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Reflections from Paris: November 13, 2015 and the Prospect of Peace

Paris after the attacks. Not Afraid. Seine river art and commemoration

Kasia Dietz

I found myself uncharacteristically laying low this past Friday evening, having decided to stay in with a mixed group of French and American friends at my flat in Paris’ 10th arrondissement. As I opened my laptop to check a dessert recipe we’d planned to make, I found an article announcing that there had been a shooting in a restaurant near République. As I broke up the chocolate, measured out the butter, and began to melt the two together, my friend turned on the news to confirm the article’s claim.

We slowly began to learn of the additional attack locations and the hostage situation unfolding in the Bataclan, all located in hip neighborhoods typically packed with weekend revelers; we could have easily been in any of these places ourselves. The four of us – one Frenchman and three American ladies – proceeded to sit in shock, half-listening to the news and half-glued to our laptops and cell phones, simultaneously trying to find out more details and alert loved ones that we were safe.

Paris mourns after the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks

Kasia Dietz

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HiP Paris Les Pinces lobster spread

Les Pinces

Four French restaurateurs delighted lobster lovers with the opening of Les Pinces in the chic Marais quartier, steering away from the opulence that could be equated with going out for lobster in Paris and taking a cue from the Northeast lobster restaurants they frequented on their travels.

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Where to taste France's best Boeuf Bourguignon, a savory and rich traditional beef stew from Burgundy

The Best Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf bourguignon, immortalized by Julia Child, is a classic French dish. “People don’t make it right because it takes too much time” is a phrase I hear often on visits to Burgundy, the birthplace of the beloved French dish. Luckily there are some places that are getting it right.

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November Events Brocante Lab ambiance paysage

November Events in Paris

Á l’Etoile d’Or reopening, Le Fooding 2015 guide release, Salon de la Photo, Premiere Biennale des Photographes du Monde Arabe Contemporain, Paris Photo at the Grand Palais, Gilles Peterson and Talib Kweli performances, Mint Magazine release party, Le Duplex Brocante Lab presentation.

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HiP Paris blog Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie light and natural materials

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie

Traditional bistrot fare paired with an extensive list of natural wines make the Café de la Nouvelle Mairie a recommended addition to your Paris itinerary any night, but especially for Beaujolais Nouveau, the celebration of the first wine that is bottled from that year’s grape harvest.

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HiP Paris blog Maison de la Chantilly royally pretty interior

Maison de la Chantilly

Previously only available at La Grande Épicerie de Paris, famed crèmerie Maison de la Chantilly opened its first boutique on Rue Cler, dedicated to the art of the French whipped cream. The bright little boutique provides an authentic taste of a specialty first adored by French royalty.

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HiP Paris Le Food Market flags

Le Food Market

Where else, in the course of one evening, can you sample the entrées, plats, and specialties of dozens of restaurants and top chefs, representing various neighborhoods and culinary styles, all while meandering between bites, taking in the sights and smells, and chatting with the chefs?

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HiP Paris Cueillette de Gally a cornucopia of fresh produce

Cueillette de Gally

Need a brief respite from city life and want to pick up some delicious produce at the same time? At the Cueillette de Gally, just outside of Paris by Versailles, you can take in the fresh air while apple picking or self-harvesting over a dozen kinds of in-season vegetables and flowers.

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HiP Paris Shakespeare and Co Cafe exterior

Shakespeare & Company Café

Welcome to the Shakespeare & Company Café, where you can escape into a book from one of the shelves or from next door, grab a latte on the go, rendezvous with your Editor to discuss a new writing project, or—like the best Parisian cafes—settle in for a few hours to people-watch.

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