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The M Word: From Mademoiselle to Madame in France

Going from Mademoiselle to Madame in Paris

Ronel Reyes

The first time it happened, it caught me off guard. I paused for a microsecond, then shook it off as an isolated incident and continued on with my day. A few weeks later, though, it happened again… and then again… until one day, it just became the norm.

I am talking, of course, about that two-syllable word that is an inevitable rite of passage for every young woman living in France.

“Madame.”

Going from Mademoiselle to Madame in Paris

Chris Goldberg

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August 2016 Events in Paris, Rosa Bonheur Birthday

August Events in Paris

Black Movie Summer Festival, Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Le Trianon, Hypefest, Jazz at La Villette, Rock en Seine, Rosa Bonheur’s Birthday.

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4 Saisons Solidaires; a new food market concept coming to Paris

Halles Alimentaires

Food activists celebrated a victory on July 5th when “4 Saisons Solidaires,” a proposition introduced by the Communist Party, was passed by the Paris Council. The initiative is set to facilitate the opening of new food markets around the city, but this time the focusing on providing sustainable, seasonal, and local produce to low-income communities.

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French menswear brand Etudes Studio

French Menswear

Parisian men certainly have an enviable ease when it comes to fashion, a skill presumably learned over years of cultural grooming. However, for the fashion-conscious dude new to the city, finding unique, quality garments outside the sea of luxury fashion houses can be tricky. Fortunately, three new-to-the-scene French menswear brands are reinventing the idea of classic style for the everyday man.

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HiP Paris Blog DonAntónia Pastelaria Canal St Martin

DonAntónia Pastelaria

Among all of the trendy coffee shops and boutiques along the Canal Saint Martin, one new address is standing out from the rest. Forget croissants and café crèmes for a moment and immerse yourself in the pasteis de nata and galão at DonAntónia. Part eatery, part grocery store, the shop is dedicated to the tastes of Portugal.

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Cafe Creme, Beans on Fire

The Tasting Passport

Paris start-up Le Food Trip launched a concept totally new to Paris this year: The Tasting Passport. For 34 euros, you can taste a range of authentic goods at your own pace (the passport is valid for one year after purchase), in whatever order you choose, all while taking in the ambiance of a neighborhood and interacting with local business owners, one on one.

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Canal St-Martin bistrot, Fraîche. A summer go-to for light French fare.

Fraîche Bistrot

Everything about Canal St-Martin’s Fraîche is in keeping with its name: light and refined dishes made with market-fresh ingredients, surprising flavor combinations, and a sunny space that puts you at ease. Whether for a weekday lunch or an intimate dinner date, you’ll walk away from this unpretentious bistrot full and restored.

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HiP Paris Blog, Non, victorillen

The Meaning of Non

Anyone who has spent a serious amount of time in Paris knows the word well. Non, Monsieur, it is not possible to have green beans instead of fries with your tartare… Non, you can not have a reservation for 20h, we have two seatings: 19h30 or 21h30… Non, I do not take credit cards in my taxi. Here are a few of the nons you may hear on your Parisian adventure.

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HiP Paris Blog, July Events

July Events in Paris

Les Heures Heureuses, Broc’dej at La REcyclerie, Peacock Society Festival, Le Fooding’s La Cafète Nationale, Festival FNAC Live, Cinéma en Plein Air at La Villette.

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