The Weekend Before the First Day of the Most Glorious Month in Paris

Sunning Next to the Seine

The Weekend Before the First Day of the Most Glorious Month in Paris

Parler Paris Nouvellettre®
Your taste of life in Paris and France
Monday, June 1, 2009
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Paris is starting to remind me of Los Angeles — the sun is so bright, the skies so blue. And we ask ourselves, “What is wrong with this picture?” Nothing, is the answer.

Saturday afternoon, rue de Bretagne was packed wall-to-wall with “brocante” (rummage sale) shoppers, so we headed to calmer “pastures”…the Ile Saint-Louis. Once two small islands where cows grazed pastureland, the island joined in the 17th-century is not only some of the most sought-after real estate in Paris, but is an oasis for picnickers on the quays who dangle their feet over the Seine below while soaking up the sun. There was no reason to keep track of time and I have no idea how long we sat there, but it was a small slice of heaven watching the boats drift by while a mother duck with her young search for food along the stone walls.

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It’s Called French Property Fractional…

Introducing our Newest Fractional Onwership Property,
Le Notre Dame.

You likely already know lots about it. It’s a pretty simple concept. You and a group of others share in the ownership of one property and then share the time spent in that property. It is NOT TIMESHARE.

French Property Fractional, our division that specializes in co-ownership, makes a point of finding only the finest of properties in the finest locations, developed by the finest of savvy developers. It’s our reputation at stake, so you can trust that we’re never going to represent a property that won’t deliver!

Le Notre Dame is a perfect Parisian home for a single or couple wanting a centrally located home in the City of Light at a “petit prix.” Offered by Paris Fractional Ownership and Glenn Cooper, shares begin at 14,900€ per two week share. For details visit: /frenchproperty/fractional/pfo/lenotredame.html

If you are interested in traditional fractional ownership properties currently offered by our Fractional Ownership partners, visit:


Parler Paris Nouvellettre® continued…

The new bike paths along the quays have opened up even more routes for the two-wheelers, of which there are more and more on the streets of Paris, along with smaller cars and more elaborate motor bikes. Driving a car is no longer ‘cool’ or pleasurable, and strangely, the bikes are taking over the 17th-century carriageways where horses once were ‘parked.’

A curious cat wouldn’t leave his spot on rue de Turenne whilst eyeing something mighty important on the other side of the door. Along rue des Quatre Fils three kids found themselves in quite a dilemma with no way to retrieve their lost ball except by using a skateboard as a tool…unsuccessfully, by the way (perfectly timed photo by Erica Simone).

This was a prelude to a long and very full day Sunday at Chez Jenny with a congenial and international group of investment property curiosity-seekers at the Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference. It was our 24th conference of this kind, in collaboration with John Howell of The International Law Partnership in London. Over the course of almost 12 hours, we covered so much information that when asked “Is there anything you feel we have not covered in our seminar and wish to learn about?,” one participant wrote, “No, absolutely nothing. This seminar has been really well thought out.” And another wrote “No, plenty to ‘chew on’ for now!”

The three-course lunch at Chez Jenny was a fun way for everyone to relax and get to know one another. There were lots of laughs during the sessions, but special guest speaker Nathalie Findlay of “Lifestyling” made us giggle over some basic cultural cues of which we should be aware, particularly one we had to practice saying — “Phrhoah” — a typical French expression that if you can pronounce it correctly you can be classified as truly “French.” (She and her partner, Elena Herdieckerhoff, are sponsoring a conference June 28th titled “Expat Excellence: Working and Living in France” for those who want to find work and integrate into society here. Visit frenchpropertyconference for more information.)

Today is yet another holiday — “Pentecôte” — and the sun is shining bright…again. A few attendees of the conference met this morning to tour “Le Palace des Vosges” — our fractional ownership property on the Place des Vosges currently under massive and a dusty renovation. The tiles are being laid, the new ceiling has been installed and the new atelier-style windows and doors are underway at the “fabricant” (manufacturer). Artists and musicians have filled the square hoping for their own brand of curiosity-seekers — the kind with a few coins to spend and the citizens and tourists are out in full force.


(If you can’t see the video of the musicians at the Place des Vosges, click here:Place des Vosges)

Today is the first day of one of the most glorious months in Paris. It seems some of the best times of my life take place in the month of June…and always in the City of Light.

This month, don’t miss the…

Paris Jazz Festival
June 9th — July 31st
Parc Floral

Fête de la Musique
June 21st (Summer Solstice)

Gay Pride Parade
June 27th

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

If you like the ‘islands’ as much as I do, then you may want to have your own share of a “petit pied-à-terre” on the Ile de la Cité with a perfect view of Notre Dame just a few steps away. Click here /frenchproperty/fractional/pfo/lenotredame.html for more information on our newest fractional ownership property, “Le Notre Dame”


Imagine having a share of “Le Palace des Vosges!”

Two Bedrooms, Two Baths + Powder Room With Usage of Two Parking Garages (1 = Personal Storage Lockers, 1 = Parking), 81m2 (872 sq ft)…designed and decorated by Interior Architect, Martine di Matteo…

Now you can own a share in an AMAZING “maison” — more of a house in the country than an apartment in Paris, right smack dab in the middle of Paris’ most elegant square — the Place des Vosges. The first four shares are the least expensive, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be one of the first!

For more information visit: Le Palace des Vosges Fractional Ownership Property
or email: [email protected]

Expat Excellence Seminar “Working and Living in France”

New Date: June 28, 2009!

Expat Excellence is an exclusive one day seminar dedicated to improving the professional and cultural foothold of expatriates living in France. Join this interactive seminar to gain valuable insight on the complex world of French corporations.

For more information visit: FrenchPropertyconference

In the News and Media…Adrian Leeds Group.

Live and Invest in France: Everything you need to make your dream
of living or owning property in Paris and France come true.

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Paris through the Eyes of Travelers — A Literary Exploration of Paris…

What do Edith Wharton, Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein and George Orwell (and a lot of other great writers) all have in common? Find out!

Paris through the Eyes of Travelers, a literary exploration of Paris, takes place June 29-July 25, 2009. Full four-week class can be taken for CUNY college credit, or participants can drop in for a week or two of continuing ed. For more information visit: /frenchproperty/conference

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On House Hunters International.

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June 15, 2009 10:00 PM ET/PT
June 15, 2009 2:00 AM ET/PT

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Ballinger and Mary Schiller recently began the first steps toward making their dream together a reality. Now, they’ve begun their search for a pied-a-terre in Paris.
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Meet Parler Paris Readers Tuesday “Apres Midi”
Next Meeting June 9, 2009

The second Tuesday of every month, Parler Paris and French Property Insider readers gather at La Pierre du Marais for a drink and a “schmooze” –It’s an opportunity to meet and chat with other like-minded people and a great way to make friends! Costs nothing except whatever you drink. Don’t miss the next gathering, Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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