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A Different Kind of Bastille Day

Photo of Nice Plage with blue chairs and blue and white umbrellas on the beach
Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais

This is the week of all weeks in France. If I were in Paris, I’d be busy orchestrating a picnic on the Champ de Mars on Wednesday, July 14th, in anticipation of the annual fireworks display…but I’m not in Paris this time around. I’ve only missed a few of those special occasions over the last 27 years for important family occassions. Otherwise, you could count on me to be on the grass with big blankets spread out, lots of food laid out, and with lots of friends doing nothing but relaxing and waiting for the big show—the “feu d’artifice.” In some ways I’m sad to be missing it, but in other ways, I’m quite happy discovering a new way of celebrating the holiday here on the Côte d’Azur.

While dining on my balcony last night and looking through emails, I got word that an HGTV Mediterranean Life that we taped almost two years ago is finally airing! With no advance warning, it didn’t give us time to get it properly announced to you, so I apologize now for not letting you know any sooner than this—a good reason to follow us on social media, as we did post it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as soon as we could.

Logo meme for HGTV's Mediterranean Life

“Old-world Charm in Nice”
Sunday, July 11th at 11:31 p.m. EDT and Monday, July 12th at 2:30 a.m. EDT.

After apartment hopping in Paris, a woman decides to relocate to the Mediterranean gem of Nice, France. She brings her sister along on the house hunt and hopes to find a property full of French charm near the cultural experiences she craves.

Photo of Adrian Leeds on set of a House Hunters International episode in Nice, France

Debbie, Adrian and Donna, on the “set” of the most recent Mediterranean Life, HGTV

To watch the episode, you can watch it by streaming the HGTV app on your TV, phone or iPad or other device and then searching for the episode in their Mediterranean Life series.

To learn more, visit our site.


In coordination with the Cannes Film Festival currently in full swing just down the road, The Hollywood Reporter published this article “No Tour, No Problem! Why Home Buyers Are Scooping Up Villas Sight Unseen in the French Riviera” subtitled, Social media helps travelers buy multimillion-dollar properties without stepping foot in them: ‘People are surfing the web like crazy.'”

Photo of an article appearing in the Hollywood Reporter about buying real estate on the French Riviers

That was my quote, as you will see when you read the article, and I tell you, it’s true. You might even be one of those people surfing the net, perusing properties and dreaming of changing your life for the better by moving to France or purchasing property here. I’ve been very remiss in not asking our clients for testimonials, even though we know their level of happiness now that they have taken the plunge with our assistance. We hear it everyday…and then forget to get it in writing.

So, I am launching a campaign to query our clients and get their comments posted on our site very soon. If you’re one of our clients and reading this now, then we’d be delighted to hear from you. In order to complete a brief questionnaire online, simply email us and we’ll send you the link! (And don’t think your comments have to all be positive! We will welcome your criticisms and comments so that we can learn how to do an even better job!)


I know, it’s a funny name. But you get the point, right?

I told podcaster of Eat the Damn Bread, Colet (pronounced “Colette”), that I stopped eating bread years ago, but I get it. It means “Don’t deprive yourself of living your life to the fullest.”

She is not only a certified health coach and Brussels sprouts connoisseur, she is also a serious Francophile. Her weekly podcasts are mostly about life in France and how to create that “joie de vivre” we are all looking to achieve…through the topics of nutrition, movement, mindset and environment.

A couple of weeks ago, this amazing young woman, who super impressed me with her positive energy and intelligent questions (some of the talents that make a great podcaster), engaged me in what I thought would be just a few minutes of conversation, but turned into almost two hours of not wanting to sign off and just keep chatting.

While I fully agree with the “eat the damn bread” concept, I’m still trying my best to not let those baguettes and croissant go straight from the lips to the hips!

Meanwhile, the podcast is out and is titled: “HGTV’s Adrian Leeds on Finding French Property the American Way & Her 27 Year Adventure Living in France.”

The launch date is TODAY, July 12th, at 2 a.m. France time (5 p.m. July 11th in California and 8 p.m. July 11th in New York). Here’s where you’ll find it to listen to.

Promotional meme for Adrian Leeds' appearnce on the podcast Eat the Damn Bread

Here are other ways of playing it, too:

Apple Podcast



Google Podcast

Direct download


If you’re in Paris for Bastille Day, then you might want to take a special opportunity to join Rosemary Flannery on her “Angels of Paris Part 2 Tour” to discover extraordinary and surprising images of angels in architecture throughout the City of Light.

Rosemary will find ‘recycled’ angels, angel trumpeters, lightning rod angels, angels adorning clocks and Rococo angels, as you stroll from the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral to the exquisite Sainte Chapelle on the Ile de la Cité, and cross the Seine to the Right Bank and the artisans’ neighborhood of the Marais. Chiseled in stone, cast in bronze, or carved and gilded in wood, these angels beautify the city with their unique artistic presence, from medieval to modern times. You’ll learn the stories of these decorative spirits and of their creators, ‘image-makers’ and sculptors.

Rosemary Flannery is the author and photographer of Angels of Paris: An Architectural Tour through the History of Paris. She IS the ‘angels expert’ of the city. She also specializes in art and architecture tours, and is an artist herself, creating portraits and scenes of Paris life.

Rosemary Flannery portait artist in Paris

Rosemary Flannery

You can view her work here, and her tours here.

For information on The Angels of Paris book, visit

And here, to register for the tour.

Be sure to tell Rosemary that Adrian sent you!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds at Cafe Amelie in New OrleansAdrian Leeds
The Adrian Leeds Group®

George Clooney holding poster to join him and Amal in ItalyP.S. Next Monday you will NOT receive a Nouvellettre®…and that’s because I will officially be on vacation. It’s only once a year, so there shouldn’t be too much complaint (smile). My daughter and I are heading north to the Italian lake country (no, not because George and Amal will be there!), a spot on the European planet that we haven’t ever seen or experienced before. From there we will head south again via Genoa, another spot we’ve missed until now. So, stay tuned for a travelogue of our journey to give you a little taste of Italy!



  1. Susan Sindlinger on July 13, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Just wanted to say how great today’s ‘zoom’ with Craig and his surprise guests was! I think it was the best yet! I am crossing my fingers you and your team will find a way to keep zooming après-midi events when life in Paris is back to normal. It has been a major source of joy for me and I bet, others, to participate from afar this past year. Thanks for all you do!!!!
    Virtual bises,
    Susan ( your long ago Marais apartment renter)

    • Adrian Leeds Group on July 14, 2021 at 3:03 am

      Thank you Susan!

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