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February in Paris: Valentine’s Day, Fashion Week and Two New Bistros

Making Magique

February is the time to be in Paris, so why not be a part of it? We’re offering some exceptionally special discounts on our beautiful Paris apartments in February and March, and though it may be a bit cliché, we can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day gift than surprising your chéri(e) with a trip to Paris. Let us know if you want to plan a last-minute getaway here.


L’Amour: This Valentine’s day you could dine at the Eiffel Tower or stroll through St Germain tasting all the heart-shaped sweets, or you could indulge in a little quirk and collective romanticism. Join fellow lovebirds on the Pont au Double for the Freeze Romantique, a sort of reverse flash mob where couples are invited to join in five minutes of public smooching. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely would recommend a stroll over to Laduree, Pierre Herme, et al afterwards – if only to make up the calories.

Fashion week in Paris (Carin Olsson)

La Fashion Week: Paris fashion week kicks off at the end of this month, and for some coverage of the styles and shows seen around our favorite city, we suggest checking in with Garance Doré, Refinery 29, Style Bubble, and our very own Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months.

Fashion week in Paris (Carin Olsson)

On our Plate: This month is chock full of incredibly exciting restaurant openings, spots we have a feeling we’ll be adding to our recommended resto list immediately. Some we’d recommend getting a reservation at stat are Lefty and Beaucoup.

We’re also really excited about the 2nd pop-Up dinner with Laura Vidal of Frenchie and Harry Cummins (hinted to be seafood-focused). More on this evening here.

Love in Paris & Bjork (pocketrockets & jaoestrada)

La Musique: Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork is set to play several shows in Paris this month and they’re definitely must-sees. I’ll admit that I’ve never seen her perform live myself, but I can only imagine that this eccentric goddess of eclectic sound (and fashion-sense — everyone remember her Academy Award swan dress?) has got to put on a great show. Snatch up the few remaining tickets quickly.

Carnaval in Paris (Ghirigori Baumann)

Carnaval: Dubbed “Le Monde Des Jouets“, this year’s Parisian celebration of Carnaval is a fantastic procession through the Right Bank, starting in the 20eme and heading through the Marais. The event is great for children and adults alike, and if you want to really get into it, we say dress up.

Joel Meyerowitz photograph ( ©Joel Meyerowitz)

L’Art: New York born-and-bred photographer Joel Meyerowitz’s work is on show at the MEEP. The retrospective begins with his first noir et blancs and ends with his images shot after 9/11 in New York. It’s a wonderful treat to see Meyerowitz’s poetic and athletic mode of shooting evolve over time in one space. In this interview, he said, “It was as if we were fishermen in the stream of 5th avenue…and we were sifting the human information that flows on the street.” Definitely get to this exhibition if you are in Paris this month.

Joel Meyerowitz photograph ( ©Joel Meyerowitz)

Work in Progress, WIP for short, at La Vilette is an ongoing series showcasing works created within its walls, and this time the featured medium is dance. Performances explore the role of the body and dance through political, historical and cultural themes, featuring new work by Panaibra Gabriel Canda, the founder of the first contemporary dance company in Mozambique.

Signs of love in Paris & Made in WIP (davespilbrow & WIP Vilette)

The first retrospective of the works of post-punk British artist Linder Sterling opened this month at the Musée d’Art Moderne. Ever the provocateur, Linder’s uncompromising critique of commercial displays of femininity reminds us of the insidious ways in which the female body is commodified in everyday life.

Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Written by Erin Dahl

Erin DahlErin's had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. Though she currently lives in Brooklyn where she writes travel blog Carry On To with a fellow New Yorker, Erin returns to Paris as often as possible, constantly seeking out her new favorite address or event. Erin is Editor for The HiP Paris Blog as well as Paris Operations Manager for Haven in Paris.

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