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Paris — A City of a Different Color

I came back from vacation to an entirely different city. Paris in August is a chameleon taking on a different shade of green and it seems to happen on the button of August 1st. I’ve come to really like it’s rather schizophrenic personality.

The streets in Le Marais are decidedly quieter. My favorite “rôtisserie” on rue de Bretagne is shut tight with a hand printed sign saying “fermé 3 août – 27 août.” Yesterday I tried to make an appointment with my haircutter, but he apologized…he’s shutting down until September 1 and is booked solid until he leaves on Saturday. “Pleeeeeze, Peter! I’m desperate to fix this mop!” The best he could do was put me on a waiting list in hopes for a cancellation.

It never ceases to amaze me how the French can willingly afford to take one-twelfth of their business income potential and snub their nose at it by locking their doors and heading for the countryside or seashore. Of course, the cycle is such that they likely lose very little since such scanty business can actually be done.

Then, there are others that take advantage of the lack of competition. Lots of restaurants stay overflowing while the others are on holiday, particularly those owned by the non-French! This is the best time of year to wallow in Asian, Indian and North African cuisine — rest assured they’re still setting the tables and serving it hot.

In some ways there is no rhyme or reason to what runs normally and what not. One August I headed to shop at Galeries Lafayette thinking it would be empty only to discover it was the busiest spot in town.

Americans who own apartments in Paris come in August because this is the one time of year they don’t successfully rent to tourists…so they take advantage of the down season. It’s the only real one there is. The upside is of course, all the American friends who are here ready to party and enjoy a casual Paris. And there is still no shortage of great things to do.

For example, tonight begins the Festival Cinéma au Clair de Lune running until August 21st — our once-a-year chance to see cinema masterpieces past and present having Paris as the subject or the backdrop…outdoors. I anxiously await the festival every year.

The films are in French, but you can catch two in their original English version with French sub-titles: “Gigi” on Wednesday, August 10th at the Jardins du Trocadéro (in front of the fountains) and “One Hour With You” on Friday, August 19th on Avenue de Breteuil, place Henri-Queuille. And this Saturday night, you can bet I’ll be at Place des Vosges to see “Cartouche” with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale and Jean Rochefort at Place des Vosges!

Be sure to scroll down for today’s Community Calendar for more information about the cinema festival and all the other great things to do in August here in the Paris of a different color.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. Every American I know who owns an apartment in Paris for personal use and profitable rental returns is a happy one. If you want to learn how you can be one, too, it’s not too late to join us next week at the Invest in France Seminar Wednesday August 10th here in Paris. For more information and to register now, visit /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_AUG_2005/IIF_home.html


In French By Elisabeth Lelogeais SeLoger
Translation by Yolanda Robins

The second home has become a real passion in spite of the serious rise in home prices, and it tends to play a significant part of dual residences more and more.

We used to believe that the tr

aditional second home was left forgotten — too difficult to maintain, too constraining in terms of the number of stays needed “to make it profitable” and uninteresting to the next generation…Read On…

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Calendar #68
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Paris, France


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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

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


Dance with Mathilde Monnier
August 11 to 13
Jardin des Tuileries

As part of Paris Quartier d’Eté, French choreographer Mathilde Monnier presents an amazing show, expressing in movement her own personal feelings and experiences with those shared with the public, set to the music of PJ Harvey.

Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris
10 p.m.
Metro: Tuileries
RER C: Musée d’Orsay

For more information 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, 75016, Paris
16th Arrondissement



Charlie Chaplin et les images
The world through a comedian’s eyes
Until September 18

The exhibition “Chaplin in pictures” at the Jeu de Paume includes documents and home movies from Chaplin family archives. It reveals one of the 20th century’s best-loved characters and the outstanding achievement of his creator: producer, director and actor.

Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008, PARIS
Metro: Concorde
Bus: 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84, 94
For tickets call:
For more information visit

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

Chamber Music
July 21 to August 15
8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and 15 August

The music of Brahms, Ravel, Prokofiev, Françaix and the rarely-performed composers such as Thieriot and Blanc. This year, the Octuor de France presents an inaugural concert on the theme of classical Brazilian music within the framework of the Year of Brazil in France.

Full price: 20 – 25 euros
Discount price: 15 euros
Admission to park: 3 euros

Orangerie de Bagatelle
Route de la Reine-Marguerite, Bois de Boulogne, 75016 PARIS
Metro: Porte Dauphine
RER C: Avenue Foch

For more information visit


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

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.


PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

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



Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

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

Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia



For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]



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



Sunday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m.

DINING TIPS FROM AMERICA: Nutritional Trends In Restaurant Dining Featuring Kyle Shadix
Certified Chef de Cuisine and Registered Dietitian.

Americans are fatter than ever, but what is the food industry doing? Want to know what is happening in the American food and restaurant scene? You might be surprised to find out what food companies are doing to combat obesity. From grocery stores and restaurants, to vending machines in public schools, come and hear about the latest culinary nutrition trends, and join in a lively discussion afterwards.

As both a Certified Chef de Cuisine and registered dietitian, Chef Kyle Shadix belongs to a rare breed of food and nutrition experts. As such, he is a talent in the kitchen, a food scientist, nutrition expert and food services educator, writer and innovator in institutional food development. Due to his wide range of expertise in the food and nutrition world, Chef Kyle has his finger on the pulse of the leading trends in both arenas and has been recognized by the food and beverage industry as a leader in this new terrain that marries cuisine, health and food science.

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


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

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



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


Rollerblading in Paris!
Fridays and Sundays

Every week, you can don your blades for two rolling tours through the City of Light!

Friday evenings: Over 4,000 experienced skaters take a different 25 km circuit each week. Full details the Thursday before at or call

Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit or call


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.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at

What’s On in the City

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


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


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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