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We have a lot of events coming up that you will for sure want to know about so you can take the opportunity to join in:


3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Nice Time
La Brasserie Le Félix Faure
12 avenue Félix Faure,
Nice, 06000 France

Finding Purpose in France, with Lisa Anselmo

Lisa Anselmo and her book My Part-time Paris Life

In her talk, “Finding Purpose in France,” author and coach, Lisa, will share her story, and talk about how disrupting your life (whether intentional or not) can set you on a path toward self-discovery, reinvention—and renewed purpose.

Lisa has spent most of her professional career in magazine publishing, working on such iconic brands as People, InStyle, and Allure. She’s been everything from a creative director to an opera singer, but ultimately, she has followed her passion for storytelling and inspiring people.

Lisa started traveling to France regularly more than 15 years ago—at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website. But soon, she had cultivated friends—both Parisians and expats—and eventually built another life across the ocean. After losing her mother to breast cancer, she was motivated to make her other life official, buying an apartment on Paris’s Right Bank.

She is the author of the memoir My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home (St. Martin’s Press), a candid story of a woman searching for hope and healing in France. Her Youtube series of the same name showcases Parisians and expats who, like her, have taken a risk to change their lives.

Lisa’s articles have appeared in New York magazine, AARP, People, The Local France, and Bonjour Paris. She has been featured in New York magazine’s The Cut, Bustle, Travel + Leisure, the BBC, HGTV’s House Hunters International, Rudy Maxa’s World, Taste of France magazine, and International Living, to name a few.

Note: This event will be recorded so that you can watch it at a later time and send it to your friends! This is our second Après-Midi in Nice…with more to come—every other month on the fourth Thursday!


Organized by Ella Dyer, moderated by Adrian Leeds

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Nice Time
La Havane
32 rue de France
Nice, 06000 France

Montage of the authors speaking at the Meet the Authors event in NiceJoin us in the Caribbean atmosphere of La Havane in Nice to meet a group of local authors and discover their books and their stories. This has been an annual event for the past several years and it just gets better and better.

The authors will talk about their recent works, read a bit from them, and answer your questions. The authors will have a few of their books for purchasing and signing, but to be sure, you may want to pre-order your copy and bring it with you for your own personal signed copy!

I will emcee the event and share in some of my own experiences. Participation is FREE, but we ask that you purchase at least one drink to show the host venue how much we appreciate their hospitality!

Ella Dyer, author of Nice in Nice and the event organizer, is fond of saying “A lifetime in Nice is never enough!”

Meet the Authors:


Lynn Heyman, author of Paris Moments, a NovelLynn Heyman is a New York City native, and has an illustrious career teaching French language and literature. She has studied and spent years in Paris and throughout France, where she returns often. A seasoned world traveler, she now resides near San Diego, California.

Lynn attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst as well as La Sorbonne in Paris. In addition, she studied at the Université de Strasbourg in “Le Français des Affaires” (business French). She was awarded on numerous occasions by the American Association of Teachers, the French government, the Québec government, and by the Université de Pau in France.

Lynn has 38 years of teaching French under her belt at both High School and University levels. One of the many feathers in her cap was being hosted by King Mohammed VI in Morocco. A prolific author, she’s lived in many cities, has traveled to many places, and has had a fascinating life that includes dying on the operating table! Lynn’s congenital heart issue required her aorta to be rebuilt, thus bringing her back to life. Survival has given her a renewed outlook on life as a daily gift to be celebrated to the fullest, not unlike the philosophy of Camus.


Janet Hulstrand, author of A Long Way from Iowa: From the Heartland to the Heart of France.Author, writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of literature, she is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and A Long Way from Iowa: From the Heartland to the Heart of France.

Janet writes frequently for, France Today, France Revisited, and for her own blog, Writing from the Heart and Reading for the Road. Janet teaches online classes for Politics and Prose bookstore. She grew up in Minnesota, lived for many years in New York and Washington DC, and is currently living in Essoyes, a beautiful little village in the Champagne region of France, where she is working on her next book.


Caroline M. Ohanian, author of The Lone Doe/La Biche EsseuléeAuthor of The Lone Doe/La Biche Esseulée, Caroline was born in Monaco in the mid-80s, is a graduate of a top business school and a business manager, as well as a single mother. C. M. is an idealist and artist at heart, who lives surrounded by nature and animals on the heights of her native French Riviera, in the southeast of France.

Following a series of family tragedies, it was in absolute calmness, after months of introspection, that she felt the irrepressible and liberating need to write, as if to breathe, at her humble level, a breeze of wisdom and peace to all those who will honor and delight in reading her work.

The Lone Doe is a spiritual awakening journey, toward soul wholeness, and unconditional love.


Lisa Pepin, author of The Dark Side of Black TrufflesLisa Pepin is an American who has lived in France for 20 years and has written about French life for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and in her column, The Riviera Reporter.

The Dark Side of Black Truffles is a collection of short stories about the shady, shocking, and sometimes dangerous business of Provence’s truffle trade. It is her first book.

For more information about Meet the Authors, email Ella Dyer.



Financial Planning and the Cost of Living
by Brian Dunhill and Adrian Leeds

North American Expats in France Financial Form promoSponsored by Dunhill Financial and Adrian Leeds Group
Wednesday, June 7th
10 a.m. Pacific Time, 1 p.m. Eastern Time and 7 p.m. in France

This event is free and will last an hour, including a 15-minute Q&A so you can ask your questions to the experts.

Brian Dunhill is a Financial Planner with a core emphasis on concentrated positions, and retirement planning for Expatriates. Past positions have led him to work in many capacities for prestigious firms on Wall Street including UBS, Lehman Brothers, and A.G. Edwards. Working as an analyst, in compliance, and as a Financial Advisor has given him the full perspective on the operations of a financial firm.

To register for the event, click here.


“Top 10 Mistakes Not to Make When Buying a Property in France!”

Saturday, July 8th
11 a.m. Pacific Time, 2 p.m. Eastern Time and 8 p.m. in France

When you make a property purchase in France, it’s pretty easy to make mistakes. And those mistakes can be very costly indeed. Join us as I outline the top 10 mistakes not to make when buying a property in France—tips I’ve learned the hard way, by facing them with our clients or by making them myself!


This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members, AATF members, and invited guests of the presenter or publicist (THAT’S YOU!). Non-members or persons who have no AF chapter nearby can purchase tickets ($10). Click here to register.

For more information, visit our site.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds at La Villette in ParisAdrian Leeds
The Adrian Leeds Group®

P.S. We host or speak at a number of events each year. To see what we’re up to next, please see our Events page on our website.


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