Peter Caine: Discovering Paris
Founder of Paris Walks Peter Caine will introduce you to your new city: the fascinating history, the iconic architecture—and most importantly, the culture. This keynote speech is the perfect primer for new residents to the City of Light—even if you think you know Paris.
About Peter: Peter and his wife Oriel founded Paris Walks in 1994, which has grown from being the first to becoming the leading English-speaking walking tour company in Paris. Peter weaves together history, art, and architecture to tell the story of Paris. He will instill in each of us a deeper excitement, knowledge, and appreciation for this city that we now call home and will give you hints on how to discover some of the City's secrets for yourself. Peter has lived in Paris for over thirty years and has written several books about the city including the beautifully illustrated Paris Then and Now.
Adrian Leeds: French Property the American Way
Making Paris your new home? Finding the right apartment is often easier said than done, especially if you don't know the first thing about how to navigate the French system and property laws. Real estate professional Adrian Leeds will teach you how to bridge the gap between the American and French ways of maneuvering the property market—for rental or purchase—to make sure you’re not left out in the cold.
About Adrian: French property expert and HGTV personality, Adrian Leeds arrived in Paris in 1994 with more than 21 years of experience in marketing and public relations—not to mention a daughter. In her need to survive in the City of Light as a single mother, she created a variety of businesses devoted to assisting other expats in their quest to fulfill their dream to live in France. Her company, the Adrian Leeds Group, is a licensed real estate agency offering complete property consultation services primarily for North Americans and other Anglophones wanting to live and/or invest in France.
Craig Carlson: Living the American Dream in France
Craig was the last person you’d expect to open an American diner in Paris. He’s not a cook and has never owned a business. If that weren’t challenging enough, Craig chose to open his restaurant in a foreign country with a foreign language, which also happens to be the culinary capital of the world. Yet despite the odds, his restaurants succeeded. Craig wrote a New York Times bestselling book about the experience called Pancakes in Paris. Craig will share his adventures of being a small business owner in France, where its mind-numbing bureaucracy and complex labour laws nearly killed him.
About Craig: With a background in journalism, Craig Carlson studied cinema at the University of Southern California where he was awarded the prestigious John Huston Directing Award. In 2003, he completely shifted gears and opened the first American diner in Paris. He’s been serving hearty breakfasts to hungry customers from all over the world ever since.