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“Romance In Paris Is No “”Charade”””

“Charade” on the Big Screen Under the Glow of the Eiffel Tower, August 11, 2004

Romance in Paris is No “Charade”

International Living’s
Paris Property Picks
Published by Parler Paris
A Friday Peek at this Week’s Best Paris Picks

Portfolio #36

Friday, August 13, 2004
Paris, France


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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Wednesday night under the glow of the Eiffel Tower, I picnicked with friends on the lawns of the Trocadero. There were thousands of people there, possibly hundreds of thousands, just to watched Stanley Donen’s 1963 movie, “Charade,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant on the big inflatable screen.

If you’ve ever seen the film, then you know that it’s hard to imagine a movie more perfect…brilliant directing, beautiful and witty stars an amazing supporting cast (Walter Mathau, James Coburn…), perfectly set music (Henri Mancini), gorgeous wardrobe (Givenchy)…and so delightfully romantic, of course, set in Paris!

What tickled me most was that in spite of all the intrigue and fear of being murdered for $250,000 hat the pursuing war veterans were sure Reggie (Audrey Hepburn) was hiding, she was really only intent on getting Peter (alias a different name every ten minutes, Cary Grant) to marry her. But of course, it was Paris, and lovers were everywhere — in fact, the director makes a point of placing attention on couples kissing along the quais of the Seine by using the spotlights from the Bateaux Mouches where Reggie and Peter are dining.

Within the 113 minutes of the film and within just a few days of chasing from one glorious spot in Paris to another, the heroine goes from married to widowed to married again. Hey, in Paris, anything is possible!

For those of you who want to hear the straight truth about what’s possible in Paris, we’re going to be talking about “Being Single in the City of Light” and “Life with a French Man” next month on September 9th at Brasserie Les Halles in Washington, DC.

I’ll be telling tales of single life in Paris…why this is the greatest place on the planet to be single…why you can enjoy being a woman better in Paris than anywhere else…why flirting in Paris so much fun and so necessary…how easy it is to meet men in Paris…and how Paris can spice up your sex life!

As a special treat, Ruth Mastron, author of “Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French” and Vice-President of SoCoCo Intercultural will add her take on what’s life like married to a French man! Is it really married bliss once you’ve taken the plunge to join the other side?

Other formidable women you can have the pleasure of experiencing should you be in the DC area that weekend are Thirza Vallois and Kirsten Keppel. The public is invited to have dinner Saturday night September 11th with us and hear brilliant author and historian, Vallois, talk about Paris Past, Present and Future. On Monday the 13th, you can take a walking tour to savor the elegant flavor of DC’s famous Kalorama District to discover the French legacy to the nation’s capital with Kirsten Keppel, a seventh-generation DC native and passionate Francophile.

All three women will also be speaking at the Living and Investing in France Conference: Mastron on “Crossing the Cultural Divide,” a subject she is clearly expert in, Vallois on Paris and la France Profonde (she’s working on a new book about the Aveyron) and Keppel about French-speaking Washington, DC.

To reserve your place at any or all of these events, visit: /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_DC/LIF_DC_optional.html

And with romance on our minds, single or married, today’s property picks are romantic pied-à-terres, particularly on the “rez-de-chaussée” (ground floor) on gardens or courtyards. Scroll down to dream…one of these could be yours.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. We’ve added some new and fabulous short-term rentals to the roster, so be sure to make your next stay in Paris more like home by renting an apartment, instead of staying in the cramped space of a hotel — Visit /parlerparis/apartments and… my own apartment is available for rent September 4 – 14 while I’m in Washington, DC for the Living and Investing in France Conference. Write me for more information at: [email protected]


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, 42m², on Square Scipion, on a private cul-de-sac, two beautiful rooms on a courtyard with threes, independent kitchen with bar, bath, toilet.

Asking Price: 260,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


Studio of 20m², kitchenette, bath.

Asking Price: 115,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


Two rooms, 31m², in a beautiful co-op, charming, sunny, quiet, on the courtyard, fireplace, cellar.

Asking Price: 295,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


Three rooms of 80.71m², one bedroom, total habitable space 112m², high ceilings, on a beautiful courtyard, close to the quai of the Seine, quiet, sunny, celler, possibility of creating an office space.

Asking Price: 715,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


* Further resources:

* Many people don’t have the time nor the resources to look for their own little piece of France, especially if they’re located in the States or other foreign country.

* Stay in your own luxury apartment while you’re here…

* Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think.


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