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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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August in Paris: What to do When the Parisians Disappear

HiP Paris Blog tells you what to do in Paris when the Parisians disappearNo Entry – Joann Pai

August is always a strange time in Paris. Streets which are usually buzzing with people suddenly take on the deserted appearance of a town in a Western movie; and the queues that normally snake from the most sought-after establishments completely dissipate. The desperate rush to squeeze inside my metro is usually an exercise which resembles the evacuation of the Titanic (except I’m pretty sure the first class passengers had the decency to wear deodorant – which is more than I can say for the armpits you get wedged under on the Line 13). But in August the metro is eerily empty (although while the armpits on the Line 13 are unfortunately remain as sweaty as ever).

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Paris’ Summer Art Expos Not To Be Missed: Art/Afrique, Guy Bourdin and David Hockney

HiP Paris Blog rounds up this summer's artistic offerings© The Guy Bourdin Estate 2017 / Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

It’s nearly August, and while most of the French are going on summer holidays, there’s still plenty to do in Paris. Cafés and shops may close, but many of the city’s art galleries and museums remain open. The mass exodus of Parisians during the summer holidays means there are often less crowds, making it the perfect time to take in some art. Enjoy the empty city – and air conditioning! – while exploring some of the artistic offerings this summer in Paris.

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Le Cairn: Gluten Free Dining, Naturopathy and Beyond in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement

HiP Paris visits Le Cairn - naturopathy and coffee shop

“Coffee. It’s time to chill.” If you’re fortunate enough to have stumbled upon Le Cairn, a charming coffee café and naturopathy—tucked between Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, on Rue Dupont des Losges in the 7th arrondissement—you’ll hear soothing, indie soft rock on loop harmonizing alongside the comforting hum of the espresso machine. Welcome to the barista / wellness hideaway where you’ll truly feel at home.

Enter this wellness wonderland, and nestle into the rustic, yet light-and-airy interior for a fluffy gluten-free Madeline or wheat-free, cake-like quiche. Organic, local products comprise the boutique eatery. Whether you match your healthful dish with the jus du jour or an artfully crafted soy latté, everything in house rotates daily, and is fashioned 100% sans gluten: rich, dark chocolate-chunk-laced muffins, melt-in-your-mouth carrot cake, artisanal yogurt, seasonal salads, cakes, and soup (in the winter) make up the café-style menu.

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Paris’ Top Ten Vegan Restaurant Roundup

Veggie Magnifique round up of the top vegan spots in Paris for HiP Paris BlogCloud Cakes

Just a few years ago, it was nothing short of a miracle to stumble upon an assiette végétarienne in an otherwise meat-and-béchamel sauce-heavy Parisian restaurant.  

But, oh how the tides have turned.

Nowadays, there’s a veritable veggie revolution going on in the City of Light. Vegan and healthy hotspots are poppin’ up like daisies, and more and more, we veggie-hunters are spoiled for choice.

Dieu merci and hallelujah.

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A Socially Responsible Wine Shop in Paris: Les Petits Domaines

HiP Paris Blog visits Les Petits Domaines - a wine shop for women

Isabelle Larenaudie of Les Petits Domaines is a true woman of wine—moreover, she loves supporting other passionate females shifting the historically male-dominated realm of fine wine and spirits. But you don’t have to be a woman to appreciate the in-house selection or hospitality here.

An ambassador for women who make wine and also for small, ethical producers, Isabelle is eager to educate you on socially responsible vignerons from France’s treasured wine regions.

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Ground Control: A New Home Near Gare De Lyon, Great Eats, and a Community Garden

HiP Paris Blog reports on Ground Control's new address

Ground Control, the 18th arrondissement’s beloved ephemeral summer hangout spot, has changed its zip code. After two years in its original location at a former railway warehouse, the pop-up has moved into a former post office space in the 12th, near the Gare de Lyon.

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Café Oberkampf’s Newest Venture: Café Méricourt

HiP Paris Blog checks out Cafe Mericourt, Cafe Oberkampf's brother cafe.

Café Méricourt, Café Oberkampf’s grand frère cafe, has just opened around the corner from the local favorite’s first location.

Café Méricourt is intimate yet light, fitted out with classic blonde timber, green accented window frames, lovely straw lampshades, and gold painted columns for a touch of bling.

When I visited, I enjoyed sitting solo at the bar, where the super friendly staff chatted with me as I waited for my food.

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July Events in Paris: Afropunk, Mark Shaw, the Cuban National Ballet, and More

HiP Paris Blog lists what's on in Paris this JulyLes Heures Heureuses

We’re kicking off summer with the return of Les Heures Heureuses from July 5 – 7. The culinary concept remains the same – to offer Parisians gourmet apéro snacks for 2 euros at restaurants around the city but this year, for its 6th edition, the event has grown to 17 foodie walks with more than 300 addresses will partake. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about how to sign-up.

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