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Lost in Translation: The Nitty Gritty of Learning French

Here are some reflections after months of navigating the French language, for those who are considering the same. Alban Martel

As far as languages go, French has a lot of cachet. Commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful languages in the world, if you ever want to sound sophisticated all you need to do is pull out a “Frenchism” (like cachet, for example) to impress people.

Here are some reflections after months of navigating the French language, for those who are considering the same.Kevin Harber/Kaci Baum

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March Events: Fitbit Semi-Marathon, Martin Margiela, Benjamin Millepied, and more!

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Circulation(s)/Adam Wilson

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Sporty city dwellers will hope to soak up some sun on on March 4 when they attack the 21km circuit in the Bois de Vincennes for the Fitbit Semi-Marathon.

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Bruno Nascimento

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Another Expat in the City of Light: Finding ‘Home’ in Paris

Impressions from expat's early days in Paris.Letizia Bordoni/John Towner

Editor’s note: We love when writers share their personal experiences of making Paris their home on the blog. The expat experience is full of trials and errors, risks and rewards, and often the payoff is not at all what we expect. As expats, we take what we can get and accept beauty and life lessons whenever and wherever we find them. This post from Marisa Gupta combines the uniqueness of each of our experiences moving to a new place with some universals that come with the adventure that is living abroad.

Moving to Paris after many years as an expat in London, I expected my first few weeks in France to be smooth and uneventful. Paris, and its joie de vivre, had seduced me in ways London had not quite managed. It was nearby and somewhat of an old friend, as I had visited many times. With an elegant apartment lined up for my French partner and me, I was excited to embark upon my new life.

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Montmartre: Exploring the New, Hip and Delicious in One of Our Favorite Paris ‘Hoods

HiP Paris Blog covers what's new in MontmartreCoutume Izakaya / (magasin) – Ali Postma

After living in Montmartre for several months, I would like to think that I know the area well. But even the small village around metro Abbesses is constantly evolving with new cafés, restaurants, and shops opening all the time. If you find yourself in the 18th arrondissement visiting Sacré-Cœur or the Moulin Rouge, make sure to stop by some of my favorite places that have opened recently:

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Paris Sous la Neige: Snow Inspired Delight (and Panic) Hits Paris

HiP Paris Blog covers the recent snowfall in Paris

Snow has come to Paris and- even more exciting- a fluffy white layer of freshly fallen flakes has stuck around long enough to turn the city into an Instagrammable Winter Wonderland. Unlike the fleeting flutters that occasionally float over the city each winter, melting immediately upon landing, this week’s snowfall has stayed to delight Parisians.

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February Events in Paris: World’s Largest Wine Tasting, Salon de l’Agriculture, Lady Gaga & More

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top events in Paris this FebruaryMaja Petric

The doldrums of winter set in with the arrival of February but fortunately we can count on France to serve up some gastronomic delights to hold us over until the arrival of spring.

The month kicks off with a plethora of wine events in the Loire Valley that inspire Parisians to plan a weekend getaway to the countryside. La Dive Bouteille, which takes place on February 4th  to 5th, is the largest natural wine tasting known to man and brings together hundreds of winemakers from France and around the world. If the idea of that many people makes you feel claustrophobic, try the more intimate “off” tastings that happen during the same weekend in nearby Angers.

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Francophile Radio: Tuning in to France’s Best Podcasts

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top French podcastsJuja Han
Though French radio has long been the first stop for francophiles, a steady stream of producers have begun launching independent podcasts in Paris over the last two years, giving lovers of all things French a new way to tune in. From audio documentaries to tips for well being, these French producers are drawing attention for their departure from traditional French radio.

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Gluten-Free in the City: Paris’ Best Restaurants and Bakeries Sans Gluten

Editor’s note: This week we continue with our theme of starting the new year with a focus on healthy living and wellbeing. We’re so happy to have this second contribution from Ann and Chloe, founders of Veggie Magnifique, who take us on a tour of the top gluten-free restaurants and bakeries in Paris. 


There’s a reason why our mental image of a Parisian features a striped-shirt-wearing specimen carrying a baguette, the French after all love nothing more than a loaf of crusty bread- but does this mean you should hit up London instead if you’re gluten free? Non.

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Healthy Parisian Living: Bringing Wellbeing to the New Year in Paris

HiP Paris Blog explores healthy living in Paris

Bento CoCoCo

Editor’s Note: Early January is the perfect time to focus on healthy living. Whether you’re recovering from the fêtes or making New Years’ goals for living a healthier life, we hope to provide inspiration and resources for being kinder to your mind and body. I hope this healthy roundup of Paris addresses helps you kick off a year of well being!

Every year, losing weight and eating healthy take the top spots of New Year’s resolution lists, even in Paris. But by the end of the month most of those get-in-shape goals have fizzled, by no means helped by the miserable weather that plagues the French capital in January. Here are a few fresh suggestions that can help you keep those healthy lifestyle resolutions.

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Spin, don’t run. The popularity of indoor cycling is still going strong, and for a few good reasons. Spinning classes are a low impact, fun and extremely effective way of blitzing calories: expect to burn up to 650 in an hour. Dynamo was the first to pioneer New York’s SoulCycle model in Paris, followed by Let’s Ride (which has now been acquired by Dynamo), and Kiwill. There’s no shortage of studios and classes across Paris, but as the early morning sessions are often fully booked, it’s essential to sign up for the mailing list to be alerted of the new sign-up windows. SoulCycle adepts may have complained that spinning classes in Paris are more laid back than in New York, but these days all fitness levels are catered to and the more advanced sessions will leave you completely drenched in sweat. Those who fear their French may not be up to scratch to follow the instructors will appreciate the English-language classes at Kiwill on Sunday. All studios offer a free trial class and three welcome sessions for €45.

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Far from the madding crowd. If your idea of getting fit doesn’t include being cooped up in a sweaty gym, check out Power Hiking Paris. This non-profit group of international hikers meet up every weekend for power hikes in the countryside around Paris, in addition to weekends away elsewhere in France and trips to more exotic locations. These hikes are no stroll in the park; be prepared to walk 27 to 32 kilometers at a brisk pace, with just a few short breaks to catch your breath. However, less-demanding 20-kilometer hikes are offered once a month for newbies and those whose fitness level is not yet up to snuff for the more demanding hikes.

Despite having to get up early on Sunday mornings and power hike in any kind of weather, members swear by the concept saying it’s an inexpensive and convivial way to burn calories and stay fit.

Sign-up is free on the group’s meetup page, with a contribution of €3 per person per hike.

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HiP Paris Blog explores healthy living in ParisNubio

Juice power. The days when fresh juice in Paris meant a glass of citron pressé diluted with tap water are long gone. Juice bars offering cold-pressed juices, smoothies and healthy snacks have cropped up in almost every arrondissement. But Atelier Nubio, one of the early arrivals to the Parisian juice scene, remains the only one offering LA-style, comprehensive detox cures that can be home delivered. Those who aren’t tempted by the thought of a liquid diet can stock up on tasty healthy snacks like coconut bacon, watermelon jerky and probiotic dark chocolate, as well as freshly made vegetable soups and colorful salads.

Not your average bento box. Japanese-food lovers usually head to rue Sainte-Anne to satisfy their bento cravings, but those who want an even healthier option now can opt for Bento CoCoCo, a serene cafe near the Palais Royal specializing in imaginative bento boxes that are organic, gluten-free and vegan (although a meat option is also on offer daily).

To create her simple, yet imaginative dishes the Japanese owner says she’s inspired by shojin ryori, the exquisite, beautifully presented vegetarian cuisine of zen Buddhist monasteries in Japan.

Like the bentos, the equally healthy dessert menu changes daily, ranging from traditional daifuku (glutinous rice cakes filled with a sweet red-bean paste) to homemade matcha ice cream and an extraordinary saké sorbet.

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Hammam Pacha

Ladies only. If the ubiquitous presence of croissants and chocolat à l’ancienne as comfort against the cold threaten to derail your healthy-living resolutions, try to stave off temptation by heading to Hammam Pacha, a ladies-only day spa on the Left Bank. The entrance fee allows the use of the beautifully tiled baths, steam room, sauna and a Moroccan-style lounge area where you can chill out with a glass of mint tea. Additional packages like the traditional black-soap scrub- which will leave your skin as smooth as a baby’s- and different types of massage can be purchased as a top-up or as a package, as well as access to the annexed organic café proposing a range of authentic, yet healthy, tagines.

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Dynamo Cycling – 14 Rue Saint-Augustin, 75002. By appointment only. Métro: Bourse (line 3)

Let’s Ride –  21 Rue des 3 Bornes, 75011. Open Monday to Friday 6h45 to 14h and 17h45 to 22h and Saturday and Sunday 9h15 to 14h and 16h30 to 19h30. Métro: Parmentier (line 3) +33 (0)1 84 05 81 91.

Kiwill –  27 Rue du Grand Prieuré, 75011. Open Monday to Wednesday 9h to 21h Thursday 7h to 21h Friday 9h to 21h Saturday and Sunday 10h to 20h. Métro: République (ligne 3, 5, 8, 9, 11) +33 (0)1 47 00 04 19. 

Power Hiking Paris – More information on their Facebook page.

Atelier Nubio 4 Rue Paul Bert, 75011. Open Monday-Friday 10h to 19h. Métro: Faidherbe Chaligny (ligne 8) +33 (0) 9 84 35 51 13.

Bento CoCoCo – 35 rue Coquilliere, 75001. Open Tuesday to Friday 12h-17h, Saturday 12h to 17h and 19h to 22h. Metro: Pyramides (ligne 7 and 14) +33 (0)1 72 38 49 71.

Hammam Pacha – 17 rue Mayet, 75006. Open Monday to Friday 11h to 22h, Saturday and Sunday 10h to 19h. Métro: Duroc (ligne 13) +33 (0)1 43 06 55 55.


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Dining out in Paris with Kids: One Ex-Pat Mom’s Experience

Lisa Czarina Michaud

I wish there was the perfect how-to guide to dining out with kids. Well, other than “Don’t do it. Stay home and cook.” As any parent will tell you, each time is different. Whether you are in Paris, New York, your local dive or a fine dining establishment you couldn’t get a babysitter for, the experience can range anywhere from relief to regret, but rarely ever results in a fully enjoyable meal. What no one tells you is that it doesn’t always start out like this. The cruel joke the universe plays on new parents is convincing us that babies like going out to eat. It is not until you experience that game-changing dinner when you realize going out to eat will never be the same…well, at least for the next ten years or so.

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