On Route Home to Paris
As you read this, I will be in the air over the ocean headed back for Gay Paree after 10 days in sunny Southern California. Friday I drove down to San Diego from Los Angeles in the cute gold P.T. Cruiser I had rented, taking it slowly down the 405 freeway and stopping along the way…first to get fitted for a pair of Z-Coil shoes at a specialty store in Torrance (have you seen these crazy inventions!? — http://zcoil.com/), have lunch at Mimi’s in Laguna Hills with a Parler Paris reader I had never met, and have drinks with a literary agent/friend who specializes in books about France at her large, luxurious and contemporary hillside home overlooking the ocean in Del Mar.
Attorney John Howell, his wife, Janie and Conference Coordinator Schuyler Hoffman, had already arrived at the Sheraton Suites in downtown San Diego from London and New Orleans (respectively) in preparation for the Living and Investing in France Conference — the 16th one we’ve done together. Downtown San Diego has certainly changed since the last time I had seen it — now teeming with beautiful buildings, clean streets and a hopping nightlife at the bars, restaurants and theaters.
During a wonderful dinner at “Max New York Restaurant” (827 5th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101, toll-free number 1-866-839-1608) we toasted to the conference that would kick off first thing the next morning.
Attendees came from all over the country and Canada, but as usual, more Californians were represented than any other state. Split between couples and singles, we recognized a few familiar faces that had attended previous events. All were eager to learn how to go about investing in property in France that could become home or generate a profit.
After a long and information-packed first day, during which John Howell, Ruth Mastron, Eugenie Desarnauts and I spoke on having the right to live and work in France, why invest in France, how to go about finding property, getting a mortgage and dealing with the cultural divide, we convened for cocktails along with a few San Diego natives who we have come to know over the years.
Laura Klesper, who assisted us in organizing a group dinner, reminded me that we had first met quite a while back while taking a ride on a barge on the Seine during the Travel Photographer’s Workshop! Thanks to Laura, dinner at Café Cerises just around the corner from the hotel was delightful (especially the White and Dark Chocolate Checkerboard with Raspberry Coulis dessert), but more so was the opportunity to meet some of our readers who had joined our conference group for the evening.
Sunday was the final day of sessions, where we discussed minimizing taxes, renting and renovating property, starting a business and taking the risk out of currency exchange. After a panel session where anyone could ask anything of anyone, which concluded the two-day conference, the participants turned in their evaluations and vowed to see us in Paris very soon.
It is just now at this late hour that I take the time to read their comments and review the ratings. Here are a few:
“Can’t say enough good things about the whole conference — what an amazing amount of information. I feel much more confident now about purchasing a French property.”
“Wonderful program. Worth the cost and time. I feel very confident about purchasing property now.”
“Overall, very good value — lots of content, interesting presentations. Thanks for the good balance between seriousness and humor.”
Once again, I can head home feeling a sense of satisfaction and reward that we’ve made a difference in a few people’s lives by giving them the tools and knowledge to make their dreams to live in France come true…and already, over dinner, we decided to do another conference very, very soo
A la prochaine…
Editor, Parler Paris
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P.S. Keep your eyes out for our announcement to do a one-day seminar in December the week between Christmas and New Year’s in Paris! To be on a special mailing list to learn more, email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected]