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Nichole Robertson on The Paris Journal & Book Giveaway

We at HiP Paris have been big fans of Nichole Robertson’s work for quite some time. She is now one half of the wife-husband duo Obvious State, creating literary-focused posters and some of the most gorgeous Paris photo-story books you can imagine. Nichole shares an introduction to The Paris Journal with us below, as well an excerpt from the book. We are also thrilled to be giving away copies to five lucky readers! More details on the giveaway below. -Erin

The Paris Journal, French Lifestyle Book by NIchole Robertson

“The Paris Journal is a labor of love. From the beginning, we had one mission in mind: To take people to Paris. The narrator is an anonymous traveler and we get to follow along as she explores the city she loves. Book one is comprised of 17 journal entries and over 144 full-color photos and explores the two islands at the heart of Paris, the Île de la Cité and the Île Saint-Louis. Below is a sample from the book. I hope you enjoy it!” -Nichole Robertson

RUE JEAN DU BELLAY RUNS DIRECTLY INTO THE BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS THE TWO ISLANDS, PONT SAINT-LOUIS. 

Outside of Café Saint-Régis, which faces the bridge from the Saint-Louis side, the staff prepares for the morning customers. It’s chillier here. The sun won’t reach the interior of the island for hours. The only warmth emanates from inside the café, carrying good smells with it. A waitress, clearly in charge, directs the staff as she organizes the one-shot cups on top of the espresso machine. 

The two waiters drag tipsy stacks of cane chairs to the sidewalk. There’s very little street traffic on the island, but on its perimeter, the sound of cars and mopeds steadily builds. Morning has arrived, and everyone moves quickly now. 

The Paris Journal, French Lifestyle Book by NIchole Robertson

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Bloom Cantine

On a quiet street in the 11ème sits a quaint canteen that opened this past spring and embodies the local, fait maison trend we’ve been seeing so much of recently. I cozied up at Bloom on a recent rainy afternoon with an American friend who was visiting, and we enjoyed a lovely lunch.

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Le Timbre Restaurant, Interior Tables, Paris Cuisine

Le Timbre

After my first lunch at Le Timbre, the restaurant quickly became a favorite. Each time I go to chef Chris Wright’s restaurant I know that I will enjoy happy hours of eating at the tiny tables that line the space whose name- literally “the stamp”- commemorates the cosy size of the dining room.

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Featured Paris Day Trips, Palais de Fontainebleu Facade, Chateau visit

Day Trips From Paris

While Paris is incredible, some of my favorite days have been spent escaping the city. Many fascinating daytrips are reachable by an easy train or car ride and while Versailles is by far the most famous and popular, there are other great places to visit that are just as interesting without the crowds.

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La Récolte, Fresh Produce

La Récolte: Fresh and Seasonal Products in Paris

In the two years that led up to La Récolte’s opening in summer of 2014, owner Mathieu Mulliez tirelessly explored France, visiting independent producers. His goal was simple: find dedicated artisans practicing sustainable agriculture and bring their fresh, seasonal products to Parisians.

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Featured December Events in Paris, Ice Skating, Hotel de Ville, Jean-Phillippe Bourque

December Events in Paris

Jeff Koons at the Centre Pompidou, Cycle John Ford at The Cinematheque Française, Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers du Père Lachaise Associés, Michel Tolmer at Le Rubis, Paris Magnum at Hôtel de Ville, Le jour le plus court film festival, and the Marché des Jeunes Créateurs at Point Ephémère.

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Featured Indian Restaurants in Paris, Nalas Appakadai Bowls

Mouth-Watering Indian Food in Paris

While talking with Parisian-Indian chef Sanjee of Bollywood Kitchen, a quite yummy restaurant in the 17ème arrondissement, she confirmed her frustration at the lack of good all-round Indian restaurants in the French capital. However, among the not-so-great restaurants, there are four that have held her attention (and palate), which she warmly shares with us.

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Featured Armenian Cantine, Plates on Counter

La Cantine d'Aznavour Armenian Restaurant

La Cantine d’Aznavour is not a place you stumble upon; even when you know the address, it’s tricky to find. Tucked at the far end of a cobblestone courtyard in the 9th arrondissement, this unusual little restaurant serves traditional Armenian food with a generous helping of hospitality.

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Featured Elegant Eighth, Paris courtyard

Paris' Elegant Eighth Arrondissement

For many Parisians, who don’t identify themselves with their jobs, the Eighth Arrondissement represents the office. But you can also eat well and reasonably – and you don’t have to traipse to the Trendy Tenth for ethnic cuisine either! Here are 3 faves where you can lunch for under 20€.

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