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Demain: Hope, World Change & How We Can All Make a Difference

Demain, The Film by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

I wrote this post in October, before November 8, before the world turned upside-down for the seemingly umpteenth time since 2016 began. It seems even more apropos now.

As someone who calls two continents home, I have watched anxiously in worry and fear as places close to my heart have become increasingly polarized by divisive politics. Things I never thought possible even five years ago have happened, and continue to happen. At times, I feel overwhelmed with despair. How did we get here? Is there even a way out of this mess?

Now, more than ever, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that there is hope in the midst of chaos. It’s easy to forget because voices raised in fear and hate tend to drown out those around them. But we need to remind ourselves that quietly, all over the world, there are men and women who get up every day and continue to fight the good fight. They are the everyday warriors and the more we share their stories, the more power we give them. And perhaps, through sharing their stories and showing what is possible, we can find the strength and courage we need to effect change too. – Darlene

“There are solutions. And if we give it everything we’ve got, if we all join our forces and hearts, we can all start to change the world. Demain.”

Demain, The Film by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

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My Montmartre: Food, Coffee, Shopping & More

Montmartre Roundup

I have a confession to make. Even though I’ve spent a good portion of my adult life exploring Paris, I’d never dedicated ample time to discovering Montmartre. Sure, I’d seen all the “must-see” spots – I had climbed the endless steps to Sacré-Coeur, bought a still-wet canvas at Place du Tetre, gazed upon the moulins, and even visited Amélie’s favorite spots. However, it wasn’t until this past trip that I truly experienced the neighborhood (thanks to a stay at this incredible apartment), and subsequently fell in love with it. Here are my favorite addresses for an ideal day touring the famed butte.

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Cafe Marlette, Cuillier

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Paris Podcasts: The Best Frenchie Fixes

The Best Paris Podcasts: Eating, Drinking, Music, and More

Between books and blogs and articles and films, Francophiles have no shortage of ways to get their Frenchie fixes. But, sometimes there’s nothing like sweet Parisian whispers in your ear, which set us off on a project to both find the best Paris-related podcasts.

After combing the options and listening to countless episodes, we’ve come up with a list of top picks.  So if you love all things France, give these a listen:

The Best Paris Podcasts: Eating, Drinking, Music, and More

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A Haven in Montmartre: Photographer Jenny Jimenez stays at Houdon

Jenny Jimenez, a talented Seattle wedding and portrait photographer, recently stayed at Haven in Paris’ Houdon Montmartre 1-bdrm. Since a photographer can never leave her camera for long, Jenny and her husband Robin Dupuy logged their Paris stay through these amazing pictures… Which we’re happy to share with you now! Be sure to also check out her great blog and pics from her recent trip to Iceland.

Staying at Houdon was a great opportunity to live life as a Parisian would, with our own neighborhood boulangerie around the corner along with other locally-owned specialty shops.  Two days of our one week stay were spent walking around Montmartre and getting to know the ins & outs of our little Abbesses part of it…

View from the Houdon balcony
Winding 5 floor walk up to the apartment. It became old hat by the second day. My buns thank you
Left: our bright, naturally lit kitchen with lots of helpful amenities. Right: our greeter Evelyn cut a bouquet of fresh flowers to welcome us
The best baguette in Paris, from Le Grenier à Pain

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HiP Reader Tips & Reviews

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Photos Erica Berman

Bonjour vacationers! We hope you’re enjoying your Parisian experience wandering through winding, historic streets, getting lost in mazes of artwork, whiling away afternoons on sun-drenched cafe terraces… A newcomer’s eye is often the most perceptive, which is why we’re now looking to you to share your unique Paris havens with us.

We want to hear about the restaurant where you ate the best crème brulée, which bench along the Seine has the finest view of Notre Dame, how you unearthed an original antique at an unassuming corner brocante, and the artisan bakery with organic goodies just down your street! Tell us which room in your apartment has the best light for morning breakfasts, about your dinner parties with old and new friends, and simply what it feels like to wake up in a large, soft bed in your very own fabulous Parisian flat! We look forward to hearing about all of your HiP tips and reviews. Happy exploring!

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