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Welcome 2 France Newsletter November 2014
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Autumn's color makes a huge difference to Paris' beauty. You could say that the city undergoes something of a transformation during this time, and here at Welcome2France, the same is true, with a fresh new look for our website that has kept us very busy lately!

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A Parisian Thanksgiving

Food is definitely high on the list of Thanksgiving priorities for expat Americans in France. Luckily, there are plenty of options for you to get your fix of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie around Paris. Yet Thanksgiving is surely about more than just the table, and Paris offers you the opportunity to enjoy a very special Thanksgiving.

There are a couple of hurdles to overcome first, though. Thanksgiving is not a public holiday in France, so if you want to spend the whole day together, you'll need to book holiday off work. If you're on holiday, too, you may find yourself isolated. For which there is a perfect solution.

The French may look down on a lot of American cooking, but Thanksgiving is something that even they can get behind.

There are a number of expat groups in Paris, and any one of these will organize countless events from full Thanksgiving dinners among fellow Americans to a simple game of football in one of the city's open spaces. It's these little interactions that can make all the difference on this day.

There is also an American Church in Paris, where you can pop in for Thanksgiving mass and meet fellow Americans.

But if there's anything that says Thanksgiving, it's a giant stuffed turkey and you'd be surprised by the sheer number of options you have in Paris when it comes to your Thanksgiving feast.
One option is to eat in, and that's much easier for the 21st century American expat than for our forebears. Nowadays, many butchers will prepare you a Thanksgiving turkey, so long as you give them enough notice. There's also an aptly named shop, Thanksgiving, where you can find all you need to prepare your own feast.
If you're not feeling like cooking, though, there are still many, many options. The aforementioned Thanksgiving also has a restaurant (20 rue Saint Paul), while many Americans choose Joe Allen, the American bistro at 30 rue Pierre Lescot.

There's also the breakfast bar, Breakfast in America, who push aside their normal menu in favor of a Thanksgiving feast. They can be found at 17 rue des Ecoles.

Perhaps the most famous of all these American restaurants, though, is Harry's New York Bar.

Harry's New York Bar - 5 rue Daunou - 75002 Paris

Harry's Bar was transplanted from New York to Paris and opened on Thanksgiving day 1911. Since then, it's been popular with authors like Hemmingway and Sartre, as well as James Bond author Ian Fleming, who called it the best place in Paris to get a solid drink. Located at 5 rue Daunou, the bar serves a Thanksgiving menu and is even visited by Americans for Thanksgiving alone.
With all these choices, you can enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving feast wherever you are. There are still other options, though.

When living abroad, I love nothing more than sampling the local culture and while Thanksgiving isn't a festival you want to mess with, giving it a distinct Parisian feel can make it a truly special occasion.

Thanks to the Canadians, there are plenty of French pantry inspired Thanksgiving menus out there, including French style pumpkin pie, oysters and fennel and apple salads. Of course, you don't have to do anything French with your meal, except perhaps foregoing the beer for some good French wine. A nice bottle of Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc goes fantastically.

A grateful Thanksgiving to all our readers.

Thanksgiving Store and Restaurant
20 Rue Saint-Paul

Joe Allen
30 rue Pierre Lescot

Breakfast in America
17 rue des Ecoles
4 rue Malher

The American Church in Paris
65 Quai d'Orsay

Calendar of Events


Mois de la Photo
Throughout November
La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (amongst others)
5/7 rue de Fourcy

Salon de la Photo
13-17 November
Paris Expo (Pavilion 4)
1 place de la Porte de Versailles

Grand Marche d'Art Contemporian
30 October - 3 November 2014
Place de la Bastille

Paris Bachata Festival
22 November 2014
Espace Congres Les Esselieres
Rue Francois Billoux
94800 Villejuf

The Beaujolais Nouveau
20 November 2014
Various locations

Military Parade (Armistice Day WWI)
Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle

Art and Exhibitions

Hokusai: 1760-1849
November 2014 - 18 January 2015
Le Grand Palais
254/256 rue de Bercy

Sade: Attacking the Sun
14 October 2014 - 25 January 2015
Musee de Orsay
1 rue de la Legion d'Honneur


John Legend
3 November 2014
Le Zenith de Paris
211 Avenue Jean Jaures

7 November 2014
Le Zenith de Paris
211 Avenue Jean Jaures

Imelda May
8 November 2014
28 Boulevard des Capucines

Gospel Festival de Paris 2014
10 November 2014
Casino de Paris
16 rue de Clichy

Africolor Festival
15 November 2014 - 24 December 2014
Various locations

Rodrigo Y Gabriela
26 November 2014
Le Zenith de Paris
211 Avenue de Jean Jaures

Villes des Musiques du Monde
10 October 2014 - 9 November 2014
4 Avenue de la Division Leclerc
93300 Aubervilliers

Blues sur Seine
7-22 November 2014
Various locations

Chris Rea
22 November 2014
28 Boulevard des Capucines


Tosca (Opera)
Throughout November 2014
Opera Bastille
Place de la Bastille

Rain (Ballet)
Until 4 November 2014
Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opera

The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera)
Until 8 November 2014
Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opera

Hansel Et Gretel
From 20 November
Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opera

Around the World in 80 Days
25 September - 19 December 2014
Theatre du Splendid
48 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin

Cyrano de Bergerac
19 October 2014 - 29 December 2014
Theatre Michel
38 rue des Mathurins


BNP Paribas Masters Tennis
1-2 November 2014
Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy
8 Boulevard de Bercy

WWE Live
12 November 2014
Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy
8 Boulevard de Bercy

France vs Australia Rugby Union
15 November 2014
Stade de France
ZAC du Cornillion Nord
93216 Saint-Denis

France vs Argentina Rugby Union
22 November 2014
Stade de France
ZAC du Cornillion Nord
93216 Saint-Denis

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The Welcome 2 France team
Tel. 1 (650) 267-4328
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