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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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A Gay Night Out in Paris: Bars and Clubs in the Marais

For a gay night out in Paris, try a few of these favorite bars and clubs around the Marais

Le Feeling Bar, ce matin, un lapin

From fancy cocktail clubs to pristine cafés, Paris has it all in terms of nightlife. Sometimes, however, you just want to hang out with the guys and stand around with a few pints of Heineken. At least that’s how it goes in Parisian gay bars.

Gay nightlife in Paris isn’t necessarily the most talked about option in the media. Maybe it’s because women are often shunned from some of its venues. Maybe it’s because the days of Le Queen on the Champs-Élysées are over. Still, there are more than enough options to have a gay old night on the town, no matter what your interests.

For a gay night out in Paris, try a few of these favorite bars and clubs around the Marais

Café Cox, Sergio Calleja

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Winter in Paris: Ice Skating Around the City of Light

Winter in France, Ice Skating at Hotel de Ville, the Eiffel Tower, and the Grand Palais in Paris

Esti Alvarez

After a mild November, temperatures in Paris have dropped to respectable winter levels, thermostats hovering around 0° Celsius, bien sûr! Advent calendars have been cracked open and Paris is all dressed up for winter. After the lighting of the trees along the Champs-Elysées and the perfume of hot, spiced wine from the Christmas markets, everyone is putting on their party shoes (aka ice skates) to enjoy some pretty sensational ice skating rinks that have rolled in for the holidays, ensuring a White Christmas for anyone who seeks it.

Winter in France, Ice Skating at Hotel de Ville, the Eiffel Tower, and the Grand Palais in Paris

Simon Hooks

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The Elegant Eighth: Affordable Food and Superb Culture in Paris’ Chic Business District

Elegant Eighth, Paris courtyard

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

For Parisians, many of whom don’t necessarily identify personally with their professional alter egos, the Eighth Arrondissement represents the office. True, it’s pretty, with row after row of Haussmannian edifices and wide, tree-lined boulevards. But isn’t so much of Paris just that?

Elegant Eighth, Paris street view

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

Covering an area of 3.88 km² with a population a bit larger than 40K people, the Eighth is one of the wealthiest arrondissements in Paris. Second only to La Défense as home to multinational firms and banks, the Eighth also caters to tourism (Champs-Elysées), culture (Musée Jacquemart-André, Salle Gaveau/Pleyel, the Petit and Grand Palais), fashion (avenue Montaigne is home to the most prestigious Haute Couture houses), churches (La Madeleine, St Augustin, and my own favorite, the little-visited royalist Chapelle Expiatoire), and luxury (George V, Plaza Athenée, the Bristol, Hôtel de Crillon).

Elegant Eighth, Paris flowers

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

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June Events in Paris: Veillée Foodstock, Jeudis Arty, Mobile Camera Club, and More

Champs-Elysees Film Festival/Solidays

Champs-Elysees Film Festival & Solidays

The Fort d’Aubervilliers, a former military fortication that was abandoned in the 70s, is opening to the public for a presentation of the work of more than 40 urban artists for the In Situ Art Festival. Pieces include the transformation of 15 trucks and 10 vans stationed within the fort, which is set to be demolished this fall; all the more reason to check out this festival, which is on view until July 14.

Villette Sonique

Villette Sonique

Festival Onze Bouge, 18 years and running, returns this year to Paris’s 11eme for “Eleven Movement” from May 31 – June 7. The festival features theater, music, dance, and street art performances around the arrondissement, and all free of charge. Take a peek at the schedule for more details.

Festival Onze Bouge

Baptiste Morin

From June 2 – 8 the Parc de la Villette plays host to Villette Sonique, this summer’s first major music festival.  This year’s lineup brings a great variety of talents, from sets by Four Tet, Nils Frahm and Jagwar Ma. Not to mention Saturday and Sunday afternoons also promise free shows, which you should clearly not miss.

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Kid-Friendly Travel: An American Family Visits the City of Lights

After half a day in the airport, a canceled flight and a sleepless passage over the ocean, I expected my children to nap away our first day in the City of Lights. But the magic of Paris revived us and it was 11 p.m., admiring the fire dancers at the Sacré-Coeur when my son said, “Mom, can I get an ‘I love Paris’ t-shirt? ‘Cause I really love Paris.”

A dream destination for every traveler, Paris is rarely considered a haven for families. I’d like to challenge that assumption. The first concern is usually cost. While not cheap, Parisian retreats are about the same price as a trip to Disney World. Most people think Disney World is a reasonable goal, but why visit Epcot when you can indulge in the real locale?

Deals on flights are everywhere; all museums in France are free for those 18 and under; public transportation is inexpensive and most importantly, an apartment rental saves a fortune over hotel accommodations.

Ahem, this is the moment I need to make a disclaimer that Haven in Paris isn’t compensating me in any way. I begged them to let me write about our incredible experience with HIP.

My family spent a marvelous week in HIP’s gorgeous Champs Elysées; everything from the darling girl who met us at the apartment to the plush bedding, was perfect. We gazed at the Arc de Triomphe from our window and the Metro stop was literally right outside the front door. The location made transportation easy and delightful. Adults might find subways tedious, but for kids riding the Metro is part of the adventure. My boys loved navigating the family throughout the city and the 5-day Visite pass is a steal. Continue Reading »

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Totally Seine in Paris – Getting Around by Boat

As sunny days gain hold in Paris, an excellent, and somewhat secret, transportation alternative shines through. Linda Donahue, HiP Paris friend and founder of Parisien Salon, details a sun-and-scenery-filled metro substitute: Paris by boat!

View of the Seine - Erica BermanPhotos Erica Berman

A few years ago, during one of Paris’ notorious strikes, the metro and the buses were shut down for nearly a week. After a few days of going à pied, I realized I needed to figure out some alternative transportation to get across the city to the Marais. That’s when, after years of getting around Paris, I discovered the Batobus. It was a revelation.

Batobus Paris is a hop on, hop off shuttle service on the river, offering eight stops along both the left and right banks: Tour Eiffel, Musee d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Pres, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre and Champs-Elysees. You can buy a one-, two- or five-day pass that lets you get on and off the bus as many times during operating hours as you’d like. There are no guided commentaries offered, but it’s as good a way to sightsee as any other. Continue Reading »

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New Year’s Eve in Paris: Ring in 2010 in Style

moulin rouge dancersBackstage at the Moulin Rouge. Photo: arras-france.com

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? This recurring question inevitably divides the population into two camps: those who want to hit the streets and party ‘til the break of dawn, and those who would prefer to hibernate at home until the mayhem subsides. Happily, there are plenty of options for both the revelers and the hibernators (and for those who fall somewhere in between).  If you’re lucky enough to be ringing in 2010 in Paris, we have some ideas for you! Continue Reading »

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Something for Everyone on Christmas Day in Paris

Ornaments
Ornaments at Christmas market. Photo: hotels-paris-rive-gauche.com

Text by Emma Haberman

With just a few more chocolates left in the advent calendar, it’s time to finalize those Christmas Day plans. If you’re not at home, there’s no better or more magical place to be on December 25th than the City of Light. Though national museums and many stores are closed, there are plenty of ways to take in the city and still celebrate the holiday season in style. A few suggestions for a very HiP Christmas: Continue Reading »

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Tour de France in Paris: Sunday, July 26

img_0004The cyclists riding through Paris along the rue de Rivoli.

Maps courtesy of www.letour.fr.

The French are not known for their patience. They have a casual, challenging attitude towards lines, they push onto the Métro while passengers are struggling to exit, they squeeze into impossibly small spaces at the market to place their orders first. So, each year on a Sunday in late July, it is surprising to see the crowds of people collected along the streets of central Paris, prepared to wait hours for the arrival & finish of the Tour de France.

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