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Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? Learning the Ropes of Social Life in Rural France

But now, in a small village where no one locks their doors (and everyone is up by 8am) I realized that I was effectively living in an open house community, where neighbors pop over at any moment to say hello, ask for a favor, or just chat because the mood strikes them.Edu Grande

When I moved to the French countryside two years ago, I knew that it would be a major lifestyle change, but I didn’t know what would change the most. Living in a house, with a garden, in the calm of the Cher valley among the vines and forests of this beautiful region I knew that I would lead a more quiet life. I soon learned that the countryside was calm indeed, but this calm was not free from interruption.

But now, in a small village where no one locks their doors (and everyone is up by 8am) I realized that I was effectively living in an open house community, where neighbors pop over at any moment to say hello, ask for a favor, or just chat because the mood strikes them.Annie Spratt

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Stoney Clove Bakery: American Comfort Food in Paris’ Montorgueil ‘Hood

Gaelle Marcel/Brook Lark

The long month of January is far behind us and, despite all our good intentions and resolutions, February lends itself to cravings for something sweet. In France, February is the unofficial crêpe month- kicked off by la Chandeleur which falls in early February and inspires the French to prepare sugary crêpes with family and friends for the weeks that follow.

Stoney Clove Bakery is an American owned “all-American bakery” in the 2nd arrondissement, tucked away in a quaint space on a side street away from the crowds of rue Montorgueil.Calum Lewis/Gaelle Marcel

It seems like there’s no use resisting the urge to indulge in sugar-coated nibbles in this cold and grey month, which ironically often feels like the longest of the year. Luckily Paris has several options for your sweet tooth and if you’re over French pancakes why not seek out some American treats?

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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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Printemps du Goût: A Paris Shopping Institution Focuses on French Terroir

HiP Paris Blog covers the opening of Printemps du Gout

On January 10th the iconic Parisian department store Printemps followed the example of competitors Le Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette by opening their own épicerie fine, Le Printemps du Goût.

HiP Paris Blog covers the opening of Printemps du Gout

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French Countryside Living: Finding Inspiration From French Women

HiP Paris Blog explores countryside womenWilliam Sun

When I moved from Paris to the French countryside two years ago, I knew I would miss things from the city- I just didn’t know exactly what those things would be. I was certain that country life would be enriching and come with added benefits; more space, a slower pace of life, fresh air, a nightly view of the starry sky, but I had no way of knowing that I would miss so much about my city life.

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Holybelly II: Paris’ Favorite Brunch Spot to Open Second Location

 

HiP Paris Blog: Paris Breakfast Favorite to Open Second Location

Impatient regulars and time pressed tourists who took flight at the sight of long lines outside Holybelly, the 10th arrondissement restaurant, will be happy to learn that their favorite all-day-breakfast address will soon be opening another spot to get their pancake fix. The popularity of Holybelly’s eggs & sides and creative seasonal menu have become a hinderance to those wanting a taste, with waits of up to an hour- sometimes more on the weekends.

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Mokonuts: Delicious Lunch and Baked Goods in Paris’ 11ème

HiP Paris Blog Explores Mokonuts Bakery & Café

Things move slowly in France and, for those of us who live here, this is often a frustrating reality. Extended waits at stores like Darty or BHV to simply return a purchase, the long lines at your local boulangerie as everyone has their morning conversations with the baker- all take a little extra time out of our day. We accept this slower pace of life and most of all we learn to live with it, but rarely do we take time to love it.

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La Robe et La Mousse: Craft Beer Comes to the Left Bank

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Despite the overwhelming interest in craft beer in the capital, the movement has been slow to make its way to the other side of the Seine. The Right Bank abounds with beer bars and bottle shops, but Left Bank drinkers have been left with only a few options for finding bière artisanale, including La Cave à Bulles, Biérocratie, and Brewberry.

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5 Pailles: A Hidden Coffee Shop in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement

5 Pailles, a new coffee shop on rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Paris teaches you that appearances can be deceiving. One of the biggest charms of the city is how it can change from tiny to titanic, small to staggering, in a matter of meters. Mini cobble stone streets open onto magnificent esplanades and hidden passages transport you to grand boulevards. I can’t think of a café that better represents this Parisian paradox than the newly opened 5 Pailles in the 10th arrondissement.

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Too Good To Go: France’s First Anti-Food Waste App

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Bob’s Bake Shop, Rebecca Genet

French cities have welcomed bike powered food delivery services such as Deliveroo and Foodora with open arms in recent years, so much so that the sight of swiftly peddling employees darting in and out of traffic has become part of these cities’ scenery. The latest newcomer to France’s takeaway food scene proves there’s room in the market for innovation and activism. Too Good To Go is an app with a mission: to reduce food waste in major cities across Europe while connecting consumers with local businesses.

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le 8 avril 2016, bar-restaurant Chillango ‡ Paris.

Bob’s Bake Shop. Rebecca Genet/Café Chilango, Jean-Marie Heidinger

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