"Leslie Leslie and Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 13 septembre 2020 

Bonjour de Paris ...  

“The Art Of Doing Nothing."  

Chers Amis,  

We’ve been back in Paris since Sept.1st.  We worked in Paris on August 1st and left the following day to spend some time with friends in La Baule and Bordeaux. Even though during our time away I worked on my French language skills daily and for the most part I got to the piano regularly, it felt too much of a luxury to take an entire month away from work. After all we had around sixty concerts canceled and the plan for this summer was to do…

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"Leslie Leslie and Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 15 juin 2020 

Bonjour de Paris ... 

"Living in the new Normal." 

Chers Amis, 

The above title was “lifted” by yours truly from an email written by our good friends Clifford and Lydia.  Under previous conditions they would most likely be in Paris or at least would be arriving soon. This is true for a number of our stateside friends who visit Paris yearly, bi-yearly or even more often than that.  So there are a number of you folks that we miss seeing here in the city of lights. That also includes the people we know who…

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"Leslie Leslie and Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 4 avril 2020 

Bonjour de Paris ... 

Chers Amis, 

We are on day 20 of quarantine. Our last gig which was March 14th in a very sparsely populated Parisien club. Around the second set I was just beginning to feel sick. I wasn't sure what it was. I had chest congestion, a headache and later that night I would get very intense muscle pain to the point that it wasn't possible to sleep. The next day was the first day of quarantine in France. The thing was that during the next few days I was mostly just annoyed that I wasn't…

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"Leslie Lewis and Gérard Hagen" Bonjour De Paris 20 Février 2020 

Bonjour de Paris ... 

Chers Amis, 

It has been too long since I last posted to you. Many things have conspired to put me behind including computer problems, concerts, teaching, traveling, arranging, rehearsing, practicing, booking gigs and on and on.  Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to have all of these responsibilities, but I have had to prioritize and this newsletter, along with a number of other things, had to wait. 

So I'm writing this on a new MacBook Air and getting used to using an AZERTY keyboard…

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"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 5 Décembre 2019 

Bonjour de Paris ...

Chers Amis,
 
It rarely happens but... we had last weekend free. So with some extra time on our hands we made up for the fact that we missed celebrating Thanksgiving for the first five years that we lived here and had Thanksgiving dinner with friends on Thursday, Saturday and Monday night.  The reason that we were free was…

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"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 31 Octobre 2019 

Bonjour de Paris ...

Chers Amis,
 
Leslie and I hope that all is well with you.  It is fall in Paris, the sun has left the building, so to speak.  Somehow this year I seem to be able to embrace this situation better than past years, or perhaps it is because it is still early in the season.  We'll see how I feel in February!  As I walk the city…

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"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 22 Septembre 2019 

Bonjour de Paris ...

Chers Amis,
 
It is September in Paris.  That means that it is "la rentrée" which for families with school age children means get ready for the school year and get back to work after summer vacations.  For us preparing for my teaching during the fall trimester at IMEP is as close as we get to that experience.  La rentrée…

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"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 27 Août 2019 

Bonjour de Paris ...

Chers Amis,

It is often the case that we send out a newsletter upon returning home to Paris from time spent away somewhere.  This time it was a quiet few weeks spent with friends in the lovely seaside home of our friend Lois in La Baule, FR.  Over the past few years, as August rolls around, this has become an annual trip…

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"Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen" Bonjour de Paris 18 Juin 2019 

Bonjour de Paris ... Chers Amis,


We just returned from a killer four days in Porto, Portugal.  Other than a quick run out that Leslie made to Volnay, FR earlier this month, it was the first time that we left Paris since returning from the jazz cruise in May. The weather was fantastic, (so nice to see the sun everyday) and the city is beautiful…

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