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Getting an Eye-Fool of Paris

Many times a week I walk up narrow curving rue Debelleyme northbound toward rue de Bretagne and gaze up at the Trompe l’Oeil painted windows on the facade of the building in front of me and ridiculously get fooled again and again.

“Trompe l’Oeil” literally means “trick the eye.” It is an art technique that creates an apparently realistic image as a type of optical illusion. The term comes from the Baroque, but its origins date back much further. Usually it refers to paintings on walls that create a deliberate attempt at false perspectives.

This building in Barcelona is a perfect example of well-executed Trompe l’Oeil on an exterior wall, but it can also be found on tables and other items of furniture, where it may look like a game being played with cards or other illusions. If you have ever visited Le Château de Versailles, then you have seen some of Trompe l’Oeil at is best.

Funnily, Trompe l’Oeil is featured in many episodes of Looney Tunes, such as the Road Runner cartoons, where Wile E. Coyote paints a tunnel on a rock wall and the road runner races through the fake tunnel. This is usually followed by the coyote foolishly trying to run through the tunnel after the road runner, only to smash into the hard rock — LOL (Laugh Out Loud).

One of the premier artists of Trompe l’Oeil is Yves Lanthier, a native of Québec, Canada and current resident of Florida who discovered his talent at the age of six, while sketching a portrait of his teacher in the Rembrandt style. He is well known for his large oil paintings and elaborate staircase settings on the ceilings and walls of the living areas in numerous East Coast mansions. Last December, a book about his life and most prominent work was published by F&W Publications entitled “The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Murals.”

This coming December, Yves Lanthier comes to Paris to teach his craft to a very select group of aspiring and willing-to-be-inspired artists. Hosted by Parler Paris (!), from December 29, 2005 to January 2, 2006, “The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop” will include a Welcome Reception, a guided tour to Versailles, a guided tour of the Paris Hôtel de Ville (by invitation of the City of Paris!), a New Year’s Eve sparkling and sumptuous dinner at the historic Chez Jenny, three full days of painting with the master and a Certificate of Completion!

I’ll be there testing my talents. Hope you will be there, too!

To learn more about the workshop, visit and to register now click on or email Paula Winke at [email protected]

A la prochaine…







Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. For information on more Parler Paris events such as the Paris Poetry Workshop (Octber 2 – 6), Living and Investing in France (San Francisco October 21 – 23) and Invest in France (New York City October 26th), visit /parlerparis/liveinfrance


The Euro vs The Dollar
By Doug Johnson

, HiFX

Over recent months the European Union has been plagued by political instability and economic uncertainty, however, the first signs of an economic recovery are underway. Furthermore with the US economy still undermined by structural imbalances by holding twin deficits, the EUR vs. the USD looks set to become an interesting story over coming months. Read On…

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Further Resources

* New Updated Version Now available!

New Summer/Fall 2005 Edition of The Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France! Packed with almost 300 questions from real people, for real people…and the practical answers that will save you countless hours of frustration. If you’re moving to France, this guide is a must!

* Boost Your French Language Skills

Perfect or maintain your fluency in French with Champs-Elysées monthly audio magazine, packed with interesting news and features on French life and culture. Available on CD or cassette, each issue covers topics ranging from politics and current affairs to sports, travel, film, and literature, and is presented by native French speakers. Each issue also includes a printed booklet containing a full transcript of the audio, extensive glossary and background notes.

* “Welcome to France Fair” October 16th

The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #17 at the “Welcome to France Fair” October 16th at the Carrousel de Louvre — so be sure to stop in and say hello.


Calendar #71
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Paris, France


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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Cinema en Plein Air 2005
July 19 to August 28

The 15th anniversary of this annual summer outdoor film festival includes films such as “Night of the Hunter,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Short Cuts.”

Free admission!

Parc de La Villette, 75019
Métro: Porte de Pantin

For more information, call or visit

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:

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


“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

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.


Jules Verne, Stories of the Sea
Until August 31

Exhibition focusing on the writer fascination with the sea.

Musée de la Marine, 75016, Paris
16th Arrondissement



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
Metro: Concorde
Bus: 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94
For tickets call:
For more information visit


La Nuit Blanche
October 1

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.

Musical Interludes

A night of jazz and blues with:
Sylvia Howard, chant
Chris Culpo, piano
Chris Jennings, contrabass

August 26 and 27

7 Lezards Restaurant/Club de Jazz
10, rue des Rosiers
75004, Paris
Métro: St. Paul

For reservations or more information visit or email [email protected]


Richard Thompson
Guitarist and Songwriter
Monday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m.

A rare opportunity to hear brilliant guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson give a solo acoustic concert in an intimate venue.

La Java
105 rue Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris

For more information visit
Tickets 33 euros, available at FNAC or Virgin


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

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings


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



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, August 24 at 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

CHALLENGING THE ODDS. An Interactive Evening: In The French vs The American Workplace. Featuring International Banker Ellen Kountz

In her early childhood, Ellen developed a quiet interest in France that eventually emerged as a sustained fascination with the French language, culture and history. Secretly, she dreamed of living in Paris France.

She spent her junior year from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Paris and immediately fell in love with the city and knew she wanted to stay.

As a graduating senior of Wharton, Ellen sought employment in Paris. Her first job was in the trading room of the Paris office of JP Morgan in 1992. After an intense start to her career, she attended their well-recognized Training Program in New York headquarters in 1994.

In 1995, Ellen returned to Paris and joined a French bank, the CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial). She worked in the trading room as an international fixed income salesperson. This position afforded Ellen extensive travel throughout Europe, visiting institutional investors in Scandinavia, Benelux and London.

Currently, Ellen is an international marketing officer at CDC IXIS Asset Management, a subsidiary of the venerated French financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She has a transversal role across departments and works in close conjunction with non-French subsidiaries. She answers requests for proposals from institutional investors interested in European asset classes.

Ellen Kountz Laupa holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and an Executive MBA from ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Sociales) Business School (Paris, France).




Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]



Every Sunday! We’re open all summer!

NEW TIME! Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.



Sunday 28 August at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest of honor will be:
Victoria Vesta
Pleasure Consultant

Victoria (Strong) Vesta created Divine Feminine Touch – an innovative, non-clinical alternative for men, women and couples who wish to be optimally connected to their sensual essence. Victoria specializes in Pleasure Coaching, which can include learning how to give a sensual massage to your man.

In a frank discussion, Victoria will share her views on the French cultural aspects that shape this nation’s sensual character, differences between France and the US, as well the concept of “Eroticize your life…” and Divine Feminine Touch.

For more information, please visit:
To book a consultation with Victoria Vestta, please call

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

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.

[email protected]

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
75014 Paris
[email protected]


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
75006 Paris
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:


Dancing on Quai Saint-Bernard

On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays evenings, until August 31, 2005, weather permitting (or at least if it’s not raining) rendezvous on the quai Saint-Bernard.

The Parisians bring along a stereo and their best CDs and let themselves go to the sounds of tango, salsa or rock’n’roll.

Come and join in!

Quai Saint-Bernard 75005 PARIS
Métro: Gare d’Austerlitz
RER C: Gare d’Austerlitz
Access for persons with limited mobility


Summer Events for Expats!

Euronet Paris is a multicultural and multilingual venue for international professi

onals 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:
August 30th: End of Summer Happy Hour
Mid-September: Speed Networking Happy Hour

For more information visit

Astro Paris by Eric Francis

Welcome to Virgo. The Sun entered the sixth sign of the tropical zodiac about two hours past midnight this morning, Greenwich time. I’ve often noticed how at this time of year, at least some of the places I’ve lived, that the light changes as the Sun crosses the Leo to Virgo cusp. Something is obviously different; it looks and feels like late summer Sun.

Virgo is a mutable sign. Mutable means changeable. It can take different forms, sometimes assertive, sometimes passive, and often differing. All the seasons end with one of these mutables, when one season dissolves into the next; speaking for the Northern Hemisphere, Gemini ends the springtime, Virgo ends the summer, Sagittarius ends autumn and Pisces ends winter. Run that backwards for Down Under.

The astrological signs represent the oldest and most mysterious dimension of astrology — and also one of the more obvious. They are the basic archetypes of human experience, as we experience it, you might say the trump cards of the astrological system. They tell a cultural story we are born into, repeat to ourselves often, go looking for, and rewrite as we go. The myths of the signs, more than any other set of symbols, connect to religion, art, folklore and much of literature. This works whether we believe in astrology or not; the myths are alive inside us, and we have relationships to them no matter what we think we think.

Virgo “the virgin” is the cult of the yummy, tummy, fertile young woman. Alice A. Bailey relates her to Mary, and the Egyptian goddess Isis. Here’s a bit on Isis from Encarta. We’ll gradually update the photos on the site this week to keep in tune with the times. And much more on Virgo in Friday’s Planet Waves Weekly.

“In Egyptian mythology, goddess of fertility and motherhood. According to the Egyptian belief, she was the daughter of the god Keb (“Earth”) and the goddess Nut (“Sky”), the sister-wife of Osiris, judge of the dead, and mother of Horus, god of day. After the end of the Late Period in the 4th century BC, the center of Isis worship, which was then reaching its greatest peak, was on Philae, an island in the Nile, where a great temple was built to her during the 30th Dynasty. Ancient stories described Isis as having great magical skill, and she was represented as human in form though she was frequently described as wearing the horns of a cow. Her personality was believed to resemble that of Athor, or Hathor, the goddess of love and gaiety.”

Happy Birthday, Virgo!
You run the risk of missing the point of how good your life is if you don’t step firmly into your own existence. This is not as hard as it seems, if you’ll only unplug the various denial mechanisms that so often overwhelm you. The most direct path to acknowledging yourself is to offer who and what you are as a gift to the people with whom you’re most intimate. You need to do this in a spirit of truly appreciating all that you are, and if you can, you will see you’re not the only one who is noticing. This life was not meant to be lived alone, but now you are the one who must reach out.

Eric has more to say at

Community Announcements

Volunteers Needed!
International Museum of Women

The International Museum of Women is looking for French candidates to participate in the global advisory committee for the Imagining Ourselves projects. This is a one year commitment and candidates will hold 4-5 events related to women issues.

The successful candidates must be bilingual in English and French. There will be monthly meetings via telephone or online chats with members of the committee.

If you’re interested, please contact Sophie Luu at [email protected]


Until August 28, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Get out your footballs, basketballs and handballs and hit the courts!

Jardins Saint-Paul
9, rue Charlemagne
Métro: Saint-Paul and

Neuve Saint-Pierre
5-7, rue Neuve Saint-Pierre
Métro: Saint-Paul


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 or call

Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit or call


Paris Half Marathon
October 26
Streets of Paris

Upcoming Conferences

For more information on the conferences, seminars and workshops listed below, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html

Contact Schuyler Hoffman, Conference Coordinator, at [email protected] to be put on a special mailing list to be notified when the details are in place (very, very soon!).

San Francisco
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.


New York
October 26, 2005
Harvard Club

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.


December 28, 2005
Chez Jenny

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
London, England
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
Paris, France
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:


—————- “Welcome to France” Fair
October 16
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.



The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
Paris, France
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:

To register click on 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]



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 protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Saturday, September 17, 2005
at Eurocentres
10 Euros

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
[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

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


Paris Transforming
Chocolate Awakening
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 city 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.

Donation $20

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…


Cinema en Plein Air 2005
July 19 to August 28
Parc de La Villette


34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
Various Venues


“Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival
October 1
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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