Welcome to the
American Women's Group in Paris

The American Women’s Group in Paris (AWG) is a social, educational and cultural association organized in 1921. We take pride in being the first organization of English-speaking women in Paris. Membership is open to 

  English-speaking women of any nationality

We will help you learn to love your life in Paris!

From September through June, we offer a variety of fun and rewarding events. 

  • antiques and brocantes
  • behind the scenes tours of Paris landmarks
  • coffee groups, lunches, dinners
  • cooking and photography classes
  • day trips from Paris
  • guided tours of gardens, museums, fashion and art exhibits
  • hikes in the countryside
  • neighborhood tours
  • wine and cheese tastings
  • networking and professional connections
  • volunteer community service

    Almost half of our activities are free!  Your membership also includes: 

    Monthly Coffees, French / English Conversation, Cafe Chat,

     the January Bonne Annee Party, and Year End Lunch

    as well as automatic membership in FAWCO, http://www.fawco.org,

    our umbrella organization that links you to thousands of women around the world.

    Whether you plan to be in Paris for a few months, a year, or a lifetime,                 AWG has something great for you!

     Instructions to renew your Membership are here

    OR  

    Upcoming Events

    Become a member! Click HERE to join.

    Upcoming events

      • 22 Sep 2018
      • 8:20 AM - 6:30 PM
      • Metz
      • 3








      Day trip to METZ


      This tour will give the opportunity to discover the capital of (German) Lorraine. Although now in France, the city was for long in the middle of fierce fighting between many countries.
      After a 1hr20 train ride, the tour will start with a guided visit of modern art Pompidou Centre sumptuous collections, followed by a stroll through the imperial quarter as well as the very special and typical 19th century architecture avenues.
      After a lunch on your own and a break around one of Metz most colorful and beautiful square, the tour will go on with a stroll through the old town, then see the beautiful cathedral (with windows painted by Chagall), before the visit of a site unique in Europe: the medieval creneled giant grain storage rooms, set in the city impressive history museum. The walk back to the station will highlight the river Moselle banks and leisure harbor as well as the many fortified ancient towers, reminding the constant military role of the city, Europe’s biggest stronghold in 1900.

      Date : September 22, 2018


      Meeting time: 08.20 am train leaves at 08.40 am. Returns at 06:30 pm


      Place : Gare de l’Est (in front of platform 12)


      Metro : Gare de l’Est (lines 4, 5 and 7)


      Maximum Signup : 10


      Fee : 90€

      For members who register before September 8th, the €90 fare includes all entrance fees plus train fare (which Thierry will be purchasing collectively in advance). 

      For members who register AFTER September 8, the special round trip  train fare of €50 won’t be available, and the AWG Tour registration price drops to €40. However, please note that if you sign up after September 8th, you will need to provide  your own transportation. If you sign up after September 8, Thierry or Lynn will provide details on where to meet. 

      Guide : Thierry Heil Thierry Heil (+33) 616588037) contact@interkultur.fr


      Organizer : Lynn Loring


      Guest registration allowed: Yes

      • 25 Sep 2018
      • 1:45 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Epicerie du Bon Marché
      • 7
      Register




      WELCOME TO FRANCE:  TOUR FOR NEWBIES

      Getting your bearings in a new country is always a challenge, especially if you throw in a new language.  But never fear, AWG stalwarts Véronique Bawol and Chantal Gassian are here to help you navigate the basics of living in Paris.


      This dynamic duo will help introduce you to four of the most useful places to know about in Paris:  L’épicerie du Bon Marché, the best high-end grocery store in Paris.  Citypharma, a parapharmacy or drug store that has all the essentials for health and hygiene at incredible prices (but be prepared, this place is very well known so very crowded).  Maison Poilâne, a famous bakery in Paris and lastly of course Monoprix, the everyday (and free delivery) grocery store where you can find all the basics you need at the best prices.

      (Note: This tour is FREE for New AWG Members!)




      Date:

      Tuesday,  25 September 2018

      Meeting Time:

      1.45 PM

      Max Signups:

      10

      Time:

      2.00 PM to 5.00 PM

      Meeting Place:

      Epicerie du Bon Marché (pictured)

      Métro:

      Sèvres Babylone (ligne 12,10)

      Organizer

      BAWOL Véronique - 06-07-70-01-33

      GASSIAN Chantal - 06-86-26-02-76

      Fee:

      FREE (Sorry, no guests)


      • 26 Sep 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
      • WH Smith, Rue Rivoli
      • 3
      Register








      Ready to make new friends or catch up with old friends? Come share your summer vacation photos and exchange travel plans for the fall holidays. AWG is a great place to make friends and share experiences. Join us for Coffee Hour at WHSmith tearoom for a lovely coffee and french pastry!  



      Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018


      Meeting Time: 10:00am


      Max Signups: 15


      Time: 10:00am - 11:15am


      Meeting Place: WH Smith (2nd floor), 248 rue Rivoli 75001 Paris, France


      Métro: Line 1: Concorde, exit Cambon


      Organizer: Cathy Farnan, 06 71 22 55 11


      Fee: Free, cost of your drinks and food

      Guest registration allowed: Yes


      • 27 Sep 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • Ecole Militaire
      • 5
      Register

      French and English Conversation Exchange


      Welcome to the AWG Conversation Exchange!  

      You will find a lively language exchange group.  We speak French for 45 minutes and then English for 45 minutes.  Come help each other gain confidence and fluency while making new friends and learning about each other’s cultures and countries.  This group is a lot of fun!

      We meet at 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register for this event;  French are welcome to come along on any day, but please email Maureen Miller to let her know.  If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      Every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75007)

      Métro:

      l'Ecole Militaire Line 8, Buses 92,87,82,80, 28

      Organizer:

      Maureen Miller, maureen0d0miller@gmail.com 

      Tina Hammel,tbhammel@gmail.com

      Fee: 

      Only the cost of your beverage.


      • 27 Sep 2018
      • 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
      • Avenue des Gobelins
      • 0
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      Rare Tapestries for Kings and Presidents: Visit the Workshop of Gobelins

      Open your eyes wide and gaze at the meticulousness with which the craftworkers practice their art. The delicate handling of the spindle, comb, and traced design; the perfect mastery of knots; the meticulous positioning of the mirror which is used to look over work in progress; as well as the preparation of the "warp"--all these techniques turn the human hand into the accomplished artist hand and the majestic machine into a delicate, high-end instrument.”

      This is a rare opportunity to tour the ateliers of Gobelins, which have been producing detailed woven tapestries for French monarchs and institutions since the time of Louis XIV and Versailles. Artisans at the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins still weave tapestries and carpets today for official French buildings, with each piece taking years to complete.

      Date:

      Thursday, September 27, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      12:45 PM

      Max Signups:

      Maximum 20 people

      Time:

      1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

      Meeting Place:

      42, avenue des Gobelins, 75013

      Métro:

      Gobelins (Line 7)

      Organizer:

      Guide:  

      Sharon Nossiter

      sharonnossiter@gmail.com, 06 47 55 37 30

      Fee:

      € 20 members, €25 non members


      • 28 Sep 2018
      • 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Will be sent to registrants
      • 2
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      CUISINE ELÉGANTE - COOKING AND LUNCH WITH VERONIQUE

      AWG’s own Véronique Bawol is back teaching us a lovely list of French cuisine in her great apartment located in the heart of Paris! Join us as we learn to cook like the French in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It’s about a 2½ hour cooking session with everyone helping Véronique, and then we sit down and enjoy what we have prepared.

      Menu

      Homemade anchoïade with a glass of champagne

      Healthy surprise summer salad

      White fish such as lieu or daurade with sauce chien

      Ratatouille

      Roasted figs goat cheese with pine nuts and honey

      Wine and coffee

      Date: Friday 28 September

      Meeting Time: 9.45 AM

      Max Signups:7

      Time:10 AM to 2:30 PM (please don’t be late, merci!)

      Meeting Place: Sent to the registrants

      Métro: La Tour Maubourg (ligne 8)

      Organizer: BAWOL Véronique - 06-07-70-01-33

      Fee: €65 members, €70 non members

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      • 28 Sep 2018
      • 2:45 PM - 5:30 PM
      • Intercontinental Paris Le Grand
      • 0
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      Intercontinental Paris Le Grand: Hotel tour and hot chocolate

      While on Thierry’s Haussmannian architecture tour in May, he brought us in to see Le Grand Hotel’s famous and stunningly opulent Opera Ballroom (pictured).

      It was the first hotel featuring en suite bathrooms. No wonder the hotel hosted Royalty like Tsar Nicolas and Tsarina Alexandria, not to mention being inaugurated by Empress Eugenie. After the tour, we will stop for hot chocolate in their equally famous tea room.

      Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

      Meeting Time: 2:45pm

      Max Signups: 11

      Time: 3:00pm sharp till 5:00 or 5:30pm. 

      Meeting Place: Lobby of the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel,2 Rue Scribe, 75009. Near the concierge desk

      Metro: Opera, Line 7

      Organiser: Lynn Loring jfklynn@gmail.com  text: +1 602-7906711 if you are running late

      Fee: Free, cost is the price of your drink. (Members Only - No Guests)


      • 29 Sep 2018
      • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Rueil-Malmaison
      • 5
      Register






      Picturesque and not to be missed, The Foire de Chatou has set up its stalls on the Impressionists' Island at Chatou since 1970; but its origins date back to the medieval Foire aux Salaisons, the Salt Meats Fair, a great Gaelic tradition. In 1840 the fair took up fixed residence on the Blvd Bourdon, near the Place de la Bastille in Paris, At the same time, the city's scrap dealers and junk merchants started their own fair next door, a proximity that linked the future of the two fairs together. In 1968, they were moved to the Blvd Richard Lenoir, where they remained for nearly a century, initially taking place once a year, and from 1940 onwards twice-yearly.

      This year, the Foire de Chatou celebrates its 95th edition featuring the Art of Reception! Punctuated by a thematic called "Tous à Table!", this 95th edition is timely! Located ten minutes from Paris, the event will be held on the ephemeral village of the Island of Impressionists. Under the many exhibitor marquees that serve as stands, visitors will find various works of art from the 20th century. For over a week, a host of furniture and objects related to the Art of the Table, will be on sale. Notice to bargain hunters, the Foire de Chatou is worth the detour to locate collection pieces with various styles. Bohemian, classic, industrial...visitors will find all kinds of table services: mismatched dishes, matching, floral, artistic, romantic, ceramic, antique glassware, porcelain or even earthenware...but also silverware, plates, glasses and more cutlery that will have an effect on a large table!


      Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018


      Meeting Time: 9:45am



      Max Signups: 10



      Time: 10:00am - 12:00noon


      Metro: RER A, Rueil-Malmaison


      Meeting Place: Directions & Meeting place will be sent to registrants.


      Organizer: Sandra Gogel


      Fee: 20€ members, 25€ non-members (Plus 6€ admission fee. 

      Admission fee information will be emailed to registrants.)


      Guest registration allowed: Yes



      • 02 Oct 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
      • Giverny
      • 9
      Register


       

      Join us for a lovely fall day in the countryside, highlighting two talented artists, Claude Monet and Henri-Edouard Cross.

      Discover the home and garden where Claude Monet lived and worked from 1883 until his death in 1926, where he created the increasingly abstract giant views of water lilies that dominated his later years. The garden is in two parts: the Clos Normand and the Water Garden, which is accessed by an underground passageway.

      The Clos Normand is a cottage garden radiating from the Grand Allée with straight paths and rectangular beds filled to profusion with different scents and colors. The second garden, purchased in 1893, has a very different ambiance. The best known feature of the Water Garden is its famous Japanese bridge surrounded by weeping willows and draped with wisteria. Step into one of Monet’s paintings where ferns, hostas, Japanese maples, rhododendrons and grasses surround the sinuous pond splashed with…water lilies.

      After lunch and a walk through the charming village, we will enjoy the colorful garden planted by Mark Rudkin in front of the Museum of Impressionisms.  This American landscaper worked with the building’s architect, Philippe Robert, to create an inviting, harmonious, and highly structured planting scheme. The fall exposition features 110 works by the néo-impressionist artist Henri-Edouard Cross.  Many pieces belong to private collectors so this it is a rare opportunity to observe the evolution of his style over time.


      Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018


      Meeting Time: 11:05 AM


      Max Signups: Minimum 10/Maximum 15


      Start time and tour duration: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM depending on which return you take. There are trains from Vernon to St. Lazare at 14h53 (9€ 2nd class, 12.90€ 1st class) and 16h47 (14.70€ 2nd class, 22€ 1st class).


      Meeting Place: Vernon train station or in front of the Musée des impressionismes in Giverny. If traveling by train, take the 10:16 AM from St. Lazare to Vernon (9€ in 2nd class, 12.90€ 1st class). It arrives Vernon 11:05 AM. We will take the shuttle from Vernon to Giverny (10€ round trip). If driving or carpooling, meet 11:30 AM in front of the museum.


      Organizer: Sharon Nossiter


      Guide: Amy Kupec-Laurue


      Name and email or phone: gardenguideparis@gmail.com  0677234644


      Fee: 50€ members, 55€, does not include transportation or lunch


      Guest registration allowed: Yes


      Lunch options for registrants: Café Baudy, does not take reservations; Café at museum, by reservation only. Café Nasturtium by tourist office has cafeteria style set-up, hot and cold options, indoor and outdoor seating.



      • 03 Oct 2018
      • 12:45 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Place Colette
      • 10
      Register






      Feeling a bit scandalous? Join AWG as we travel back in time to explore the risqué side of Paris! From our expert guide we will hear some of the naughtiest stories and anecdotes of the Belle Epoque Period, learn about glamorous characters and discover the locations of former luxurious brothels. Join us on a walk through the 2nd and 9th arrondissements, starting at Palais Royale, through beautiful covered passageways, Place Saint-Georges and Pigalle. We will end our 2 hour walk at a decadent former maison close, where you have the option of enjoying a drink!


      Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018


      Meeting Time: 12:45pm


      Max Signups: 15


      Time: 1:00pm-  4:00pm


      Meeting Place: Meet the guide at Le Kiosque des Noctambules, 12 Place Colette, at the brightly colored metro station on the edge of Place Colette.


      Métro: Palais Royale - Musée du Louvre (Line 1, Line 7), exit Place Colette- Theatres


      Organizer: Cathy Farnan, 06 71 22 55 11


      Fee: 20€ members, 25€ non members (drinks are optional)


      Guest registration allowed: Yes



      • 04 Oct 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • Ecole Militaire
      • 3
      Register

      French and English Conversation Exchange


      Welcome to the AWG Conversation Exchange!  

      You will find a lively language exchange group.  We speak French for 45 minutes and then English for 45 minutes.  Come help each other gain confidence and fluency while making new friends and learning about each other’s cultures and countries.  This group is a lot of fun!

      We meet at 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register for this event;  French are welcome to come along on any day, but please email Maureen Miller to let her know.  If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      Every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75007)

      Métro:

      l'Ecole Militaire Line 8, Buses 92,87,82,80, 28

      Organizer:

      Maureen Miller, maureen0d0miller@gmail.com 

      Tina Hammel,tbhammel@gmail.com

      Fee: 

      Only the cost of your beverage.


      • 05 Oct 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Concorde
      • 4
      Register



      This tour follows the story of Coco Chanel, the queen of traditional French chic, who started her life in poverty but rose to become one of the most influential modern fashion designers. The tour shows the rue Cambon, rue St Honoré and the beautiful place Vendome, traditional center of the luxury trade, and where Chanel lived at the Ritz for many years. Our fashion specialist will give the background to the fashion houses and elegant shops of today and talk of the life and influence of Coco Chanel. We visit the Hermes and Chanel boutiques, and see many of the world-famous names. 


      Date: Friday Oct 5, 2018


      Meeting Time: 10:15 am


      Max Signups: 12 / Min 9


      Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


      Meeting Place: Meet in front of W H Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, nearest metro Concorde, exit 5 rue Cambon. 


      Métro: metro Concorde line 1, 8 or 12, exit 5 rue Cambon. 


      Organizer: Annette Foland


      Guide: Richelle


      Contact: Annette Foland 06 30 15 67 75


      Fee: € 20 members



      • 06 Oct 2018
      • 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
      • 75016
      • 0
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      Margaux, St-Julien, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Saint-Estephe

      Bordeaux without a doubt remains the world’s most important wine region.  There are the famous First growth Estates that can make wines of breathtaking quality with prices to match! (Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux, Latour…).  Although Bordeaux is home to 2 key grapes, that you all know, Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot, the wines are very different to the ones produced in Napa.

      Bordeaux wine gains its unique character and flavour profile from a combination of the grapes, climate and the specific soils of the area. 60 appellations, each of which is unique with  their own terroir.


      With 5 to 6 wines to taste from different parts of Bordeaux, we will try to identify the charcateristics of the most important villages : Margaux, St-Julien, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion and St-Estephe.  



      Date:

      Saturday, October 6

      Meeting Time:

      8pm

      Max Signups:

      11

      Time:

      Dinner and tasting will last 3 hours

      Meeting Place:

      9 rue Davioud,  75016 Paris

      Métro:

      Ranelagh (line 9)

      Organizer:


      Géraldine de Kersaint-Gilly, wine expert, WSET, CWS
      Tel: 06 10 23 56 34


      Fee:

      60€ (5/6  wines + Dinner)

      Guest registration allowed


      • 08 Oct 2018
      • 9:45 AM - 12:15 PM
      • 75006
      • 15
      Register







      A walk through the Odéon neighborhood - a hotspot of Paris' Revolutionary years - is like stepping back in time. The cobblestoned passages where they worked and where housewives did their shopping; the cafés where couples flirted, and the taverns where they got merry: creates a treasure map of life on both sides of the revolutionary divide.


      The reins of History were firmly in male hands as were the guns and the vote. In that era of Enlightenment and Progress, females were considered good only to play the roles of either mistress and muse (such as the talented Marie-Madeleine de Grandmaison) or obedient wife and devoted mother (like the playful Lucille Desmoulins). Even under the banner of Equality, Freedom, and Fraternity, amazing women like Olympe de Gouges were kept firmly in their place....until the merciful Veuve Vernet and the determined Charlotte Corday took matters in their own hands!


      We will follow in the footsteps of the women of the Revolution as we explore this quartier once dominated by alpha males all busy killing each other, but now populated by the ghosts of desperate mothers,  wives driven mad with worry, and despairing companions who witnessed the hideous crimes and the ruthless scheming while trying to find bread for the table and go about the tasks of their daily life. They were never even given a chance to transform their world, but at Odéon, the echoes of their voices can still be heard…


      Note: Comfortable walking shoes, a warm jacket, an umbrella, a small bottle of water, and possibly an energy bar, are recommended. Tour will continue no matter the weather!


      Suggestion: Enjoy a pre-tour coffee (and a croissant?!) at the “Café Le Conti” (Aix Stephane) (1, rue de Bucci 75006) the closest to our meeting spot.


      Lunch: Participants might enjoy lunch at the “Café de l’Odéon” on charming square just in front of the Odéon Theater (75006), which offers French cuisine and a pleasant ambience. Or Bouillon Racine (3, rue Racine 75006) an original beautiful Art Nouveau brasserie decor for a nouvelle cuisine tasty menu!


      Date : Tuesday, October 8, 2018


      Time : 10:00 – 12:15 (Please meet at 09.45 sharp, visit will start promptly)


      Place: Meet at the corner of rue de Buci and rue Mazarine.


      Métro: Odéon (Line 4, Line 10), exit 2 carrefour de l'Odéon


      Participants : 18 max


      Organizer: Annette Foland, 06 30 15 67 75


      Fee: 20€ Members; 25€ non-Members


      Guest registration allowed: Yes


      • 09 Oct 2018
      • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
      • 75015
      • 0
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      Afaria—what does it mean? Afaria means "At the table" in Basque. This Basque (Southwest- style cooking) restaurant offers a varied menu, with enticing and dishes that keep their promise. Come to discover the concoctions of Ludivine and Frederique—the ever-changing menu may offer a temptation of a terrine of artichoke with smoked bacon and old Comté, a duck breast cooked with vine shoots and accompanied by large fries, or a leg of boar stuffed with chorizo ... imagine fresh seasonal produce, a variety of delicious tapas and excellent magret de canard. So much life and color on the plates. Un bonheur! Bravo!


      Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

      Meeting Time: 12:15

      Max Signups: 8

      Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

      Meeting Place: 15 rue Desnouettes, 75015 Inside the restaurant (reservation under Gassian)

      Métro: Métro Convention (M12), exit 1, rue de la Convention

      Organizers: Kelly Healy (06 36 94 13 42) and Chantal Gassian

      Fee: Price of your meal and beverage(s)



      • 09 Oct 2018
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • Will be sent to registrants
      Register




      Join us for the October Membership Meeting (evening event).  All members are welcome. AWG information will be shared and there will be time to socialize.  No costumes required but broom parking will be available.


      Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018


      Meeting Time:
       5:30pm


      Max Signups:
      Unlimited


      Time:
       5:30-7:30pm


      Meeting Place:
      95016 Paris


      Métro: Ranelagh (line 9)


      Organizer: Annmarie Cochrell

      awgmembershipvp@gmail.com


      Fee:
      0€



      • 10 Oct 2018
      • 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Montmartre
      • 17
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      Another magical neighborhood, filled with artists, great cafes, tourists, locals, musicians … the reason why Montmartre is always bustling! It is a district full of authentic charm, famous for the Sacré-Coeur basilica and a magnificent view of Paris.


      We’ll walk in the footsteps of famous celebrities such as Pablo Picasso at the Bateau Lavoir and Maurice Utrillo at the Musee de Montmartre, breathing the same air and inspiration, surrounded by beautiful bohemian architecture and picturesque street scenes. We will cross Place du Tertre, the heart of Montmartre, located just around the corner from the basilica, known for its painters, portraitists, and caricaturists, with their easels set up and their artwork on display. Next, the nearby vineyards “Le Clos Montmartre”, at the corner of rue des Saules and rue Saint Vincent, la Maison Rose,Place Dalida, and the Passe-Muraille stuck into the wall of  Marcel Aymé square.


      After your tour, you can have lunch at La Crémaillère 1900 or at La Bohême du Tertre, the two most popular and historical restaurants on Place du Tertre .


      (If you don’t want to walk up the 270 steps to the top of the hill, you can ride the funicular, but make sure you have one metro ticket for the ride)


      Date:

      Wednesday, October 10, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      9:45am, sharp

      Max Signups:

      20 maximum

      Time:

      10:00am -12:00noon

      Meeting Place:

      Exit of Metro station Anvers (on Bd Rochechouard)

      Métro:

      Anvers (Line 2)

      Organizer:


      Guide:  

      Kelly Healy


      Noha Escartin (Phone: 06 13 53 31 10 only if late or lost)

      Fee:


      Guest registration allowed

      20 € members, 25 € non-members




      • 11 Oct 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • Ecole Militaire
      • 5
      Register

      French and English Conversation Exchange


      Welcome to the AWG Conversation Exchange!  

      You will find a lively language exchange group.  We speak French for 45 minutes and then English for 45 minutes.  Come help each other gain confidence and fluency while making new friends and learning about each other’s cultures and countries.  This group is a lot of fun!

      We meet at 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register for this event;  French are welcome to come along on any day, but please email Maureen Miller to let her know.  If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      Every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75007)

      Métro:

      l'Ecole Militaire Line 8, Buses 92,87,82,80, 28

      Organizer:

      Maureen Miller, maureen0d0miller@gmail.com 

      Tina Hammel,tbhammel@gmail.com

      Fee: 

      Only the cost of your beverage.


      • 11 Oct 2018
      • 11:15 AM - 2:30 PM
      • 5
      Register


      They have been here from April but not it is the end of a fresh new goat cheese season so come explore the stronger, intense intricacies of end o’ season French goat cheeses and learn all there is to know about this particular group of French cheese.  

      Debbi Baron, Managing Director of Domaines & Terroirs, invites you to her beautiful apartment located near Trocadéro in the 16éme arrondissement for an entertaining and educational morning degustation where you will sample and debating the merits of a selection of artisanal cheeses.

      The tasting will include cheeses from a famous Parisian fromager, fabulous breads and a glass of paired white and red wine.


      Date:

      Thursday, 11 October 2018

      Meeting Time:

      11:15

      Max Signups:

      8

      Time:

      11:30 – 2:30

      Meeting Place:

      Address will be sent to registrants

      Métro:

      Trocadero or Passy (Line 6 OR 9) OR bus 22 OR 32 (La Tour)  

      Organizer:

      Guide:  

      Cathy Farnan, 06 71 22 55 11

      Debbi Baron

      Fee:

      35€ Members, 40€ Non-Members


      • 11 Oct 2018
      • 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
      • To be sent to registrants
      • 11
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      Join Merideth McGregor and your AWG buddies at the kick-off for this year’s Book Club. First book of the year: Proust’s Duchess, by Caroline Weber, an absorbing look at three superstars of fin-de-siecle Paris whose lives became the legend of Proust’s Duchesse de Guermantes. Books for the rest of the year will be chosen tonight, and Merideth intends to alternate fiction and non-fiction, so come along and make your choices heard. (Book is available in hardcover format as well as on Kindle and Amazon).


      Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018


      Meeting Time: 5:15 PM


      Max Signups: 15


      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


      Meeting Place: 4 rue bis Cherche-Midi, 75006


      Métro/BUS: St. Sulpice (Line 4)


      Organizer: Merideth McGregor, meridethmcgregor@me.com


      Fee: Free


      Guest registration allowed: No


      Address sent to registrants only



      • 14 Oct 2018
      • 1:15 PM - 3:45 PM
      • Pont des Arts
      • 12
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      The many bridges at the heart of Paris span the centuries and tell a vivid tale of the city from its origins to the present day. Using them as an Ariane’s thread to meander along the Seine, we will be looking with Dr. Kelly Spearman at the bridges both as they are now and as they were at the time of the Roman-Celtic Lutecia, reading from them an account of the growth of France's capital.


      Each bridge’s past is woven with a multitude of social realities, historical anecdotes, people’s customs, tales and traditions, and is inexorably linked to the highlights of architecture such as the Palais de la Cité, the Conciergerie, and Notre Dame, as well as being directly associated with great urban creations such as the Place Dauphine.


      The political and cultural legacy of landmark bridges such as the Pont Neuf, the Petit Pont or the Pont au Double, will become clear to us, as will the tales of many other stone jewels over troubled waters, which still every now and then yield up evocative objects recovered from the mud of the Seine.


      Note : Comfortable walking shoes, a warm jacket and a scurf, and a small bottle of water are highly recommended.

      Suggestion: Take the family to restore themselves with chocolat chaud  and Bertillon ice creams at the “Flore en l’île” on the Ile St.Louis, behind Notre Dame (24, Quai d’Orléans). What a view!


      Date : Sunday, October 14, 2018


      Time : 1:30pm  3:45pm (Please meet at 1:15 sharp! Visit must start promptly)


      Place: Pont des Arts bridge. Meet at the end of the bridge facing the Left Bank, opposite the Institut de France.


      Métro: Louvre/Rivoli or Odéon


      Participants : 18 max


      Organizer: Annette Foland, 06 30 15 67 75


      Registration deadline : Tuesday, October 9, 2018


      Fees: 20€ Members and immediate family; 25€ Non-Members

      Guest registration allowed: Yes



      • 15 Oct 2018
      • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Eglise de la Trinité



      The Trinity Soup Kitchen provides a hot, nourishing meal four times a week from October to April to people in need (people living in the streets, low paid workers etc.). Join a fun group of AWG members and other expat and French volunteers as we chop vegetables, make soup, prepare tables, serve lunch and clean up each Monday from 9.30 AM to 2.30 PM. There is no need to commit to coming every Monday, and you can just volunteer for a couple of hours if you have other commitments on Mondays. Please bring your own knife, vegetable peeler and apron, if possible. If you would like to join us or receive more information, please contact AWG member Patricia di Bartolomeo by email dibartol@mac.com


      Date:

      Every Monday (October – June)

      Time:

      9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

      Meeting Place:

      Eglise de la Trinité, Place d’Estienne d’Orves, 75009 Paris

      Métro:

      Chausée d’Antin Lafayette

      Contact person:

      AWG member Patricia di Bartolomeo, dibartol@mac.com


      • 15 Oct 2018
      • 3:00 PM
      • Georges, Centre Pompidou
      • 6
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      Every bar we have gone to for the past few years has enjoyed a lovely view of Paris, but none has embraced the breadth and scope of the city as much as the Costes brothers’ restaurant,  Georges, at the top of the Centre Pompidou. Drinks and Café Gourmand are available.


      This lovely outdoor rooftop bar also has a covered indoor area, just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Lynn will have her “Are you a real Parisian” quiz ready for you! Gag prizes for winners.



      Date:        Monday, October 15, 2018

      Meeting Time:        2:45 PM Sharp

      Time:       3:00 - 5:00pm

      Place:      Georges restaurant, top of Centre Pompidou.  We will be sitting under the umbrellas outside.  In case of inclement weather, there are impressive views to be had indoors as well.

      Address:   Centre Pompidou, place Georges Pompidou, 75004

      Metro:     Rambuteau (Line 11),  Hôtel de Ville (Line 1 and 11),  Châtelet (line 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14) Châtelet-les Halles (RER)

      Organizer: Lynn Loring jfklynn@gmail.com, text +1 602-790-6711 if running late

      Price:        the price of your drink

      Note:        Cancellations within 48 hours before event will be charged 10 euros.  Try to find a member to take your place!


      • 16 Oct 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Jardin Atlantique
      • 13
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      Surprising Gardens in 15th! Jardin Atlantique


      Who knew that right beside Paris’s least favorite building – the Tour Montparnasse – lies a poetic & playful garden with a nautical theme and a museum dedicated to the Liberation of Paris and its Resistance fighters?  Discover this and more as we wander through a part of the 15th arrondissement, passing from a suspended garden, along small streets, through shady squares and a community garden, and ending at a lesser known Eden from the 1930’s.


      Surprises abound at the Atlantic garden where we will begin our tour.  It was designed by the dynamic landscaping duo Pena & Brun in the 1990s. In addition to overcoming many technical constraints, they chose impressive plant collections & colors along with amusing mythological references. The 15th is the most densely populated arrondissement in Paris, and as such it is also home to the most trees per capita (inside the Périphérique).  We will discuss their diversity and esthetic qualities as we make our way through the Necker garden and the Labrouste, Vergennes & St Lambert Squares.  The City’s efforts to improve urban biodiversity and promote sustainable development will also be highlighted on our promenade with ideas you can replicate in your own neighborhood.  


      Please wear good walking shoes and carry an umbrella – we walk rain or shine!


      Date:

      Tuesday, October 16th , 2018

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 (sharp!)

      10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

      Signups:

      Min 8– Max 20 people

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants

      Métro:

      Gaïté (Line 13)

      Guide: 

      Organizer:

      Amy Kupec-Larue (phone # :06 77 23 46 44 only on day of tour)

      Sharon Nossiter 06 47 55 37 30

      Fee:

      20€ for AWG Members, 25€ for guests

      Guest registration allowed: Yes,

      • 17 Oct 2018
      • 8:45 AM - 7:20 PM
      • Loire Valley
      • 2
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      Past the peripherique, beyond the confines of Paris and into the wilds of native France.  On our French Style Safari, we hunt down the best in French food, wine and culture. The goal is to have fun, meet new AWG friends, and learn a little more about French history. Our first expedition is exploring the ‘Cradle of French Royalty’ along the beautiful Loire River Valley.


      First stop, Château du Clos Lucé. There, we'll be met by a local professional tour guide who will take us through the glorious past of this Royal Retreat, and the final home of Leonardo da Vinci.

      Next stop, Château Chenonceau. We start our visit with a wine tasting accompanied by sweet and savory ‘petits fours’.  We then explore the castle and grounds on a self-guided tour at your own pace. Our final stop will be at an artisan wine maker where we will have a guided tour of their unique troglodyte cave and a tasting of their select wines.  Click Here for complete details.


      Tour Price Includes:

      • Roundtrip fare on TGV (Gare Montparnasse to Gare St Pierre des Corps)
      • Transportation with driver in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus.
      • The entrance fee and guided tour at Château du Clos Lucé.
      • The entrance fee to Château de Chenonceau.
      • Wine tasting and ‘petits fours’ at Château de Chenonceau.
      • Wine tasting and guided tour of a unique troglodyte wine cave.

      Please note lunch is not included. The first wine tasting at Château de Chenonceau includes 3 petits fours per person. After which, there is a ‘Self Service’ (cafeteria style restaurant) located near by where you will be able to purchase an assortment hot and cold food, sandwiches, crepes, snacks and drinks.

      Date: Wednesday Oct 17, 2018


      Meeting Time: 8:30 am


      Max Signups: 8  Maximum


      Time: 8:45 AM - 7:20 PM


      Meeting Place: Enter Montparnasse station at Boulevard Vaugirard Entrance (17 Boulevard Vaugirard 75015) meet at top of stairs.


      Organizer: Annette Foland


      Guide: Multiple guides.


      Annette 06 30 16 67 75 email awgandme@gmail.com


      Fee: 159 € members, 164 € non members


      Guest registration allowed: Yes



      • 18 Oct 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • Ecole Militaire
      • 4
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      French and English Conversation Exchange


      Welcome to the AWG Conversation Exchange!  

      You will find a lively language exchange group.  We speak French for 45 minutes and then English for 45 minutes.  Come help each other gain confidence and fluency while making new friends and learning about each other’s cultures and countries.  This group is a lot of fun!

      We meet at 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register for this event;  French are welcome to come along on any day, but please email Maureen Miller to let her know.  If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      Every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75007)

      Métro:

      l'Ecole Militaire Line 8, Buses 92,87,82,80, 28

      Organizer:

      Maureen Miller, maureen0d0miller@gmail.com 

      Tina Hammel,tbhammel@gmail.com

      Fee: 

      Only the cost of your beverage.


      • 19 Oct 2018
      • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
      • 75012
      • 7
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      Do you love Paris markets? Come spend the morning awakening your senses and taste this market like a local! The Aligre Market is one of Paris’ best, because it’s really 3 markets in one.

      Explore the outdoor market, full of vibrant vegetables. Then discover the chic covered Beauvau market, with butchers and specialty charcuteries. And there’s more!! We will walk through an antiques & flea market, that contributes to the laid-back atmosphere of this quaint plaza.

      Allison will be shopping during our tour, purchasing delectable treats for all to share! Some of the stops on this 3-hour tour include a bakery specializing in traditional French breads, the chic and popular covered Beauvau market with a charcuterie tasting, a cheese shop in the covered market with a tasting of 5-6 cheeses, and finally, a glass of wine to finish! After all these gourmet delights, you won’t be hungry until dinner-time!

      Picture it—waltzing with your friends through the French markets, tasting meats, breads, cheeses and wine; you can even buy a little of each to take back to your apartment for later – how much fun is that?!

      (Note: This 3-hour Food Tour is generally more than 100€ per person, but Chef Zinder is offering AWG a special price!)

      Date:

      Friday, October 19, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      8:45 am

      Max Signups:

      8 max

      Time:

      9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (3 hours)

      Meeting Place:

      100, Rue du Faubourg St Antoine, 75012 Paris.

      Métro:

      Ledru-Rollin (line 8), exit (sortie) 2.

      Organizer:

      Guide:  

      Kelly Healy

      Chef Allison Zinder (06.84.50.00.07)

      Fee:

      49 € members, 55€ non members

      (Fee includes tour, delicious non-stop tastings and wine!)

      Guest registration allowed: Yes,