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A Summer Internship with The HiP Paris Blog

We're Hiring! A Summer Internship with HiP Paris Blog

Isabel Miller-Bottome

Who doesn’t love Paris in the summer? From afternoon picnics in the Jardin de Luxembourg to sunset walks along the Seine, the City of Light is the perfect place to linger in the long summer months. And here comes the best news: HiP Paris Blog is looking for their next editorial intern for a dedicated summer internship.

We're Hiring! A Summer Internship with HiP Paris Blog

Amélien Bayle

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HiP Paris Blog Editor Erin Dahl Sits Down with BreakThru Radio

Our Editor Erin Dahl joined DJ Jess of BreakThru Radio for a podcast, chatting some of our favorite addresses for food, drink, and fun in Paris. From her favorite neighborhoods to an ideal 24-hour itinerary for a 20-something (or older) visitor, take a listen and hear some familiar names!

Our Editor Erin Dahl joined DJ Jess of Breakthru Radio to chat our favorite Paris addresses

Written by Haven in Paris 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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Haven in Paris is Hiring: Paris, Gorgeous Apartments, All Things French, And You!

We’re hiring! Haven in Paris, our boutique vacation rental business with properties in Paris, London, Provence and Tuscany, is in need of fresh talent! We’re looking for someone who is just as obsessed with gorgeous vacation properties, hospitality, and making travel dreams come true as we are. Read on for the job description. If you think you’d be a good fit, send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Carin Olsson, Left or Right Bank

Carin Olsson

Haven in Paris is a boutique, vacation rental agency with over 20 years of experience in the tourist industry in Paris, France and Italy.

We’re looking for a smart, self-motivated and customer-oriented Sales & Service Specialist to join our boutique apartment rental team, handling sales inquiries and ensuring the client rental experience is smooth and stress-free.

The ideal candidate must be energetic, creative, resourceful, and must enjoy working in a highly entrepreneurial, highly fluid environment. The position requires excellent sales, writing, editing, communication and organization skills, as well as a gift for developing professional relationships online.

The candidate must be able to work independently to keep up with our fast-paced environment and be willing to put in the hours (including weekends) needed to book rentals in our properties. The candidate will ideally be located in Maine and a U.S. resident, but have the ability to travel for training and on an as-needed basis. We will also accept applications from candidates located on the East Coast. This is a full-time, work-from-home position.

Bac Penthouse, Haven in Paris

Responsibilities:

  • Respond to and monitor sales inquiries submitted to our site, with the goal of achieving full occupancy for our roster of vacation apartments and villas.
  • Remain on top of all inquiries, following up in a timely manner in order to book rentals, using creative ways to balance and prioritize the volume of inquiries.
  • Handle the response and booking process to customers’ inquiries in conjunction with our current team, but sometimes working entirely independently.
  • Answer questions and solve issues from property owners, service professionals and our apartment rental clients in a timely manner.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in e-mail communications in an online customer service or sales environment.
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Amazing ability to prioritize and juggle tasks based on value to business at any given time.
  • Strong familiarity with much of Paris, the major sites and the neighborhoods.
  • Must be able to write and speak French at a conversational level.
  • Ability to approach problematic situations with common sense and calm.
  • Ability to learn Internet-based tools quickly.
  • Accounting skills useful.
  • All applicants must be able to legally live and work in the U.S.
  • Maine resident preferred; East Coast applicants accepted
  • Schedule flexibility is key, as this position will include weekends.

If you have experience in the following areas, please also include these skills in your application:

  • Project management experience
  • Marketing and branding experience
  • Editorial experience

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Please note: We are, unfortunately, only able to reply to candidates that we are actively pursuing.

Aisling Greally, Keeping Cool in the Summer

Aisling Greally

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Black Friday: Paris Apartments on Sale!

Our Penthievre Apartment near the Champs-Elysées

Bonjour!

The winter months are absolutely wonderful in Paris. The lines are shorter at our favorite museums and sights, and the restaurants put their best foot forward for the locals – steak frites never tasted so good!

Since we’d rather be in Paris in December, January and February, we’re offering you an amazing opportunity on Friday, November 25, 2011.

The dining room in our Penthievre apartment

Instead of spending Black Friday* braving the crowds for lackluster deals, you can spend that day with Haven in Paris. On November 25 only, we’ll be offering amazing discounts on stays in December, January and February, including 20% off all 1-week, low season visits. Now that’s a deal to write home about… from your perfect pied-a-terre in the city of light!

The master bedroom in our Penthievre apartment

Contact us now to begin planning your Paris visit, and we look forward to finalizing all the details on November 25th. Continue Reading »

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La Cuisine Cooking Classes in Paris: HIP Paris Makes French Apple Tarts

Tarte Tatin, Tarte Fine aux Pommes (Julien Hausherr)

Eating and Paris. No matter how much you might try to dissociate the two, a stay in Paris without its fill of delicious treats could be a holiday in any other northern European capital, albeit one with some pretty nice architecture.  Letting yourself be tempted by the window displays in patisseries and the cozy banquettes of corner brasseries is all part of the charm of living in Paris.

You won’t be blamed for spending your time here eating your way through neighborhood markets and various restaurant guidebooks, but you may find upon returning home to a routine of simpler meals (what, no Coq au Vin for dinner tonight, Mom?) you wish you had brought some of the mythical recipes back with you.

To answer the ever more popular dream of the food-blogger/cook/tourist, scores of great and not-so-great cooking schools have opened up in Paris to teach eager visitors la cuisine française. If you are not serious enough to book a semester at the Cordon Bleu, though, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the options out there. Lucky for you, Ariel and I recently tried out a class at “La Cuisine”, a wonderful cooking school geared towards visitors and locals that we feel confident recommending to anyone looking to delve a little deeper into the secrets of French cuisine.

La Cuisine: Ariel peeling an apple, Geneviève stirring the Crème Anglaise (Julien Hausherr)

Oliver and Jane started “La Cuisine” just over a year ago, and its popularity has already supported their move to a fantastic location right next to the Hotel de Ville. Tired with the demands of her banking job, Jane decided to drop it all, work her network, put together a group of serious culinary professionals and open a cooking school. With a soon-to-be degustation room and cellar, in addition to the two lovely kitchen/classroom spaces, La Cuisine is a great place to soak up a few recipes & tips in a welcoming environment.

On our recent visit, Ariel and I learned from the lovely Nathalie how to make the elusive Crème Anglaise. As side dishes to this queen of creams, we also learned how to make a perfect Tarte Fine aux Pommes and a traditional Tarte Tatin. Ariel has the scoop on the recipes below… – Geneviève

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La Cuisine: Crème Anglaise (Julien Hausherr)

Mmmmm, I could just live off of Crème Anglaise alone! I miss that sweet ambrosia when I’m back in the states, since Americans tend to prefer the frozen version as a garnish to our pies and cakes.

For someone like me, an abysmal cook who can’t even fry an egg, the idea of actually making Crème Anglaise from scratch was madness, something best left to professionals for fear of botching one of the complex intermediary steps.

Au contraire mon amie! After taking the class at La Cuisine, both Genevieve and I have been able to recreate the sweet sauce (to the amazement of our family and friends)!

Here are Nathalie’s foolproof steps for a perfect Crème Anglaise: Continue Reading »

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What to Wear in Paris this Spring

Parisien Salon - Fashion Essentials for Spring

Text by Je Ne Sais Quoi for Parisien Salon

In Paris, the bitter temperatures are finally subsiding and the sun is trying to shine through the seemingly endless grayness.  That means one thing: spring is quickly approaching, and heavy down jackets and wool scarves will be replaced with flirty skirts and blouses. But there’s no need to be in Paris, or any other big city, for that matter, to work Spring 2010 trends into your wardrobe. Here’s what you can expect this season. Continue Reading »

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New Couture Café Makes You Sweat for Style

Sweat Shop - Fabrice Fortin

Text by Paris By Appointment Only; Photos by Fabrice Fortin.

Even though they live in the capital of couture, most Parisians can’t sew a stitch. Like most countries, France kicked home economics to the curb decades ago. Since hardly any one knows how to shorten a hem, fix a button, or take in a seam, you can find a retoucheur on practically every Parisian corner. But all that is about to change thanks to Sweat Shop, a new creative collective in the residential 10th whose mission is to teach Parisians how to make and customize their own clothes.

Sweat Shop - Fabrice Fortin

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Bistrot Paul Bert: A Meeting of Minds

Hoostamagazine.comBistrot Paul Bert, Courtesy of: Hoostamagazine.com

Text by Simone Blaser

Sometimes, the planets align. Sometimes old friends come back to Paris (hi Tory!) and sometimes new friends come back to Paris (hi Sarah!) and sometimes you go to dinner at a restaurant about which you’ve all heard loud and exuberant whispers.  It’s never ideal when two people order the same dish – there is so much to try! – but the heart wants what the heart wants (or in this case, the stomach) and so I generally let it slide.  But once in a while the planets actually do align and you find yourself at dinner with old friends and new friends and everyone independently decides to order something different and everyone chooses the very dishes you yourself were trying to decide between and you all agree on the wine, too, and then you just know.  You just know.

The other night was one of those magic nights. The players: Tory, Sarah, and myself.  The setting: le Bistrot Paul Bert, a cozy restaurant tucked in the 11th off a metro stop – Faidherbe-Chaligny —  where I somehow never have reason to go.

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French Summer Fashion Trends by Lilye

Summer Trends - Shopping by Lilye

Original text by Lilye. Translated and edited by Geneviève Sandifer. Images courtesy of Madame Figaro.

After taking stock of the latest runway trends, Lilye, personal shopper, blogger and friend of HiP Paris, shares some precious insight on how to navigate a few of this summer’s must-haves. We’re including an excerpt of her post below, but you can check out her entire rundown in French here.

1. A Maritime Hint

The time has come to move away from our favorite sailor shirt, but that doesn’t mean we have to lose the beloved pattern altogether. Dare to wear your stripes with a little subtlety: a  ribbon wrapped around your wrist, a turban in your hair, a hint of pattern peeking out of your Antonio Marras ensemble, or even a tastefully decorated purse will do the trick.

Hermes’ latest collection is also making me mad about navy. Don’t dismiss your staple navy blazer! Paired with a simple white t-shirt and a pair of jeans, it’s so very effortlessly chic.

Summer Trends - Shopping by Lilye

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Les Papilles – The Classic Paris Prix-Fixe Bistrot Experience

Les Papilles - Meg Zimbeck

Text and photos by: Meg Zimbeck

I panicked, on a recent winter night, when some friends asked me to organize a dinner. Choosing a restaurant is something that I usually enjoy, but the guests for this particular occasion were a couple of chefs. And not just any chefs, but senior chefs working in three-star restaurants.

My anxiety subsided as soon as I remembered Les Papilles. This homey little spot near the Jardin du Luxembourg is a favorite among food and wine insiders. I think it’s something to do with the simple and honest cooking, the well-priced wine selection and the likability of owner Bertrand Bluy. Continue Reading »

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