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Off The Beaten Expat Paris Path

Sixty years ago, the Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy with the largest show of force ever assembled. Paris and all of France has extended a “Four-Star Welcome” to the heroes of World War II with a tribute to 300 veterans from the 14 Allied nations, all of whom will receive the Legion of Honor. The largest contingent of veterans have come from the U.S., Great Britain and Canada. There are hundreds of events celebrating the event all over France, particularly in Normandy, of course, coordinated by a non-profit organization called “Normandie Memoire” with an official Web site at

Each Allied country has its own official ceremonies for June 5th and June 6th. You can download the Maison de la France 13-page pdf file on the D-Day commemorations, celebrations and special section for veterans and includes information for veterans on how to get the 60th Anniversary Commemorative badge:

On a sportsman-like note, this month, the Cycling Promotional Committee brings together all the national cycling, bicycle touring and bicycle users federations, clubs and associations, local and territorial authorities, professional cycling, sports and leisure federations to organize a national cycling festival known as: “Tous à vélo!” This takes place throughout France every year the first weekend in June. Independently or for families, in the city or the countryside…the cycle festival will be happening all over France on Saturday and Sunday June 5th and 6th.

Rose Marie Burke, author of the “Insider Guide to Biking in Paris” obviously a biking enthusiast (!), reminds us that there’s a free “mass” ride (sanctioned by the City of Paris) during Tous à vélo Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th. Since March of this year, the mass rides are regularly Friday nights and the third Sunday of each month. The Friday night ride meets at 8:30 p.m. and the Sunday ride at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall (Hôtel de Ville in the 1st). For more info on these rides call or visit for details.

For those of you who want to take Rose’s fabulous Paris ride of “Sundays Along the Seine,” visit

And now, on a more serious note, and more specifically related to owning property in Paris, Jean Taquet’s Q and A column this month deals with the subject of Capital Gains taxes (ouch!) and hiring workers “au noir” — what we refer to as “under the table.” He also makes a special note about looking outside the traditional neighborhoods of Paris…

“On the subject of purchasing real estate, I’m glad to see that more and more foreigners wishing to buy good residential property in Paris are starting to look outside the traditional neighborhoods of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, around the Eiffel Tower, and the western sector in general. Paris has always had very diversified residential neighborhoods, chosen according to people’s lifestyles. As new trends appear, almost the entire traditional blue-collar portion of Paris has become middle- to upper-middle class, starting with Bastille, the very spot where the famous prison castle stood.”

To read the column in its entirety, click on /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html

Thank you, Jean for these words of wisdom. Perhaps you remember the story about Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of “French Toast” and “French Fried,” who moved from the chic suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine with her banker husband to a 100 square-meter ground-level apartment with 185 meters of garden in the least chic arrondissement of Paris…the 20th? (Parler Paris of Tuesday, November 25, 2003). Her friends were all in shock, but she said she felt like she was living in the country only with place Gambetta a few meters away and all this cost her one-third of what the same apartment would have cost her in the 6th.

On this note, we offer up some unusual properties in unusual parts of Paris, well off the beaten Expat path, where one can feel more like a true Parisian or as Harriet had put it — “…the true Iowa girl I’ve always been…”

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. We’re gearing up for upcoming meetings with our readers…next Tuesday afternoon at our monthly Parler Paris Après Midi meetings (see /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more information) and the Working and Living in France Conference (June 18 – 20)…three days of
intensive learning on how to make the move to France plus all of its special activities (see /frenchproperty/conference/wlif/wlif_home.html). Parler Paris Readers qualify for the early bird registration price anytime, so if you haven’t registered yet, don’t wait till it’s too late!


Each week Paris Property Picks features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various districts of Paris. As we are not a real estate agency, these properties do not constitute a sales listing. For those readers seriously interested in finding property in Paris or France, you can retain our services to do the whole thing for you. For more information, visit /frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html
or contact Jocelyn Carnegie at [email protected]

Two rooms, 40 m2, one bedroom, bath, toilet, with terrace of 52 m2 and open view.

Asking Price: 255,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee



Two rooms, 51 m², one bedroom, bath, in the southern part of the 14th with double exposure and an interior garden, a large living room and quiet bedroom, cellar and gardien.

Asking Price: 271,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


Four rooms, 114.29m², three bedrooms, two toilets, one bath, American-style kitchen (equipped), bright, calm, with high ceilings (3.5 meters) and private courtyard.

Asking Price: 505,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


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