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World Champions 2018: France Wins The World Cup Again


Ali Postma

A parade of blue, white, and red flags roared down the rue de Rivoli toward the Champs Elysées. Twenty years after bringing home the World Cup, Les Bleus had won it again.


Bryan Pirolli

Beating Croatia 4-2, the French team ignited Parisians into a frenzy of cheers and antics that erupted in every corner of the city –and country. Shirtless fans climbed scaffolding around Chatelet, pub-goers danced in the streets along the beer-soaked Grands Boulevards, and thousands of fans flooded the avenues around the Arc de Triomphe. Red and blue smoke floated overhead as firecrackers popped and fizzled. Onlookers from the balconies toasted to those in the streets as every avenue and boulevard seemed a one-way street to the Champs Elysées.

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Paris Summer Prep Lesson Two: The Bikini

HiP Paris Blog tells you about one writer's experience bikini shopping in Paris

At age 50, I moved to Paris. Impressed by the casual sexiness of the locals, I updated my wardrobe and skin care regime. But now it’s swimsuit season. Quelle horreur!

HiP Paris Blog tells you about one writer's experience bikini shopping in Paris

Like many mature women, I dread trying on swimsuits. Sometimes we cry, sweaty and frustrated, in the dressing room. We eat the emergency chocolate from our purses. We question our self-worth and our genetic makeup. Also, I’m rather top-heavy, and my girls are constantly trying to slip the surly bonds of shirts. Swimsuit shopping is not for the faint of heart.

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Atelier Constance: An Artisanal Cobbler in Montmartre

HiP Paris Blog checks out artisanal cobbler Atelier Constance in MontmartreIf you balk at the thought of taking your cherished Chanel ballet flats to a nondescript shoe repair shop, head straight to Atelier Constance and leave them in the capable hands of Jerôme Voisin. You could even put them in the mail, as many of his international customers do.

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July Events in Paris: Paris Plages, Open Air Cinema & Tour de France

HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July
July means the beginning of les vacances in Paris which the city commemorates by opening of Paris Plages. This temporary beachfront along the Seine and the canal at La Villette hosts events and activities for adults and children from July 8 to September 3.
HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July

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Paris Summer Prep Lesson One: Legs

HiP Paris Blog covers one writer's summer prep in Paris

I’ve never been sexy. I’m clean, well-groomed, and moderately comfortable with my body, but not sexy. Living in the United States until I was 50, sexy just wasn’t a thing for women who drove minivans in the suburbs. We looked put together and attractive, but we left “sexy” to the 20-year-olds and actresses. Besides, I associated being sexy with showing some skin and looking for LUV, and suburban moms don’t typically show much skin and my LUV tank is overflowing, with a husband of 26 years and 3 kids.

HiP Paris Blog covers one writer's summer prep in Paris

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Café or Caffè? French vs. Italian Coffee Culture

HiP Paris Blog explores the difference between French and Italian coffee cultureMobil Kamera

On paper, the difference is just one “f” between coffee in Italy and in France — caffè and café. OK, the accent switches, too, but let’s ditch the minutia. In practice, however, the two coffee cultures have much more to argue about with wild, caffeinated hand gestures.

HiP Paris Blog explores the difference between French and Italian coffee culture

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Aujourd’hui Demain, Paris’ First Vegan Concept Store

The green movement in Paris has recently gone one step further with the city’s first Vegan Concept Store, Aujourd’hui Demain.Julie Flogeac

The continued growth of vegetarian restaurants and speciality shops in Paris is proving to be much more than a passing trend as an increasing amount of Parisians are swapping out their steak-frites for a bol végé. The green movement in Paris has recently gone one step further with the city’s first Vegan Concept Store, Aujourd’hui Demain.

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Gare du Nord: Paris Revamps Railway Hood

Gare du Nord and its environs are in the midst of an exciting transformation and for the 200 million travelers it serves annually, it's not a moment too soon.

Gare du Nord and its environs are in the midst of an exciting transformation and for the 200 million travellers it serves annually, it’s not a moment too soon.

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Getting Paris Right the First Time

We've asked journalist, podcaster, and Paris dweller Oliver Gee to share his advice on how to pull of the perfect first trip to Paris.Grant Lemons

Editor’s Note: Memories of a first trip to Paris never fade. The indelible experience of discovering one of the world’s most beautiful cities unfailingly leaves its mark. No matter what you do, once you’ve seen Paris it will never leave you. Having said that, there are ways to approach your first time to Paris that will assure you get the most out of the experience and guarantee a maximum of memories you’ll hold dear for years after your first steps on Paris’ cobblestone streets. We’ve asked journalist, podcaster, and Paris dweller Oliver Gee to share his advice on how to pull off the perfect first trip to Paris. Happy reading.

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Moving to Paris: The Reality Behind the Dream

As it turns out, when you look beyond the Instagram filter, Paris remains a lovely city, but also a lonely one.Mademoiselle Fiona

“We’re moving to Paris!” Exactly 12 months ago, my husband and I announced this news to our friends and family. Responses were positive. I even sensed an air of envy from some. Afterall, Paris is the dream. A city where where wine flows like water and dessert is served after every meal.

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