The Third Life of the Tour Saint-Jacques

La Tour Saint-Jacques

The Third Life of the Tour Saint-Jacques

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Screenwriters: “Plot the Perfect Crime and Find Fame and Fortune” with Judith Merians
April 12, 2008, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
La Pierre du Marais

Throughout film history crime films have provided some of the most successful movies ever made from Rififi to present day American Gangster. Learn how to write and sell a script that encompasses the conventions of three of the most popular sub-genres of crime stories: the detective tale, the crime saga, and the heist.

Led by Judith Merians, who has been an entertainment lawyer and studio executive, literary agent, and film school professor in Los Angeles for over 25 years.

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I can hardly remember when it wasn’t covered in canvas…until just recently. The Tour Saint-Jacques sits in the center of Paris like a lone sign post of the city’s Roman past, but do we notice?

Before the Romans reached the area, the streets we now know as rue Saint-Jacques and rue du Faubourg Saint-Jacques, were well-used tracks, becoming the Roman road to Aurelianum (Orléans) called the “Via Superior.” It was the central street of “Lutetia,” the Roman city of Paris that is now the Latin Quarter. Later, in the Middle Ages, it became known as the “Grand-Rue-Oultre-Petit-Pont” — or “the great road beyond the little bridge,” which connects the Ile de la Cité to the Left Bank of the Seine just in front of Notre Dame.

For five centuries, the tower has been a dominant fixture on the landscape of the right bank, fragile and beautiful, suffering from pollution and environmental aggression becoming dangerous for the visitors of the garden below it. At one time it was the bell tower of the Eglise Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, which was sold during the French Revolution and cut up like stone quarry, leaving only the tower to remind us of its illustrious history.

It stayed hidden from us for years, behind protective covering, while the city hall launched a series of studies in 2004 under the authority of the “Commission Supérieure

des Monuments Historiques.”

Beginning the actual restoration work in March 2006, the process was expected to last three years and in three stages including the garden, carried out by the office of the “Edifices Culturels et Historiques” under the direction of the “Patrimoine et de l’Histoire de la Direction des Affaires Culturelles” of the city of Paris, eventually revealing the tower little by little. The restoration has been a complicated and diversified ambition cleaning the stone, delicately treating the statues and carvings, attempting to give a third life to the tower, an emblem of Parisian monumental history.

Against a bright blue April sky, even cold as it’s been for an unseasonable Spring season, the white lacy detailed stone is breathtaking. For the first time in many years, strollers along rue de Rivoli are looking up and admiring its beauty.

For a fascinating look at the tower and its many lives, visit and don’t miss the link at the bottom of that page to learn more:

A la prochaine…

Adrian LeedsAdrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. We had a smashingly good time at yesterday’s Parler Paris Après Midi! Read all about it and see the personality portraits by visiting /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

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How to Understand the Reported Property Prices
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“The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop”
W with Lori Allen and the AWAI
July 24-26, 2008
San Francisco, CA

This summer, spend three fun days with the folks from the American Writers and Artists, Inc. in San Francisco and discover the secrets to traveling the world, potentially for free by getting paid as a travel writer.

It’s true. Lots of writers do it. This is your chance to rub shoulders with some of

the best writers and editors in the business and discover first-hand how to turn your traveling into royalties or paychecks, and see the world in a different way than as an ordinary tourist.

Register by June 24, 2008, and save $300!

To register for the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop call Terry Frank at (202) 370-6459 EST or toll-free at (866) 415-1425 or email her at: [email protected]

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

The next gathering is May 13, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.

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!

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

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Métro Châtelet, Les Halles

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