Après Midi

Aprés Midi 12-11-19

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Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Edith de Belleville
Edith de Belleville (not Edith Piaf who was well known to also be raised in Belleville), whose real name is rarely divulged, graced us with her extraordinary humor talking about her book (written in French), "Belles et rebelles: A l'ombre des grandes Parisiennes" (Beautiful and Rebellious: In the Shadow of the Great Parisians). Edith (pronounced Eh-Deet in French, youtube.com/watch) honors and investigates five inspirational and influential women in French history in order to understand what characteristics they each had that contributed to their success during a time when women had little power.
     Edith was a lawyer for 25 years before going back to school to become a licensed tour guide (one must be licensed to do just about anything in France), dividing her time between taking Anglophones all over Paris to sharing her passion for the city. That didn't stop her from writing her books and bringing us to heightened laughter with her hilarious view on life as a "Parisienne" herself. She had us in stitches as she described her path to writing the book about the five women she deemed to be most worthy: actress Sarah Bernhardt (pronounced Ber-Nar in French); mistress of Louis IVX Madame de Montespan (aka Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Montespan); writer George Sand (aka Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin); wife of Bonaparte and Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais; and feminist author Christine de Pisan.
     Author Janet Hulstrand recently interviewed Edith for Bonjour Paris and asked: Do you have a favorite thing to do, or place to be in Paris? Edith: "My favorite thing to do in Paris? Oh, that’s not easy to say, you know...just sitting in a café and doing nothing. Just watching the people, looking at the buildings, feeling the light, listening to the city’s sounds and the conversation of my neighbors, engaging in small talk with the waiter to complain about something. (Like most Parisians, I like to complain.)"
     Just that gives you a small glimpse into Edith's sense of humor that had us all in virtual tears of laughter. For more about Edith de Belleville, read Janet's entire interview with her in Bonjour Paris.
 
In attendance were:
•    •    Angela and Rick Christenson
•    Anna Hayes
•    Barb Harper
•    Bobbi Warren
•    Brenda Prowse
•    Buck Branson
•    Carol Clark
•    Connie Greffe
•    Craig Ziegler
•    Diana Smith
•    Elaine McCarthy
•    Erin Zaleski
•    Fran Michalek
•    Grace Nakota
•    Hilary Kaiser
•    Ian Johnson
•    James E. Hutcheson
•    James Kigin
•    Jane Riley
•    Janet Hulstrand
•    Jean and Stephen Lynch
•    Kandi Shejavali
•    Kate Miller
•    Laurie Laid
•    Leslie Mow
•    Lisa Anselmo
•    Louraine Arkfeld
•    Magalie Puente
•    Maran Clark
•    Marc Weitz
•    Mark Kronk
•    Mary Bartlett
•    Michael Warren
•    Natasha Yakovlev
•    Olenne Codet
•    Pal Le Blanc
•    Patricia Davidson
•    Patricia White
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Renée Ozburn
•    Sandy Hutcheson
•    Shauna Lazarus
•    Susan Carter
•    Susan Taylor Leduc
•    Susanne Abetti
•    Susanne Fowler
•    Vernonique Savoye
•    Yael Ménassé Friedberg
•    Plus others who did not sign in (or whose name was illegible)!

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France