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"By The Seine, By The Beautiful Seine"

Volume II, Issue 30

We watched it happen before our very eyes…Paris Plage…three and-a-half kilometers of summer sensations along the Seine from the Pont Henri IV to the quai des Tuileries. This is the third year of “Beach Blanket Bingo” in the City of Light, thanks to our illustrious Mayor Bertrand Delano.

There are several paths down, but the one I like most is at the rear of the Htel de Ville where you will meander down among enormous trees potted in red cane. It’s absolute eye candy and the beginning of your adventure.
The stroll along the waterfront, whether you choose to turn west or east, is a sensation-packed experience. There is always the stunning view of the grand buildings along the Ile de la Cit as you pass from one recreation spot to another, the blue flags along the water’s edge “gliding” you along.
In tomorrow’s Parler Paris, I’ll give you a detailed account of what you can expect to find, but meanwhile, for complete information by the city of Paris (in French), visit: http://www.paris.fr/fr/actualites/ete_paris_2004/Paris_plage_2004/default.asp  If you’re not already a subscriber to the tri-weekly free newsletter and would like to be, visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis.
In today’s FPI, we’re bringing you several fabulous apartments with views of the Seine. Yes, they’re “cher!” — it’s true what they say about good property: “location, location, location.”
In another part of France — La France Profonde — Gloria Chaitt-Morris takes us to what she calls “Mini Paris”: Vichy, “a tiny jewel of a city” that has all the charm and culture of Paris without the bustle, the high prices, the pollution, or any of the faults so often mentioned when speaking of the City of Light. Jocelyn Carnegie offers us some hot properties there, as well as a leaseback in northeastern France worth serious consideration.
And we hope you will find the latest statistics on cost of living of interest. Paris ranks well below other world class cities such as Tokyo, London, Moscow, Hong Kong and New York. Still with room to grow, we continue to believe buying in Paris can be a no-lose proposition. In fact, don’t miss the “sales pitch” I make for La Vie Franaise — your ammunition against your friends and relatives who think you’ve lost your marbles dreaming of living in that foreign place where they eat un-pasteurized cheese, frogs’ legs and snails.

A bientt,

 
Adrian Leeds
Editor, French Property Insider
Email: [email protected]


 
P.S. Several new apartments have been added to the roster of apartments offered for short term rental by International Living! Be sure to visit https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/parlerparis/apartments  for more details.

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Volume II, Issue 30, July 22, 2004
In this issue:
* In the Heart of France — Discover a Mini Paris
* How Paris Stacks Up Against Other World Class Cities
* Learn to Maneuver La Vie Franaise
* Lock in Your Seat at the Washington, D.C. Conference
* Currency Exchange Update
* Hot Property: Leaseback Property in Northeast France
* Property For Sale: Views of the Seine
* Classified Advertising: Vacation Spots
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VICHY – A MINI PARIS WITHOUT BIG CITY HASSLES
By Gloria Chaitt-Morris
Hidden in almost the exact center of France is a mini Paris. A tiny jewel of a city, it has all the charm and culture of Paris without the bustle, the high prices, the pollution, or any of the faults so often mentioned when speaking of the City of Light. Yet it is almost unknown to the outside world.
Vichy dates from the Gallo-Roman era. In 52 BC, Cesar crossed a bridge here, and the Romans were the first to discover the healing virtues of the Vichy sources.
Vichy has served as the capital of France twice: Once under Napoleon III, the Second Empire and “age d’Or de Vichy (1860-1890) and for four years as the capital of Free France during WWII (1940-1944).
Since 1374, this small city has enjoyed centuries of fame as a center of leisure, and a reputation for quasi-miraculous cures. Kings, Princes, Maharajas, Sheiks and celebrities from all over the world came regularly. However, since the 1950’s, when inexpensive holidays, to exotic destinations became popular, much of the
world, including the French, has forgotten about its charm; its casinos, its famous race course and 1920’s golf course; the exquisite Paris style opera house with outstanding theatrical and lyric presentations – year round and the 13 hectares of beautiful botanical parks.,
“Le Fidel Berger” (the faithful shepherd), a tearoom and patisserie that dates back 140 years, is one tiny example of the ongoing charm of present day Vichy. This historic landmark is presided over today by a young French couple, and offers some of the best and most artistic French pastry in France – at reasonable prices. Sebastian Bonamour, the “Matre Patissier” starts work at 4 a.m. to produce works of gastronomic art like the cake shown here, that taste even better than they look. His charming and beautiful wife, Stephanie, presides over the tearoom. Everything is “fait maison,” from the chocolates to the ice cream, even a great cup of hot chocolate. If you visit Vichy, make sure to enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth croissant and coffee for breakfast, or even better, afternoon tea and pastry at the “Fidel Berger”.
There are excellent restaurants and beautiful historical sights, all within a radius of 50 kilometers. This area boasts of more chteaux per square kilometer than any part of Europe, not to mention the medieval fortresses, roman ruins, and even a Gallo-roman ruin where you can still find pieces of pottery from the period, sitting in the fields!
The city of Vichy, for the most part, has not been rebuilt. The old luxury hotels are being closed and turned into apartments – most of which are “fix-me-ups.” The prices have risen in the past three years, but are still excellent compared to Paris, Aix-en-Provance, Avignon or the Cte d’Azur.
All Vichy has to offer is charm, beautiful vistas, wonderful food, lots of activities for visitors of all ages and tastes, places to stay from five star hotels to furnished apartments and tiny family owned hotels. Best of all… hospitable people and excellent prices. What more could you ask?
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PARIS RANKS 17TH ON THE COST OF LIVING SCALE

Finfacts Worldwide 2004 Cost of Living Survey City Rankings
http://www.finfacts.ie/costofliving.htm

A few highlights…

Tokyo and London are worlds most expensive cities; Asuncion in Paraguay is cheapest.
Three of the five cheapest European cities are in countries that recently gained EU accession.
Dublin is the 4th most expensive city in the European Union 25.
Australian and New Zealand cities rise steeply in rankings due to appreciation of currencies against US dollar.
Tokyo remains the worlds most expensive city, according to the latest cost of living survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. London moves up five places in the rankings to take second position, followed by Moscow which moves down a place this year. Asuncion in Paraguay is the least expensive city in the survey.
“There have been some dramatic movements in the rankings this year which are largely due to currency fluctuations, particularly of the US dollar and the Euro,” said Marie-Laurence Sepede, Senior Researcher at Mercer.
With New York as the base city scoring 100 points, Tokyo scores 130.7 and is more than three times costlier than Asuncion which has an index of 42.7.
The gap between the worlds most and least expensive cities has narrowed only marginally this year, by less than two points compared to four points last year and 15 points in 2002.
The survey found the cost of renting a luxury unfurnished two-bedroom apartment in London was 1,950 a month, compared with 840 (1,250 Euros) in Dublin, 1,311 in Paris and 908 in Rome. (1 British Pound = 1.51492 Euro: 1 British Pound = 1.81830 US Dollar; 1 Euro = 1.20290 US Dollar; 1 US Dollar = 0.83146 Euro).
The cost of a fast-food hamburger meal at 6.5 Euro (USD$7.8) is more expensive in Dublin than in all but two of the 144 city sample. The cost in New York is 4.63 Euro (USD$5.67); Sydney 3.65 Euro (USD$4.37) and 1.93 Euro (USD$2.32) in Beijing.
A cup of coffee with table service, costs 2.75 Euro ($3.30) in Dublin; 2.75 Euro ($3.30) in New York, 6.60 Euro ($5.48) in Tokyo and 1.32 Euro($1.10) in Buenos Aires.
The survey covers 144 cities and measures the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location. These include housing, food, clothing and household goods as well as transportation and entertainment.
Europe
London is the most expensive city in Europe, with a score of 119. High accommodation and transport costs together with the appreciation of the pound against the US dollar have pushed the city up in the rankings. However, Mrs. Sepede said: “The scores are based on the cost of living for expatriates, who are more likely to stay in Central London where accommodation is most expensive.” Glasgow and Birmingham rank lower in the UK at positions 41 and 51 respectively (scores 84.1 and 82.8).
After London, Geneva is the next most expensive city in Europe ranked in 6th position (106.2) followed by Copenhagen in 8th place (102.2). Other high scoring cities include Zurich ranked 9th (101.6), Milan ranked 13th (98.7), Dublin in 14th place (96.9), Oslo in 15th place (96.2) and Paris in 17th position (94.8). Mrs. Sepede commented: “Since the Euro was introduced in 2002, many European cities have moved up in the rankings.”
At the other extreme, three of the five cheapest European cities are in countries that gained EU accession in May. Bucharest in Romania is the least expensive European city ranked 129 (60.1) followed by Limassol in Cyprus in 95th place (70.3).
Mrs. Sepede commented: “Looking ahead, we are likely to see cities in the new EU accession countries rise in the rankings, as more investment is made in commercial development and standards of living increase.”
2004 City Ranking

1 Tokyo, Japan
2 London, UK
3 Moscow, Russia
4 Osaka, Japan
5 Hong Kong
6 Geneva, Switzerland
7 Seoul, South Korea
8 Copenhagen, Denmark
9 Zrich, Switzerland
10 St. Petersburg, Russia
11 Beijing, China
12 New York City, USA
13 Milan, Italy
14 Dublin, Ireland
15 Oslo, Norway
16 Shanghai, China
17 Paris, France
18 Istanbul, Turkey
19 Vienna, Austria
20 Sydney, Australia
21 Rome, Italy
22 Stockholm, Sweden
23 Helsinki, Finland
24 Abidjan, Ivory Coast
25 Douala, Cameroon
26 Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 Los Angeles, USA
28 Berlin, Germany
29 Hanoi, Vietnam
30 Shenzhen, China
31 Taipei, Taiwan
32 Guangzhou, China
33 Tel Aviv, Israel
34 Budapest, Hungary
35 Chicago, USA
36 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
37 Beirut, Lebanon
38 San Francisco, USA
39 Luxembourg
40 Dsseldorf, Germany
41 Glasgow, UK
42 Frankfurt, Germany
43 Munich, Germany
44 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
45 Jakarta, Indonesia
46 Singapore
47 Dakar, Senegal
48 Riga, Latvia
49 Prague, Czech Republic
50 Athens, Greece
51 Birmingham, UK
52 White Plains, USA
53 Brussels, Belgium
54 Kiev, Ukraine
55 Miami, USA
56 Barcelona, Spain
57 Honolulu, USA
58 Hamburg, Germany
59 Zagreb, Croatia
60 Algiers, Algeria
61 Madrid, Spain
62 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
63 Amman, Jordan
64 Kuwait City, Kuwait
65 San Juan, Puerto Rico
66 Casablanca, Morocco
67 Melbourne, Australia
68 Washington, USA
69 Lyon, France
70 Boston, USA
71 Lisbon, Portugal
72 Morristown, USA
73 Houston, USA
74 Almaty, Kazakhstan
75 Tallinn, Estonia
76 Warsaw, Poland
77 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
78 Manama, Bahrain
79 Sofia, Bulgaria
80 Auckland, New Zealand
81 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
82 Ljubljana, Slovenia
83 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
84 Mexico City, Mexico
85 Atlanta, USA
86 Wellington, New Zealand
87 Brisbane, Australia
88 Adelaide, Australia
89 Toronto, Canada
90 Seattle, USA
91 Vilnius, Lithuania
92 St. Louis, USA
93 Leipzig, Germany
94 Perth, Australia
95 Limassol, Cyprus
96 Vancouver, Canada
97 Accra, Ghana
98 Cleveland, USA
99 Cairo, Egypt
100 Denver, USA
101 Detroit, USA
102 Monterrey, Mexico
103 Kingston, Jamaica
104 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
105 Portland, USA
106 Panama City
107 Winston Salem, USA
108 Guatemala City, Guatemala
109 Mumbai, India
110 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
111 Lagos, Nigeria
112 Pittsburgh, USA
113 Montreal, Canada
114 Calgary, Canada
115 Tianjin, China
116 New Delhi, India
117 Dacca (Dhaka), Bangladesh
118 Lima, Peru
119 Bangkok, Thailand
120 Tunis, Tunisia
121 Nairobi, Kenya
122 Tehran, Iran
123 Santiago, Chile
124 Ottawa, Canada
125 Lusaka, Zambia
126 Johannesburg, South Africa
127 Colombo, Sri Lanka
128 So Paulo, Brazil
129 Bucharest, Romania
130 San j2999, Costa Rica
131 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
132 Karachi, Pakistan
133 Chennai (Madras), India
134 Caracas, Venezuela
135 Blantyre, Malawi
136 Quito, Ecuador
137 Bangalore, India
138 Manila, Philippines
139 Bogot, Colombia
140 Harare, Zimbabwe
141 Buenos Aires, Argentina
142 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
143 Montevideo, Uruguay
144 Asuncin, Paraguay

Source: Mercer Consulting Europe

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THE INTRICACIES OF LA VIE FRANAISE

By Adrian Leeds

My trusty American Heritage Dictionary says an intricacy is something having many complexly arranged elements, elaborate, and even solvable or comprehensible, but with painstaking effort. That describes working and living in Paris to a tee.

Thousands of Americans of all ages come here every year in the hope of a job, career, new friends — in short, a new life. Paris is very sduisant (seductive), so if you come here on vacation once or twice, it’s easy to get hooked. Beauty, culture, cuisine, language, style, art, literature, history, romance, architecture…its all here for the asking, as long as you’re willing to pay the price.
I know Paris red tape. I’ve been through it, over it, around it, under it, on top of it, behind it, and in the middle of it. And somehow I have survived to tell the tale.
To start, by law you are expected to have a visa if you plan on staying more than three months (carte de sjour). You must apply for it long before you come to France (from a French consulate). Immigrations laws and procedures are quite complex. To fully understand what kind of visa you should be applying for, if at all, we recommend that you consult with the consulate, a professional, or our office before proceeding .
Obtaining the Right to Be in France
Thousands of Americans are living in France without a visa. The process to acquire a carte de sjour is long, tedious, and extremely bureaucratic. From the outset you will spend hours waiting to be seen by a fonctionnaire (civil servant), whose only real authority is over your right to be here. Be sweet — these powerful folk could determine your residence here, or lack thereof, in a matter of moments.
Learning la langue Franaise
It makes a big difference if you can speak French, at least a little. More and more French people speak reasonably good English, but you can never really be a part of France without a certain level of the language. You can enroll in a language school or take private lessons or immersion courses to get up to speed. The French-English Conversation Group I co-host (Parler Parlor) is a great way to practice, but its tough to start speaking without a basis in grammar and a moderate level of vocabulary.
Don’t assume that three months in a good crash course of French is going to turn you into a fluent speaker. Unless you are nine years old with a brain like a sponge, it will take years to learn this language well. Besides, who wants to spend all their time in Paris in a classroom suffering over the subjonctif? My advice is to relax, take courses or lessons at an easy pace, and let osmosis do the rest while you
en
joy every minute of your new life in France.
Adjusting to the French way
While finding a job or creating a new career for yourself in France is the ultimate challenge (especially without working papers), adapting to the cultural climate is something that could take your lifetime. You might be fooled into thinking that we and the French are much alike, but I can assure you, in every aspect of life the French have a different perspective — a perspective that makes their behavior patterns tremendously different from ours.
This is the subject of many books on France, particularly the two (which have become bibles for many) written by Polly Platt: French or Foe? and Savoir Flair: 211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French. She writes: ” French people are different. Wonderfully different and differently wonderful. The trick is in knowing what the differences are.” Her books brilliantly explain not only what the differences are, but why. Her advice, if taken, will lead you to a clear understanding and ultimate success in your new life in this country.

After ten years of studiously experimenting with Polly’s advice (she speaks at many of our conferences and workshops in Paris) and having been the subject of one of her tales about French customer service (or lack of), I can honestly say I have finally crossed the cultural divide and now manage to maneuver very successfully within the system.

I’ve learned not to smile at just anything or anyone. I’ve learned to say bonjour, au revoir, merci, and s’il vous plit every 10 seconds, deserving or not. I’ve learned to flirt and use charm with every waiter or sales person to get what I’m after. I’ve learned to apologize humbly before asking any question and knowing that if I don’t ask the right question, I wont get the right answer. I’ve learned to cross the streets on the red at a slow pace, wear skirts in the middle of winter, and have my coffee last as a separate course. I’ve learned that you don’t have to trade one thing for another. You can have it all and enjoy it without guilt, like a cheese course before a crme brule, or five weeks of paid vacation all taken at one time (usually in August). And most importantly, I’ve learned that life is for living, here and now, and that money doesn’t have anything to do with quality of life. It’s attitude that matters, especially here in France.
World’s best healthcare
If you haven’t heard already, the World Health Organization has determined that medical care in France is the best in the world. The US of A, on the other hand, ranks 37th in overall health system performance. All legal residents of France are covered by public health insurance. The population has no choice to opt out!– compared to 40% in the U.S. And look at the life expectancy with all that butter, cheese, and wine, the French live 2.5 years longer than Americans (averaging men and women). If you’re traveling in France and need a doctor, just call S.O.S. (01) 47-077-777, in English tel. (01) 462-134-646, the house-call service that puts a doctor at your door within 30 minutes, for about $35. Not a bad deal.
Free and finest education

If you havet kids, then the quality of education in France will be a big plus. And it’s free. Public education, which caters to more than 80% of the pupils, is secular. The Framework Law on education of July 1989 established education as the top national priority and sets as its objective to educate an entire age group to at least the level of the vocational aptitude certificate (CAP) or vocational studies certificate (BEP) and 80% of the group to Baccalaurat level within 10 years.
How safe are you?
France is also safe. France ranks 47th with 62.67 crimes per capita compared with the U.S. ranking of 53rd with 81.55 crimes per capita. The homicide rate is one-fourth that of the U.S.
Centrally located for fast, easy access to anywhere in Europe
France is centrally located to the rest of Europe. It is bordered by Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. You can travel center city to center city to Amsterdam in four-and-a-half hours, London in two-and-a-half hours, and Montpelier in three hours and fifteen minutes by the TGV (Train Grande Vitesse). You can easily make it a day trip — its so fast and inexpensive.
Property is still a bargain
Paris is a tightly defined region within which property prices do not vary as widely as in other cities. The average price per square foot for apartments in the most expensive arrondissement, the 6th, is only a little over twice the price you’d pay in the cheapest arrondissement, the 19th. Prices in the city continue to increase over each year, by as much as 17% in some areas. Today, a studio of 220 square feet costs on average $100,000, a two-bedroom of about 800 square feet costs $350,000, and a three-bedroom apartment of about 1000 square feet costs $475,000. Compare these prices with New York, San Francisco and London. Even with the increases, property in Paris can be a bargain.
Income tax–the French way
Anything to do with tax in France is horrendously tricky and, of course, depends on your personal circumstances. Income tax is derived from the total taxable earnings of the fiscal household, which includes income from a spouse, children under 18 years of age, and, in some cases, adult children too. An important point to note is that income tax in France is not levied at source. Each household submits a joint income declaration to the tax authority. (An employer does not participate in any way in the process.) Various allowances, deductions, and treaty provisions are applied to the annual disposable income to arrive at the net taxable income. Tax is then levied at progressive rates, to a top rate of 53.25% on net incomes exceeding 45,000 (about US$51,000).
Meeting the challenges
If you are thinking of working and living in this country, try to break down the challenges you’re facing into what, who, and why you need to know:
What to know: the language, how to meet people, the culture, the culture, the culture.
Who to know: experts in their fields, people who have been through it, people who make things happen, supportive friends (not only the French, but all nationalities).
How to know: study, read, network, volunteer, ask questions, ask questions, ask questions.
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Mark your calendar for the exciting upcoming conferences sponsored by the International Living Paris Office! 


Living and Investing in
France

September 10 – 12, 2004
Washington, D.C.

LIF_DC Details
Plus…
Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris with Thirza
LIF_DC Dinner/Tour
Plus…
Walking Tour of French-Speaking DC
LIF_DC Walking Tour
Plus…
Single in the City of Light
(And Loving It!) with Adrian Leeds                                      The Westin Grand – Conference Site
LIF_DC Single in the City
** Read what our past participants have to say about our Paris Office
Conferences and Tours…
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Rates as of   2004.07.22 16:57:38 GMT.
1 U.S. Dollar equals 0.815161 Euros (0.831833 Euros last week)
1 Euros equals 1.22675 U.S. Dollars (1.20216 Dollars last week)
1 U.K. Pound equals 1.50520 Euros (1.52300 Euros last week)
1 Euro equals 0.664362 U.K. Pounds (0.656597 Pounds last week)
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FOR SALE: FPI HOT PROPERTY OF THE WEEK
Each week French Property Insider features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various regions of France and districts of Paris.
We are not a real estate agency. These properties do not constitute a sales listing. For those readers seriously interested in finding property in Paris or France, you can retain our services to assist you. For more information, visit https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html or contact Jocelyn Carnegie at [email protected]

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LEASEBACK IN NORTHEAST FRANCE, TOUQUET, RSIDENCE LES JARDINS D’OPALE
 
AN ELEGANT AND NATURAL DESTINATION
One Bedroom Flats: Accommodates 4/5 people – 30 to 48 square meters – Average Price 125000 Euros HT One / Two Bedroom Flats: Accommodates 5/6 people – 43 to 45 square meters – Average Price 150000 Euros HT Up to 4.5% Guaranteed Net Rental Income
A PEARL NESTLING IN A FOREST
Two creators are responsible for the gentle way of life that is unique to Le Touquet: Man and Mother Nature. The former created a forest from start to finish which contains certain essences that cannot be found elsewhere. He then imagined a town devoted entirely to relaxation and well being. The second creator is Mother Nature who, with her retinue of wind, sand and sea, carved out the Cte d’Opale and its splendid dunes.
A PRIVILEGED LOCATION BETWEEN TOWN, SEA, AND FOREST
Investing in “Les Jardins d’Opale” means acquiring a property in an exceptional setting. Le Touquet is found at the crossroads of Europe: in close proximity to London, Brussels, and Paris (only 2 hours). However, it is extremely far from resembling any other seaside resort, offering the investor a unique opportunity. With international reputation as a popular European holiday destination, each season provides an opportunity to make a thousand new discoveries.
A Welcoming and Dynamic Resort All Year Round:
Numerous sporting activities: riding school, sports center, 2 nautical centers, aquatic complex, golf Quality infrastructures capable of attracting international clientele: conference hall, thalasso therapy, casinos, cinemas Numerous cultural activities: antique shows, literature expos, international music festivals
BETWEEN THE CANCHE VALLEY AND THE ENGLISH CHANNEL
The Jardins d’Opale Residence is set in a privileged location opposite the Canche Valley, with an open and unrestricted view over an area where ducks and horses can be found together in the reddish glow of the magnificent sunrises. Behind the residence is the forest, filled with the aroma of pine trees and the sound of birdsong.
A JEWEL OF THE OPAL COAST:
Decades of Tradition: the beach of Parisian preference during the roaring twenties Inspired Surroundings: Typical English-Norman architecture Protected Environment: 15 km of fine sandy beaches and 800 hectares of forests.
Then, just a few minutes away, there are the delights of the beach or the town, depending on your mood. Invigorating or relaxing, entertaining or cultural, gastronomic or athletic; the choice of theme for your stay in Le Touquet is entirely up to you.
CHARMING RENOVATION OF THE LEADING RESORT ON THE COTE D’OPALE
The Jardins d’Opale Residence has undergone a total renovation, which has included not only the interior facilities and amenities, but also the facades, the landscaped gardens and the swimming pool. The renovation work has been carried out in strict observance of the architectural traditions of the region. Fitting in perfectly with its natural environment, the Jardins d’Opale Residence thus meets all of the standards of quality with completely fitted apartments, tasteful interior decoration, landscaped grounds, heated pool, and ideal location.
For more information, contact: [email protected]
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** FPI PROPERTY LISTINGS – FOR SALE

 *  ILE SAINT LOUIS DUPLEX OVERLOOKING THE SEINE

165m on two levels with four main rooms, on the top floor of a 17th-century mansion (with elevator) overlooking the Seine. Two living rooms (54 and 48m) with balconies. Two bedrooms with bathrooms. Shower room. Equipped kitchen. Three toilets. Fire place. Two cellars. Attic. Double orientation. Stunning views.
Asking Price: 2,044,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee (maximum 20,000 Euros)
* QUAI DE SEINE

On the 5th floor with a lift, in a pierre-de-taille building, a superb apartment with five rooms and 152m with a 50m living room with a marble floor, fireplace and molding, four bedrooms, a kitchen, 1 one-half bathrooms and a 13m service room. Balcony with view of the river Seine and the Htel de Ville. Bright (South facing).
Asking Price: 1,580,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee (maximum 20,000 Euros)
* FACING NOTRE DAME

 
On 4th floor with private lift, beautiful three-room duplex, 75m, entirely renovated. Superb view on Notre Dame. Light-filled.
Asking Price: 1,265,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
 
* PONT NEUF WITH A VIEW OF THE SEINE

On the 4th floor without lift in an old building, charming 22m studio on street, including: an entrance hall, a living room with fireplace, a kitchen, a bathroom with toilets and a dressing room. Very good location with view on Seine. Sunny.
Asking Price: 203,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
* 4 PICES, 100M, 03700 BRUGHAS

4km from Vichy, 50km from Clermont Ferrand, a new house of 100m2 on a lot of 2095m2 with American kitchen, living room, three bedrooms, and garage.
Asking Price: 193,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
* 03000 VICHY HOTEL PARTICULIER
Center city, small htel particulier in good condition, pleasant garden, entrances from two streets.
Asking Price: 243,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
* 03000 EIGHT ROOM HOUSE NEAR VICHY
St-Pourain on the Sioule (7,000 hab.), near vignobles and tourist center, maison de village, eight rooms, two toilets, baths, equipped kitchen, terrace, garden, four-car garage, good condition.
Asking Price: 150,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
* BOURBONNAISE FARMHOUSE

Near Souvigny, Allier 03, Auvergne. Bourbonnaise fermette, habitable, close to the village, on over 1 acre. 2 bedsrooms, shower room, toilet, kitchen/living room for the habitable part. Large (60m2) room with beams, fireplace needing renovation. Grenier over the whole lot. Cellars. Great view across the valley. Shops within walking distance. Attic and another large room to renovate, wine cellar.
Asking Price: 71,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee</ p>
The best way to find the home or apartment in France of your dreams is to designate a time to be here to do a proper search. For more information about our property search services visit https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html and for serious inquiries regarding these properties click here to email Jocelyn Carnegie, French Property Consultant: [email protected]
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PARLER PARIS APRES MIDI

NO MEETING DURING AUGUST
EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.                                    NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

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.

LOCATION:
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Mtro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, Rpublique or Arts et Mtiers
For a detail description of the past meeting and for more information
about Parler Paris Aprs Midi, visit:
https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/parlerparis/apresmidi.html

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INSIDER PARIS GUIDES DISCOUNT FOR FPI SUBSCRIBERS
Don’t forget that with your FPI subscription you are entitled to a discount on the purchase of any Insider Paris Guides. You’ll find details of the guides at http://www.insiderparisguides.com/. When ordering, a box will pop up allowing you to enter the following username/password
Order more than one guide at a time and you will receive an additional discount!
Username: propertyinsider
Password: liveinfrance
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RENTING AN APARTMENT IN PARIS OR HAVE AN APARTMENT TO RENT?
If you are seeking to rent a furnished apartment for a week, a month or a year or you have an apartment you wish to rent, contact Adrian Leeds
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FPI CONFERENCE CALLS 

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As an FPI subscriber, we offer you special access to our time and
knowledge with our own quarterly conference calls. The next scheduled
conference call is Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 8 p.m. Paris time, 2 p.m.
Eastern time. Mark your calendars now, but don’t worry, we’ll give you
plenty of advance notice.

To listen to the last conference call:
July 11, 2004
The French Leaseback: A Hassle-Free Investment with a Guaranteed Return
https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/107.mp3
NEXT CONFERENCE CALL
Conference Date: October 17, 2004
Conference Time: 2 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. Paris Time
Discussion Topic: TBA

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
– FPI Website: To access any password protected pages, the username is: fpiuser and the password is: paris1802. If your computer utilizes cookies, once you log into a subscriber only section, the login information will remain active for seven days, after which you will have to login again.
– Past issues of FPI are available on the website. You will find the “Past Issues” link on the left under “Subscribers Only” or by going to https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/archives.cfm
– To receive your free French Leaseback Report or the Paris Property Report, click on https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/reports2003.cfm and download the pdf versions.
– Instructions for upcoming conference calls are on the FPI website. You’ll find the link under the “Subscribers Only” section on the left of any page.
– Get In On The Discussion: Care to weigh-in on current HOT topics of discussion on France? Get in on or start your own thread on our bulletin board at http://www.agora-inc.com/forums/index.cfm?cfapp=15
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==APARTMENT RENTAL==
Guest Room or Two-Bedroom Apartment Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter apartment two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect f
or a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is in or for up to 4 people when she’s traveling.
The Guest Room is offered at 525 Euros per week (75 Euros per day, 200 Euros deposit deposit required). The Entire Apartment when available is offered at 875 Euros per week (125 Euros per day, 350 Euros deposit required). References are required.
Pictures and more details available at https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
For information and reservations email: ABL_Apartment
==APARTMENT RENTAL==
For rent by the week or longer
Two lovely 2 or 3-bedroom apartments — 1st arrondissement, same building. Just minutes away: the Louvre, Tuilleries, Place Vendome and more. French style gives you a true taste of Paris. Fully equiped makes your Paris stay effortless, comfortable and memorable.
Complete information and photos at http://www.youlloveparis.com
==APARTMENT RENTAL==

Stay in your own 17th-century pied–terre in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prs, Paris, by the week or month. Sleeps 4. Newly furnished and redecorated. Totally charming. From $150 per night.
Visit https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/mazarine.html
or contact Porter Scott at Mazarine
==APARTMENT RENTAL==
* 23, rue Mazarine in the 6th arrondissement. Mtro: Odeon
45 square meters: bedroom, bath with tub/shower, kitchen & dining area, living room with bedcouch. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Cable TV. Beautiful restored stone wall, beams, charm of 17th century building. 3 flights up, no elevator.
To book, contact Porter Scott at
[email protected]
==SEASIDE VACATION APARTMENT RENTAL==

Monte Carlo Seaside: a dream flat with a dream view on Monaco and the sea!
Located at the french border of the principality of Monaco in Roquebrune Cap Martin — this big one bedroom flat of 600 square-feet with a terrace can easily accommodate one couple + one extra adult on a convertible sofa. Fully equiped kitchen, marble bathroom, private cark park, security doors, pure silence, fresh sea breeze, direct access to the quiet private beach at 200 meters, 5 minutes to Monte Carlo train station or bus stop, easy access from Nice international airport and Monte Carlo train station.
May to June*: 600 euros per week
July to September: 800 euros per week
*Special Weeks in May: Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival: 1000 euros per week
Visit https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/pfmontecarlo.html
or contact FPI_Monte-Carlo and ask for the French Property Insider Special Offer.
==APARTMENT RENTAL==
Elegant, Tasteful, Calm at Saint-Germain-des-Prs, 6th arrondissement, one bedroom apartment, sleeps 4. Amenities: Fireplace, Phone, Cable TV, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer & Dryer, Bathtub with Shower.
For more information, visit:
https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/scott.html or contact FPI_Cherche_Midi_Rental
==APARTMENT RENTAL==
* 41, rue Mazarine in the 6th arrondissement. Mtro Odeon
40 square meters: bedroom, bathroom with shower. Kitchen. Dining/Living room with sleeper sofa. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Cable TV. Restored interior brick wall. 2 flights up with elevator.
To book, contact Porter Scott at
[email protected]

==PROVENCE VACATION HOME RENTAL==

Make this exquisite contemporary private residence your home away from home while vacationing in Provence this spring or summer. Paradise for the person who appreciates fine esthetics, this restored farm house dating as far back as 1682 is in the heart of Provence in the green setting of over seven acres of olive and chestnut trees, terraces and gardens with a private pool. “La Vernatelle” is less than 20 minutes from Saint Tropez, but nestled in the forest of La Garde Freinet en Provence. Three bedrooms, four baths, seven terraces, a chimney, a large mezzanine for reading and lounging overlooking the main living area, pool and much, much more! Read more about La Vernatelle… https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/lavernatelle.html
2,975 Euro per Week
To reserve or for more information, contact: [email protected]
==APARTMENT RENTAL==
* 20, rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6th arrondissement, just down the street from the world famous Poilne bakery. Mtro: St. Sulpice. 45 square meters: bedroom, bath with tub/shower, kitchen, dining room and living room area with trundle bed (2 twins). Fully and elegantly furnished. Cable TV. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Decor composed of 18th century oak paneling. 2 flights up.
To book, contact Porter Scott at
[email protected]
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==APARTMENT RENTALS==
See More Apartment Rentals At: https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/parlerparis/apartments
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HELPFUL CONVERSIONS FOR REAL ESTATE
1 square meter = 10.7639104 square feet
1 hectare = 2.4710538 acres
For more conversions, refer to: http://www.onlineconversion.com/
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