Welcome to the
American Women's Group in Paris

The American Women’s Group in Paris (AWG) is a social, educational and cultural organization founded in 1925

 Membership is open to all 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: 

    Book ClubCoffees, French / English Conversation,

     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!

    Upcoming Events

    Become a member! Click HERE to join.

    Upcoming events

      • 27 Apr 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Le Pain Quotidien (75008)

      Come and make new friends and catch up with fellow AWG members.  We meet once a month, downstairs at a spacious café, located just off the Champs Elysees.  Please join us for a casual morning of fun and conversation. We especially love to see new members!  Drop in – no sign up necessary!

      Date:

      Friday, 27th April 2018

      Meeting Time:

      10.15am

      Max Signups:

      No need to sign up!

      Time:

      10.30am until 12noon

      Meeting Place:

      Downstairs at Café Le Fournil des Champs par Le Pain Quotidien (through a short covered passage) 68, rue Pierre Charron, 75008

      Métro:

      Line 1, 6, 8 or 9 George V or Franklin D Roosevelt.

      Organizer:

      Jane Fisher and Helen Woodford.

      Email Janelynne.fisher2@gmail.com

      Fee:

      No fee, just the price of your beverage/food


      • 30 Apr 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 – April)

      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


      • 02 May 2018
      • 9:00 AM
      • To be announced

      WALKS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE – First Wednesday of the month

      Date: First Wednesday of the the month

      Meeting time: around 9 am

      Meeting Place: To be announced

      Contact Maja Bushe Wensel at majabw@gmail.com if you'd like to join.

      Telephone # 06 37 28 37 44

      Distance: around 10 miles

      Want to explore the French countryside on foot? Join us for a hike in the countryside surrounding Paris. Hikes are generally less than 10 miles. Plan for a day’s outing departing from a local train station around 9 am and returning before 5 pm. We meet rain or shine. Pack lunch and water and wear appropriate clothing (hiking shoes or sneakers, backpack, raingear).

      If you are interested in receiving monthly emails about each hike please contact Maja Bushe Wensel at majabw@gmail.com to be added to the list.


      • 02 May 2018
      • 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
      • 75013
      • 11

      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:

      Wednesday, May 2, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      12:45 PM

      Max Signups:

      Maximum 20 people

      Time:

      1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants.

      Métro:

      Gobelins (Line 7)

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Sharon Nossiter

      sharonnossiter@gmail.com, 06 47 55 37 30

      Fee:

      € 20 members, €25 non members


      • 02 May 2018
      • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      • Chez Sandy Gogel
      • 19
      Register


      • 03 May 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • 75116
      • 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 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register; French are welcome to come along on any meeting but please let the organizer know. If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      6

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75116)

      Métro:

      Charles de Gaulle Etoile (Line 1 or RER), Kleber (Line 6), or George V (Line 1) Bus 92

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Maureen Miller, Tina Hammel

      maureen0d0miller@gmail.com

      Fee:

      The price of your beverage or snack


      • 03 May 2018
      • 1:15 PM
      • Palais Royal
      • 10
      Register

      To understand Haussmann is to understand the destruction of much of old Paris.  This walk will embrace his new urban planning and works in the second half of the 19th century, which displaced 320,000 people.  No wonder he was known as the Attila from Alsace.

      Starting at the Palais Royal, we will wind our way to the Opéra via arcades, galleries, and Haussmannian avenues, past major buildings to witness the most amazing changes the city ever knew. Haussmann created most of the Paris we see today.

      The walk also includes a panorama from a department store, a recently renovated superb and vast library lecture room, and the most fascinating hidden ballroom in Paris. This painting by Pissarro illustrates our walk perfectly. 

      Date:              Thursday, May 03

      Time:             1:15 PM, 1:30 start

      Place:             1 place du Palais Royal (corner rue du Rivoli and the Marionaud store, facing the Louvre.)

      Metro:           Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre (lines 1 and 7)

      Limit :            15

      Cost:              20 € members, 25€ Guests

      Guide :          Thierry Heil 06.16.58.80.37

      Organizer:    Lynn Loring   jfklynn@gmail.com


      • 04 May 2018
      • 10:00 AM
      • Hôtel de Talleyrand
      • 4
      Register

      Located in the heart of Paris, Hôtel de Talleyrand is the pivotal site of over a century of diplomacy and a spectacular example of a late-eighteenth-century Parisian townhouse, or hôtel particulier. The building and interiors, both superior examples of architecture of the French Enlightenment, were designed between 1767 and 1769 for Louis Phélypeaux, Comte de Saint-Florentin.

      The building was purchased in 1812 by Maurice de Talleyrand Perigord, who made use of it to receive heads of state and international dignitaries, marking the beginning of its lengthy history as a site of diplomatic activity. Following Talleyrand’s death, the residence was purchased by Baron Rothschild and remained with his family until 1947, when it was purchased by the U.S. government. To this day, the townhouse is used for receiving guests at diplomatic meetings, receptions, conferences, and cultural events.  A three-year renovation project was completed a few years ago. 

      The building is not open to the public and AWG is privileged to have this special access.

      Date:          Friday, May 4th

      Time:          9:45 AM meeting time for a 10 AM SHARP start time.

      Place:        Hotel de Talleyrand, 2 Rue Saint-Florentin, 75001

      Metro:        Concorde (Line 1)

      Max:          20

      Guide:        On site

      Organizer: Kathryn Brown (06.42.44.88.41)

      Cost:          20€ / Member, 25€ Guests

      Note:          Passports required for entry


      • 07 May 2018
      • 10:20 AM - 1:30 PM
      • Workshop Baroque (75014)
      • 10
      Registration is closed

      Palette Time is a fun and colorful painting experience especially created for AWG Paris. This one-morning workshop meant to have fun playing around with colors and simple shapes on classical stretched canvas that you can later hang on your wall. The instructor, a multilingual classical contemporary female painter, will lead you through the whole process of creating a joyful painting inspired on one of the artworks of Pablo Picasso, well known artist who lived most of his life in France.

      No painting experience required at all :-)

      You will return home with your amazing painted-canvas inspired by an amazing famous painter.

      Interested? Sign in! All you have to bring is a kitchen apron, or an old shirt to use as a smock, and your good humor. Alexandra will do her best to make these three hours inoubliables (unforgettable)! Tea, coffee and biscuits provided during the morning and apéro at the end of the painting session. (Booking a table for lunch in a nearby cozy brasserie can be organized upon request)

      Registration closes April 25th!

      Date:

      Monday, May 7, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      10:20 am

      Max Signups:

      Minimum 8 / Maximum 12  

      Time:

      10:30am to 1:30pm

      Meeting Place:

      Workshop Baroque: Courses and Training à Paris

      17 Rue Montbrun, 75014 Paris

      Métro:

      Metro Alésia

      Guide: 

      Alexandra (teacher)

      Contact Shawn Frisbee (member) for questions shawnermarie@gmail.com

      Fee:

      € 125 all inclusive (painting materials & drinks)


      • 09 May 2018
      • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
      • Le Pharamond (75001)
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      This year for Tasting Paris, Kelly and Chantal have been introducing AWG members to various French food regions, and this month we will taste Normandie. Located in the northwestern part of France, Normandie is known for it's traditional food, fine dairy products, meat, fish, seafood and apple derivates such as apple juice, cider, pommeau and...of course, calvados.

      In 1832, the Norman family Pharamond established a restaurant close to the gross market (Les Halles) to propose typical products from Normandy (like the Tripes à la mode de Caen!). In 1879, they moved their restaurant La Petite Normandie to 24, rue de la Grande Truanderie. In 1900, the restaurant became the Normandie pavilion for the Universal Exposition: the decor, although re-furbished is still the same: mix of wood, painted mirrors and molten glass. We will try to visit the private rooms on the 2nd floor where Clemenceau and Hemingway used to come. In addition, we may enjoy the quiet terrace outside if it is a sunny day!

      Date:

      Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      12:15pm

      Max Signups:

      8 max

      Time:

      12:30 – 2:30pm

      Meeting Place:

      Le Pharamond, 24 rue de la Grande Truanderie

      75001 Paris

      Métro:

      Metro Lines 1, A,B and D Châtelet - Les Halles 

      4 Etienne Marcel

      Organizer:

      Kelly Healy and Chantal Gassian

      Fee:

      Price of your meal and beverage(s)


      • 10 May 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • 75116
      • 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 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register; French are welcome to come along on any meeting but please let the organizer know. If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      6

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75116)

      Métro:

      Charles de Gaulle Etoile (Line 1 or RER), Kleber (Line 6), or George V (Line 1) Bus 92

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Maureen Miller, Tina Hammel

      maureen0d0miller@gmail.com

      Fee:

      The price of your beverage or snack


      • 14 May 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 – April)

      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


      • 14 May 2018
      • 10:00 AM
      • 7th arr.
      • 8
      Register

      This walk will visit some streets and buildings in the eastern part of this large arrondissement.  Being outside the city walls, the 7th arrondissement was did not really start to develop until the 17th century when Queen Margot elected to build an estate roughly where the Quai Voltaire is today.  At the same time the Monastery of Saint-Germain started selling off parts of it large domain.  After the completion of the Pont Royal, the 7th became more accessible, and aristocrats fleeing the crowded city settled here and built sumptuous mansions and created literary salons.  This trend only accelerated after the death of Louis XIV in 1715 when the court left Versailles and moved back to Paris.  Today the 7th is still the aristocratic arrondissement par excellence, and today many of the former mansions are government offices, embassies and Ambassadors’ residences.

      Date:             Monday, May 14, 2018                                                                           

      Time:             10:00 AM for a 10:15 start

      Max:              15 people

      Meeting place:    Sent to registrants.

      Metro:           St-Germain des Prés (line 4) or Rue du Bac (line 12)

      Organizer:    Lynn Loring

      Guide:            Lee Hubert

      Fee:                €10 donation on the day of the event


      • 14 May 2018
      • 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Pont de Neuilly
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      In honor of the upcoming Anglo-American Royal Wedding, we will peek into the life of another American bride who scandalized the world and then spent 20 years living in… Neuilly. The love nest leased by the City of Paris to the Duke and his dear divorcee who became Duchess of Windsor now sits hidden behind a curtain of bamboo. It was also to become the last destination for dear Diana, which ended so tragically at the Pont d’Alma in 1997.

      Our walk will continue to the Bagatelle park where Great Britain’s imprint is equally present.  Beginning in the late 18th century, the Scottish gardener Thomas Blaikie designed the Anglo-Chinois garden at Bagatelle for the Comte d’Artois. This was followed in the 19th century by rolling lawns, naturalized bulbs and an incredible art collection when another exiled Englishman, Lord Hertford and his naturalized son Richard Wallace took up residence at Bagatelle for 70 years.  The house is normally closed to the public, but Amy has special permission to show us the ground floor of the home.  This infamous folly is now decorated with 18th century period and style furniture, overlooking a gorgeous bed of peonies.

      Date:

      Monday, May 14, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      1:45 PM

      Max Signups:

      Maximum 12 members and guests

      Time:

      2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants.

      Métro:

      Pont de Neuilly (Line 1), then 10-minute walk

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Sharon Nossiter, sharonnossiter@gmail.com, 06.47.55.37.30

      Amy Kupec-Larue

      Fee:

      € 20 members,  € 25 guests


      • 15 May 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • rue de Chevreuse (6th)
      Register

      Please join us at our Annual General Assembly. First we will catch up with other members and then we will get down to business!

      The 2018-2019 AWG Paris Governing Board slate will be presented and confirmed at the meeting. The general membership will also be voting on whether to accept changes to the AWG Constitution and By-laws which were recently approved by the Governing Board.

      Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

      Time:  10 AM to noon

      Location: Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris. Details sent to Registrants.

      RSVP:  Sign up directly through the Activities Calendar  

      You will receive an auto reply with full details on the address, along with transit directions and access codes.

      Cost: Free


      • 15 May 2018
      • 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
      • Chez Fiona (75003)
      • 6
      Register

      As part of the week-long celebrations of the forthcoming Royal Wedding, join Fiona in her Marais apartment for fun, food and film.  Fiona, who has lived in the UK for twenty-five years will be bringing a traditional British celebration of the royal event to Paris.  Appropriate, traditional, and delicious street-party food, such as coronation chicken, sausage rolls and strawberries & cream, will be served alongside buckets of Pimms and pop. 

      Later we will sit down to watch a themed royal movie with a happy ending. It will be night to remember and something we guarantee you won’t have experienced in Paris before.

      Date:

      Tuesday 15th May 2018

      Meeting Time:

      7.00pm

      Max Signups:

      10

      Time:

      7.00pm -10.30pm

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants.

      Métro:

      Arts & Metiers line 3 and line 11

      Reaumur & Sebastopol line 3 and line 4

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Fiona Isaacs

      06 26 79 52 23

      Fee:

      Members €20.00

      Non-members €25.00


      • 16 May 2018
      • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Musée de la Police (75005)
      • 16
      Register

      Over five hundred square meters that retrace the history of "those who keep watch so the others may sleep”. From some rather over-protective medieval knights, to the first well-organized companies of citizens brave enough to clear out the noxious “cours de miracles”; from the terrifying militias of the Revolution and the Napoleonic hordes of neighborhood spies to the daily routine of the neighborhood policeman, walking the beat in all weathers and exposed to all kinds of threats; right through to the overwhelmed traffic warden blowing his whistle in a city renowned for its traffic chaos, we simple citizens, in our hour of need, have always turned for protection or assistance to the policeman, the cop, the agent, the gendarme or the pompier

      These amazing souvenirs from the past - manuscripts, documents, unique objects, relics, posters - create a panorama of one of the most complex, controversial and irreplaceable bodies of our society. This is French History not of the kings and queens, the glorious battles or lovely palaces, but of the horrible crimes and the brutes who committed them, of the squalor and the prostitution, the thieves and the filth - all seen from the point of view of those who have to deal with it on a daily basis, "those who keep watch so the others may sleep”.


      Date : Wednesday 16/05/18

      Time : 10.00 – 12.30 (Please meet at 10.00 sharp! Visit must start promptly) 

      Place : Details sent to registrants.

      Métro : Maubert-Mutualité

      Participants : 18 max.

      Price: 20€ for members, €25 for non-members

      Organizer: Debbie Kobayashi

      Guide: Dr. Kelly Spearman

      Registration deadline : Wednesday 9/05/18

      Suggestion: As you come out of the metro, enjoy a pre-tour coffee very near to the museum, at the local café “Le Village Ronsard” (47 Ter, Boulevard St Germain 75005). You’ll need it before all the stories to come!

      Lunch: To be determined but somewhere delicious! 


      • 17 May 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • 75116
      • 4
      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 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register; French are welcome to come along on any meeting but please let the organizer know. If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      6

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75116)

      Métro:

      Charles de Gaulle Etoile (Line 1 or RER), Kleber (Line 6), or George V (Line 1) Bus 92

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Maureen Miller, Tina Hammel

      maureen0d0miller@gmail.com

      Fee:

      The price of your beverage or snack


      • 17 May 2018
      • 11:15 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Chez Debbi (75116)
      • 1
      Register

      Brexit be damned! British Cheeses to celebrate a Royal Wedding

      Come celebrate the marriage of my favourite royal, Prince Harry to our very own American, Meghan Markle (definitely so much cooler than the last Americaine that tried to jump the drawbridge of British royalty!) with an array of famous, fabulous British cheeses direct from London.  Definitely worth your discovery. 

      Debbi Baron, Managing Director of Domaines & Terroirs, invites you to her 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 straight from London, fabulous breads and a glass of paired white and red wine.

      Date:

      May 17, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      11:15 a

      Max Signups:

      8 max

      Time:

      11:30a – 2:30p

      Meeting Place:

      To be sent to registrants

      Métro:

      TROCADERO OR PASSY (LIGNE 6 OR 9) BUS 22 OR 32 (LA TOUR) 

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Tina Hammel, Kelly Healy

      Debbi Barron (call if late or lost 06.08.57.95.20)

      Fee:

      €35 members, €40 non members


      • 17 May 2018
      • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Chez Géraldine (16th)
      • 9
      Register

      A fabulous pairing of wines both still and sparkling with a variety of delicious chocolates.

      Wine and chocolate have a lot of similarities to each other. For one, they’re both considered aphrodisiacs and they both contain flavanols (antioxidants). Despite these striking similarities, it’s somewhat challenging to pair wine and chocolate together.

      Somes say it can’t be done, but if you choose the right wine to complement the right chocolate, it can be a remarkable pairing opportunity. Whether you are pairing the subtle, creamy-nuances of a delicate white chocolate, or the lively bold-tones of dark chocolate with a favorite wine, there are a few pairing tips to keep in mind.

      Totally experimental and fun!

      Date:

      Thursday, May 17

      Meeting Time:

      From 2 to 4pm

      Min/Max Signups:

      7 Min, 11 guests Max

      Meeting Place:

      A private apartment in the 16e. Address sent to registrants.

      Métro:

      Ranelagh (line 9)

      Organizer:

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

      Fee:

      35€ members, 40€ non members


      • 18 May 2018
      • 3:15 PM
      • Prince de Gaulles Hotel
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      The last time a Royal married an American Divorcee, it caused a Royal scandal.

      Let’s celebrate the upcoming wedding of Megan Markle and Prince Harry in style, at Hotel Prince de Gaulles. 

      They have the perfect British atmosphere in Paris for our fete, as the hotel keeps its time to a Big Ben, the tea is served on English Wedgewood China and the glittering wall sconces are crystal replicas of the Prince of Wales’s heraldic ostrich plumes. 

      You will be transported into Royals for the wedding…by me! So, start studying for your Royal Quiz, self-graded, of course.  Prizes imported from Britain by me for the winners and all attendees! Hats required. (Put a flower on a headband if you don’t have one).

      Date:             Friday, May 18th

      Time:             3:15 PM for a 3:30 PM prompt start

      Limit:             8. Please email me if you are waitlisted.  I may be able to add another table

      Place:             Prince de Gaulles Hotel

      Address:       33 ave Georges V

      Metro:           Georges V (line 1)

      Organizer:    Lynn Loring jfklynn@gmail.com

      Cost:              Minimum 16€ for cookies, 18€ for scones, or full tea is 52€


      • 21 May 2018
      • 3:00 PM
      • Peninsula Hotel
      • 9
      Register

      The Peninsula hotel is unlike any other Palace hotel in Paris.  Other hotels have old world charm, but this is an ultra modern sensation.

      There is a nail bar dryer in the room, iPads to turn off the lights and to use as your remote control. 

      There is an airplane jutting out the inside of the building.

      See this and more on our tour of the hotel.  After, we will go to the salon for the Peninsula Tea.

      Time:             3:00 PM for a 3:15 PM start of our tour. We start on time! 

      Date:              Monday, May 21

      Place:             Peninsula Hotel LOBBY, NOT THE SALON called The Lobby

      Metro:           Kleber line 6

      Limit:             11, Members, only, please

      Organizer:    Lynn Loring    email:  Jfklynn@gmail.com or text +1602-7906711 if running late.

      Price:             the price of your beverage.  Just order a second beverage if you share the cost of the tea that comes with sandwiches and desserts. A terrific alternative!

       


      • 22 May 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Sent to registrants
      • 16
      Register

      For the maze of small medieval streets, the unique "bouquinistes," the outdoor book stalls lining the riverbank, the charm of Saint Julien le Pauvre, a Melkite Greek Catholic church and one of the oldest in Paris, the dramatic look of archangel Saint Michael slaying the devil… so many reasons to explore one of the most popular destinations for visitors from around the world. This is the area Parisians lovingly call the “Quartier Latin” or Latin district. You will love it too! 

      Let’s start in the shadow of Notre Dame, and walk through some narrow cobbled streets in what was once Lutetia, passing Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare and Co. Next, we will head to the heart of the Latin Quarter, Place Saint-Michel, a popular spot for rendezvous and impromptu street music performances, with some off the beaten track curiosities all along the way. Last will be the ancient Roman baths housing the Cluny Museum. Grab your friends and lets enjoy our day!

      Date:

      Tuesday, May 22, 2018

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 am

      Max Signups:

      20 max

      Time:

      10:30 - 12h00

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants

      Métro:

      Cite (Line 4) the closest.  Saint Michel (Lines 4-10) or Chatelet (Lines 1-4- 7-11)

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Kelly Healy

      Noha Escartin  Phone: 06 13 53 31 10

      Fee:

      20€ members,  25€ non members


      Let’s grab an impromptu lunch after the tour at Café de la Nouvelle Mairie, located at 19 rue des Fossés Saint Jacques, 75005.





      • 22 May 2018
      • 1:30 PM
      • Countryside
      • 20
      Register

      This delightful parcel of land was once a housing estate perched on the heights of Porte de Bagnolet. Previously a working class district, today it is home to upscale houses, full of charm with their plant-covered gates and walls. Paved streets encircle this original must-see district.

      Close by the remains of the Chateau de Bagnolet: the Ermitage pavilion was built in 1734 and shows historic and artistic exhibitions. The walk to the next metro station will allow us to admire more flowery back-alleys and cozy villas.

      Date :             Tuesday, May 22

      Time :            1:30 PM

      Place :            Outside Mc Donald’s at Place de la Porte de Bagnolet

      Metro :          Porte de Bagnolet (line 3)

      Limit :            20

      Guide : Thierry Heil

      Organizer :   Lynn Loring

      Price :            20€ Members / 25€ Guests


      • 23 May 2018
      • 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Aligre Market
      • 8
      Register

      Do you love Paris markets? Then 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.

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

      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!

      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?!

      Date:

      Wednesday, May 23, 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

      We will meet in front of the Calzedonia store. Please look for my red bag with white polka dots!


      • 23 May 2018
      • 3:00 PM
      • LuLu Restaurant
      • 5
      Register

      When it comes to finding places for Ladies who drink in the View, I think it doesn’t get much better than Lulu.  Starting in spring, the restaurant sets up in the garden of the Tuileries.

      You are surrounded on three sides by the Louvre, with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Heaven.  This is the perfect, elegant spot in which to drink and dine, returning to another time.

      Can you study for your   “Are You a Real Parisienne “ quiz? No, but it’s self graded, of course.  Gag Prizes for winners and “losers”.

      Date:              Wednesday, May 23

      Time:              3:00 PM for a 3:15 start

      Maximum:      10

      Place:             LuLu restaurant, 107 rue du Rivoli.

      (walk into the Musée Decorative  Arts , go over to LuLu on the far left, and they will bring you outside to the AWG tables.

      Metro:           Louvre Rivoli (Line 1)

      Organizer :   Lynn Loring

      Fee:              The cost of your drink

      Note: This is a FREE event, if you cancel within 48 hours of the event, you will be charged a 10€ fee. 


      • 24 May 2018
      • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
      • 75116
      • 4
      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 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register; French are welcome to come along on any meeting but please let the organizer know. If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

      Date:

      every Thursday

      Meeting Time:

      10:15 AM

      Max Signups:

      6

      Time:

      10:15 AM to 11:45 AM

      Meeting Place:

      Sent to registrants (75116)

      Métro:

      Charles de Gaulle Etoile (Line 1 or RER), Kleber (Line 6), or George V (Line 1) Bus 92

      Organizer:

      Guide: 

      Maureen Miller, Tina Hammel

      maureen0d0miller@gmail.com

      Fee:

      The price of your beverage or snack


      • 24 May 2018
      • 2:30 PM
      • Square du Temple
      • 12
      Register

      Ever dream of paying 13€ for that lovely necklace in the window that costs 60€ retail, 6€ for the necklace that goes for 120€ in a fancy department store or purchasing Swarovski  crystal jewelry  that is startlingly cheap?

      Join Lynn in the true French wholesale area for wool, cotton, and cashmere scarves, costume jewelry, Swarovski everything, silver jewelry and purses galore. Terrific for gifts, especially when traveling home!

      Goods in the stores are continually updating, so many members repeat this experience. These items are spring and summer season.

      You will be briefed on how to conduct yourself in the wholesale area, as you will be shopping with store buyers.

      Date:

      Thursday, May 24th, 2018 

      Meeting Time:

      2:30 p.m.

      Max Signups:

      14

      Meeting Place:

      Square du Temple, at the park benches Rue du Temple entrance

      Métro:

      Republique (Line 5) Exit Rue du Temple NOT Faubourg du Temple; Arts et Metiers (Lines 3 and 11)

      Organizer:

      Lynn Loring

      +1 602-7906711

      Fee:

      € 15 donation for members,  € 20 for non members. PAY IN PERSON, but you must sign up.


      • 25 May 2018
      • 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM
      • Chez Veronique (75007)
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      AWG’s own Véronique Bawol is back teaching us a lovely list of French cuisine in her great appartment 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 two hours ½ cooking session, everyone help Véronique and then we sit down and enjoy what we have prepared.


      Assortments of mini quiches with a glass of champagne

      Healthy green spring salad (with zucchini, asparagus, speck feta and more…)

      Salmon sorrel sauce, basmati rice and tomatoes provençale

      Panna cotta with a red fruit coulis and stawberries (see picture)

      Coffee and wine

      Date:

      Friday 25 May 2018

      Meeting Time:

      9.45

      Max Signups:

      4

      Time:

      10 AM to 2:30 PM

      Métro:

      La Tour Maubourg (ligne 8)

      Organizer

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

      Fee:

      65 euros for members or not members


      • 25 May 2018
      • 10:15 AM
      • 75008

      Café Chat – Come and make new friends and catch up with fellow AWG members at a café.  We meet once a month, downstairs at a spacious café, located just off the Champs Elysees.  Please come along and warm up with your fellow expats. Drop in – no sign up necessary!

      Date:

      Friday, 25th May 2018

      Meeting Time:

      10.15am

      Max Signups:

      No need to sign up!

      Time:

      10.30am until 12noon

      Meeting Place:

      Downstairs at Café Le Fournil des Champs par Le Pain Quotidien (through a short covered passage) 68, rue Pierre Charron, 75008

      Métro:

      Line 1, 6, 8 or 9 George V or Franklin D Roosevelt.

      Organizer:

      Jane Fisher and Helen Woodford.

      Email Janelynne.fisher2@gmail.com

      Fee:

      No fee, just the price of your beverage/food


      • 26 May 2018
      • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
      • Champagne
      • 0
      Join waitlist

      Explore the vineyards and meet the small champagne growers

      -       Meeting point: 8:00 am on Trocadero square

      -       Visit of Champagne le Gallais within the Château de Boursault. Chateau de Boursault was once the residence of Veuve Cliquot. Feel the intimacy of a winery run by a passionate family for generations. Start the visit in the vineyards, in front of the Renaissance chateau, tour around the traditional vat room and cellar before tasting the family champagnes on the terrasse overlooking he vineyards

      -       Scenic drive through the vineyards and the traditional villages of Verzenay and Verzy. Admire the lighthouse that overlooks the vineyards

      -       Stop in the little village of Sillery for Lunch

      -       Visit and tasting at Champagne Sabine Godme, a family-run estate.  Sabine will share with you the authenticity of the daily life of a small grower in Champagne.  Visit will be followed by a tasting of 3 to 4 different champagnes.

      -       To finish the day, weather permitted, we will enjoy a last glass of champagne at the « Perching Bar », a suspended champagne bar in the trees !

      -       Back to Paris around 8pm

        Date:

        Saturday, May 26, 2018

        Max Signups:

        7 maximum

        Time:

        8:00 am – 8:00 pm

        Meeting Place:

        Trocadero (Monuments aux Morts)

        Organizer:

        Géraldine de Kersaint-Gilly is a native from Champagne. WSET, CWS (Certified Wine Specialist). Tel: 06 10 23 56 34

        Cost:

        130€ members, 140€ non members

        Included: Transportation, visit and tastings
        Not included: lunch (around 20€)

        • 28 May 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 – April)

        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


        • 29 May 2018
        • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
        • 16e
        • 7
        Register

        Gather with some AWG friends at a very special wine tasting luncheon. You will be offered to taste four different wines in a friendly environment. Lunch will be provided with a typical French dish and dessert.

        Our knowledgeable hostess, Hélène Gobel, is from a winegrowing family. She graduated at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London. As well as organizing private Bordeaux tastings and sales, she sets up wine events such as wine and cheeses, grande crus dinners, Champagne tasting, wine clubs and weekends in Bordeaux.

        Date:

         Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

        Time:

        12PM till 14.30

        Place:

        Private apartment in the 16e (details provided to registrants only)

        Métro:

        Line 6--Boissière, Lines 6 and 9--Trocadéro and Line 2--Victor Hugo 

        Buses, 22, 32, 30, 63 and 82. 

        Guide:  

        Kelly Healy

        Min/Max:

        8 Maximum

        Fee:

        50 € for AWG Members, 60 € for guests



        • 29 May 2018
        • 2:15 PM - 4:30 PM
        • 3rd arr.
        • 7
        Register

        France remains the worldwide reference for culinary excellence. In fact, the French lunch was awarded the Immaterial UNESCO world heritage label. However, the world of foods is changing quickly and challenging traditional artisans with increasing demands for exotic, gluten-free, and organic products.

        Join us on this walk through the lively market area of Les Enfants Rouges in the Marais. During our time together, we will meander and taste from charcuterie to chocolaterie, bakery to butcher.

        Through anecdotes, history and displays, as well as tastes, we will better understand the special culture France’s preoccupation with food as well as the new age confrontation of traditional versus trendy shops.

        Date:

        Tuesday, May 29

        Time:

        2:15 – 4:30pm

        Min/Max Signups:

        7 max

        Meeting Place:

        Sent to registrants.

        Métro:

        Closest : Arts et Métiers - lines 3, 11), Temple (line 3)

        Organizer:

        Guide: 

        Kelly Healy

        Sherry Thevenot  cell: 06 86 45 55 30; sherry.thevenot@gmail.com

        Fee:     

        35€ members (includes the tasting fee) 

        40€ non-member (includes the tasting fee)    


        • 31 May 2018
        • 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
        • 75116
        • 4
        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 10:15 am every Thursday morning.  Only English speaking members need to register; French are welcome to come along on any meeting but please let the organizer know. If you want to bring a guest you must check with the organizer.

        Date:

        every Thursday

        Meeting Time:

        10:15 AM

        Max Signups:

        6