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Business Travel Made Easy at CitizenM Hotel La Défense

HiP Paris Blog checks out citizenM hotel

For most travelers, a trip to Paris conjures up images of charming cafes, cobblestone streets and open-air markets (background accordion music optional). But those who come to the city on business know that there’s more to Paris than just the Champs-Elysées and la belle Tour Eiffel. Just west of the city limits and a short metro ride into town is a bustling business district known as La Défense, populated with towering skyscrapers and an abundance of concrete, glass and chrome largely incongruous with the gay Par-ee of our collective imagination.

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The Expat Mom Experience: Paris Fashion Post-Baby

HiP Paris Blog explores the fashion mom bluesParis Fashion Week – Jag

The air in Paris is getting cooler and the metro a little busier with Parisians restored from summer vacation, which signifies la rentrée is in full steam. September marks the unofficial start of a new year where to-do lists are acknowledged again and event calendars fill up. And if you are in a major city, September also marks Fashion Week.

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Livening up the Left Bank: Trendy New Addresses in Paris’ 7th

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the 7th arrondissementYUJ Yoga Studio / Albane Delacommune

The Gros Caillou (or “big pebble”) neighborhood spans from Invalides to the Champs de Mars in the 7th arrondissement. The neighborhood, which is located within a pebble lined boundary that dates back to the middle ages, is comprised of specialty boutiques, the café and merchant-lined Rue Cler, and the inevitable, tourist-tailored commerce.

While viewed as a more traditional neighborhood catering towards the affluent bourgeoisie, recently opened businesses are revitalizing the district with their youthful energy. Here are a few newcomers that provide a refreshing perspective on everything from pantry goods to athletic pursuits.

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September Events in Paris: Maison & Objet, FOOD Temple, and Cocktail Street

HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on this September

Maison & Objet

The highlight of Paris Design Week kicks off this week with Maison & Objet. The three-day interior design expo returns to Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre from September 8-12, a five-day celebration of global design and the crossroads of business and creativity.

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Under the Table: Dining with a Dog in Paris

HiP Paris Blog explores dining with dogs in Paris

Among the many surprises awaiting Americans dining in France is the near-universal acceptability of dogs in restaurants.

A restaurant I used to frequent on rue de Trevise was staffed by a smiley black-and-white Labrador. He made the rounds amid the tables during service – never begging, merely enjoying the occasional caress from a regular. Having worked in numerous restaurants in the USA, where dogs were banned, I was mildly scandalized on my first visit. The Labrador wasn’t bothering anyone, of course. My sympathy was rather for the dog, who seemed forever at risk of getting tripped-over. I can’t help but feel that restaurant service is complicated enough without the addition of panting canine landmines.

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The All-Rounders: Paris Museums and Galleries to Visit All Year Long

HiP Paris Blog on the museums that can be visited all year longFondation Louis Vuitton

Unless you’re like me, you probably don’t organize your holidays around art exhibitions. Which means, it can be a bit of a gamble what you might see when you finally arrive at an art gallery or museum. I find nothing more frustrating than discovering that an exhibition I would have been interested in seeing finished the day before, or starts the day after I leave. But luckily, no matter what exhibition is on, there are some museums in Paris that are worth visiting all year round. Whether it be stunning architecture or impressive permanent collections, these museums never fail to impress!

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The Expat Mom Experience: To Paris and Back with Bébé

HiP Paris Blog explores the expat mom experienceLisa Czarina Michaud

My family and I got back from our annual summer visit to New York. And if that wasn’t action-packed enough, we threw in an oh-so-out-of-the-way trip to Los Angeles. And as the cliché goes, we need a vacation from our vacation. Sure, it was a good time with memories to go around, but between the jet lag and the door-to-door travel time, which clocks in at about twelve hours, we’re wiped out. Raising a child, whose American roots are just as important as his French ones, pushes us to visit more often than we did when it was just the two of us. It just takes the wind out of us more now than it did then. Quelle surprise?

In our son Georges’ almost two-year life, he has crossed the Atlantic twelve times. And you would think after ten times, mom would have the system down like a pro. But no. Each time, I’m that mom. I’m the mom that scares girls in their early 20s, making me an involuntary PSA for birth control. Why? Because I make it look hard. Dressed in leggings encrusted with applesauce stains, stressed out hair that needs something —a relaxer, maybe? Do they still do that? — And frenzied attempts to keep my son off the moving walkway and to not touch the other passengers, I am not exactly the portrait of motherhood made easy.

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August in Paris: What to do When the Parisians Disappear

HiP Paris Blog tells you what to do in Paris when the Parisians disappearNo Entry – Joann Pai

August is always a strange time in Paris. Streets which are usually buzzing with people suddenly take on the deserted appearance of a town in a Western movie; and the queues that normally snake from the most sought-after establishments completely dissipate. The desperate rush to squeeze inside my metro is usually an exercise which resembles the evacuation of the Titanic (except I’m pretty sure the first class passengers had the decency to wear deodorant – which is more than I can say for the armpits you get wedged under on the Line 13). But in August the metro is eerily empty (although while the armpits on the Line 13 are unfortunately remain as sweaty as ever).

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August Events in Paris: Cinema en Plein Air, Rollerdisco and Rock en Seine

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top events this AugustAfterwork Food/La Villette

The Musée du Quai Branly has teamed up with the Refugee Food Festival for a garden dinner party on August 3. Chef Mohammad Elkhaldy will be sharing his French-inspired Syrian cuisine over three seatings, at 7pm, 7:45pm, and 8:30pm. Entry is free, but space is limited.

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Le Cairn: Gluten Free Dining, Naturopathy and Beyond in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement

HiP Paris visits Le Cairn - naturopathy and coffee shop

“Coffee. It’s time to chill.” If you’re fortunate enough to have stumbled upon Le Cairn, a charming coffee café and naturopathy—tucked between Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, on Rue Dupont des Losges in the 7th arrondissement—you’ll hear soothing, indie soft rock on loop harmonizing alongside the comforting hum of the espresso machine. Welcome to the barista / wellness hideaway where you’ll truly feel at home.

Enter this wellness wonderland, and nestle into the rustic, yet light-and-airy interior for a fluffy gluten-free Madeline or wheat-free, cake-like quiche. Organic, local products comprise the boutique eatery. Whether you match your healthful dish with the jus du jour or an artfully crafted soy latté, everything in house rotates daily, and is fashioned 100% sans gluten: rich, dark chocolate-chunk-laced muffins, melt-in-your-mouth carrot cake, artisanal yogurt, seasonal salads, cakes, and soup (in the winter) make up the café-style menu.

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