Après Midi

adrianEvery second Tuesday of the month (except August), since 2003 (!), Adrian Leeds personally hosts an open and free gathering to the public, enhanced by a speaker from the community who offers something special to share with everyone! Speakers range from authors who have a new book out to filmmakers to specialists in their fields -- always a topic of interest with an open forum for questions and discussion. There is no need for registering in advance...just come any time, but the earlier you get there, the better your seat!

3 to 5 p.m. the Second Tuesday of the Month (except August)
Upstairs at Café de la Mairie

(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

See Map Here

*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Après Midi October 9, 2018:

 Cara Black - Aimée Leduc mystery novels


Cara Black

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.



Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations

November 13, 2018

Janet HulstrandJanet Hulstrand
Writer, Editor, Writing coach
Downsizing, the Keepers and the Throwers

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature who divides her time between France and the U.S. Although she is mainly known for her writing about France, and particularly about the village in Champagne where she spends much of her time, she is also known as a downsizing expert, as coauthor of a book (Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home) and a blog (Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned) on the subject. At this Après-Midi she will share her expertise in downsizing, focusing on how the “keepers” and the “throwers” of the world can work together harmoniously to get the job done (!) when it is time to downsize the family home.


Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home

Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned

December 11, 2018

Laurent QueigeLaurent Queige, Tourism and Maketing Professional
Welcome City Lab

After studies at Montpellier Business School where Laurent received a master's in international tourism, he worked as a tour guide, then as a travel agent at Via Voyages, then as a press officer at the French Tourism Bureau in Milan (Italy), then as a consultant in tourism marketing and development at the consultancy agency Setel France, then as a project manager for the 2000 2010 Tourism Regional Strategy at the Paris Region Tourism Board.

He was the manager of the tourism department at the Paris City Council from 2001 to 2013. He ran the strategy for Paris tourism attractiveness: engineering, quality charters, marketing, digital tourism, monitoring and prospective, communication, international relations. His main achievements are: Paris Capital of Creative Design, the Paris quality charter for bed & breakfasts, the Paris Nightlife Festival, Creative Paris.

Laurent is the general manager of the Welcome City Lab, the first startup incubator focused on tourism innovation in the world, which aims at positioning Paris as the world leader in innovation in urban tourism. He advises thirty startups every year, in order to accelerate their growth and be successful worldwide. He manages a 4-people team and runs a stearing committee composed of 13 public and private partners. He aims at creating an international network of tourism incubators in the world.

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January 8, 2019

Liz Alderman - Journalist
Liz Alderman, Journalist

Liz Alderman serves as Business Editor of International Herald Tribune S.A.S. Ms. Alderman is a specialist in monetary policy (Federal Reserve and ECB) and macroeconomics. She joined the IHT from the financial news agency BridgeNews, where she served as Paris bureau chief overseeing coverage of the French and eurozone economies and French corporate and political news. She was the Federal Reserve correspondent from 1995 to 1999 in Washington D.C., covering the American economy. As a Greenspan-watcher, she made television appearances on CNBC and Public Television's “Nightly Business Report” programs. She also covered banking issues in the early 1990's, including U.S. bank regulatory reform and the Whitewater hearings. Her Broadcast Experience include: CNBC and Public Television's "Nightly Business Report". Ms. Alderman graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in English Literature and Language.



February 12, 2019

Lily Heise

Lily Heise, Author & Travel Blogger
The Most Romantic Places in Paris

Lily Heise is a Canadian freelance writer and romantic expert who has been living in Paris in 2000. She is the author of two books on looking for romance in Paris and her articles and travel writing have been featured in the Huffington Post, CondéNastTraveler.com, Business Insider, Playboy.com, Frommer’s Paris and France travel guides, City Secrets Guides, DK Eyewitness, WendyPerrin.com, France Tourism UK, LonelyPlanet.com, The Local France, The Tourist in Paris, HiP Paris, Girl Gone International Magazine, GLOW Magazine and other publications.

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March 12, 2019

Annabel Simms

Half an Hour from Paris - By Annabel Simms

Annabel Simms, Author


Following the format of the small classic An Hour from Paris (2002, 2008, 2017) and written with the same delight in the little-known treasures of the Ile de France, comes Annabel Simms’s long awaited sequel, Half an Hour from Paris. It describes 10 surprising new destinations only half an hour by train or métro from central Paris, yet unknown to many Parisians.

Based on over 20 years’ experience of exploring the Paris countryside by train, each daytrip includes the essential historical, cultural and social background, as well as detailed practical information, clear maps and optional extensions to the recommended walk.

Annabel was born in England, of Hungarian parentage. She has lived in Paris since 1991, when she arrived from London on a year’s sabbatical from her job as a college lecturer in English language and literature  – and never left. She continues to spend her weekends happily exploring the Ile de France by train and on foot.




April 9, 2019

May 14, 2019

June 11, 2019

Author, John Pearce

John Pearce, Author

John Pearce is a part-time Parisian but lives most of the the year in Sarasota, FL. He worked as a journalist in Washington and Europe, where he covered economics for the International Herald Tribune and edited a business magazine. After a business career in Sarasota, he spends his days working on his future books. For several months each year, he and his wife Jan live in Paris, walk its streets, and chase down interesting settings for future books and his blog, JohnPearceAuthor.com. They lived earlier in Frankfurt, Germany, which gave him valuable insights for several of the scenes in his books in Paris.


July 9, 2019

En Vacance!

September 10, 2019

October 8, 2019

November 12, 2019

December 10, 2019