July on Fire!
This is a power-packed week of activity, so be prepared to be on fire! It’s THE WEEK of the year in Paris and all of France, thanks to Bastille Day events and the beginning of the summer vacation period.
The first thing on your agenda is to…VOTE FOR THE BEST IN PARIS!
The “Best of Paris” is Expatriate Magazine’s annual campaign to find the companies, services and achievements expatriates in Paris feel deserve recognition. Initial nominations were taken January 2017 through March 2017, but there’s still time to add your nominations up through August 15th. To add an additional nomination, input the details on the form provided on the sidebar. Additional categories can be created by using this form – all new categories will be credited to the creator with a URL.
Our own monthly coffee gathering, Après Midi was nominated for the Best Recurring Event in Paris for Expats 2017!! The networking event began as long ago as 2003 and has met and provided information and entertainment plus great networking in the same location 11 times a year ever since! If you haven’t been, then you must put it at the top of your to-do list.
To vote, visit best-in.paris/best-reoccurring-event-paris-expats-2017.
Simply select the category from the dropdown menu (this isn’t easy because there are a lot of categories!), but scroll down to find Best Recurring Event in Paris for Expats 2017.
Vote for Après Midi!
Then, once you’ve done that, be sure to scroll down and fine “Best Book in Paris for 2017” or click directly on this link.
The top three in this category are currently “neck-in-neck” and rightfully so!:
Craig Carlson’s Pancakes in Paris (28.87%)
Lisa Anselmo’s My (Part-Time ) Paris life (26.50%)
April Lily Heise’s Je t’aime… Maybe (22.73%)
Be sure to vote for at least one of them! They each deserve recognition for their great new books.
Results will be published in September. A special edition of Expatriates Magazine, “Best of Paris 2017” — which will be distributed to over 200 establishments in Paris so the winners will be published in print. And selected winners will be approached for photos and be included in the editorial part of the magazine.
See more about how it works by visiting best-in.paris and be sure to vote and/or nominate!
This coming Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. hear Craig Carlson speak about his latest book “Pancakes in Paris” and his restaurant adventure owning “Breakfast in America” — a true American Diner in Paris — At Après Midi!
NEXT, SHOW RESISTANCE. JOIN DEMOCRATS ABROAD ON THE 13TH OF JULY!
Democrats Abroad is currently working with the Préfecture de Police to set a time and place for their Resistance Gathering to protest the upcoming visit by U.S. President Donald Trump on Bastille Day. They have asked for July 13th at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Place des États Unis, but they are waiting for the officials to give them the green light. Once plans are confirmed, they will send out the information to their membership. More information is available at ttp://www.democratsabroad.org/fr.
BE AT THE HOT SPOT: LES BALS DES POMPIERS
Bastille Day isn’t Bastille Day without attending at least one of the Fireman’s Balls. This year thirteen barracks of the Fire Brigade of Paris have organized balls on July 13th and/or July 14th, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Entry can sometimes be charged, otherwise the traditional “barrel” will be there with open arms to receive donations. The funds raised will be used to improve the conditions for the staff. (The organizers reserve the right of access to the balls for security reasons.)
Here they are:
PARIS CENTER: LOUVRE, OPERA, CHÂTELET, BOURSE
Barracks ROUSSEAU (8 ° Cie) / 21, rue du Jour – 1st / The 13th and 14th of July in the evening
PARIS MARAIS: SAINT PAUL, BEAUBOURG, BRITTANY
Barracks SEVIGNE (11 ° Cie) / 07-09, rue de Sévigné – 4th / On the 13th and 14th of July in the evening
PARIS RIVE GAUCHE: SAINT MICHEL, ODEON, INVALIDES
Barracks of the Arènes de Lutèce (29 ° Cie) / 47-59, rue Monge – 5th / July 13th in the evening
Barracks COLOMBIER (4 ° Cie) / 11, rue du Vieux Colombier – 6th / The 13th and 14th of July in the evening
Barracks GRENELLE (6 ° Cie) / 06, place Violet – 15th / On the 13th and 14th of July in the evening
Barracks BOURSAULT (20 ° and 9 ° Cie) / 27, rue Boursault / 17th / On the evening of 13 July
SAINT GEORGES, GARE DE L’EST, BARBES
Caserne BLANCHE (7 ° Cie) / 28, rue Blanche – 9th / The 13th of July in the evening
Barracks MONTMARTRE (20 ° and 9 ° Cie) / 12, rue Carpeaux – 18th / The 13th of July in the evening
PARIS SUD: BNF, DENFERT, BASTILLE
Barracks CHALIGNY (1 ° Cie) / 26, rue de Chaligny – 12th / On the 13th and 14th of July in the evening
Barracks PORT-ROYAL (3 ° Cie) / 53-55, boulevard Port-Royal – 13th / On the 13th and 14th of July in the evening
Barracks MASSENA (19 ° and 2 ° Cie) / 37, boulevard Masséna – 13th / The 13th of July in the evening
PARIS EST: VILLETTE, PYRENEES
Barracks BITCHE (10 ° Cie) / 2, place de Bitche – 19th / The 13th of July in the evening
Barracks MENILMONTANT (12 ° Cie) / 47, rue Saint-Fargeau – 20th / On the evening of July 13th
AND ONE MORE OF NOTE:
Come to the cobblestones of the courtyard in front of the Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement for a concert with dancing concert, a refreshment bar, firecrackers and party favors! Children are welcome in the early evening at 8:30 p.m. — a program that will be entirely dedicated to them. And then from 10 p.m., adults, are invited to join in the popular ball! See mairie3.paris for more information.
FOR EARLY RISERS, DON’T MISS THE MILITARY PARADE ON JULY 14TH!
To get the French national holiday off to a resounding start, as it has since 1880, trumpets and bugles will herald the arrival of the President of the French Republic at the top of the world’s most beautiful avenue for the annual military parade composed of mounted, mounted, motorized and aerial units. It all starts on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées from Place de l’Étoile to the Place de la Concorde where the soldiers salute the President of the Republic, the principal authorities of the State, the diplomatic corps and sometimes foreign political personalities…this year including U.S. President Donald Trump.
It all starts at 10 a.m. See parisinfo.com/discovering-paris/major-events/ for more information.
COME FOR MUSIC AND FIREWORKS AT THE EIFFEL TOWER: PARIS AND THE OLYMPIC GAMES
There’s nothing as exciting as seeing the fireworks from the Champ de Mars. Almost every year I picnic there having found the perfect spot from which to see the fireworks silhouetted against the tower. “This year promises another dazzling spectacle with choreographed multi-colored fireworks bursting open against the backdrop of the Parisian night sky.”
Last year, we opted to find another spot nearby at Place des Invalides in lieu of battling the security entrance. I must assume the same will happen this year, greatly reducing the numbers that fill the grassy area.
This year the show is built around the theme of the Olympic Games of 2024, for which the city of Paris is fighting to win the bid! “Through a dozen frescoes, the Iron Lady will invite us to discover her city and share with us the values of France, Paris and Olympism.”
It all starts with music by the Orchestre National de France that will be broadcast live on France 2 at 9 p.m. with fireworks beginning at 11 p.m…well worth the wait!
The spot I like the most is just south of center…maybe you’ll see me there!?
Happy Bastille Day 2017!
A la prochaine…
Adrian Leeds Group
(by Erica Simone)
P.S. Après Midi–the last before our summer break–is TOMORROW. Craig Carlson, Restaurateur and Author, will make a presentation about how his restaurant Breakfast in America and his book “Pancakes in Paris” came to be. Don’t miss it