Tis the Season to Take to the Paris Streets

Le Bon Marché at Christmas
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‘Tis the Season to Take to the Paris Streets

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Monday, December 11, 2006
Paris, France

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December 29, 2006
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

A colleague was stuck in holiday traffic more than two hours Saturday preventing her from arriving at an important destination. Friends arrived almost two hours late to dinner that night, but only after they saw no choice but to dump their car and hop on the Métro.

‘Tis the season to take to the streets, tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

The streets are torn up unmercifully thanks to the city’s program to squeeze out the cars, let in oxygen, make room for bikers, bladers, pedestrians and multi-person vehicles. Even the buses are taking detours to keep rolling along.

The department stores are wall-to-wall with shoppers and the sidewalks are like cattle runs with parents toting their children to ogle the animated windows. The streets are lit with strings of lights and holiday cheer. Money is being spilled like water and everyone is laughing at Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilariously offensive movie, “Borat.”

Yep, ’tis the season to take to the streets, tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

Paris may be a city of many museums, but Paris is no longer the mummified monumental metropolis we once imagined it to be. “Paris Bouge” says Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, but the cars are stuck in idle spewing their toxic fumes while the concrete is broken laying new ground for a pedestrian-friendly environment. The bourgeoisie who are spoiled by their comfy car bubbles are complaining bitterly, but note how they’ve learned their lesson to take to the streets, tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

We carry our bags, or wheel them behind us. The muscles we build in our arms and legs give us strength and stamina to go further, do more. We become acquainted with our fellow Parisians and for once, see the details of our centuries-old world we never saw before while whizzing by paying attention only to the reds, yellows or greens of the directional lights.

Bundle up. Put a hat on your head and gloves on your hands. Feel the warmth and the glow of the holiday that comes fast and passes with the blink of an eye. Then, take to the streets.

‘Tis the season, tra-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

A la prochaine…

>Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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Traditional French, Arrondissement 5

In the shadow of Le Panthéon, we found this tiny bistrot many years ago with a maximum seating of 22, eclectic décor and jovial owner, Bibi, to be a veritable delight. Bibi’s personality is bigger than the restaurant itself and manifests itself in his delightful cooking, not to mention a humorous collection of bras and panties hanging in one corner donated by customers, plus photos and business cards adorning the walls! The entrées and plats are both beautifully presented and very full of flavor (spicier than the average traditional French preparations), but the desserts are the “piece de la resistance!” Do not miss the fresh homemade profiteroles. Bibi does his own cooking while his wife Isabelle waits on tables. The quality of the cuisine just gets better and better—no other restaurant in this guide gets as many comments from past customers as this one…for all the delicious details, see the guide.

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Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is December 12, 2006

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

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!

* Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003
3rd arrondissement, Paris
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

* Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
* Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel, Pont Neuf

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