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Paris by Night

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Paris by Night

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Monday, December 18, 2006
Paris, France

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Living and Investing in France Real Estate Seminar!


Living and Investing in France
Real Estate Seminar
December 29, 2006
Chez Jenny, Paris, France

There is nothing else you can do in less time and as inexpensively to learn all you need to learn to make your dream to live in France come true than take advantage of this one-day power-packed seminar with expert speakers from France, Europe and the U.S.

You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and learn all you’ll need to know to make your move or how to earn profits by owning property there.


Tarek Richey of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. will be teaching you to effectively accumulate, enjoy, and preserve your wealth.

Graham Platt, a partner in the International Law Partnership with John Howell, will be presenting “Buy and Own Property in France!” and How to Minimize Your Tax and Maximize the Benefits!

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

The sun will set on Paris on December 21st, the shortest day of the year, at 4:54 p.m., affording us only 8 hours and 14 minutes of daylight. And even at that, typical Paris weather casts a gray sky over most of the day at this time of year.

But, we aren’t complaining. There is a good reason we call Paris the “City of Light.” Nothing is more beautiful than Paris by Night. French lighting engineers have perfected the art of illuminating their illustrious monuments, bridges, streets and shops to the point of distraction. Throughout all of Paris, the city stays lit up until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on weekends. No one can deny that it is absolutely gorgeous.

The Eiffel Tower’s artificial illuminations has been constantly revised and improved throughout the years, taking advantage of the latest innovations in lighting…from gas to electricity, incandescent lamps to neon and not forgetting the sodium lamp. Since the year 2000, 20,000 flashing lights were added for a glittering performance of lighting on the hour. To create the sparkling diamond effects, it took 20 mountain climbers every night during 3 months to complete the installation, 20,000 light bulbs weighing 8 tons, 800 strings of lights weighing 25 kilos each and measuring 18 kilometers long, 60,000 flexible clips to attach the cables, 20,000 fasteners, 3 kilometers of angle irons, 230 enclosed lighting fixtures and 30 kilometers of electrical cords plus the usage 400 kilowatts of power.

This holiday season, creative lighting is part of a city-wide program titled “Paris Illumine Paris 06.” First initiated in 2004 to encourage the merchant associations to participate in beautifying the city during the holiday season, now more than 30 associations (and growing by leaps and bounds each year) have worked directly with lighting designers to create something unique for their neighborhoods.

The department stores add their own festive lighting to the holiday scene. Galeries Lafayette’s Christmas tree (the world’s biggest) standing 20 meters high is adorned with over 55,000 bulbs of yellow and gold light. The store’s facades are decorated in ‘luminous lace’ dressing by Italian designer Valerio Festi where millions of multicolored lights illuminate boulevard Haussmann and for the first time, projections of light on the illuminated facades give the illusion of waves transforming Galeries Lafayette into a kaleidoscope of constantly moving images.

This season, photographer Erica Simone took her digital Canon camera and tripod to some of her favorite spots in the City of Light to rediscover the

city in which she became an adult and grew to love like so many other Americans in Paris. Today’s issue is devoted to the shortest day of the year in Paris and the young talent that shows us the path to ultimate appreciation of the City of Light…Paris by Night.

Click here to see more Paris by Night photos by Erica Simone (Signed and editioned prints of the photos by Erica Simone may be purchased from the artist.)

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. Parler Paris Apartments announces three new additions to the rental roster! Scroll down to learn more about ATTIC LUMIÈRE, a newly renovated one-bedroom suite located on rue Charlot, LE PANTHÉON typically Parisian one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the Latin Quarter (still available for Christmas!) and LA CELLETTE 9-bedroom Château with Guest Cottage in the Dorgogne!…or click here for more information

P.P.S. Only 11 days remaining to register for the Living and Investing in France Real Estate Seminar on December 29th. Visit /frenchproperty/conference for more information.

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Everything You Want to Know About Black Paris…

Excerpt from Insider Guide to Black Paris
By Melinda Herron

“Marché Dejean,” nicknamed the “African Market,” is a popular neighborhood market street right outside the Château-Rouge subway stop. When you come up the subway stairs to the street, you’re immediately taken miles south to another continent! The area is truly “Africa in Paris” –- you see brothers and sisters in native garb shopping, chatting and mingling – and incredibly resembles Abidjan or Dakar. On Saturday, the market and surrounding streets are extremely crowded with people who come from all over the greater Paris area to pick up foodstuffs and ingredients. For those of you who like catfish, tilapia, mullet and other fish, stop by here. If you have a taste for greens, ask for “feuilles de broccoli”… for more about markets, see the guide.

Get your copy of Insider Guide to Black Paris now.

Discover 82 Easy Tips for Taking Holiday Photos You Can Sell


If you’re like most folks, you pull the camera out more this time of year than any other. But just because you’re snapping more shots, doesn’t meaning you’re taking better photos. Now you can. And fast. All you need to get started is a point-and-shoot camera.

Find out how to… snap professional-quality family portraits… transform standard-issue Thanksgiving dinner shots into heirloom pictures… capture natural shots of kids in the snow, opening presents, giving Grandma a kiss… get amazing photos of holiday lights, and even turn your photos into cash.

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Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.

Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home – and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.


This newly renovated one-bedroom suite is located on rue Charlot, one of the most fashionable streets in the Marais district. The apartment style is contemporary, yet very warm and cozy, inspired by Alpine architecture with wonderful natural oak beams and materials such as marble and teak-wood floors. The large attic opens to the sky, thanks to a glass roof, perfect for those who wish to enjoy a bright environment, full of peace and serenity. The en-suite private bathroom with its extra large shower system of power hydro jets, makes the whole space extremely enjoyable and replenishing.

Air conditioned! 5th floor, no elevator. Sleeps 2 adults.

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/atticlumiere.html

Rue Lanneau, 5th Arrondissement

This very cozy, typically Parisian one-bedroom apartment is situated on a beautiful, cobblestoned, pedestrian street directly across from the famous “Coupe Chou” restaurant in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Located on the 2nd floor (European, no elevator) of a traditional 17th-century building, with secure digicode entry, the apartment overlooks both the quiet tree-lined courtyard and the tiny, charming street. Exposed and preserved wood beams adorn the ceilings throughout the apartment, complimenting the warm decoration and home furnishings.

Sleeps up to 4.

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/pantheon.html

9-bedroom Château in the Dorgogne with Guest Cottage

Celles, Dorgogne – Gorgeous 15th century château, heart of French countryside, sleeps up to 18, private bathrooms in every room. The restored château, next to the church in the very center of Celles, whose bells toll three times a day, is vintage 15th-century built by the family of Dulau d’Allemans. Their name is identified in the letterpress edition of the papers of George Washington. It was a ruin until the current owner employed a master architect from the region who fully understood the character of the house, and whose investigative powers led him to find the hidden massive stone fireplaces and secret stairwells. Together they restored the 15th-century manor into a 21st-century splendor.

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/cellette.html

Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is January 9, 2007

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!

* Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003
3rd arrondissement, Paris
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

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

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

December 24 – January 1, reopening January 2, 2007


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