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The Big Mamma Group: Trendy, Fresh, Authentic Italian Dining in Paris

HiP Paris Blog examines the success of the Big Mamma GroupPink Mamma – Ali Postma

The Big Mamma Group was started by Tigrane and Victor, two Frenchmen with a love for Italian food. They opened their first restaurant – Mamma Gorda – in the south of France but quickly aspired to break into the Parisian dining scene. While Italian restaurants are a-plenty in Paris, the Big Mamma Group brought something different to the table: a 100% Italian trattoria, with fresh products brought in from Italy, and a 100% Italian staff’. They even rented 20 apartments to house their staff!

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48 Hours in Venice: A Weekend of Italian Food, Art and Culture

HiP Paris Blog tells you how to spend 48 hours in VeniceAll’Arco – Brian D. Luster

Resembling a fish hooked by a fishing line, Venice is a mosaic of 118 small islands linked by hundreds of bridges. It’s so different from anywhere else in the world that it takes a lot longer than a few days to explore all its maze-like neighborhoods. However, the charm of this unique city can still be appreciated during a short visit provided you do your research and avoid tourist traps. Here are some suggestions for making the most of Venice in one weekend.

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November Events in Paris: Paris Photo, Salon des Vignerons Indépendant & More

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top events in Paris this NovemberParis Photo

November is photography month in Paris. Numerous events are happening over the upcoming four weeks, but one of our favorites is Paris Photo at the Grand Palais. Running November 9-12, it’s the world’s premier international art fair dedicated to the medium and this year’s edition will feature over 180 exhibitors.

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Autumn Jazz Events in Paris: Jazz sur Seine, Blue Note Festival & Postmodern Jukebox

HiP Paris Blog rounds up this Autumn's jazz eventsPostmodern Jukebox

There’s something about autumn that is inexorably linked to the cool brooding sound of a saxophone or just the right melancholy piano melody. In fact, many a Paris flaneur seeks a good jazz show in the fall, when la rentrée brings us back to reality.

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Single in the City: Moving to Paris Tout Seul

HiP Paris Blog explores what it's like to move to Paris aloneCandice Johnson

As an expat in Paris there is one question I am asked without fail on basically every encounter with a new person: “So what brought you to Paris? Was it love?”

Oh man, do I wish I had a love-based story to explain my relocation to Paris! There is nothing more romantic to my mind than falling in love, throwing caution to the wind, and following your heart to Paris. I have lived that story in other cities, but the reality is that I moved to Paris to follow a job. Slightly different.

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Business Travel Made Easy at CitizenM Hotel La Défense

HiP Paris Blog checks out citizenM hotel

For most travelers, a trip to Paris conjures up images of charming cafes, cobblestone streets and open-air markets (background accordion music optional). But those who come to the city on business know that there’s more to Paris than just the Champs-Elysées and la belle Tour Eiffel. Just west of the city limits and a short metro ride into town is a bustling business district known as La Défense, populated with towering skyscrapers and an abundance of concrete, glass and chrome largely incongruous with the gay Par-ee of our collective imagination.

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The Expat Mom Experience: Paris Fashion Post-Baby

HiP Paris Blog explores the fashion mom bluesParis Fashion Week – Jag

The air in Paris is getting cooler and the metro a little busier with Parisians restored from summer vacation, which signifies la rentrée is in full steam. September marks the unofficial start of a new year where to-do lists are acknowledged again and event calendars fill up. And if you are in a major city, September also marks Fashion Week.

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An Independent Tea House’s Success in Montmartre: Neo. T.

HiP Paris Blog visits Neo TAli Postma

The popularity of the Abbesses neighborhood and its village-like atmosphere has made the area a well loved destination for tourists. The neighborhood’s popularity has led to higher rents forcing some of the independent shops of Abbesses close their doors only to be replaced by bland franchised stores found all over  in France.

Despite this sad reality, a few specialty shops are able to stay true to the authentic quirky Montmartrois spirit.

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The Expat Mom Experience: To Paris and Back with Bébé

HiP Paris Blog explores the expat mom experienceLisa Czarina Michaud

My family and I got back from our annual summer visit to New York. And if that wasn’t action-packed enough, we threw in an oh-so-out-of-the-way trip to Los Angeles. And as the cliché goes, we need a vacation from our vacation. Sure, it was a good time with memories to go around, but between the jet lag and the door-to-door travel time, which clocks in at about twelve hours, we’re wiped out. Raising a child, whose American roots are just as important as his French ones, pushes us to visit more often than we did when it was just the two of us. It just takes the wind out of us more now than it did then. Quelle surprise?

In our son Georges’ almost two-year life, he has crossed the Atlantic twelve times. And you would think after ten times, mom would have the system down like a pro. But no. Each time, I’m that mom. I’m the mom that scares girls in their early 20s, making me an involuntary PSA for birth control. Why? Because I make it look hard. Dressed in leggings encrusted with applesauce stains, stressed out hair that needs something —a relaxer, maybe? Do they still do that? — And frenzied attempts to keep my son off the moving walkway and to not touch the other passengers, I am not exactly the portrait of motherhood made easy.

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Turkish Coffee, Pastries and Mezze in Paris at Ibrik Cafe

HiP Paris Blog visits Ibrik CafeAnael Boulay – Skiss Agency

Greatly inspired by her family’s Romanian-Byzantine heritage, Cathy has opened one of the most inviting and unpretentious cafés in Paris. Employing the ancient coffee brewing method of the hovoli, a technique that she learned from her grandmother at an early age, Cathy serves each carefully concocted coffee in an ibrik accompanied by a gold foiled glass. The beans are freshly roasted by heralded Coutume Café and, if you’re in a hurry, they also make a mean espresso using their sleek Synesso machine.

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