Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How To Turn 60 Strangers Into 60 Friends in Paris...Every Sunday!

The sign hanging in Jim Haynes' Paris atelier reveals his passion...
Turning strangers into friends!

Every Sunday for 30 years, Jim Haynes invites 60 or more strangers to dinner in his atelier...
And with a magical talent for instantly remembering all 60 strangers' names, where you live, and what you do...he introduces everyone to everyone.

People come from all over the world, all ages, all interest and soon are chatting away with each other as if reuniting old school chums.

On my dinner last Sunday,
While chatting to a photographer from Martinique specializing in commissioned portraits..
I over hear "Chapel Hill", the home of my North Carolina university of many years ago.
I dash to discover how Chapel Hill works into Paris conversation....
a Duke University senior is in Paris for a wedding. The world is small.

Jim is again busy introducing me...this time to Clara, his next door neighbor.
She invites me to see her sculptures at her next door atelier www.claradelamater.com . More intrigue, her father founded The American University in Paris!

A couple from Scotland just up and came to Paris...as more fun to spend the weekend in Paris!

A woman in her 20s starting new job at the Australian Embassy.

The guest list has no borders!
I was so involved with the nonstop conversation, I almost overlooked the wonderful dinner. Jim has weekly volunteers being chef to the huge guest list with an ever changing interesting menu.

If you are in Paris on Sundays...give Jim a call and become a new friend.

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