April 4, 2007

Expat with dog

Patricia Laplante-Collins, born in Atlanta, embraces the hand life has dealt her: professional expatriate. From Sarah Lawrence to Italy to France, she's moved in unexpected directions. Eight years ago she started Paris Soirées, opening her apartment to foreign visitors and introducing them to local culture at twice-weekly dinners and cocktail parties.

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Lunch at a delightful, funky bistro on the Ile St. Louis, around the corner from Patricia's old apartment. Patricia arrives accompanied by her black lab, Eve, who enjoys the status of Honorary House Dog wherever she goes.

If she'd stayed in Atlanta, Patricia would probably have ended up with a perfectly decent middle-class career, a family and a house with a picket fence in a leafy-green neighborhood. Instead, she's in Paris, with a devoted following of artists and intellectuals, not to mention an amazing dog, at the very summit of western civilization.

To get on the list for one of Patricia's soirées, call her at 01 43 26 12 88 in Paris or send an email to ParisSoirees@gmail.com.

Posted by Ronald Holden at April 4, 2007 12:44 AM

I've met great people at Patricia's soirées! My favorites have been the musical evenings and visiting professors.

Posted by: pam wesson at April 11, 2007 10:49 PM

This is a nice picture of Patricia and Eve....so natural ....

Posted by: Katrina at April 11, 2007 1:23 PM

Thanks Ronald for such a great photo of my doggie Eve. See you in Paris soon at a Paris Soiree! All the Best, Patricia

Posted by: Patricia Laplante-Collins at April 11, 2007 12:56 PM

Bonjour Ronald, où décroches-tu toutes ces adresses ? Compliments et profites bien de Paris l'éternelle...

Sabine France

Posted by: Sabine F. Bodet at April 4, 2007 1:19 AM