Too Much to Do in Paris, Too Little Time
Wednesday, April 21, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
I just got an email from an International Living Reader who asked, “Can one see most of Paris in 2 days?”
You didn’t hear me LOL (laugh out loud), but I did, and responded, “You can take a bus tour and ‘see’ it — and you’ll have a great time — but to really see Paris takes a lifetime.”
And to do all there is to do in Paris takes more than 24 hours in a day, 7 days week, 52 weeks a year. I don’t think my calendar has ever been this full. Cultural events for the English-speaking community are battling for first position and vying for our attention and attendance. Just scroll down to see all that is going on for proof of the pudding…and this is just a small part of it.
A few things have really gotten me excited enough to mark them in red in my “agenda” (yes, I still use an old-fashioned French agenda that you write in by hand with a pen).
First off, Madame Bennett at the Paris City Hall couldn’t help but notice my enthusiasm when she agreed to give a special private tour of the Hôtel de Ville the first morning of the Working and Living in France Conference on June 18th to conference participants. Nine a.m. sharp we will be at their back doorstep eagerly awaiting a tour of what is believed to be the most beautiful building in Paris. What a way to kick off the conference! That night will be topped off with one of Thirza Vallois’ famous virtual tours of the City of Light: Paris Past, Present and Future, with cocktails and dinner at historic Chez Jenny. (This is open to anyone who wants to attend! So, reserve now and be a part of this special event.) For more information about the conference and all its activities, visit the site at /frenchproperty/conference/wlif/wlif_home.html
After the conference, participants can stay in the city for Fête de la Musique on the 21st. Wow! Every year, it just gets better and more fun. I find that the best spots in town for music are centered in Le Marais and between the Place de la Bastille and Place de la République along boulevard Beaumarchais.
The next few weeks are filled with literary events surrounding the Paris Poetry Workshop, Travel Writers Workshop and Writing Your Memoirs Creative Writing Seminar, among others.
Don’t miss the poetry readings by award-winning poets Cecilia Woloch, James Baker Hall and Jeffrey Greene Thursday, May 6th, 7 p.m. sponsored by Shakespeare and Company (now under the supervision of George Whitman’s beautiful young daughter, Sylvia Beach [Whitman]) at the café around the corner…Polly Maggoo, 5 rue de Petit Pont, 5th.
And if that isn’t enough, the nine poets from the workshop will be presenting their finest works, fresh with the inspiration of the City of Light, with guitar interludes by Yves Cutulic at Paris Connections Soirées sponsored by Patricia Laplante Collins on Sunday evening May 9th. Scroll down for all the details. (Patricia is a great cook and it’s sure to be lots of fun.) There is still a chance to sign up for the poetry workshop as there is one place left, so if you’re serious, email Cecilia Woloch at [email protected]
The Travel Writers are back this year and offering up some special events open to the public. Take a journey on foot with renowned Paris expert Thirza Vallois into the depths of Paris’ literary Left Bank. As Thirza puts it: “Scratch beneath the surface to probe into the souls and lives of the restless people, both high and low, who throughout the ages have never ceased to shape and reshape it.” It’s May 10th from 2-4 p.m. Scroll down for all the details under “Trekking and Tours.” There are still spots left at the Travel Writers Workshop and Writing Your Memoirs Creative Writing Seminar, not to mention the Survival French Workshops. It’s all here. Just scroll down and start marking your calendar and making your plans.
Meanwhile, the sun is out, Paris warming up, the flowers are in bloom (I know because I’m sneezing from all the pollen) and now is definitely the time to be in the City of Light.
A la prochaine…
P.S. Please note my new email address! If you have [email protected] in your address books, eliminate it now and replace it with [email protected]! Anything you may have sent earlier to [email protected] is likely lost somewhere at International Living in Ireland possibly never to be seen again. Anything to me on a very personal note should go to my personal address (those of you who have it know what it is). Thanks for bearing with me. Sorry about the change.
LAUGHING AND MUSIC MATTERS IN PARIS PRESENTS
from North Carolina via Wiskytown
For more information:
Explore the buzz with the Improfessionals at the next run of shows through April and May at Les 7 Lézards – a jazz club in the Marais !
Thursday 29th of April – 7 p.m.
The International Players present in English
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Directed by Graham Bushnell who has also directed “Twelfth Night” for the Jardin de Shakespeare in Paris. The original music is composed by John Dawkins, musical director and conductor of the Melo’men choir and the Symphony Rainbow Orchestra.
The production will be part of the festivities to celebrate the 1300 years of the town of Le Pecq and also the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream occupies a special place in the works of Shakespeare: its contrasting worlds of dream and reality, its mixture of high and low comedy and its lyric beauty give it a timeless appeal. This production never loses sight of Shakespeare’s original intention: to tell a good story and to entertain.
A teacher’s pack and the complete script of the play
Thursday 3rd June, Friday 4th June, and Saturday 5th June at 20h30
Salle des Fêtes
15 euros (adults) 10 euros (students)
SUNDAY 9 MAY
Nine American poets in Paris, writers with the 2004 Paris Poetry Workshop, a special event headed by award-winning poets Cecilia Woloch, James Baker Hall and Jeffrey Greene, will read their finest works, fresh with the inspiration of the City of Light, with guitar interludes by Yves Cutulic.
AT CITE DES ARTS – DINNER CHEZ PATRICIA
READING AND CONCERT 19h00 21h00
DONATION: READING & DINNER – 20 EUROS
RENDEZ-VOUS AT 19h00
GREAT FOOD! INTERNATIONAL CUISINE!
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. SPACE IS LIMITED.
SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY BOOKSTORE PRESENTS…
* Special Poetry Readings as part of the Paris Poetry Workshop
Thursday, May 6th, 7 p.m.
* Monday Night Readings at Shakespeare and Company
On the occasion of the publication of her latest collection of poetry
WHEN THE BODY SAYS IT’S LEAVING (Hanging Loose Press, March 2004)
THE VILLAGE VOICE BOOKSHOP
THURSday, APRIL 22 at 7pm
“I deeply admire the intelligent and passionate poetry
American by birth and Swiss by marriage, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez has lived in Europe for 30 years. Her previous collections of poetry are:
Nouvelles Chansons with
NEW SONGS OF LOVE: DARE TO DREAM, RAINY DAY OUTSIDE, TIME PASSES
Thursday, April 29, 2004
In 2003, Ammon Moore recorded three songs for which he wrote the lyrics with Johann Wahlström, composer and Matts Ronander, guitarist of the musical group ABBA. Moore offers an inimitable style of “Jazziness” and “Soul” of Afro-American rhythm from all corners of Europe which inspired it. Moore presents for the first time at the Atrium Musical Magne his new songs accompanied by piano, bass and percussion, influenced by the spirit of the American Southern Church:
Entrance 15 Euros
FOR APHRODITE, “LA DORMEUSE DE CHYPRE”
Plein tarif: 20 euros
Réservations: Ghyslaine Zay, 01 43 40 14 26, [email protected]
For more information:
PARIS CONNECTIONS SOIREE DINNER WITH PATRICIA LAPLANTE COLLINS
SUNDAY 9 MAY
Scroll up to see the details in “Literarily Speaking.”
NEXT MEETING: May 11,2004 AND EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
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
WORKSHOPS AND MASTER CLASSES BY MADELEINE BARCHEVSKA
Workshop in Executive Presence
“You can rapidly improve your personal and professional life by clarifying the signals you send out to the world. This learning will bring you to that capacity.”
– Madeleine Barchevska, M.A.
Inviting You to Explore… “Behind the Mask “
Increased confidence, clarity and impact are the results of this training. Designed for executives and top management, this is a high-performance training program which enhances personal impact, accelerates development of personal style, and minimizes stress due to time constraints.
The mask is an ancient tool of liberation. It magnifies perception and puts us in direct contact with the flow of our nervous systems and our impulse to respond to life. Both life sciences and theatre arts inform 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 Executive Presence training, which is profound, accelerated, fascinating, and which also 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.
Course price: 85 Euros
245 Euros 3-hour private session
For more information, [email protected]
Join us for a fun-filled week of creative writing in the South of France…
Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of “French Toast”, the successful memoir about her life in France and her reaction to mind-boggling cultural differences, will help you shape your thoughts and buckle down to put them on paper in a writing workshop devoted to getting the best out of yourself and your memories and experiences.
Location: Le Bois des Dames located in the Rhone Valley.
Lodging and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and wine) included (double occupancy). Early bird special: A 200 Euro discount will be applied for registration before April 30th, a 50% deposit is required at this time. See registration form for refund info.
For more information and registration please visit /parlerparis/travelwriters/rochefortmemoirs/index.html or contact:
May 4 – 9, 2004 with poet Cecilia Woloch, along with poet/novelist/photographer James Baker Hall and poet/memoirist Jeffrey Greene.
This is the second year Woloch brings her illustrious worsdmiths to Paris for the poetry workshop of a lifetime. Strictly limited to a maximum of 10, there are only two seats remaining.
I’m personally hosting a dinner the opening evening and Jeffrey Greene is hosting a day-long picnic Satruday, May 8th on the grounds of his restored presbytery featured in his memoir, “French Spirits.” Readings for the public by Woloch, Hall and Greene will be held Thursday night, May 6th at Shakespeare and Company and readings by the workshop poets will be Sunday evening, May 9th at Patricia Laplante Collins’ Paris Soirées.
Cost is $700/person. This includes all workshop fees, the welcoming dinner/reception, and the train tickets and picnic in Rogny. Don’t delay to register by contacting Cecilia Woloch, [email protected], http://www.writersregister.com/artists/CA279
May 9-12, 2004
Learn how you can earn extra income traveling the world as a VIP, meeting new people and enjoying the freedom and independence of a writer’s life…
This is the workshop we’ve hosted for the third year here in Paris taught by the best in the industry: Jennifer Stevens, John Forde, Steenie Harvey with guest speakers Rose Marie Burke, Thirza Vallois, Polly Platt and me!
Signing up before April 1, 2004, save $100 and pay $1,297 to enroll.
There may only be a few seats left, so act now. Visit http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/workshop/pp/
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 investing in property in France, these power-packed conferences are a MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily newsletter, these few days will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conferences include seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails — with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts.
Choose the one that’s right for you!…
Working and Living in France
Living and Investing in France
Working and Living in France
Read what our past participants have to say about our Paris Office Conferences and Tours…/frenchproperty/conference/conferencements.html
Reservations and information:
If you’d like to know more about the conferences or reserve your place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html or email Schuyler Hoffman:
As Part of the
Take a journey on foot with renowned Paris expert Thirza Vallois into the depths of Paris’ literary Left Bank. As Thirza puts it: “Scratch beneath the surface to probe into the souls and lives of the restless people, both high and low, who throughout the ages have never ceased to shape and reshape it.
Spanning three centuries of intellectual and artistic life, Thirza Vallois will walk you from the western edge of the Latin Quarter to the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a tiny (and visually exquisite) territory where so much of it took place. We shall start from the city’s first café, which opened back in the late 17th century. And we shall find out why…,
“Paris is a city of perpetual change, a hectic building site of destruction and reconstruction, of restoration and renovation, where fashions are no sooner created than forsaken, a city in perpetual motion whose rounds of pleasure are periodically broken by maelstroms of social fury and bloodshed and whose throbbing pulse has always exerted a magnetic power on creative minds from far and wide, who have bequeathed to the world great schools of art and thought.”
Schedule: May 10, 2004 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
TO RESERVE CONTACT:
Agora Travel and Conference Services
SURVIVAL FRENCH WORKSHOPS
Need to know just a few basics to get by while you’re here in Paris? This 9-hour intensive workshop is OPEN TO EVERYONE
Taught by French language expert Marie-ElisabethCrochard, former director of Berlitz Champs Elysées and co-coordinator of Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group!
DAY ONE — MAY 7, 2004:
DAY TWO — MAY 8, 2004:
DAY ONE — JUNE 21, 2004:
DAY TWO — JUNE 22, 2004:
Includes nine hours of classroom instruction. Learn how to survive on your own in Paris, master the basics — greetings, learn how to order your croissant, ask for the check, the price of an item, sizes, colors, numbers, asking for the time and all the key questions: who, what, where, when, how…, the use of the 10 basic verbs and where the Musée d’Orsay is located. Also, become skilled at exchanging pleasantries with the French — learning about the social protocols most often misunderstood by tourists.
$195 Workshop/Conference Participants
TO RESERVE CONTACT:
Adrian Leeds 01.40.27.97.59 or [email protected]
*Special Holiday Closings: May 1, May 8, May 22
YOUR FIRST TIME IS FREE!
Join us at the ParlerParlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.
PARLOR TIMES — 3 TIMES A WEEK IN TWO LOCATIONS
Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.
AT COPROM LANGUES
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fête de la Musique June 21, 2004
June 5 – July 25, 2004, 3:30 p.m.
Contribution from a reader for HORSE-LOVERS:
“I thought you might be interested in something happening at Chateau de Versailles. If you are a horse-lover the Academie du Spectacle Equestre is worth the 7 euros to see dressage horses performing to Baroque music. The morning exhibitions show the horse and rider working together to give all the aspects of equestrian art and the preparation for equestrian performances. The afternoon show, costing 15 euros, last around an hour and includes a lovely performance of fencing by horseback, the “Longues Renes” Carrousel and the Riders Carrousel (a drill team event). All of this is done in the wonderful Grandes Ecuries, one of the world’s most magnificient royal stables, built by Mansart. After the show you can visit the stables to see the horses up close and personal. Any evening show is done during the summer months and the cost is 20 euros. For anyone visiting Versailles while in Paris, this show is a wonderful addition to the visit. The stables are located across the street from the parking lot of the Chateau de Versailles. I also spent some time in the town of Versailles and found it charming with a wonderful outdoor market on Saturday. I would highly recommend it.” Jennifer Fowler
For more information, visit http://www.acadequestre.fr/ (in French)
Seeking an adult who speaks French and can approach people in the community to ask them to complete a 33-item research instrument on Les Attitudes Diabete. Participation is voluntary. The sample would be convenience, i.e., anyone who wants to participate.
The instrument is valid and reliable developed by the University of Michigan Medical School. It looks at general diabetic attitudes held by ordinary people. It isn’t necessary that they be diabetic.
We would like to get the data collection started now and continue it over the next few months.
To sign up, contact William R. Whetstone, PhD Professor, Public Health College of Health & Human Services California State University Dominguez Hills, email: [email protected]
THE INTERNATIONAL LIVING PARIS OFFICE IS SEEKING INTERNS
If you are willing to work in exchange for valuable knowledge about working and living in France!– this is your opportunity to attend the June 18 – 20, 2004 Working and Living in France Conference free of charge if you can be available to work with Schuyler Hoffman and Adrian Leeds to assist in the coordination of the event the weeks in advance and be present at the conference all three days. Your expenses will be paid throughout the conference.
Experience with event coordination is important. Only the most appropriate candidates will be considered. Please send an email explaining why you believe you are qualified to Adrian Leeds at [email protected]
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