A Place to Hang Your Beret
A Place to Hang Your Beret
Parler Paris Previews…
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
COUNT DOWN TO DOING IT…
Don’t just dream it. Do it.
Attend the Working and Living in France Conference
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, this three-day power-packed conference is a MUST. These three days in Paris will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conference includes lectures, discussions, dinner, cocktails — with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts.
The conference includes…
* A Private Tour of the City Hall of Paris!
Visit /frenchproperty/conference/WLIF_PARIS_2005/WLIF_PARIS_2005_home.html for more information or contact Schuyler Hoffman at 1-310-427-7589 or Email: [email protected] to reserve your seat today!
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Rent it, buy it, rent it…it’s a normal progression for lots of foreigners who visit Paris on a regular basis. Once we realize that staying in a hotel just doesn’t make us feel at home in the City of Light, it’s not long before we surf the Net to find the perfect pied-à-terre to hang our beret for a week or two.
If you picked up this month’s “Paris Voice” (distributed free all over the city the last 25 or so years!), then you may have noticed my complete paroles on the subject…an industry that has become a “raison d’être” for lots of entrepreneurial spirits, including yours truly.
Here’s the scenario…
As tourists we don’t think twice about booking a hotel. And hotels can be absolutely delightful, with a concierge to give us directions, restaurant in the lobby, room service and instant taxi or shuttles. They are perfect spots for our conferences and workshops so that attendees can fall out of bed and into their seats at the conference room with a 2-minute commute and full breakfast belly. Fresh linens daily, maid service, stocked mini-bar, TV and Internet…all of it’s there and you have not a care in the world.
But it’s not home. And once you’ve got the bug to become a Parisian, “home” is where you want to be. That’s when the ads for short-term vacation rental apartments start to catch your eye. So, next time you plan your trip, you search the net and settle on an apartment in the same neighborhood as your favorite hotel or you venture to some other “happening” part of the city like Le Marais or rue Montorgueil. This time ’round you’ve got a key in hand and maybe you’re climbing a few flights of narrow stairs with your overstuffed luggage, but you enter into a little world you can call your own for that week or two and become a “real Parisian.”
Then the apartment becomes your home away from home on every subsequent trip to Paris and perhaps you even become friendly with the owner or the agent you rented from. Then the light bulb goes off in your head…
“I wonder how much he paid for this? Let’s see, I’m spending X-amount renting for the week…so, if he rents it only half of the year and uses it himself the other half, then that’s 26 X what I paid and he might even be covering his mortgage! And if he sold the apartment a few years from now, he could make a pretty nice profit, too!”
It’s not a goldmine for everyone who attempts it, but it can certainly add a new dimension to an otherwise run-of-the-mill existence without costing more. And there is lots of help along the way: consultants, conferences, search services, attorneys and notaires, architects, insurance agents…you name it, it’s all here for the English-speaking world.
I talk with folks about this very scenario many times a week. In fact, just yesterday, I consulted with a couple from California who love Paris and dream of being here several months a year and whose “light bulb” went off just recently. And I get such pleasure from helping put a perspective on the picture to turn the dreams and questions into reality. In the last few years I’ve seen dozens of people do it…first rent, then buy, then rent it out themselves, quite successfully and happily.
It’s become my own personal “raison d’être” — to see Americans, Canadians, Aussies and Brits follow their hearts to the ‘place of all places’ and discover MORE than just the city.
They discover their true selves.
A la prochaine…
P.S. The Paris Voice article may also be read in its entirety on line at the Paris Voice site: http://www.parisvoice.com/?fuseaction=Article.Article&A=160 or at /parlerparis/articles/hangyourhat.html. And to read about property in France every single week, subscribe to French Property Insider: /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html
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* Foreigners can borrow up to 80% on a home loan. Find out how easy it is. /frenchproperty/insider/mortgage.html
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Thank you, Adrian
MICHAEL JACKSON, live and on parole in Paris, will be starring in the hilarious comedy, FARCE NOIR! See Michael do dance moves from “Thriller” with Jon Allen Russo and 6 very young boys!
FARCE NOIR debuts this Sunday, May 8 and runs through May 22, at 8 p.m.
FARCE NOIR-“a comical cocktail with a twist of Hitchcock.”
Tickets: 15 euros, reserved groups only 13 euros. Reservations and Information: 01 44 09 98 68
The greatest woman spy of the century? “The True Life Fiction of MATA HARI”, by Diane Samuels, Tuesday, May 17 to Friday May 20th, 9 p.m.
Presented by Circle the Square,Directed by Sarah Leaf and starring
Cyberact Theatre, 5 passage de Thionville,75019
Sunday Night at the Movies, May 8, 8:15 p.m.
The Weather Underground, by Sam Green and Bill Siegel, Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, now playing at cinemas across France.
Democrats Abroad France is fortunate to have this film at the same time as it’s first run in Paris. It depicts a fascinating and moving part of US history in the 60’s and 70’s
The title of the film comes from a song by Bob Dylan made during the war in Vietnam called “Weathermen” and from one of the lines of the song, “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”.
56 rue des Tournelles, 75003 (Ring bell marked “Hoban”),
Laughing matters in Paris presents:
La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera in Three Acts Word and music by Scott Joplin Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., April 30-June 19
Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris
Dubbed the “King of Ragtime” by his music publisher, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a formally educated musician whose popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense.
The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and racial background and works her way up the social ladder, trading on education and non-violence, 40 years before Mahatma Gandhi and 60 years before Martin Luther King. Needless to say that Scott Joplin’s chances of ra
ising money to produce his masterpiece were anywhere from modest to remote.
The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime, aspiring “to genuine operatic richness.”
MOVING PARTS Play Readings Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58 to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.
A few events happening in May:
May 12, 7 p.m.
May 16, 8 p.m.
May 17, 7:00 p.m.
May 22, 7:30 p.m.
May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
May 26, 8 p.m.
May 26, 7 p.m.
May 31-June 5 –TOWER THEATRE COMPANY-14th ANNUAL SEASON IN PARIS’ Shakespeare production in Paris this summer will be ROMEO and JULIET. performed in English with subtitles in French Performances in the beautiful Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan in the Bois de Boulogne will run at the following times: May 31, and June 1 at 12:00 p.m., June 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m., June 4 at 3:30 and 7:00 and June 5 at 3:30 p.m. Prices for tickets bought at the Théâtre de Verdure box office will be: Adults 15 Euros (Concessions 12 Euros) Children under 12 years of age, 6 Euros. http://www.towertheatre.org.uk/paris.htm
AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS, Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 8 p.m.
The American School of Modern Music Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Browman presents-Jazz Night
This talented group of musicians will share their passion for that most American of all musical forms. Don’t miss our second annual Jazz Night. And bring your friends!Free and open to the public.
American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007
RER C Pont d’Alma
For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail [email protected]
In concert, COREY HARRIS
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html
Next Meeting: May 10th, 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
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Cocktail Buffet.
Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
PARIS SOIREES DINNERS EVERY SUNDAY AT 6:30 p.m.
PARIS SOIREES: Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our 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.
SUNday, May 8th
Geoffrey and Carole Howard, 2 New Yorkers who took early retirement and became part-time Parisians 5 years ago, have created a new and different way to experience some of the best of Paris’s neighborhoods: The Latin Quarter, St Germain, The Marais, Montmartre, and the Right Bank. Their user-friendly book, The Great PARIS WalkPack, published last year, will take you to the “realer” Paris of small streets and lesser-known places, many with their own intriguing and quirky backstories.
Join the Howards and take a “virtual walk” slide-show with them through one of these quartiers and get a chance to share some of your own “favorite”, “secret” places in Paris. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a full-time resident, there are bound to be new things to discover. [And after the presentation, the Howards will be happy to sign copies of the WalkPack for those who wish to purchase it at a discounted Parissoirees price.]
Location: This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the Ile St. Louis Métro: Sully-Morland (closest) or Pont-Marie.
PARTICIPATION: It’s 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Thanks for reserving via return
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 75014 Paris
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html
Once-in-a-lifetime experience…Uncover Paris Disparu with Leonard Pitt
Join me on a special tour of the Left Bank with author of “Paris Disparu, Leonard
Be one of ten with Leonard Pitt leading the way and giving us the historical background he’s unearthed, from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to square Viviani.
Reserve now to be one of the select few.
The cost is a mere 60 euros for this and he’ll have signed copies of the book available for purchase. To reserve, email today: [email protected]?subject=Reserve_Paris_Disparu_Tour
British born International Artist, Cara Young, living in Paris for the past 8 years, will hold an exhibition in Paris.
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com
SPECIAL CLOSING: Saturday, May 14th Parlor Times —
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
Sunday Night at the Movies, May 15, 7:30 PM
Joe Smallhoover, former Chair of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad will analyze recent Republican machinations on Capital Hill concerning right-wing appointments, the filibuster, and more, and the Democratic attempts to mobilize against them. Followed by a fascinating film about the “brain” behind the White House machinations.
56 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris (Ring bell marked “Hoban”)
The FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION – COMIT FRANÇAIS France Fulbright (Association des Anciens)
Invites you to: “Viewing the Social Divide Through the Eyes of the Police,” with Emile PEREZ, Directeur de la formation de la police nationale, Ministère de l’Intérieur and John R. TENNANT,
Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 to 9:30, Cercle The Travellers, 25, avenue des Champs-Elysées,75008, Métro: Franklin Roosevelt
A new novel session by Jennifer K Dick begins May 18th and runs for 6 weeks, from 7-9 p.m. near Opera metro.
The course will again be very limited to a group of 5-7 to be able to delve deeply into the stories, nonfiction and novel chapters being written. This is a course designed for people who already have work ready to workshop and who are trying to get a sense of a reader’s perception, to work out problems the piece may have or who need a sounding board regarding plot, character development, scene/summary or other issues.
Cooking Classes with Christian Constant
The May cooking class at the Violon d’Ingres will take place on Monday 9th May.
This month he will be talking about, tasting and cooking asparagus.
The lesson starts at 9.30 a.m. with coffee and croissants, then into the kitchen with the chef. You are not obliged to cook but you are welcome to if you would like a more hands-on experience.
The class continues to 12.30 p.m. Followed by a well deserved aperitif. Then it’s all round the corner for lunch at our fish bistro ‘Les Fables de la Fontaine’, in the company of Christian Constant.
The price is 140 euros per person without lunch, 185 euros lunch included.
You may reserve by telephone at (00 33) (0)1 45 55 15 05 or Fax +33 1 45 55 00 91 [email protected]
Advanced Writing Workshop-Creative Renewal
Sessions for Advanced Writers in English in Paris with Kathleen Sp
ack. Next workshop: Thursday, May 5th These workshops offer a protected time to concentrate intensively on your ongoing writing projects, move them along a bit, and write your head off! Exquisite attention and support for your writing process. Places are extremely limited. Please telephone me in advance to discuss your project and whether this workshop might be right for you. The workshops are professional-and enjoyable! Phone: 01.43.35.10.88
Price: 55 Euros per session (50 Euros per session for former attendees and with early enrollment) Continued professional discussion over (optional) lunch afterward. *Individual private intensive coaching is also available for serious advanced writers who are working toward publication.
Kathleen Spivack is the author of many books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, etc.). Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she has held NEA, PSA, Bunting, Howard, and numerous other prizes and fellowships; and has been published in over 300 magazines and anthologies (The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon, Esquire, Antioch, Agni, Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, etc.). Cited by the National Writers” Union as an outstanding writing coach, she teaches throughout the United States and France. Kathleen Spivack’s clients are her best advertisement. They win major prizes and publish widely: NEA, Pitt, Yale, Troubadour, Eugene O”Neil, Prometheus, PSA, Alice James, Bunting, Howard, Ohio, Ragdale, Chicago, Texas, Stanford, St. Martins, Cleveland, Graywolf, Workworks, Rutgers, Viking/Penguin, Simon and Schuster, Knopf, Little Brown, and others. Some are performance artists, songwriters, play and screen writers, choreographers. They staff literary magazines, bookstores, universities, major writers” conferences, communication media (print, television, cinema, radio, and theatre), and publishing houses.
Drawing classes (portrait/life model)
Would you like to learn or improve your drawing skills? Award-winning art director and artist Brett Petrie is holding a weekend intensive portrait/life model drawing class – taught in English – on March 5-6, 2005. The course will provide a relaxed, constructive atmosphere, with practical techniques and ideas that can help break down the barriers to improving drawing skills. Beginners and more accomplished artists are welcome. Class size limited to 15. Fee includes materials and model fees. Call Brett at 01 42 33 76 71 for more details, a brochure (with samples of his own art) by to reserve your place.
The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert.
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.
MAY 24. “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).
JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker.
American Library in Paris 10, rue du Général-Camou 75007 Paris Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. http://americanlibraryinparis.org
Wine seminars with David Witter, May 5th
Designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of oenology. Class size is limited to encourage informal discussion and exchange of personal observations. Grape varieties within major and less well known wine growing areas of France are discussed and wines from them are tasted and evaluated in a structured manner. Details of each seminar will be posted on my web site several days before each class. I select the wines from those most recently available in Paris. And a wine salon is coming in early April (Porte de Champerret), so I’m holding off till then. For more information see the website for Vignerons Indépendants de France, http://www.vigneron-independant.com
JUNE EVENTS AT THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS TARGET OBESITY
The American Hospital of Paris steps up to the plate in the struggle against obesity. Two free community events in June will feature speakers and provide information on preventing childhood obesity and new insights into diabetes and obesity relating to women’s health.
According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30% of children 6 to 10 years of age are overweight and 15% are obese, higher than ever before. Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases which were once only prevalent among adults.
Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.
Obesity plays a significant role in causing poor health in women, negatively affecting quality of life and shortening lifespan. More than half of adult U.S. w
omen are overweight, and more than one-third are obese. Prevention and early treatment of obesity are crucial to ensuring the health of women of all ages.
June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
Both events will be held at the American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP
A few of the MAY opportunities:
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 http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml
Please note that there will be no new list the week of March 31. Publication will resume on April 7.
News from Paris-Expat.com…
May 23, A Year in the Merde – Stephen Clarke’s hilarious almost true account of life as a Brit in Paris. Monday, May 23 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (Advanced purchase required) Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar Reservations: Call 415-388-4956 or email to: [email protected]
Seating is limited and will sell out quickly! Reservations guaranteed by pre-payment.Send checks to: PTEE, 38 Miller Ave., PMB 213, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Thirza Vallois in California/Spring 2005
Thirza Vallois, the author of the internationally acclaimed series, “Around and About Paris” and “Romantic Paris” will be back in California for a series of talks on Paris. If you happen to live in California or passing through, try and make it to one of her events. Enlightenment, pleasure, entertainment will be part of the evening, and lots of stunning slides. Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase during those events.
Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 3:00 pm
ARE YOU FLYING UNITED AIRLINES IN MAY ?
Thirza Vallois’s article on the new Viaduct of Millau and the Aveyron area will be published in United Airlines’ award-winning inflight magazine, Hemispheres, on 1 February 2005. You can read the article through May 2005 on all United Airlines flights.
Gay Pride Parade June 25
WORDS THAT SELL! English 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: [email protected]
Leeds Marais Apartment
Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to four people when rented in its entirety or a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is there.
Pictures and more details available at /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
Think of coming to Paris before it high season — check http://www.parismarais.com — THE reference Web site for le Marais. Discover selected hotels and the best places to shop as well as last minute promotions on luxury weekly rentals.
For example: 4-star studios at only 100 Euros per night instead of 140 or a loft rue Charlot at only 800 Euros per week… Visit now! http://www.parismarais.com
* Property E-Zine: French Property Insider
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Parler Paris Après Midi!
Our next gathering is May 10, 2004.