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The French and Their Cigarettes: The Growing Anti-Smoking Movement in France

Smoking in ParisGH Cheng

I first learned about the complex relationship between the French and their cigarettes as an English assistant in a high school in the French countryside. The staff was split on the question of whether or not smoking should be banned in the teachers’ lounge, where profs had been enjoying cigarettes for as long as the school had existed.

As a young American living in France for the first time, I was adjusting to several cultural changes. Seeing teachers pass bottles of red wine between them during lunch break in the cafeteria (something students did themselves until alcohol in school cafeterias was banned about 60 years ago) was one example of such differences. The smoking in the teachers’ lounge debate was the next one to add to the list.

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French Chic

When I first moved to Paris, I secretly hoped that living in the city would give me the inside intel I needed to master the art of looking carefully disheveled. Like Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina”, I, too, wanted to be magically transformed into an irresistible, doe-eyed creature draped in elegant scarves and sporting sexy topknots, as I flitted gracefully down the Champs-Elysées. How could I go wrong?

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HiP Paris Blog: Paris Breakfast Favorite to Open Second Location

Holybelly II

Impatient regulars and time pressed tourists who took flight at the sight of long lines outside Holybelly, the 10th arrondissement restaurant, will be happy to learn that their favorite all-day-breakfast address will soon be opening another spot to get their pancake fix.

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HiP Paris Blog Visits Organic Butcher Prosper Montmartre

Jean Christophe Prosper

If your experience of shopping for meat in Paris is limited to picking up a shrink-wrapped steak at Monoprix or roast chicken that’s been sitting all morning under a heating lamp at the local market, do yourself a favor and step into the fascinating world of artisan butcher Jean Christophe Prosper.

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June Events in Paris

A list of what’s going on in Paris this month

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HiP Paris Blog Explores Mokonuts Bakery & Café

Mokonuts Bakery-Café

Things move slowly in France and, for those of us who live here, this is often a frustrating reality. Extended waits at stores like Darty or BHV to simply return a purchase, the long lines at your local boulangerie as everyone has their morning conversations with the baker- all take a little extra time out of our day. We accept this slower pace of life and most of all we learn to live with it, but rarely do we take time to love it.

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HiP Paris Blog Reviews GreenHouse 11th Arrondissement

Greenhouse

  Paris’ favorite burger maven is going green. Kristin Frederick, creator of beloved food truck, Le Camion Qui Fume, recently opened a California bowl-inspired restaurant in the 11th arrondissement, and it’s quickly becoming a warm-weather go-to.

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HiP Paris Blog: Umami Matcha Café

Umami Matcha Café

Tucked away in a quiet street behind the hustle and bustle of the busy Place de la République, Umami Matcha is the first café in Paris to be entirely devoted to matcha, the bitter, grassy-hued powdered tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Yet there’s nothing ceremonial about this bright, zen-like modern space that doubles[…..]

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Our guide to spending Sundays like a local in Paris

How To Spend Sunday in Paris

Parisians take relaxing very seriously. France is world renowned for its 35-hour workweek, its terrace coffee sipping, August vacations, people watching and sleepy Sundays, bien sûr! Here are some local Parisian tips for making the most of your languid dimanche:

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