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From Paris in Pink to Black

The weekend started in the pink and ended in the black.

Friday night the Paris Capitale de la Création annual event had the Hôtel de Ville lit bright pink from the entrance at 3 rue Lobau to the grand salons where Mayor Bertrand Delanoë and his staff honored 16 of the city’s most creative individuals — those designers responsible for 16 trade exhibitions this coming year in the City of Light, including Andrée Putman and Eric Gizard from the Salon de Maison et Objet.

The grand ballrooms of the Hôtel de Ville are lavishly stunning even when completely empty, but bathed in pink light, the chandeliers and gilded carvings took on new meaning. The hundreds of chic Parisians who attended by invitation took on a rosy glow, downed their glasses of champagne, snacked on foie gras topping a “petit Madeleine,” mingled and schmoozed to see and be seen. (Visit http://www.pariscapitaledelacreation.com/ for more information.)

Then, Sunday tears fell down my cheeks from beginning to end…as I suspected they would. The Mémorial de la Shoah just opened this past week on rue Geoffroy l’Asnier in the Marais — where the names of 76,000 French Jews deported to the concentration camps during World War II are inscribed in massive stone walls, 1000 square meters of exhibition space that take you from the beginning of Jewish life in France to this tragic end and through what exists of the community today (the largest in Europe with 600,000), plus a massive crypt that will give you the shivers. The exhibition space is filled with photos, films, documents and artifacts — a real and frightening account of what we shutter to remember. In beautifully executed interviews with survivors of Auschwitz, French men and women tell their horrifying tales, each recalling the ounce of hope they guarded that may have aided in their survival. (Visit http://www.memorialdelashoah.org for more information.)

I was struck by my feelings leaving both the pink glow of creative minds and the black mood of the memorial, designed to insure we’ll never forget, that France is making an open and concerted effort to remember who they have been, be aware of who they are in today’s world and use the past and present to move toward a more positive future.

My future has in store a Friday jetting away to my home town of “Nouvelle Orléans” for the annual Mardi Gras celebration (I haven’t experienced in more than 30 years!) and of course, our Living and Investing in France Conference February 11 – 13 at the Sheraton on Canal Street. I’ll be writing you from there, reporting on life on the other side of the planet. Conference participants will be partying Saturday night the 12th at Tujague’s, New Orleans’ second oldest restaurant, but anyone who wishes to join us there, can. Dinner is a five-course affair with wine and coffee for just $67 — we are sure to have a blast! To reserve your place with us, simply visit
/frenchproperty/conference/LIF_NOLA/LIF_NOLA_dinner.html before February 8th!

And for very good advice about how to protect your valuables while traveling (or anytime!), such as checks, credit cards and passports, take the advice of an attorney who experienced a theft for himself and learned the hard way. Visit /parlerparis/articles/stolen.html

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. Today’s the last day to register for the Living and Investing in France Conference at a savings of up to $600. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_NOLA/LIF_NOLA_home.html for more information.

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