Bernadette Martin, Founder of Visibility Branding, is a storyteller, personal brand strategist,
speaker and author of "Storytelling about Your Brand Online & Offline". She recently launched Storytelling Evenings, a throwback to the Parisian salons of the 1920s where artists, writers, and creative people would gather to share stories and ideas.
I attended the latest Storytelling Evening a few weeks ago on a Sunday night. The guest storyteller was Hilary Kaiser, author of WWII Voices: American GI’s and the French Women Who Married Them, and French War Brides in America.
The gathering was at Bernadette’s comfortable and spacious hi-rise on Blvd. Richard Lenoir in the 11th arr. and the evening started at 7:30PM. Bernadette put out a nice spread of hearty, enough to be dinner appetizers to munch on. There were about 14 guests and I knew already some of them. We mingled and softly networked for the next 90 minutes or so until the presentation.
Hilary Kaiser is an engaging and entertaining storyteller, passionately speaking about a subject close to her heart. She spoke about the courtships of American soldiers in WWII with French women and how some of them unexpectedly fell in love with their future wives. She told us one touching story about a young soldier falling for a teenage girl from the French countryside and how they were separated for a few years until they met again and married. She turned his story into a play and handed out a short scene to the audience. She asked for volunteers to read the different parts, and I shot up my hand and landed the part. I don’t know if many of you know or not but I used to do some acting in New York before I moved to Paris, so it was fun to act again.
There was a Q & A after the presentation and the evening ended about 10:30. Future speakers in September, October, and November include Natalie Lazarus, speaking about bringing her play A Picasso to France, Sandy Becky speaking about starting a corporate beehive project with some work colleagues, and the hugely talented opera soprano Elisa Doughty, who was my Parisian of the Month. Events cost 25 euros per person plus a 1.38 euro service fee and includes appetizers, wine and other beverages.
My Paris Apartment for Rent
I am renting my fabulous Paris apartment in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul metro, from November 30 to December 16, a total of 17 nights. It's a spacious one-bedroom 750 sq. ft. loft style apartment with 12 ft. ceilings, decorated in chic Mid-Century Modern furniture and sleeps two people in a Queen size bed. Amenities include washer/dryer, 16" flat screen TV, dishwasher, internet connection/Wifi and free long distance calls to the U.S. The apartment is located on the second floor with a large elevator.
The price is 2800 euros/165 per night for 17 nights, 1500 euros for 7 nights, and anything in between 7 & 15 nights, 175 euros per night. Minimum rental 7 nights or 1500 euros. Photos upon request.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour