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Life’s a Paris Beach

Don your bikini and your sunglasses, pack your basket with picnic goodies, suntan lotion and a big towel, then head straight for the Seine. Yes, the Seine.

Starting tomorrow, the 4th edition of Paris Plage opens with 1500 tons of fine sand, palm trees, lounge chairs, hammocks, refreshment stands, concert stages and a host of other seaside acoutrements stretched between Pont Neuf and Pont Sully along the right bank quays where traffic normally whizzes by.

This year Paris Plage is making a big splash with a Brazilian theme. Come out for the dance parties, take a samba lesson, listen to open-air Brazilian music, and sample delicious Brazilian cocktails at one of the beach bars.

Check out the floating night clubs, outdoor music festivals, sand castle building and activities such as skating, wall climbing and trampolining for sun worshipers, sports enthusiasts, picnickers and partyers alike. Just sit back in your beach chair, close your eyes and you will almost hear the gentle surf, rather than the din of busy Parisian streets.

While Parisians are enjoying their day at the beach, several other European cities have jumped on the bandwago and are creating the same beach holiday atmosphere…

AMSTERDAM — Head to the banks of the Ij lake, just behind the Central Station and you’ll find a stretch of beach. A tradition since 2003, it’s called “Blijburg” or “Happy Village.”

BERLIN — Travel along the banks of the Spree River and you’ll find a number of beachy locations, complete with palm trees and deck chairs. One of the features is the Spree Bridge Bathing Ship, a container ship floating in the river that holds a heated swimming pool.

BRUSSELS — The beach in Brussels, found along the Quai des Peniches, is called the Brussels Spa. You can enjoy your day in the sun between July 22 and August 21, enjoying activities such as beach volleyball and outdoor concerts.

BUDAPEST — Waltz along the Danube this July and you’ll enjoy the shade of palm trees and sand beneath your feet. “Budapest Plage” is planned for the entire month of July, but traffic complaints from last year have sent the sand to the other side of the river this summer.

ROME — When you just can’t visit another cathedral, check out “Tiber Village” on the banks of the Tiber River. The beach boasts swimming pools, lounge chairs, with sand and faux grass. It’s open now until September 17.

Even if you can’t head to the sunny south this summer, you can still enjoy a lazy, hazy day at the beach…without ever leaving the city.

Paris Plage
July 21 and August 20
Open daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.

For complete information, visit

A la prochaine…(August 1st)

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. Reminder: there is no Parler Paris next week while I’m on other very different European beaches — those along the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. I’ll be back on Monday, August 1st (hopefully tan and relaxed) with tales of what is now being called “The New Riviera.”


* Behind the 15th-Century Dordogne Walls
By Adrian Leeds

Six years ago, Audrey Friedman bought a shell of a château named Château la Cellette in the heart of the Dordogne (postal code 24600) — centered in “un petit village” (population 597) called Celles next to the church whose bells toll on the hour. The cost of the house in ruins, the grounds and the outer buildings was, at the time, about the same price as my 70 square-meter apartment in the Marais in Paris. I was shocked at the stark comparison — even knowing how much time, effort, care and expense it would take to restore the ruin to proper habitation….Read On…frenchproperty/insider/members/content/pastissues/FPI_July_14_2005.html#behind

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Calendar #67
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Paris, France


We gladly run announcements for non-profit organizations. If you wish your community announcement to appear, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Lynda Sydney: [email protected] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

“Song of Freedom”
Classic Film Showing and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, July 27 8:00 p.m.

The classic film, “Song of Freedom,” starring Paul Robeson and Elizabeth Welch will be presented along with a panel discussion featuring Producer/Director Zachary James Miller, Novelist Jake Lamar and others. After the film, questions and comments from members of the audience will be videotaped for inclusion in the DVD set of classic films entitled “Fade to Black”.

“Song of Freedom” (1936)
Starring Paul Robeson and Elizabeth Welch
A soaring musical drama that explores one man’s rise to fame as a concert vocalist and subsequent exploration of his African roots. Paul Robeson stars as John Zinga, a British-born stevedore who is discovered by an influential impresario and becomes a singing star. His newfound wealth and prestige allow him to return to Africa and trace his lineage, whereupon he discovers he is the descendant of a tribal princess whose people have fallen under a corrupt rule. This rarely seen classic is an early production of the U.K. company, Hammer Films.

Admission: 10 euros / 5 euros for students

The American Church in Paris
65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris
Métro: Alma-Marceau
RER: Pont-de-l’Alma or Invalides

For more information visit


Stand-Up Comedy with Eddie Ifft
Tuesday, August 9, 8:30 p.m.

American comedian Eddie Ifft is coming to town to make a documentary about a stand-up comedian on the road and the reactions audiences have in different countries. Audience members must be willing to be filmed and maybe even interviewed.

Tickets: 10 euros

La Java
105, rue Faubourg du Temple, 75015


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


Festival Cinéma au Clair de Lune
August 3 to 21

Another chance to see cinema masterpieces past and present having Paris as subject or backdrop. Outdoors.

Films are in French, but you can catch two in their original English version with French sub-titles (vofst):

Wednesday, August 10
Jardins du Trocadéro (in front of the fountains), 75016
Metro: Trocadéro

One Hour With You
Friday, August 19
Avenue de Breteuil, place Henri-Queuille, 75015
Métro: Sèvres-Lecourbe

For a complete list of films visit


Theatre: TWO

TWO, a British Comedy by Jim Cartwright (of Rise and fall of Little Voice fame) is playing in English on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. at Theatre Darius Milhaud. Starring two Anglo-Irish actors, Kim-Michelle Broderick (Sex on a Stick) and Paul Barrett.

Theatre Darius Milhaud
80, allée Darius Milhaud
75019 Paris
Métro: Porte de Pantin

Art and Culture

Amazonia Brasil
Palais de la Decouverte
Until August 28

A major event in France’s Brazilian season, “Amazonia Brasil” plunges you into the heart of the largest forest in the world, on a voyage of discovery to see its lush vegetation, its wildlife and its inhabitants.

Palais de la Decouverte
Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 75008
Métro: Champs Elysées Clémenceau
RER: Invalides
Bus: 28, 42, 52, 63, 72, 73, 80, 83, 93
For more information call or visit

Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closed Monday


Jules Verne, Stories of the Sea
Until August 31

Exhibition focusing on the writer fascination with the sea.

Musée de la Marine
16th Arrondissement


Literary Events


If you want to get hold of a copy of “Challenging US Human Rights Violations Since 9/11” for your summer reading, you don’t have to wait till September.

Books are available from:
Sally Sharpe [email protected]
Julie or Jane [email protected] or phone

Please note Democrats Abroad France’s new email address:
[email protected]

Musical Interludes

Concert for Blues Lovers
Bluesman Singer JuJu Child
Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 p.m.

JuJu has a new CD “Roots & Soul Music” available for 15 euros.

L’Espace Blues
16, rue Barbanègre, 75019
Métro: Corentin Cariou (Line 7)

For more information, call


June 4 to July 24, 2005

Musique Côté Jardins
Parc Floral de Paris

Free concerts starting at 1:30 p.m.
Entry into Parc Floral de Paris: 4 euros, Tarif réduit 2 euros

RER Vincennes, Métro: Chateau de Vincennes


12th Edition
July 2 to 30

The Sunset and Sunside clubs will light up in July with the American Jazz Festival. This 12th edition promises to be rich and varied, with a menu boasting some thirty concerts given by established artistes from all four corners of the USA.

Performances by tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza, pianists Orrin Evans, George Cables, Stanley Cowell and Bill Carrothers, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson, bassist Avishai Cohen, drummers Peter Erskine and Al Foster, vocalist Jéri Brown and many more.

60, rue des Lombards 75001
Métro: Châtelet
RER: Châtelet – Les Halles
Information and booking:
[email protected]


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



The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance, Newberry, Sharpe and Spirituals

The American Church
Métro Pont Alma, Invalides
Friday, July 22, 2005 at 10:30 p.m.

The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance, Newberry and Spirituals

Eglise St-Severin
Métro St-Michel
Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 4:00 p.m.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Begins July 21 to August 20
Daily 7 a.m. to midnight

Get outside this summer as the banks of the Seine are turned into an urban beach bash! Sand, deck chairs, palm trees, sports and lots of entertainment.

This year the plage has a Brazilian theme, with concerts, samba lessons, beach soccer, children’s workshops and more.


Thursday, July 21
L’Alcazar and WAGG Disco

One year anniversary gala celebration! Thursday July 21st, La Mezzanine de L’Alcazar and WAGG Disco will become the scene of the most exciting, the most scandalous and the sexiest party in Paris, “Hot Parisian Nights!”

The evening will start with a jazz dinner at La Mezzanine de L’Alcazar featuring recording artist Jerome Sebag. The guest chef for the evening is the world famous “Flying Chef.” The Flying Chef’s sumptuous and lavish, jazz dinner parties always sell out so it is advisable to make reservations quickly.

Reservations and Tickets:
La Mezzanine de L’Alcazar – FREE
WAGG – Limited number of advance tickets are avaialable for 10 euros, 15 euros at the door.

Entertainment Complex
62 rue Mazarine, 75006
Métro: Odéon

For tickets and more information, view the e-flyer at:



Closed August

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



MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others.

Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be:
Byron Murray

Byron Murray is an engineer, inventor, business entrepreneur, management consultant, creative conceptualist, and real estate developer. He’s now living in Paris where he’s hatching some new entrepreneurial activities. In addition, he’s available to help foreigners buy, renovate, decorate and get settled in their own cozy
apartment in Paris.

Byron has presented at Paris Network several times already, talking about the purchase process, taking possession of your property, and getting ready for renovation. Tonight he’ll share with us some stress-reducing, money-saving tips for renovating an apartment in Paris.

Join us for a fascinating and informative time.



For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]



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



Sunday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring: Artist Adriana Feraru

Adriana works in painting, designs and jewelry. She is currently exhibiting in Paris.

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


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine. This week featuring French, American and Canadian Independence Day fare.
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]


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


Finish of the Tour de France 2005
July 24
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Final leg: Corbeil-Essonnes/Paris Champs-Elysées (160 km)

The Tour de France, created in 1903, has become an pinnacle of international sport. On July 24, the Champs Elysées is the setting for the final leg of this race. Catch the thrill and excitement — join Parisians, cycling fans, tourists an

d sports-lovers from around the globe, as the front-runners race up the most beautiful avenue in the world!


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


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


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:

Community Events

Summer Events for Expats!

Euronet Paris is a multicultural and multilingual venue for international professionals 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 7th: Biking event
-August 26th: Dance Party
-August 30th: End of Summer Happy Hour
-Mid September: Speed Networking Happy Hour

For more information visit

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.

The JULY Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at

There will be no additi

onal updates to the list during the month of July. Publication will resume in August.


BASOTI (Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute) announces its 14th year’s performance series until July 31st

Performances are at:

SOS: Star of the Sea School Auditorium
8th Avenue at Geary Blvd., San Francisco

The Florence Gould Theater, The Legion of Honor Museum, 1 Legion of Honor Drive, Lincoln Park, San Francisco

The San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

Tickets are $20 and $12. (students and seniors)
Please call (415) 255 3333 for reservations and group rates.
Visit our website at

Opera Performances

July 21 and July 23, 7:30 p.m. SOS
Orfeo by Christoph Willibald Gluck. (In Italian)

July 22, 7:00 p.m. and July 24, 1:00 p.m.
Florence Gould Theater, The Legion of Honor
The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach (In French)

July 28 and July 29, 7:30 p.m. San Rafael Community Center
The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart (In Italian with orchestra)

July 31, 1:00 p.m. The Legion of Honor, Florence Gould Theater
The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart (In Italian with orchestra)

Opera Scenes and concerts

July 30, 3:00 p.m. SOS
Opera Scenes Program featuring The Rape of Lucretia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Der Freischutz, Otello, Lohengrin, Madama Butterfly, Don Pasquale, Beatrice and Benedict, Cosi fan tutte, Tartuffe, The Old Maid and The Thief, Carmen, and The Dialogues of the Carmelites

What’s On in the City

Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…


Paris Summer Sales!
Starts Friday, June 24 through July 23
For a complete listing of sale dates throughout France visit:


Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes
July 9 to August 13

A stroll through the illuminated gardens to meet key historical figures of Versailles. Firework display.

Parc du Château de Versailles


Paris Quartier d’Eté
July 14 to August 15

Dance, music, theatre, circus and film in parks and gardens, squares and streets and museums of the city. Some events are free.



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


Le Raid Dingue de Paris
July 22-23 July
6th, 18th, 13th Arrondissements
Pedestrian walks and treasure hunts


Finish of the Tour de France 2005
July 24
Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Final leg: Corbeil-Essonnes / Paris Champs-Elysées (160 km)


Festival Cinéma au Clair de Lune
August 3 to 21

Another chance to see cinema masterpieces past and present having Paris as subject or backdrop. Outdoors.


—————- “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.


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