars with David Witter
April 7, April 12 and May 5

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

Aries in Reverse

We are now experiencing the astrological sign Aries at full tilt, in reverse. Aries is an outgoing sign, but now thanks to some deep astrology, it’s become the most introspective of the signs, for about three weeks. Mercury turned to retrograde motion over the weekend just as the Sun reached the vernal equinox. To me this is a kind of astrological review period, kind of like in A Course in Miracles. We live life at forward in full speed for a while and when Mercury changes directions every couple of months we get to look over our plans and assess our situation. It’s a good thing, too. Life would be incredibly boring without
the opportunities for reflection offered by Mercury retrograde.

I happened to be up in Brittany for the occasion; well, not happened, I went there for the occasion and got myself out of Paris for a few days and it was quite excellent. I didn’t do any kind of formal, black-tie equinox ritual except for spening the last few days of Pisces near the water, and being under the Sun’s rays when the Sun entered Aries. I spent the weekend in a place called St-Malo. To plan my long-awaited getaway (I have been sitting at this computer since before the presidential election; I even sleep here, sitting upright), I looked at a map of France and drew a line to the sea; the shortest line to the water; that was St-Malo. I got on a train and made a lot of discoveries — mainly a town on the sea surrounded by a 12th to 14th Century castle wall. The merchants were about the friendliest I’ve ever encountered to tourists. True, it was still March, but I don’t think they were faking it.

But back to astrology. We are certainly in “interesting times” kind of territory, with the retrograde working out and a pair of eclipses in the vicinity, which I’ll be covering here so don’t panic. It’s a good time to make careful moves and play one card at a time. Times of change are times of opportunity. This counts in business, politics and astrology. Most people will be blithely cruising along not thinking anything is particularly weird. People will make mistakes. You will be able to avoid mistakes by checking things over three times and remembering that decisions count for a lot right now. Because you’re sitting here actually reading about eclipses and a planetary retrograde you are in an elite status of those who have access to actual astrological information. So keep one eye focused inward, keep another aimed at what you want to be doing and where you need to be going, and pay attention to the people closest around you and make sure they have what they need.

Catch you next week, or at

Happy Birthday, Aries!

There are some Aries who will say it is the best of times and some who will say otherwise. What nobody can doubt is that these seasons will see you reach into yourself more deeply than ever to express your individuality. This is another way of saying that your quest for your true self, and your true mission, are likely to go to greater depths, and greater lengths, than ever. Life will always present you with options, but they are likely to be options for who to become within yourself, rather than for what you think you should do outside you. Remember that there are some people who take life as it comes, and others who make life as it comes. You are most definitely in the second category.

Eric Francis is a Paris-based prankster, scholar and internationally revered astrologer. He is publisher of Planet Waves, a weekly news service that provides both astrological insights and a unique perspective on world events and personal growth that you can surely live without but might not want to. For more information, and some disinformation, please go to

Community Announcements

Democrats Abroad France,

Protect Social Security and support our unified Democrats by signing
our petition today!



For over 50 years, The American Women’s Group has provided social and cultural events for English speaking women. Classes, tours and gatherings offer an opportunity for English speakers in Paris to experience and appreciate the many wonderful things France has to offer while making friends and having fun. Join us today!

Membership in the American Women’s Group is open to all English speaking women. You must be a member to participate in events. Partial year memberships are available.

A few of the MARCH opportunities: 16th Lunch Around the World Series
23rd Early Days of Ancient Greece – Louvre

A few of the APRIL opportunities:
4th Musée Picasso
6th Estelle’s Flowers
7th Beyond Paris- Chateau Tour
9th Clignancourt Flea Market
13th Lunch Around the World
13th Treasurers of the Louvre-Evening
14th Montmartre
16th Malmaison
18th Père-Lachaise
19th Auction at Hôtel Drouot
20th 18th Century Women at the Louvre
21st 3rd Annual Relocation and Repatriation Seminar

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


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.

APRIL 19. “Killer of the Modern World: The Mortality Effect of Climate Change (A Case Study of the 2003 Canicule).” The expert is Magali Barbieri, a Paris-based researcher at the Institut national d’études démographiques.

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.


Saturday, April 9th, 7:30 p.m.

The American Church in Paris is teaming up with two French Protestant churches in Ile-de-France to send 20 volunteers to Beius, Romania to build a Habitat for Humanity house. To raise funds for building materials and help defray the costs of the trip, we are organizing a gala dinner at the Marriott Champs-Elysées on Saturday, April 9th, at 7:30 pm.The Marriott is helping sponsor this dinner, consisting of an aperitif and three-course meal with wine and coffee. The evening’s entertainment will include special guest speaker, Adrian Ciorna, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Romania, actress Peggy Smithhart, music, and more.

Tickets are 100 Euros, and all contributions are tax-deductible in France. To purchase a ticket or make a donation, please contact Stephanie Gober at :[email protected]. Tickets will also be on sale at the American Church i

n Paris (65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris) on Sunday mornings in March.

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

What’s On in the City

Gay Pride Parade June 25


Venetian Carnival in Paris
Port de Plaisance Paris Bastille
April 2 & 3, 2:30-6:00 p.m.
Métro: Bastille

Tel: 06 10 84 28 73
:[email protected]


Decision for the Olympics

On July 6, 2005, the members of the International Olympic Committee
will vote to determine which city: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York or
Paris, will host the 2012 Olympic Games. For the winner, the decision
will be a great honor. Just as great will be the opportunity availed
to it: for France, hosting the Games would mean seeing 42.000 lasting
jobs created and an increase in GDP of EUR 35 billion over a seven-
year period!


RATP Olympic Tickets

The RATP is selling single metro/bus/tram tickets stamped with the
Paris 2012 Olympic Candidate logo to help promote the city’s chance of
hosting the big event in 2012. Available through March 31. They’re
still just 1.40 Euro, much more expensive than buying a carnet of ten
for 10.50 Euro, but consider it a souvenir.

Classified Ads


Single American professional woman seeking furnished studio or one-bedroom Paris apartment with lots of storage, bath tub, proper overn and lots of light for 800 Euros or less per month to rent from May 1 for 6 months or longer. Contact Nancy :[email protected]


Studio Fflorentin
Available March 26 to April 2
Discounted to 80 Euros per night.
Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/florentin.html for more information or email Pascal :[email protected]


North American couple seeking inexpensive furnished short-term rental apartment of one-bedroom or larger from May 1 for two to three months while renovations take place on personal residence. Contact Nicole :[email protected]


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


The best and easiest way to find an apartment in Paris…

So, you want to rent your own “pied-à-terre” for a week, a month or a year? It’s easy — there are thousands of apartments in Paris to call home, but it’s not so fast and easy to surf through all the thousands to fine the one perfect for you.

For just $39, we’ll do all the legwork and you’ll just move in and unpack. Let us do a customized search for you with our favorite short-term vacation rental agents!

To start your search, contact Adrian Leeds at [email protected]


For all short term rental apartments in Paris, take a look at /parlerparis/apartments or /frenchproperty/insider/longterm.html for long term apartments.


* Property E-Zine: French Property Insider

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an email newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. If you’d like to learn about the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week, read more about a subscription here:
/frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html or call 1-310-427-7589 Paris time.


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