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Our Search For a French Country House, Part II (I Blame Peter Mayle…)

HiP Paris Blog Paige Country House Montage-2++Paige Bradley Frost

You know the story. Disillusioned ad exec flees rainy London for the sunshine and lavender fields of Provence. Hilarity ensues in the shape of a dilapidated stone house, a village populated by idiosyncratic Frenchmen and lots of good food and wine.

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Indeed, Peter Mayle’s Provence seduced many dreamers to set off in search of their own little piece of France.

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And as it turns out, I’m one of them.

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HiP Paris Blog, Le Bon George, Palmyre Roigt

SOPI Dining: Le Bon Georges

With a menu that embraces the best of France and an approach to customer service that rejects the worst, Le Bon Georges is swiftly becoming a new neighborhood favorite in the 9th arrondissement. Lunch service starts with a smile from a hostess and a seat in the sun-soaked, airy dining room, where the attentive waitstaff takes over, buzzing between tables and sharing their excitement about the food they serve.

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July Events in Paris

Naturally, the summer continues its music kick this month with some not-to-miss solo concerts, as well as a few festivals. This weekend, Macki Music Festival runs from the 4th – 6th and features acts like Blue Hawaii, Rejjie Snow, and Funkineven. Festival Soirs d’été picks up where Macki leaves off and runs from July 7 – 11, with shows like Klaxons and Kodaline.

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HiP Paris Blog, Le Passerelle, Didier Gauducheau

La Passerelle: Dining on the Seine

Last summer, the boys behind Le Perchoir brought eating and drinking in Paris to new heights, offering visitors and locals alike a never-before seen view over the rooftops of Paris from the East. This summer, they’re at it again with their newest rooftop revolutions- La Passerelle and Le Perchoir Marais. With two new spots in town, Le Perchoir’s trifecta guarantees fun summer times all season long.

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HiP Paris Blog, Les Soldes, Diane Yoon

How To Shop Les Soldes in Paris

Regulated by French law since 1906, stores are only allowed to have sales twice a year in Paris. When the Soldes begin, it is like hunting season, with each shopper tracking their prey. This year, Les SOLDES begin June 25th and last one month. Here are some hints for getting ahead of the competition…

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HiP Paris Blog, Elsa Madjar, Les Trouvailles d'Elsa

How To Accessorize Like a Parisian

Much ink has been dedicated to determining exactly how Parisiennes come up with their particular brand of right-bank chic. You can read articles on how they tuck their shirts in (or out), which brand of jeans they favour and which hairdresser they frequent in order to get their perfectly undone ‘do’. But little attention has been paid to their accessories.

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Top Five Cafes in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Au Pere Tranquilles, by Carin Olsson

Top 5: Our Favorite Parisian Cafes

Everyone has their favorite café. It’s usually the one closest to home or the office, because it’s not actually about the coffee, it’s about the crowd of familiar faces and friendly gossip. There are a few mythic addresses, though, for which even locals will cross town to savor a sun-soaked terrace, a colorful scene or prime people watching.

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Cafe Lomi

Ladies Of the Paris Dining Scene, Part II

Fresh roasted coffee, craft beer, and international wines are increasingly popular among Parisians. In part two of the Ladies of the Paris Dining Scene series we concentrate on some of the women behind the best-loved beverages in the French capital.

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Paris in Black & White, Bicycle, Michael Kandel

Paris in Black & White

Paris is beautiful no matter how you view it, but through a monochrome lens, its true elegance and character become strikingly apparent. Removing color from a place so rich in fashion, art and culture impresses a fresh perspective upon both the tourist and seasoned resident.

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