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Another Expat in the City of Light: Finding ‘Home’ in Paris

Impressions from expat's early days in Paris.Letizia Bordoni/John Towner

Editor’s note: We love when writers share their personal experiences of making Paris their home on the blog. The expat experience is full of trials and errors, risks and rewards, and often the payoff is not at all what we expect. As expats, we take what we can get and accept beauty and life lessons whenever and wherever we find them. This post from Marisa Gupta combines the uniqueness of each of our experiences moving to a new place with some universals that come with the adventure that is living abroad.

Moving to Paris after many years as an expat in London, I expected my first few weeks in France to be smooth and uneventful. Paris, and its joie de vivre, had seduced me in ways London had not quite managed. It was nearby and somewhat of an old friend, as I had visited many times. With an elegant apartment lined up for my French partner and me, I was excited to embark upon my new life.

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HiP Paris Blog covers what's new in Montmartre

Montmartre: Exploring the New, Hip and Delicious Additions to one of our Favorite Paris 'Hoods

Even the small village around metro Abbesses is constantly evolving with new cafés, restaurants, and shops opening all the time. If you find yourself in the 18th arrondissement visiting Sacre-Coeur or the Moulin Rouge, make sure to stop by some of our favorite places that have opened recently.

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HiP Paris Blog rounds up Paris' best concept store cafes

Beyond Colette: Paris Concept Store Shopping and Dining Bliss

While die hard fans will argue that nothing will ever replace the innovative space and business model of Colette, the unique combination of shopping and indulgence that it offered can still be found in the capital.

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HiP Paris Blog covers the recent snowfall in Paris

Paris Sous la Neige: Snow Inspired Delight (and Panic) Hits Paris

Snow has come to Paris and- even more exciting- a fluffy white layer of freshly fallen flakes has stuck around long enough to turn the city into an Instagrammable Winter Wonderland. Unlike the fleeting flutters that occasionally float over the city each winter, melting immediately upon landing, this week’s snowfall has stayed to delight Parisians.

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HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best souffle in Paris

The Art of the Soufflé: Finding the best of a French Classic in Paris

Visiting Paris and hoping to taste one of these very delicious French specialties? Here are three restaurants for you ranging from contemporary riffs to traditional favorites.

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HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top events in Paris this February

February Events in Paris: World's Largest Wine Tasting, Salon de l'Agriculture & More

The doldrums of winter set in with the arrival of February but fortunately we can count on France to serve up some gastronomic delights to hold us over until the arrival of spring.

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HiP Paris Blog covers the opening of Printemps du Gout

Printemps du Goût: Paris Institution Focuses on French Terroir

On January 10th the iconic Parisian department store Printemps followed the example of competitors Le Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette by opening their own épicerie fine, Le Printemps du Goût.

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HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top French podcasts

Francophile Radio: Tuning in to France's Best Podcasts

Though French radio has long been the first stop for francophiles, a steady stream of producers have begun launching independent podcasts in Paris over the last two years, giving lovers of all things French a new way to tune in. From audio documentaries to tips for well being, these French producers are drawing attention for their departure from traditional French radio. 

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Gluten-Free in Paris: Our Guide to City Dining Sans Gluten

There’s a reason why our mental image of a Parisian features a striped-shirt-wearing specimen carrying a baguette, the French after all love nothing more than a loaf of crusty bread- but does this mean you should hit up London instead if you’re gluten free? Non.

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