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Late Night Art: Paris’ Nuit Blanche 2009

Grab an espresso and gear up for an endless evening of artistic exploration! This Saturday, October 3, Paris’ Nuit Blanche returns for its 8th year. This free annual event (which translates roughly to “sleepless night”) celebrates the importance of art as a central part of life in Paris and its diverse communities. This year’s fete has no explicit theme, but rather is dedicated to areas of the city “which you can explore through dream-like trails.” As night falls, thousands of art-lovers will wander the streets, exploring the boundaries between art and life, dream and reality… Continue Reading »

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If You’ve Got an Hour to Spare Between Trains in Paris…

Guest blogger Richard Nahem (of Eye Prefer Paris tours) offers insider tips for eating, drinking, shopping and strolling within minutes of the city’s major railway stations in his article for The Guardian

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Gare du Nord – Gare de L’Est

Head south down Boulevard de Magenta and you’ll find the trendy Canal Saint-Martin neighbourhood. Stop at Galerie Impaire ( at 47 rue de Lancry, an outpost of the innovative Creative Growth Art Foundation from California, and view the impressive artwork from self-taught artists and artists with disabilities. Feeling peckish? Worth waiting in line for are the delicious pastries at the boulangerie Du Pain et des Idées at 34 rue Yves Toudic (specialities include a delicious puff pastry with chocolate and pistachio paste). For a quick beer or some light eats, La Marine on quai de Valmy and Chez Prune on rue Beaurepaire are good bets right on the canal.

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HiP Eats: Le Fooding d’Amour

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On Friday night, the HiP crew came out in full force to attend Le Fooding d’Amour Paris – New York. Sarah, Geneviève and I joined the mayhem at P.S.1 in order to sample innovative cuisine from some of today’s hottest New York and Paris-based chefs. Continue Reading »

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Portes Ouvertes — It’s Not Too Late!

It’s not too late to visit the “Portes Ouvertes” in Menilmontant. During this event, many studios throughout the 19th and 20th arrondissements will open their doors to the public in an attempt to unite artists with the communities that surround and nurture them. Today is the last day of the Ateliers de Ménilmontant 2009. Use this map and first and second keys to locate studios to visit. (And stay tuned for Montmartre-aux-Artistes from October 16-18). Continue Reading »

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Rumor Has It


By Linda Donahue, & photos by Virginia Jones
Who started this rumor that Parisians are unfriendly?  Even my father, who hasn’t met a single Parisian, let alone been to Paris, believes this to be true.I’ve always found the people of Paris to be genuine and hospitable. But yesterday, travel authority Christopher Elliott wrote in a travel article posted on, “And in a move that can only be described as utter desperation, the notoriously unfriendly Parisians, in an effort to ’show that Paris loves its tourists and knows how to welcome them,’ strapped on rollerblades and formed an enormous human smile at Place Vendome.” Continue Reading »

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La Petraia: An Unforgettable Tuscan Meal with Chef Susan McKenna Grant


Photos courtesy of La Petraia, Michael Grant & Sarah Raymond

In the US, the vast majority of food & grocery shopping is done in supermarkets. We cook with canned beans or tomatoes, pre-butchered meats, and shrink-wrapped cold cuts – or consume industrially prepared foods – rarely stopping to consider where exactly these things come from. One item could be fresh from a nearby farm, another from halfway across the world. While many Americans are becoming increasingly aware of how and where their food is produced, there is still a sense of detachment between the food we eat and its origins. Recently, however, following an eye-opening Italian dining experience at La Petraia – in Tuscany’s Chianti region – I was inspired to rethink how I purchase, prepare, and consume food.


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Le Fooding Takes New York

crab saladCrab salad inspired by a dish by Yves Camdeborde. Photo:

I have long believed that Paris and New York are jealous lovers—mutually obsessed, covetous, but still fiercely stubborn and, ultimately, true only to themselves. Nowhere is this dynamic more apparent than in the kitchen, where American innovation has borrowed from (and then challenged) the French standard that has dominated for so long. This Friday and Saturday, in a glorious and long overdue collision of American and French culinary love, P.S. 1 will play host to Le Fooding d’Amour Paris-New York. For all our New York-based readers, you may not be able to justify a trip across the Atlantic, but you have no excuse not to make it across the East River. Continue Reading »

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Exploring Paris’ Art & Architecture with Context Tours

a-gargoyle-on-notre-dame-catherdral-in-paris1Gargoyle on Notre Dame –

While Paris is the perfect city for aimless ambling, there is a time and a place for directed exploration. Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of taking Context Tours’ “Art and Architecture of Gothic Paris” walk. While Context always keeps their tour groups small (usually 6 people max.), I was fortunate enough to have the tour all to myself, and—as is typical of Context tours— the docent was happy to customize the experience to my specific areas of interest. Continue Reading »

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Organic Resto Paris: Super Nature’s Seasonal Cuisine

burgerSuper Nature’s cheeseburger.

Just as the weather varies by season in Paris, so do our appetites. In spring when the city starts to heat up, we forgo bottles of deep red Cahors for glasses of rosé, we swap gateau au chocolat for seasonal fruit tarts and refreshing sorbet, and we scour local markets for the fresh fruits and vegetables that we’ve been dreaming of all winter. The city’s best restaurants shift with us, adjusting their menus seasonally (if not daily). Super Nature, one of Paris’ hottest new organic restaurants, is among those that abide by a “what’s fresh is best” policy. Continue Reading »

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Paris: Tea Capital of the World

beautiful teaTeatime at Laduree. Photo:

by Sally Peabody, Your Great Days in Paris

We all know that Paris is famed for its alluring wines, rich dark chocolates, redolent cheese and buttery croissants… but fine tea? Who knew?

In fact, Paris’ numerous tea salons and tea shops offer the widest and best selection of top quality teas from growers around the world, carefully selected, served and sold with savoir-vivre. Choose from salons and shops that offer elegant second-empire style gilded decor, sleek contemporary spaces, or cozy stone-walled nooks. Tea-drinkers have their pick of memorable spots to stop and sample delicious teas from around the world. The Paris tea scene abounds with fascinating artisans who are dedicated to their chosen métier— and to offering the best-of-the-best to those who share their passion. Continue Reading »

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