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A Place to Hang Your Beret

Luxury Short-Term Apartment Rental in Central Paris
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A Place to Hang Your Beret

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris

Calendar #56

Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Paris, France

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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…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

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Calendar #56
Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Paris, France

If you wish your community announcement to be listed in the Parler Paris Previews, continue to please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Nancy Szczepanski: [email protected] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

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.”
by Jon Allen Russo. Theatre de l’Epouvantail 6, rue de la Folie Mericourt, 75011, Métro: St. Ambroise (Sortie #1)

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
Margaretta Lanz, Stephanie Campion, Alan Johnson, Roland Glasser,
Derek Ruskin, Norman Stokle

Cyberact Theatre, 5 passage de Thionville,75019
Métro : Laumière or Ourcq (line 5), Reservations
14 euros (12 euros for advance bookings)


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”),
Métro: Bastille
Contribution: 10 euros (5 euros for students),RSVP to Kathy Chassaing at [email protected] (Places are limited to 60 so first RSVP, first serve)


Laughing matters in Paris presents:
May 17 and 18- Colin Murphy
May 24- Jimeoin
June 7 and 8- Shazia Mirza
June 19 and 20-Daniel Kitson
July 5 and 6 Priorité à Gauche


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
Métro: Porte de Pantin Call 01-42-01-92-26 for reservations

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
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris Métro: Tuileries

Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Plays in English: April 17 NC Heikin “Femail”
May 22 Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
May 29 Robert Watson Barr “Sixty”

Contact Stephanie Campion at to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.

Latest version always available on the website: or
send an email to Stephanie [email protected]

Literary Events

A few events happening in May:

May 12, 7 p.m.
Three American poets will present and read from their latest collections and new work: Cyrus Cassells will read from: More Than Peace and Cypresses. (Copper Canyon Press 2004)Jennifer K. Dick will read from Fluorescence (The University of Georgia Press, 2004) & Donna Stonecipher will read from: The Reservoir (The University of Georgia Press, 2002) The evening will be presented by French poet Emmanuel Moses. AT: Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse, 75006.
Métro: Mabillon, Odéon or St. Germain de Près

May 16, 8 p.m.
The longest-running Anglo poetry series in Paris, the Live Poets’ Society, features George Vance (USA and returning to us from Belgium for the night), Gerard Mangen (UK) and John Kliphan (USA) reading from their work. AT: The Highlander Pub, 8 rue de Nevers, 75006,
Métro: Odéon, St Michel or Pont Neuf (plus a bridge crossing) The Pub is under the archway.

May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Gary Lutz, author of “I Looked Alive” and “Stories in the Worst Way” will read at Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore. “Mordant debut collection of terse stories (some only a few paragraphs long), featuring a playful use of language in the service of a grim vision of contemporary life…. Lutz offers a distinctive, disturbing vision of an anomic world. “-Kirkus Reviews. AT: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22, rue St Paul, 75004 Métro: St. Paul Tel / Fax (+33) 01 48 04 75 08 http://[email protected]

May 22, 7:30 p.m.
Moving PParts invites you to a playreading in English by Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set” AT: Carr’s Pub & Restaurant,1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris, Métro : Tuileries or [email protected] for info, changes or to get on their mailing.

May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Author of over 16 books of poetry, Kathleen Fraser will read at the Red Wheelbarrow with Univ of Georgia Contemporary Prizewinning poet Julie Carr. The reading will be presented by local poet Jennifer K. Dick. Bios: Fraser’s books include “Il Cuore: The Heart (selected poems 1970-1995)” “translating the unspeakable: Poetry and Innovative Necessity” (essays) and most recently “Discrete Categories Forced into Coupling”. She has had Guggenheim and other grants, founded the American Poetry Archives, then the groundbreaking journal HOW(ever) from 1983-1991, + its web version: How2. She is one of the preeminent voices in American poetry today. Carr’s first book, “MEAD: An Epithalamion” won the Contemporary Poetry Prize. Carr is currently completing her doctorate at Berkeley and writing a second collection of poems. Her work has been awarded numerous prizes. AT: The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, 22, rue St. Paul, 75004, Métro: St. Paul
Tel / Fax (+33) 01 48 04 75 08 http://[email protected]

May 26, 8 p.m.
ModeRoom presents: An Evening in Spring. A literary event featuring authors Roman Payne, who will read from his new novel, Crepuscule; and John Kirby Abraham, who, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the death of j2999ephine Baker, will be reading from his biography: In Search of j2999ephine Baker. Plus special guests, J-F Caro and others. At Bistrot des Artistes,6 rue des Anglais, 75005. Free.

May 26, 7 p.m.
Two American poets : Sandra Gilbert & Shirley Kaufman will read from their latest works. AT: Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse, 75006.

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.

Musical Interludes

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
Métro : Ecole Militaire , Alma-Marc

RER C Pont d’Alma
Bus: 42,63,69,80,82 and 92

For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail [email protected]


In concert, COREY HARRIS
Wednesday, May 25, 8:00-8:30 p.m.
At La Java

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

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
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers



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.



Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel:, email: [email protected]


(NEW TIME! Happy Hour Is At 6:30 p.m. Don’t Miss It.)

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
Our guests of honor will be: Carole and Geoffrey Howard, Authors

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
email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. Tel: 01 43 26 12 88, [email protected]


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, email [email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

Art and Culture

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
Pitt, Saturday, May 7th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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.
60 Euros

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.
Saturday May 21, 8-10 p.m.
Entry is free and open to all. Address: Genesis – 14, rue des Levandières St-Opportune, 75001 Paris

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

SPECIAL CLOSING: Saturday, May 14th 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
Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

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.

Acclaimed political documentary about Karl Rove, the masterplanner of the Bush administration.

56 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris (Ring bell marked “Hoban”)
Métro: Bastille, Contribution: 5 euros

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,
General Counsel, San j2999e Police Officers’ Association, Fulbright 2002-2003. In English.

Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 to 9:30, Cercle The Travellers, 25, avenue des Champs-Elysées,75008, Métro: Franklin Roosevelt

Writing Seminar

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.
Cost: 115 euros for the 6 week session. If you are interested, please confirm by email within the next week (by May 2nd), Tel 01 40 27 99 80 or email [email protected]


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.
Soups starters, salads and main courses. Followed by a seasonal dessert yet to be decided on by Christian, it all depends what he finds at the market that day.

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]
Restaurant Le Violon d’Ingres, 135 rue Saint Dominique 75007
Métro: École Militaire

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:

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.


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,

Community Announcements


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.
The Second Annual Children’s day, organized by the Pediatrics Department of the American Hospital of Paris, focuses on Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Challenge of the 21st Century. Pediatricians and health professionals will be speaking on the diagnosis, cause and long-term consequences of obesity in childhood and adolescence, and will review common diet mistakes, the psychology of obese children and orthopedic issues these children may face.
Admission is free and seating is limited so advance reservations are required. The lectures will be in French and English, with simultaneous translation.

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.
The Hospital’s Foundation is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Iris Cantor Women’s Health Lecture, Robin Goland, M.D., a nationally recognized endocrinologist and leading expert on diabetes and obesity, will give a lecture titled, Weigh Less! Live Longer! New Ideas in the Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity.
Dr. Goland is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital The lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into French. A cocktail reception will follow.
The lecture is free and seating is limited, and advance reservations are required.

Both events will be held at the American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
55, bd du Chateau, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine.
For more information on these events, please contact Rebecca Allaigre, American Relations Coordinator, at 01 46 41 26 26 or by email at [email protected].



A few of the MAY opportunities:
11th Lunch Around the World
12th Impressionist Women
19th Tour at Roland Garros
19th Dinner at the Senate
23rd Ladies of the Marais Walking Tour
25rd Estelle’s Flowers
26rd Les Halles Walking Tour
27-29th Beyond Paris – Bordeaux

American Women’s Group
32, rue du Général Bertrand
75007 Paris France
[email protected]

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

Please note that there will be no new list the week of March 31. Publication will resume on April 7.


News from

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.
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco

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.
Readers Books, Sonoma
130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 Tel: 1 (707) 939 1779
[email protected]

Sunday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
Napa (Napa Valley), Alliance Française
Napa Club (address and phone number to be confirmed)

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa (Napa Valley), Alliance Française
613 Fourth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Telephone reservations: (707) 829-7708.

Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
The Mechanics Institute, San Francisco
57 Post Street, Telephone reservations & Information: (415) 393-0100
Reservations by email: [email protected]
Sunday, May 29, 3:00 p.m.
Fifi’s Bistro and French Patisserie, Pacific Grove
1188 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Telephone reservations: (831) 372-5325

Sunday, May 29, 3:00 pm
Fifi’s Bistro and French Patisserie, Pacific Grove
1188 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Telephone reservations: (831) 372-5325


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.

What’s On in the City

Gay Pride Parade June 25

Positions Offered/ Positions Wanted

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]



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 or email: [email protected]

Classified Ads


Leeds Marais Apartment
Available July 22 – August 1, 2005

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 — 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!


For all short term rental apartments in Paris, take a look at /parlerparis/apartments or /frenchproperty/insider/longterm.html for long term apartments.


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