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Montmartre On My Mind

I’ve got Montmartre on my mind.

Yesterday I had lunch with Paris vacation apartment rental agent, Erica Berman (“Haven in Paris” — who made Montmartre her home many years ago) at one of her favorite bistrots, hidden in the back of a nondescript brasserie on rue des Abbesses. It was so classic, so French, so very Montmartre…like a lunchroom from the turn of the century. I savored plump and perfectly cooked foie de veau on a bed of spinach, Erica dined on grilled salmon with tagliatelle and we talked about the pros and cons of life on the hill. (If you want to taste the real Montmartre, too, you’ll find “La Mascotte” at number 52, rue des Abbesses, and be sure to walk in and all the way through the café to get to the main dining room.)

In tomorrow’s French Property Insider and Friday’s Paris Property Picks, you’ll hear more about life and the rental business in Montmartre — how Erica keeps her studio apartment (that has a drop dead gorgeous view of Sacre Coeur) rented all year, even in such an untraditional part of Paris.

In 1932, the city of Paris planted a field of 2000 vines in Montmartre where vines once existed from the 16th-century. The inhabitants of the village at that time were mainly ploughman and “vignerons” (wine growers).Sadly, it disappeared during the 18th-century. Today, Francis Gourdin, a wine-maker of Montmartre and vice-president of the “oenologues franciliens,” has overseen its heritage since 1994. The vineyard is comprised of 27 types of vines, the majority of which include: Gamay, a type of Beaujolais (75%); Pinot Noir (20%), a large vine of Burgundy and a few plants of Sauvignon blanc — a total of more than 1000 kg of harvested grapes. The old vines are gradually being replaced by new the more productive ones. Francis Gourdin selects them in nurseries in Burgundy and in Beaujolais.

Last year I was lucky to catch a special moment when this little girl turned to look at me with her angelic smile, dressed in traditional costume and in good spirit, as part of the parade of the annual “vendanges” (grape harvest) festival in Montmartre. The 71st edition is taking place again this year this coming weekend, October 8, 9 and 10 and I don’t plan on missing it.

Here’s your opportunity to help celebrate the arrival of the 2003 vintage from the Montmartre vineyards — mostly centered around Sacre Coeur, place du Tertre and the hilltop village streets of central Montmartre with a variety of events…wine tastings, regional food specialties, traditional folkloric parade (the highlight for me! — on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.), music, spectacles and street performers. City officials will be present, including Bertrand Delanoë, the Mayor of Paris and Daniel Vaillant, the appointed Mayor of the 18th arrondissement.

Be sure to scroll down to read all about it and mark your calendar to take part. for more information, visit

And I hope to see many of you tonight at Paris Network where I will be speaking on “How to Make Your Dream to Live in France Come True” or next Tuesday afternoon at Parler Paris Après Midi! Scroll down for all the information.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail: [email protected]

P.S. Thanks to all of you for pointing out my spelling error is Monday’s newsletter! My only excuse is a poor command of French (even after all these years) and a spell checker that failed me. Glad to see you are reading and keeping me on my toes!

Further resources:

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* Though France might seem as familiar as any other Western country, the truth is, from paying taxes to having a baby — things are done differently in France. Read the stories how other people maneuvered the system.


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Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies

Improstival Shows Octobre 5,6,7,8,9

Salle Adyar
4 Square Rapp 75007, Métro Ecole Militaire
20h (8:00)

Tuesday 5 – Micetro mix of troupes form around the world, Directed by Keith Johnstone
Wednesday 6 – Geneva and London
Thursday – 7 The Improfessionals with les Cercle des Menteurs
Friday 8 – Strasbourg, Chicago and Los Angeles
Saturday 9 – ALL groups in an Impro Jam

Tickets 5 Euros – 15 Euros

Great Workshops

Salle Adyar
4 Square Rapp 75007, Métro Ecole Militaire

Thursday 11h-13h Mick Napier, Second City Chicago Director 30 Euros
Friday 11h-13h30 Mask Work with Jonny Dixon 30 Euros
Saturday 10h-14h More Mick Napier 60 Euros

Win free tickets on

For more information
Tim 01 45 41 78 15


One World Actors Productions

English/French & World Theatre Season

Every Tuesday till October 12th
Les Caprices de Marianne d’Alfred de Musset en français

From October 19th, 9 p.m. and every Tuesday
TWO by Jim Cartwright, British Comedy in English

THEATRE Darius Milhaud
80 allée Darius Milhaud
75019 Paris
Métro: Porte de Pantin, Sortie 4 “rue Eugène Jumin”
Bus: PC2, PC3 arrêt Porte de Chaumont & bus n°75
Parking: Cité de La Musique
Reservations: 01 42 01 92 26

One World Actors Productions
E-mail: [email protected]
06 26 10 48 48


Moving Parts Play Readings in English

Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries
Sundays 7:30 p.m.

7th November Linda Healey “Masks”
21st November Jon Allen Russo “Farce Noir”
5th December Shena Wilson (TBA)

To receive the monthly mailings email [email protected]
For further information contact: or call Stephanie Campion on:

Literary Events

Alesian Literary Salon by Toby Brothers

Sign up now for the November Literary Salon, designed to guide participants through a classic text in 6-8 weekly sessions. Toby Brothers, Salon Director, provides loads of background information, historical and social context, essays of literary criticism and definitions of literary terms. The discussions are energized with questions and propositions that allow all, from the most fervent academic to the analysis neophyte, to participate. 2004 Fall Salons: Hamlet, Midnights’ Children , Beloved and Invisible Man.

Sign up soon- each session is limited to 10 participants.

Call or email [email protected] for more information.

Exhibitions, Vernissages and Fairs

Un Thursday aux Puces
Thursday, October 7, 2004
Marché aux Puces – Saint Ouen
3500 Professionals Open Their Doors to the Public

Frida Kahlo Festival October 1 – 30

Paying homage to Frida Kahlo, visit
for the events this month.

Musical Interludes

Anything Matters

Rex Foster + Kerry Getz
In Concert in The Sound Gallery
104 quai de Jemmapes
Paris 10th
Saturday, October 9th, 8:30 p.m.
Cover charge 20 euros including first drink

Reservations for all concerts FNAC/VIRGIN etc.
Book all shows by calling or by email
[email protected] or

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Parler Paris Après-Midi /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: October 12th, 2004 and every second Tuesday of the month 3 p.m. to 5 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


Paris Soirée Dinners Every Sunday

Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. She hosts a 21st Century Paris Salon where you meet interesting people in Paris and have a lot of fun. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01 43 26 12 88 or write [email protected]


Paris Network Cocktails Every Wednesday

Hosted by Patricia Laplante-Collins…
Paris Networking Cocktail
Wednesdays 6:30pm. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development.

Wednesday 6 October – 18h30 to 20h30.

Cocktails. Networking: Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with others

Our guest speaker will be:

Adrian Leeds
Marketing and PR Expert, Real Estate Consultant, published journalist and author, Conference Coordinator, Restaurant Critic, Language Learning Professional…First Class Builder of Dreams.

“How to Make Your Dream to Live in France Come True”

Few people know how to survive the trials and tribulations of living in Paris better than Adrian Leeds. She will share her secrets with us at Paris Network.

A Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis: 14 rue St Louis en L’Ile, 75004 Paris.
Métro Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie. Farther away is St. Paul.

15 Euros and lots of busine

ss cards.

Good Wine. Great Canapes! Confirmed Reservations Please
Thanks for reserving via return email — [email protected] or call Patricia: 01 43 26 12 88


27 Years of Dinner Chez 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 [email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
For samples of their great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Workshop in Executive Presence with Madeleine Barchevska

“You can rapidly improve your personal and professional life by clarifying the signals you send out to the world. This learning will bring you to that capacity.” — Madeleine Barchevska, M.A.

Inviting You to Explore …”Behind the Mask”

Increased business effectiveness, confidence, clarity and impact are the results of this training. Designed for executives and top management, this is a high-performance learning experience which enhances personal impact, accelerates development of personal style, and minimizes stress.

The mask is an ancient tool of liberation. It magnifies perception and puts us in direct contact with the flow of our nervous system and our impulse to respond to life. Knowledge from both life sciences and theatre arts fuel this training. It is both direct and indirect, deep and engaging, and contributes immediately to success at a dynamic executive level.

Madeleine Barchevska has developed an award-winning approach to training which is profound, accelerated, fascinating and which gives immediate results in all areas of life. Barchevska takes the essence of artistic and scientific knowledge and custom-designs training for the specific needs of each individual within the group. This can be a memorable learning experience for each participant.

When: Saturday evening, October 9, 2004 19:00 – 22:00 and
Sunday morning October 10, 10:00- 13:00 (Total : 6h)

Where: Atelier 44, 159 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

Course Price: 85 Euros per participant

To Reserve Your Place:, [email protected], phone 01 47 57 70 86 / 06 18 98 95 20

About Madeleine Barchevska
Madeleine Barchevska, M.A., is an award – winning international executive coach and trainer. She is a specialist in teaching communication skills and public speaking. Each client learns through the wisdom and skill of her evolved educational methods and practices. Barchevska’s vision is to create “sustainable personal development” for each client.


Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
Artist Kathy Burke in her beautiful Marais atelier…

245 Euros 3-hour private session
490 Euros 3-hour session with 2 to 6 people
Includes all materials.

For more information, [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris

Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.

Parlor Times — 3 Times a Week in Two Locations

Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Berlitz Opéra
38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber

Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Aat Eurocentres
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine),
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Informatin
Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 01 44 19 76 61
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01 40 27 97 59

What’s On in The City of Light

Consult the city Calendar!
Exhibitions, Concerts, Conferences, Debates, Trade Shows

Les Vendanges de Montmartre

October 8, 9 and 10, 2004
71st edition of the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre (harvest festival)

Celebrating the arrival of the 2003 vintage from the famous Montmartre vineyard. The vintage is baptized this year “Solidarité Grêle de Mai.” All proceeds from sales of the wine will go to the benefit of social programs in the 18th arrondissement.

In the heart of Montmartre, experience an original folk event, traditional music, art and the spirit of old Paris as a commune and village. Officiating: Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, Daniel Vaillant, Appointed Mayor of the 18th, Godmother and a prestigious Godfather, Isabelle Giordano and Fabrice Luchini.

Friday October 8:

Stands of regional products will take place two steps from Place du Tertre, with an official inauguration in evening including musicians, street singers and many performers. Come for tastings and sales on the spot all the weekend long.

Saturday October 9:

10 a.m. Traditiona Ceremony

Traditional one and prestigious ceremony for a round of applause for the grape harvest will take place amid the marvellous vines, in the presence of the representatives of the brotherhoods, in costume.

3 p.m. Parade

The procession will meet the public in a merry and musical environment. More than 40 brotherhoods, 1200 people, in traditional clothing, will saunter from the city hall of the 18th to the heart of the village, accompanied by folk and musical groups;

6 p.m. Grand Muscial Soirée

In a gathering at the center of the village, expect an evening of music and regalia with the sound of the bagpipes, accordions and other instruments..

.folk brass bands Parisian groups such as, “Derrière la Cravate” or “Minaro.”

Sunday October 10:

The festival will continue in the heart of the village with the stands of regional products, always lots of animations.

Mois de la Photo
October 29 – November 29, 2004

Paris Photo
November 11 -14, 2004
Carrousel du Louvre

Fête des Frères et Soeurs
November 6 and 7, 2004

Special Announcements

Democrats Abroad

Showing the Vice Presidential Debate

Wednesday, October 6, at 6 PM
at Joe Allen Restaurant, 30 rue Pierre Lescot, 75001
Métro Etienne Marcel or Les Halles

First come first serve. Questions? Contact Sheila Sarem [email protected]

Events for Young (or Young at Heart) Dems

For more info about the following events, contact
Sheila Sarem 06 16 12 65 51, mailto:[email protected]
or Bérengère Parmly [email protected]

More Democrats Abroad Events

Tuesday, October 12, at 8 PM
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Ted Widmer, former speech writer for President Clinton, takes us behind the scenes in the White House and Chappaqua. We are honored to have the knowledgeable and witty head of American Studies at Washington College with us in Paris for this event.
Fundraising dinner at the home of Susannah Weiss
22 Place du General Catroux, Paris 75017
100 euros
RSVP 01 45 49 14 70 or [email protected]

Saturday, October 16, at 6 PM
Rally: Letter to America from Democrats Abroad
A rally to send the message home: “Why I’m Voting.”
At Place d’Alma in front of the flame.
Come one, come all. (More information to follow.)

Wednesday, October 20, at 8 PM
Women’s Caucus Dinner
Christine Ockrent: View From the Other Side
Renowned French journalist, and author of newly-released book
“Bush, Kerry : le choc des deux Ameriques” ed. Robert Laffont
Ms Ockrent will speak in English
Fundraising dinner at the home of Susan Loder
1 avenue Bertie Albrecht, Paris 75008
100 euros
RSVP 01 45 49 14 70 or [email protected]

Thursday, October 28, at 8 PM
Diane Johnson and All That Jazz
Author of Le Divorce, Le Marriage and L’Affaire, among others, will recite her now-famous
lyric poem, “Make the Pie Higher,” based entirely on the words of George W. Bush, with piano accompaniment by Lauranna Mitchelmoore.
Fundraising dinner and recital, some jazz music, and some political talk, at La Main d’Or,
9 Passage de la Main d’Or, 75011 Paris
RSVP 01 45 49 14 70 or [email protected]

RSVP for dinners
Win Back America
Four pre-election fundraising dinners to put the Democrats back
where they belong, in the White House and Congress

Tuesday, October 12, at 8 PM
Ted Widmer Tells All

Wednesday, October 20, at 8 PM Women’s Caucus Dinner
Christine Ockrent: View From the Other Side

Thursday, October 28, at 8 PM
Diane Johnson and All That Jazz

Contribution 100 Euros per Person or more is welcome!
Send check made payable to Democrats Abroad or credit card information before September 15 to Jane Donaldson, 65, rue de la Fontaine, 75016, Paris.
RSVP: 01 45 49 14 70 or [email protected]


First Annual WICE Book Fair Benefit
In conjunction with Studio Arts Open House

Do you have books to donate? Contribute your books to the Fair and we will pick them up! Please contact John Baxter at

Biggest English-Language Weekend Book Fair in Paris
Thousands of Books — starting at 50 centimes
Signed first editions, paperbacks, rare books, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, including books from the libraries of Diane Johnson, Mavis Gallant, C.K. Williams, E.L. Doctrow, Carolyn Kizer, Robert Harris and many more. Not to be missed!

Saturday, October 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (auction at 6:00)
Sunday, October 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

20 bd du Montparnasse
75015 Paris
Métro Duroc


Start a Business in France

For free advice on how to start a business in France, the Mairies are offering assistance:

Mondays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Mairie of the 6th Arrondissement
78, rue Bonaparte

Wednesdays 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mairie of the 20th
6, place Gambetta


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