A Paris Renaissance
The Grand Palais was built for the 1900 World’s Fair, and apropos, considering the disaster of today in New Orleans, a 1910 flood of the Seine damaged the foundations, and subsequent changes in Paris’ water table further undermined the stability of the structure. “The Grand Palais is a beacon, literally a lighthouse, projecting the light of French arts and culture throughout the world,” said Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, as CNN reported last Thursday — you can read the entire article at
My little birdie at the Paris City Hall told me about the many upcoming openings and reopenings in Paris that we should be watching for. This comes synchronistically at a time when there is much conversation about the “renouvellement,” refurbishing, renovation, rehabilitation, rebirth, revival, recovery, recuperation, resurgence and re’ everything of “Nouvelle Orléans” — the great American city we have France and the French to thank so much for that is sadly struggling for dear life. I weep as I write thinking of my home town, its characteristically spirited inhabitants, its rich heritage and its once beautiful 18th-century and anti-bellum homes, many of which have been destroyed. (I got word from my family that their restaurant, Tujague’s, the second oldest in the city located on Decatur street near Jackson Square, is intact, not flooded and planning a reopening. What great news!)
Reopenings here in Paris scheduled for the rest of 2005 include the…
* Aquarium Trocadéro (Paris 16th) at the end of the year (for information visit http://www.culture.fr)
* Musée du Petit Palais at 1, avenue Dutuit (Paris 8th) on the 15th of November (for information visit http://www.paris.fr, +33 (0) 1.40.05.56.78)
* Cinémathèque Française, 51, rue de Bercy (Paris 12th) on September 28th (for information visit http://www.cinemathequefrancaise.com)
* Musée Cernuschi at 7, avenue Velasquez (Paris 8th)(for information visit http://www.paris.fr)
* Opéra-Comique at 2, rue Favart (Paris 2nd) reopened just this past week (for information visit http://www.opera-comique.com)
* Péristyle de la Comédie Française at the Théâtre Comédie Française, Place Colette (Paris 1st) in October (for more information visit http://www.comedie-francaise.fr)
In 2006, we will happily also re-welcome the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the floating pool on the Seine at Bercy, the Grande Hall de la Villette, the Musée de l’Homme, the Gaîté Lyrique, the Pailleron Gymnasium, the Salle Pleyel, the Théâtre de l’Odéon, the Musée de l’Orangerie, the Musée du Quai Branly, the elongation of the Métro 14 line, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine and various libraries around town!
As you can see, there is even more in store for Paris culturally speaking, within the next 16 months! And all that will enhance the already culturally rich city we are so thankful to have.
A la prochaine…
Editor, Parler Paris
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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance
September 21 to November 27
For over twenty years now, the Cirque Plume has enchanted audiences with its lively and colorful performances, full of music and poetry.
This well-known circus troupe is on tour in France and throughout Europe to present its latest creation, “Plic Ploc,” arriving in Paris this autumn at the Espace Chapiteaux of the Parc de la Villette. Make sure you catch this new show on the theme of drops of water and the musical sound they make. The actors, equipped with wellingtons, mops and umbrellas, go on a musical tour through a world populated by taps and hosepipes. From fountains and geysers to showers, we are promised a veritable ballet of acrobatics, contortions and somersaults.
Parc de l
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 PARIS
Métro: Porte de Pantin
Art and Culture
PARIS WALKS with Leonard Pitt
September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 12
Leonard Pitt, author of the bestselling “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club, will be in Paris for one month, September 15 to October 16, and is now organizing small groups for walks through the city.
Four walks are offered. Each lasts about 3 hours+.
Cost: 60 Euros per person. Maximum 8 to a group. Inquire about group rates.
Leonard’s unique perspective offers a view of Paris in all its beauty and drama that is not available anywhere else. Diane Johnson speaks of his book with praise in her latest book, “Into a Paris Quartier,” and the French press came out with numerous glowing reviews when his book appeared in 2002.
“Leonard is completely legitimate, he’s impregnated with Paris. He sees things that we don’t see.” – Le Figaro
“This American friend knows Paris like the back of his hand and illustrates clearly what the serious stroller would have a hard time deciphering on his own – the history that runs beneath today’s buildings.” – Le Nouvel Observateur
Jana Jagoe took a walk with Leonard in Spring 2005. She writes:
“If you want to truly understand the impact that Napoleon and Haussmann had on Paris the best guide is Leonard Pitt. He not only knows his subject matter but has the actor’s ability that allows you to see the past and the characters who filled it. I’ve lived half the year in Paris for five years and have taken dozens of tours. None compares to Leonard’s. All of the pieces are there. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss this one.”
For information, contact Leonard at [email protected]
To see his book, go to: http://www.leonardpitt.com
Walk 1. Left Bank. Begins at St. Germain des Prés and ends at Square Viviani across from Notre Dame.
Walk 2. Ile de la Cité.
Walks 1 and 2 give a first-hand view of the making of modern Paris under Baron Haussmann. The effect of standing on a corner with a photo in hand of 19th century Paris brings home the full impact of the city’s transformation as the Baron’s pickaxe tore down 20,000 houses to make way for the great boulevards and avenues that define Paris today.
Walk 3. The Marais.
Begins in Place des Vosges and explores the unknown history of the Marais south of rue Saint-Antoine from the 1920s to the 1950s. A mixture of anti-Semitism plus a blockheaded approach to urban planning was a disaster to this quarter. The casual stroller has no idea of the dramas played out at virtually every corner.
Walk 4. Paris and Chocolate.
This walk combines Paris history plus visits to three of Paris’s premium chocolate houses. We begin on the grounds of the Louvre and look at how the creation of the Louvre as we know it resulted from a tragic accident. Then we walk to the garden of the Palais Royal to see how one man’s debauchery lead to the creation of that great architectural gem, the covered passageway. From there we walk across the street to two of the most beautiful passageways borne of this debauchery, Passages Vivienne and Colbert. Then up rue Vivienne with a stop at Debauve and Gallais to purchase some chocolate on our way to a wonderful network of passages including Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeaux. Exiting the passages we make our second chocolate stop at Mère de la Famille. A short bus ride to Place de l’Opera takes us into the making of modern Paris and the great history of the Grands Boulevards. We’ll then continue up the boulevard to the famous La Maison du Chocolate, make our final purchase of this food of the gods and repair to a cafe for our tasting, to compare, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy.
For more details visit http://www.berkeleychocolateclub.com
Special Note: Leonard Pitt will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner of the Living and Investing in France Conference October 21 – 23, 2005 at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. To learn more and reserve your place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html
“Première a Paris”
Photography by Jan Hanson
Vernissage September 22, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
San Francisco photographer Jan Hanson invites those of you who will be in Paris this fall to visit her photo exhibit at ArtSpace at WICE.
The exhibit features Jan’s display of stunning photos of Paris by night and mouthwatering close-ups of food by day, as well as a few surprise images added for good measure.
The exhibit, “Première a Paris,” will run from September 19 through November 10, and the Vernissage will be Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
20, boulevard du Montparnasse, 75015, Paris
Métros: Duroc and Falguiere
For more information, contact Jan Hanson at [email protected]
International Contemporary Art Show: FIAC
October 6 to 10 October
Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles
The 32nd FIAC will take place in halls 4 and 5.1 of the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles. Some 207 galleries, almost a quarter of them are new to FIAC, will exhibit. 26 countries will be represented by 113 foreign galleries and 99 from France.
Charlie Chaplin et les images
The world through a comedian’s eyes
Until September 18
The exhibition “Chaplin in pictures” at the Jeu de Paume includes documents and home movies from Chaplin family archives. It reveals one of the 20th century’s best-loved characters and the outstanding achievement of his creator: producer, director and actor.
Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008, PARIS
Bus: 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94
For tickets call: 01.47.03.12.50
For more information visit http://www.jeudepaume.org
La Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche is back and more surprising than ever. The Paris City Council invites us to take a different look at the capital by asking talented artists from all horizons (music, visual art, video, sound, lighting) to deploy their skills in order to amaze and move us.
In the space of a few hours, Paris becomes home of the night-owls. Dressed in their evening finery, museums, libraries, swimming pools and churches throw open their doors. Unconventional illuminations, offbeat sounds, unusual exhibitions, original ideas…are all on the agenda for this night without sleep.
Unforgettable Rat Pack music with Kate and the Red Thread Jazz Trio
Friday September 9, 2005
Kate Michaels and the Red Thread return to Le Petit Journal-Montparnasse,to celebrate their new recording from Swinging the Marilyn Monroe Songbook.
Music from the Rat Pack era is returning to popularity everywhere. Enjoying additional bursts of support with Robbie William’s “Swing When You’re Winning” and Bette Midler’s new recording, The Rosemary Clooney Songbook, everyone delights in this beloved genre which continues to please jazz and music lovers everywhere. Join Kate Michaels and the Red Thread while they share their passion and ability of this diverse and sophisticated style of music.
Kate Michaels (v), Stephan Kraus (p), Roland Döringer (cb), Marko Klotz (d) and special guests. For more information contact: Robert Ismir at +33 6 20 42 22 68 or call the club directly. Seating is limited.
13 rue du Commandant Mouchotte – 75014 PARIS
Tel: 01 43 21 56 70 Fax : 01 43 21 58 89
NOTE: Members and friends of the Paris alumni clubs and of the American Library in Paris are invited to take advantage of a special discount. RSVP to the American Library in Paris at [email protected] or by phone at 01 53 59 12 67.
Jazz La Villette 2005
Parc De La Villette
August 30 – September 10
A week long jazz extravaganza that is now a major event on the Paris jazz calendar. Jazz La Villette brings together jazz musicians from many countries, of many ages, and playing jazz of all varieties, its got something for everybody.
Métro: Porte de Pantin
Aldridge Hansberry Ensemble
Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17, 10 p.m.
Originally from New Orleans, drummer, flautist, composer Aldridge Hansberry is a resident Parisian. Her formation is at the 7 Lézards for two nights. She has chosen some of the cream of Parisian Jazz as collaborators in this group that will be playing two nights at the 7 Lézards. It has been said of her compositions,”…A music that swings and is packed with ideas! Lively, colorful, dynamic with a dash of ‘groove’ that brings out a smile and makes you want to move…” Don’t miss these evenings of original music.
Jobic Le Masson – piano
Rasul Siddik – trumpet
Thomas Kpade – cello
Peter Giron – upright bass
Aldridge Hansberry – drums, flute, compositions
Restaurant, Club de Jazz, Salon de Thé
10, rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris
Cover: 15 euros/12 euros
Festival Musique en l’Ile
June 28 to September 17
Classical concerts with the Moscow Sirine Choir, the Vocal Group “Oxford Voices,” the Paris Gregorian Choir and more.
Eglises Saint-Louis-en-Ile (4th Arrondissement), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arrondissement) and others.
For more information
Deva Premal and Miten’s Premier Concert in Paris
October 13, 2005
What do the Dalaï Lama, Cher, Eckhardt Tolle and Anthony Robbins have in common with a rapidly growing number of baby-boomers? They are all fans of Deva Premal and Miten! Their CD “The Essence” has been a best seller in Europe for the past 5 years; it created a sensation in the U.S. and Canada last year. Orders for their latest CD “Dakshina” topped the charts at http://www.amazon.com even before it went on sale in April of this year.
4 square du Rapp, 75007 Paris
Editions le Souffle d’Or (Tel. 04.92.65.52.26), FNAC, Ticketnet
Tickets: 25 euros
Sponsored by Etnotek, a non-profit organization
For more information, call Etnotek at 01.47.66.80.74 or e-mail [email protected]
The French-American Foundation-Comité Français invites you to a breakfast debate on French and Americans : Coexistence- Is it possible?
Featuring, Pascal Baudry, Président et fondateur de WDHB Consulting Group and author of « Français et Américains, l’autre rive »
and Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of « French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French. »
Wednesday, September 14, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m
at LES EDITEURS, 4, carrefour de l’Odéon – 75006 Paris
respond by email to: [email protected]
David Sedaris, author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One day, & Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim, may be the closest thing the literary world has to a rock star!
He will speak at the Americann Library in Paris
September 21, 7:00 p.m.
10 rue Général Camou, 75007 Paris.
Cocktail hour & book signing to follow. 20 euros per person.
MOVING PARTS! Kicks off the new season with a play-reading in English by Georgia Smith :”Dilemma”
11 Sept at 7.30 p.m.
AT: Carr’s Pub & Restaurant,1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
Next Meeting: September 13th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
We’re open all summer!
MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Unsurpassed networking opportunities.
Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Our guest will be:
President and Founder of Business Mentors, Inc
Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Paris
Al Stewart is President and founder of Business Mentors, Inc., a career management consulting company, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with branch offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Paris, France. His organization provides career management support to both corporations and individuals across multiple industries. As job security became questionable in corporate America, he realized that individuals needed to be more proactive and learn how to take control of their own careers. Since busy professionals had neither the time nor expertise to conduct a thorough review of their skill sets and competencies, Al assembled a team of professionals dedicated to helping clients achieve the maximum of success in their current organizations or to develop strategies for marketing themselves effectively when considering a career transition.
Business Mentors’ clients are taking advantage of executive coaching opportunities, learning methodologies for productive career search campaigns or exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in the US and abroad. One specialized part of his company’s offerings focuses on Americans who want to examine career opportunities in Europe and Asia, and American expatriates and foreign nationals who want to return to the U.S. or seek employment in the U.S. He assists them in packaging themselves for the domain they are targeting, understanding search methodologies used on a country-by-country basis and recognizing cultural innuendos that can contribute to success or failure. As an individual who works in and owns property in France, he understands the challenges inherent with international relocation and culturalization.
Al has an extensive background with Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications, transportation and career transition industries. He has held management leadership positions in sales and marketing, public relations, human resources, and training/organizational development with industry giants including AT&T, Sprint Communications, Eastern Airlines, and Drake Beam Morin, the world’s leading career transition organization.
He is actively involved in working with corporations to improve the performance of their employees and with individuals to more effectively manage their futures within those corporations. He works with management teams to help them understand the inherent value to the corporation when employees step up and accept responsibility for their own careers. He has spoken at numerous corporate and association events on a variety of career management topics, and he serves as a mentor for Mentium 100, an executive leadership program for women in business. He has been published on several occasions in the New York Times, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, and Employment Weekly regarding topics ranging from the condition of the job market in corporate America to the needs of America’s “concerned employed.” He has been interviewed for specific segments by the Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting and the Fox Network on specific workplace issues that employees are facing in this era of change.
Al is fluent in French and Spanish and conversant in Italian. He received a BA in Modern Foreign Languages from Emory University in Atlanta and an M.Ed. in Adult Education & Counseling from Georgia State University, Atlanta.
How to contact Al Stewart:
888 Intracoastal Drive, Suite 15D, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Please visit: http://www.business-mentors.com
Email: [email protected]
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros
BUFFET. GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.
Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia
For more information contact Patricia
PARIS SOIREES DINNER
Every Sunday! We’re open all summer!
NEW TIME! Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.
HAPPY HOUR. DINNER. PRESENTATION. DISCUSSION.
WE’VE GOT AIR-CONDITIONING!
Sunday 11 September at 18h30 (New Time! Happy Hour is at 18h30)
Our guest of honor will be:
Catherine St John
Artist. Professor At Berkeley College
Remembering 11 September (The September Concert), a commemoration taking place simultaneously in many cities.
The Paris-New York Artist Connection: The Second Wave. Abstract Expressionism in New York Featuring Artist And Professor Catherine Saint John, Artist And Professor At Berkeley College. (And Remembering September 11th) Paris Soirées Dinner. Sunday 11 September At 18h30 (Paris Soirees New Time: Happy Hour s Is At 18h30. Don’t Miss It).
At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.
PARTICIPATION: 20 Euros
GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. To reserve on Sundays, please call.
Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge your circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.
27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
Jim Haynes Atelier
A2 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
The Expatica and Euronet International Networking Event
Tuesday, September 13
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Please join Euronet Paris, Expatica and some of Paris’ top international professionals from a wide array of multinational companies and sectors for an evening of professional networking.
This international event is a unique opportunity to get exposure for your career and/or your business. In the short space of two hours, you will be able to participate in several networking sessions geared to your professional needs.
Institut Hongrois de Paris
92, rue Bonaparte
Métro: Saint-Sulpice, Mabillon
At 9:00 p.m., Mr. Paul Tracy from Fine Wine World will accompany us to the 4 corners of the globe while we taste some delicious wines from all over the world: Hungarian red, Chilean Chardonnay, white Australian, and true red California Zinfandel. Mr. Tracy will be available to talk and answer any inquiries you may have!
For more information visit:
Summer Events for Expats!
Euronet Paris is a multicultural and multilingual venue for international professionals to meet and network. Members represent over 50 different nationalities, are between 25 and 43 years old, and are internationally oriented, working in an international environment and living in Paris.
Upcoming Euronet events include:
Mid-September: Speed Networking Happy Hour
For more information visit http://www.euronetinternational.com
Astro Paris by Eric Francis
(This is the short version of the Birthday Report. The full version is available to Planet Waves Weekly subscribers.)
Astro Paris by Eric Francis
For Wednesday, September 7, 2005
This week brings the first quarter Moon in Sagittarius. But as I write Wednesday morning, the Libra Moon is conjunct the familiar planet Venus and the less familiar planet Pallas Athene. Pallas is about reason, justice, negotiation, and most of all, protection. A sense of order begins to prevail over what has been a very chaotic 10 days since Hurricane Katrina devastated an area bigger than Europe in the southeastern United States.
The astrology that led to this event consisted of a number of factors, but two come to mind. First, after two years in Cancer, Saturn went in to Leo back in July for the first time in more than 26 years. The image of Saturn in Leo is that of a dam bursting — historically, this just seems to happen, and often in a big way. The second and perhaps more significant factor was that on the summer solstice, when the Sun entered Cancer on June 22, we had an exact Full Moon. That was a kind of predictor that the season would bring something unusual.
The summer solstice represents a peak of a cycle — the longest days in the Northern Hemisphere. The Full Moon represents the peak of a cycle. Put the two together and the effect is multiplied. The point where the event happened, the first degree of Cancer, has been shown many times to be associated with vast, life-changing events. Two that come to mind right away are the Sept. 11 attacks (there was a New Moon and solar eclipse exactly on the summer solstice in 2001) and the Asian tsunami of Dec. 26 (there was a Full Moon in Cancer very close to the winter solstice of 2004).
Basically, the solstice points are actually predictable in that, when activated by planets, they will nearly always respond to create a worldly event that affects many people. Both tsunami and Hurricane Katrina occurred with the Moon in the sign Cancer, a water sign. Indeed, for both events, the lunar positions were quite close to one another.
Can we do anything about such information in advance? Well, not really — not usually. But we can be psychically and psychologically prepared. But while I am not surprised this happened — I was expecting something big this summer, but I am not in the business of predicting disasters — I am surprised that something so massive happened so soon. I would have guessed it would come in about a year, when Saturn in Leo made an exact opposition to Neptune in Aquarius. But that, apparently, is another story, one that I will get to in the 2006 annual horoscope.
More on http://planetwaves.net — I am updating twice a day at the moment; and on http://cainer.com, where I write the weekly astrology Q and A column each Thursday night. Please drop in, and please subscribe to Planet Waves Weekly.
Happy Birthday, Virgo!
Faith is not about proof. In this respect, it has nothing to do with thought, the intellect, or even with ideas. It’s a state of knowledge, and one of the more natural conditions that the mind can assume. That’s because it represents knowledge about yourself. But don’t let this deter your quest for self-understanding. The journey itself counts for more than anything, and it can begin wherever you are today. All factors point to the same thing — you have an astonishing year ahead, one that will take you far and wide and beyond anything familiar. Don’t worry about where — just go forward, grow and learn.
Planet Waves Virgo horoscope for this week (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
You have the potential for absolutely perfect focus now. All you need to do is keep giving yourself permission to succeed. Try it. You will then see that all that stands between you and what you want is your own choice to grant yourself consent. This may seem too easy, but I assure you that for you, it is not — or rather, it has not been in the past. You’ve made up many excuses for not getting what you want, and they get in your way constantly. All you can really do is deny those factors and say yes to your heart’s desire. Then you will know for sure.
Read more of Eric’s work and see lots of Paris photography at http://planetwaves.net/
Rollerblading in Paris!
Fridays and Sundays
Every week, you can don your blades for two rolling tours through the City of Light!
Friday evenings: Over 4,000 experienced skaters take a different 25 km circuit each week. Full details the Thursday before at http://www.pari-roller.com or call 01.43.36.89.81
Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit http://www.rollers-coquillages.org or call 01.44.54.07.44
Paris Half Marathon
Streets of Paris
For more information on the conferences, seminars and workshops listed below, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html
LIVING IN FRANCE
October 21 to 23, 2005
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf
Our popular three-day Living in France Conference will give you all the information you need to make your Paris dream a reality! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts. For West Coast folks, or those wanting more comprehensive information on all aspects of living in France, the San Francisco conference is a must.
INVEST IN FRANCE
October 26, 2005
Take just one day and learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate about the best ways to make your money and real estate investment grow. Join us at the prestigious Harvard Club for this power-packed one day event.
INVEST IN FRANCE
December 28, 2005
Enjoy your Christmas vacation in Paris, and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money grow, while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
French Property Exhibition
September 23 – 25, 2005
National Hall, Olympia
Now in its 16th year, the London French Property Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of buying property in France. Visit the John Howell and Co. booth to meet John Howell, and Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider.
4th Paris Poetry Workshop
October 2 – 6, 2005
This is your opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets. Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another’s creative endeavors. This is your chance to become part of this exciting and vibrant community. Click here for more information:
Expatica.com “Welcome to France” Fair
Carrousel de Louvre – Booth #17
The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #17 — come by and say hello.
At the Expatica Welcome to France Fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialized in expatriate services. You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more. Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and sports teams.
TICKETS ARE FREE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 16 IF YOU SIGN-UP ONLINE. CLICK HERE: http://www.expatica.com/welcometofrance/vis.asp
The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
December 29 – January 2
Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned Trompe l’Oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate Trompe l’Oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.
Click here for more information: http://www.paintwithyves.com/
To register click on https://www.registrationassistant.com or email Paula Winke at [email protected]
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html
Schuyler Event Services
Providing experienced planning and management services for events, corporate meetings, and conferences and seminars internationally. Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES successfully creates, plans and manages a variety of events for clients throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Schuyler Editorial Services
Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES is the outgrowth of several years working as a writer and editor and provides a variety of editorial and writing services for international companies and individuals. An innate sense of style and grammar coupled with education and experience give Schuyler a particular affinity for producing first class documents. His sensitivity to every writer’s voice make him a first choice editor for novice and experienced writers alike.
WORDS THAT SELL! English Language Copywriter
Freelance copywriter with more than ten years of strategic marketing and advertising experience will write your brochures, sales letters, direct mail packages, web sites, newsletters and more. I will work with you to truly understand your products/services and the needs of your customers, to produce targeted communications that get results. Clients include advertising agencies, corporations and small businesses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at [email protected]
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.
Tell your French friends!
Business English, conversation,writing,TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs. Instructor has a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL),and 10 + years of teaching experience. Contact Nancy Szczepanski at 06.32.20.47.10 or [email protected]
Learning la Langue Française
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com
RENTREE LUNCH PARTY
Saturday, September 17, 2005
PLUS Save 10 Euros on a 10-Session Card and 20 Euros on a 20-Session Card That Day!!
Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations
Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l’Opéra 2nd arrondissement, Paris Opéra, RER A Auber
At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro: Odéon, Saint-Michel
Membership and General Information
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 02.38.92.10.32
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01.40.27.97.59
For Our Bay Area Friends
The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes, etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at
One announcement of particular urgency:
SEEKING HOST FAMILY FOR FRENCH EXCHANGE STUDENT
We work with international exchange students, particularly high school students. I am in a bit of a dilemma as we have lost the family that was to host a young man from France, and we are looking for a California home for him. His name is Rudy, his interests are: Animals, computers, movies, television, cooking, political activities, popular music, Badminton, karting, cycling, gymnastics, sport mechanics. You can find out more information about Rudy by going to http://www.facetheworld.org and clicking on available students and then inputting male and France.
Call Adriana (415)859-0315 or e-mail [email protected]
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, August 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m.
Leonard Pitt, author of “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club will present a double-header evening made up of his totally new Paris show followed by a chocolate tasting.
Act 1. Pride and Passion – The Histrionics of Paris Urban Design
We usually think of ci
ty planning as the result of a process of reason and deliberation. And it is. But in the case of Paris, the layout of much of the city was triggered by raw violent emotion. Come hear the stories and see the images behind Les Halles, the Louvre, Palais Royal, and the Left Bank presented by one of the Bay Area’s most passionate Francophiles.
Act 2: Chocolate Awakening
We’ll begin with a brief overview of the history of chocolate. Then from a selection of five bars of premium chocolate we’ll taste, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy. Liking chocolate is one thing. Tasting a variety, comparing them, is a revelatory experience that deepens our own choco appreciation while opening us up to the subtleties and nuances of this food of the gods.
Where: 1542 Grant St. at Cedar in Berkeley in Leonard’s 17th century French cottage.
Each evening is limited to 20 people. They usually fill fast. Don’t wait. Reservations a must. Contact Leonard Pitt at [email protected]
What’s On in the City
Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…
34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
“Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival
Streets of Paris
World Flea Market Show
October 6 to 8
Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen
International Chocolate Show
October 22 to 25
Paris Exhibition Center
Gay Life Show
October 21 to 24
Paris Exhibition Center
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