The Crescent City and the City of Light

Rue Charlot, from Number 43 with a View on the Hôtel de Sauroy

The Crescent City and the City of Light

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I’m not really 4800 miles from my home town, New Orleans. I’m just a stone’s throw away.

Yesterday evening at 58 rue Charlot, the Hôtel de Sauroy, just down the street from “Le Provençal” and literally the building behind my own apartment on rue de Saintonge, on the occasion of the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a number of celebrities, both French and American, attended the opening of a very special photo exhibition in memory of the victims of the storm. The photos by Solange Reboul titled “L’Après Katrina” (After Katrina) will be on display until September 7th, open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Since Katrina, French cultural institutions spontaneously organized acts of solidarity, notably for jazz musicians uprooted by the storm, many of whom lost their homes, instruments, music sheets, etc. (You may recall when singer Leah Chase visited Paris and performed free concerts here? — See Parler Paris Past Issues ) More New Orleans musicians are scheduled to arrive and perform in France this year: David Rogan, Jesse McBride, the Pfister Sisters, David Doucet and Terence Blanchard.

Chief Architect and Inspector-General of Historic Monuments Mr. Pierre-Antoine Gatier, with the French Consulate in New Orleans, selected the Passebon Cottage as a site for collaboration on restoration work with a grant of $50,000. The cottage is a good example of the traditional residential architecture of the Tremé neighborhood, historically a center of music in New Orleans. The project will be done in the partnership with Tulane University and serves as a hands-on learning experience for students.

The Tremé neighborhood was built on the grounds of the former plantation of Charles Tremé from Burgundy and was populated in the 19th-century by “free people of color” and considered to be the birthplace of jazz…now known as Congo Square, Storyville and Rampart Street.

If you want to enjoy the area first hand, Parler Paris Conference Coordinator, Schuyler Hoffman, has recently moved from Seattle to New Orleans to work with the famous Antoine’s Restaurant and opened a Bed and Breakfast on Rampart Street, just adjacent to the Tremé neighborhood. See or write [email protected] for more information and be sure to tell Schuyler Parler Paris sent you!

More cultural solidarity between New Orleans and France takes place next year, from March 3 to June 2, 2007, when the New Orleans Museum of Art will host an exhibition entitled “La Femme: The Changing Image of Women in French Painting in the 19th-Century.” Works by Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso will be on loan from French public museums. This exhibition is the culmination of a promise made to New Orleans just two months after Hurricane Katrina, when Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres and the President of the Louvre, Henri Loyrette, visited the city.

Everyone should visit the city…both cities: The Crescent City and the City of Light, at one with one another and with me.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. I just got word from chef Susan Herrmann Loomis (of “On Rue Tatin” fame) that she and her colleague Hervé Lestage, oenologist and owner of La Feuille de Vigne in Honfleur, will spend five magical days September 17 to 22, 2006 luxuriating in the apples and orchards of Normandy. During this very special course, they we will delve deeply into the culinary world of Normandy and its apples, from sparkling hard cider to Pommeau and Grim de Poire, from sumptuous apple desserts to apples as condiment. And then there is Calvados, the unparalleled Norman elixir, to finish each meal! If you are lucky enough to join them, you will learn about and taste dozens of apple varieties, meet cider and Calvados makers, and take a very special trip to visit orchards and the people who run them. You may remember that Susan’s Tarte Tatin was the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best! Contact [email protected] for more information and to reserve your place before it’s too late.

Calendar #124
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Paris, France


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Instead on the last day of Paris Plage, I went flower shopping…at obviously the wrong time of year. It was virtually the last thing to do to dress up “Le Provençal,” my new little rental apartment — put pretty flowers in the window boxes…FPI Subscribers Read On…

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Delicious American dishes featuring Louisiana Fried Chicken…

Excerpt from the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants By Adrian Leeds

American, Arrondissement 1

Joe Allen has celebrated more than 30 years in Paris. At one time, it was THE American hang-out and watering hole. Outfitted with a big screen TV for Superbowl Sundays and other major sporting events, it draws a big crowd, now more multi-national than in years past. Unfortunately, Joe Allen’s needs a redo to freshen up it’s 70s décor and draw a hipper crowd. Still, if what you want is basic American dishes, done well and correctly, at a fair price, then you will enjoy it. Typical American Joe Allen servings are B

uffalo Chicken Wings, Caesar Salad, Chili Con Carne, Louisiana Fried Chicken…for more delectable details, see the guide….

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If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or perhaps investing in property in France, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by Adrian Leeds, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly e-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for John Howell & Co., Law Overseas, London, these two days in San Diego will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen!

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Parler Paris Après Midi Meets On a Special Date in September…
Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is September 5, 2006

Because Adrian will be traveling to San Diego for the Living and Investing in France Conference the second week in September, the next Après Midi will be September 5th instead of September 12th.

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.

Welcome to France Fair

New to France or just looking to make the most of expatriate life?

At the Expatica Welcome to France fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialised 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 event organisations.

Welcome to France
October 15, 2006
Carrousel de Louvre
Paris, France

Tickets are FREE if you sign-up online before September 15th. For more information visit

To sign up for your FREE tickets, click here!

*** See the French Property Insider Consultation and John Howell of International Law Partnership booth number 55/56 next to the entertainment area and stay for our presentation, “Getting ready to find your dream home in France…” with John Howell and Adrian Leeds
at 3:45 p.m.

Celebrate La Rentrée with Your Parler Parlor Friends…

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Come for Conversation! Then Have Lunch With Us !
Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw, Potato Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies,
Wine and Soda (10€)
At Eurocentres, 13, passage Dauphine, 6th

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