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From Paris to La La Land on 9-11

Sunset in La La Land on the Eve of September 11th
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From Paris to La La Land on 9-11

Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France

Monday, September 11, 2006
Paris, France

Living and Investing in France Conference
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Join us for the Conference Celebration Dinner, open to Everyone!

Living and Investing in France Conference
September 16 & 17, 2006
Sheraton Suites San Diego
San Diego, California

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 perhaps investing in property in France, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by Adrian Leeds, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly e-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for John Howell & Co., Law Overseas, London, these two days in San Diego will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen!

Plus, earn $100 for every friend you refer…see the Web site for details.

For more information, visit Living and Investing in France Conference San Diego or email Schuyler Hoffman, [email protected]

NEW! Living and Investing in France Conference
Conference Celebration Dinner

Join us for a sumptuous three-course gourmet dinner at San Diego’s popular Café Cerise. This optional dinner is open to everyone, conference and non-conference participants alike!

8 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2006
Café Cerise
1125 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

$95 person all inclusive

For all the delicious details including the mouth-watering menu, and to sign-up, visit: /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SD_2006/LIF_SD_2006_dinner.html


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

It is impossible to pass this day without acknowledging what happened about 9 a.m. in New York City, when the whole world watched the twin towers take a tumble and thousands of innocent Americans lost their lives.

I was in Paris that day and with utter awe, shock and disbelief, watched on CNN the second tower turn to rubble. It’s an unforgettable moment in our history that changed the course of history like no other single event. Americans virtually stopped traveling for a while for fear of terrorist attack. Security at airports was stepped up so that no one now passes the gates without a search for anything that could potentially become a weapon. We went to war with those we think are our enemies, but we don’t really know who the enemies are — at least not in this kind of war. And fear has set in — bad.

When we traveled by plane from Paris to Los Angeles last Friday, the last drop of salve in a small metal tin in my purse was confiscated. No creams, gels or liquids now allowed on board. Then we landed in a warm, breezy Los Angeles, the tall palms welcoming us as we headed to a city we once called home.

Along the way we watched a man being cuffed by police on the curb and we knew we had arrived in “La La Land.” At 10 p.m. after almost 24 hours of traveling, we ordered pancakes and eggs at a Big Boy diner taking in Americana at its best and preparing for what was to come — re-entry into our own culture.

After 12 years of living on the other side of the pond, with occasional visits to the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” I still experience a kind of culture shock, different with each visit depending on what I encounter.

This trip was meant as a reunion with old friends the week prior to the Living and Investing in France Conference in San Diego this coming weekend. A couple dozen of our closest friends gathered Saturday night at a sprawling, unassuming and elegant home in the Brentwood hills to say hello after years apart and taste on the French cheeses I had brought all those miles. (Yes, it is legal to bring in cheese, as long as it is vacuum-packed!) Many of the friendships were made in France — Americans who have spent time in our foreign world and know what it’s like to have a foot in each. Some were from many years prior to our leaving with relationships that have remained as if we had never left.

Most of these Americans live in big, beautiful homes, with each room almost as spacious as our entire Paris apartment. Their kitchens are equipped with more than they could ever use. Their newest Whirlpool washer and dryer are as tall as a ten-year-old and needing a room of their own. They enjoy swimming pools, hot tubs, TV’s in every room, large, powerful vehicles and a standard of living that can be very seductive.

And all the while, they are envious of the life we have in France. This is the enigma that is tough to “get my head around” with each visit to my native land.

Stuck in traffic on the “405” headed to the San Fernando Valley, I realized that I suddenly felt really alone in this bubble we call a car. Here we travel from point to point in our “little bubbles” — our homes, our offices, our markets — communing only with those we choose.

I never feel alone in Paris, never. Perhaps it’s a lifestyle more relative to New York City, where life is on the street, and in smaller spaces, where one never stops communing with those we choose…and don’t choose.

What would you choose?

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. Commune with us folks who have a foot in each world by practicing your French (or English) at Parler Parlor. September 23rd we celebrate La Rentrée with American Hot Dogs and on October 3rd, we move to a new location! See for more details.


Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think


* Let us show you just how hassle-free it can be to get a mortgage for your French dream property! /frenchproperty/insider/mortgage.html

French Property Insider Consultation…your complete solution to finding, buying, renovating or renting your new dream home or apartment in France. /frenchproperty/consultation


Paris Changes
By Adrian Leeds


This Week in French Property Insider…

The 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th-century buildings that surround us in Paris can easily fool us into thinking that Paris is Paris, Paris will always be Paris and that Paris will never change. Yet, everyday, with no exaggeration, I see subtle changes on the landscape…FPI Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an e-mail newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. Learn all the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week.

To learn more, visit /frenchproperty/insider or go directly to subscribe at /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html

Everything You Want to Know About Black Paris…

Excerpt from the Insider Guide to Black Paris
By Melinda Herron


In the last two years several new publications geared to people of color have hit the kiosks. You can buy the magazines mentioned below at local newsstands or at Présence Africaine bookstore in the Latin Quarter (See “Shopping – Books”). Listings are in alphabetical order… for the complete list, see the guide.

Get your copy of Insider Guide to Black Paris now.

Turn Your Vacation Snapshots into $150-$600 Each


* ONLY 5 SPACES LEFT! Join us in Greece, October 15-19, 2006 to find out how to turn simple snapshots into cash. For the whole story visit: or call (866)415-1425 or local at (831)274-2779. Spaces are limited. Reserve your seat before September 12, 2006 and SAVE $200.

You can trust the team at Parler Paris Apartments

Email: [email protected]

Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.

Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home – and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.

* “Le Provençal” Studio: Now Available!

Located in a very charming and quiet 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais, this sunny studio is perfect for one or two seeking ultimate Parisian calm, flavored with the beautiful colors of Provence.

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/provencal.html

Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is October 10, 2006

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.



Welcome to France Fair

New to France or just looking to make the most of expatriate life?

At the Expatica Welcome to France fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialised 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 event organisations.

Welcome to France
October 15, 2006
Carrousel de Louvre
Paris, France

Tickets are FREE if you sign-up online before September 15th. For more information visit

To sign up for your FREE tickets, click here!

*** See the French Property Insider Consultation and John Howell of International Law Partnership booth number 55/56 next to the entertainment area and stay for our presentation, “Getting ready to find your dream home in France…” with John Howell and Adrian Leeds at 3:45 p.m.

Celebrate La Rentrée with Your Parler Parlor Friends…

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Come for Conversation! Then Have Lunch With Us !
Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw, Potato Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies,
Wine and Soda (10€)
At Eurocentres, 13, passage Dauphine, 6th

Plus, Sign-Up That Day and Save!
— 12 Sessions for the Price of a 10-Session Card!*
— 24 Sessions for the Price of a 20-Session Card!*
— 25€ Off a 6-Month Membership!*

*See New Rates Effective September 23, 2006

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!


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