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Je Suis Paris: Images of Solidarity and Hope in the Face of Tragedy

Je suis Paris. Images of peace and hope. Locals young and old pay tribute to the fallen. Palmyre Roigt for the HiP Paris Blog

Here in Paris the post-tragedy healing process will inevitably be a long one, but in the mere few days since Friday’s brutal attacks, Paris has already shown its great resilience and strength. Restaurants, schools, and shops have reopened; the city’s citizens are back in the streets and at work. They bravely forge forward, proving once again that they will not be overcome. Despite this morning’s police raid in Saint-Denis, the overall feeling in Paris is one of warmth and solidarity.

At the scenes of Friday’s attacks we see no images of hatred, but rather of love and remembrance. It is in living fully every day and working, as a global community, towards real progress and positive change that we can best honor those whose lives were taken.

The following are some images taken over the course of the last few days in Paris.

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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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Hunting for the Best Boeuf Bourguignon in France

Paris may be experiencing unseasonably warm and sunny weather at the moment, but we’re still readying ourselves for the chilly months to come and dishing on our favorite addresses serving up boeuf bourguignon, a comforting winter French favorite. Enjoy! -ErinWhere to taste France's best Boeuf Bourguignon, a savory and rich traditional beef stew from Burgundy

Auprès du Clocher

Julia Child immortalized boeuf bourguignon in featuring it on her first French cooking show. At the start of the episode, she says in her distinct high-pitched trill, “it’s a wonderful show to begin our series on because it shows you so many useful things about French cooking.” Indeed by watching the 30-minute segment, a must-see on YouTube, you’ll learn how to brown meat, braise onions, sauté mushrooms, and make a wine sauce. However, it’s also clear this is a recipe that requires time and patience. “People don’t make it right because it takes too much time” is a phrase I heard often during visits to Burgundy, the birthplace of the beloved French dish. Luckily there are some places that are getting it right.

Boeuf Bourgignon France. Where to get the best of the Bourgignon.

Alan C.

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Finding Your Creativity in Paris with SEYMOUR+

HiP Paris blog. Interior of SEYMOUR+ space.Camille Malissen

When I moved to Paris six years ago, one of the greatest things that happened to me was meeting Melissa Unger. A fellow New Yorker, Melissa also had French blood and California cool. She was gregarious, generous, genuine, and a little bit wild. She had confidence and grace in equal measure, and very clear convictions along with the ability to articulate them. As our friendship developed over the years, I was witness—more recently, from 3000 miles away, back in New York—to her mining her beliefs to create something pretty amazing, especially for Paris, where the cynics run free.

It started in 2011, when Melissa launched Seymour Projects, a not-for-profit organization committed to helping individuals cultivate self-expression by encouraging them to balance technological stimuli with internal exploration. As of January of this year, it evolved into a physical space called SEYMOUR+. Making good on its founding philosophy, SEYMOUR+ gives the general public a physical place to disconnect from technology and other external distractions in order to reconnect with their imagination and intuition—a spa for the mind, if you will. It’s a concept that is wholly unique and yet totally natural. Here, Melissa shares her journey to opening the most innovative space in Paris.

HiP Paris blog. Melissa Unger, creator of Seymour Projects and SEYMOUR+.Beatrix Delic

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Rude or Simply French? Debunking the Cultural Clichés

HiP Paris blog, Rude French, Brasserie terrace

What is it about Paris that incites such strong feelings? With the exception of New York, no other city seems to have such an affect on people. Sharing the fact that I live in Paris tends to invite strong opinions, ranging from those who have spent a considerable amount of time in France’s capital to those who have never set foot on French soil, offering their impression on what Paris is, or specifically what the French are like.

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An Empty Nester in Paris

French and American Cultural Difference: Empty Nester in Paris

Philippe Leroyer

To pull from Dr. Seuss, “The time has come, the time is now, Marvin K Mooney, please go. Now!”

This fall, the “baby” of our family will be leaving the nest, flying to higher education in the United Kingdom, and the looming adjustment has once again underlined the cultural variety in our lives.

My American friends send me, “awws” with sad faced emoticons, declaring, “Now you’ll be empty nesters.” My Parisian friends raise their glasses in a toast, asking if I’ll now be joining Mr. French on all his business trips so we can enjoy long weekends across the globe.

French and American Cultural Difference: Empty Nester in Paris

Claude Attard

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Paris’ Best Natural Wine Bars & Shops

Natural Wine Bars in Paris

La Buvette

While it is exciting to live in a city that is increasingly open to international influences and imported ideas, it’s also reassuring to know that Paris holds its own as a trendsetter in certain fields. The natural wine scene is definitely one of the domains in which the French capital has gained and maintained solid footing. Senior natural wine sellers such as La Quincave and La Cave des Papilles established themselves as reliable outposts for vin nature in the early days of the movement, bringing low-intervention wine from small-scale vineyards to the city. These role models have inspired a new wave of wine bars to open in Paris, making natural wine increasingly present and accessible.

Natural Wine Bars in Paris

Le Mary Celeste

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The Perfect Weekend Along Paris’ Canal St-Martin

Canal St Martin and Quai de la Seine Paris

Quai de la Seine

Every Sunday the city of Paris inhales deeply, taking a short break to live life at a different rhythm as shops close and entire neighborhoods are labeled pedestrian zones. Museums and monuments become a refuge for art lovers and sight-seeing tourists, while many Parisians head for the greener pastures of local parks.

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

Hôtel du Nord; Le Comptoir Général

The 15th-century canals in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, Canal St-Martin and Canal de l’Ourcq, are great areas to slowly drift into the relaxing weekend beat. Start your day at the Marché de Joinville, where vendors announce prices for perfect picnic pickings. If the day has promised sunshine, rent an electric boat from Marin d’Eau Douce and head north, swans to port and cormorant starboard as you savor your market fare and take in the display of the local street art scene unfolding in this urban countryside.

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The Five Best Apps for Food-Lovers in Paris

Rebecca Plotnick

Rebecca Plotnick

Le Fooding

Restaurant reviews on the Le Fooding website and in the printed guide essentially decide where food-loving Parisians eat during the year. Focusing on new talent and restaurant trends, the guide is descriptive, humorous, and well-informed.

Fooding 2015, a smartphone application available in English and French, allows users to search an immense database of restaurants, cafés, and hotels, and read insightful reviews from the website. Search by category (sushi, pizza, vegetarian, wine bar, etc.) or by average price. You can access a map to locate restaurants in your area or near a metro station, and bookmark your favorites.

An amusing features lets you shake your smartphone to discover a restaurant by chance, and the news section provides in-the-know tips on hotspots and restaurant openings.

The helpful, easy-to-use application is available on the iTunes app store and Google Play for $3.99. The only con is the constant sponsor ads.

Paris apps, velib, Jean-Francois Gornet

Jean-François Gornet

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Édith Piaf Centennial: Tracing the Roots of La Môme in Paris

Edith Piaf Centenniel: Tracing the Roots of La Môme in Paris


No soundtrack to Paris would be complete without at least one song by Édith Piaf, one of France’s greatest songstresses. From “Sous le ciel de Paris” to “La Vie en Rose,” her powerful voice penetrates hearts and souls. This year celebrates the centennial of the birth of “La Môme,” the ideal time to take a journey back to the roots of this immensely talented artist.

Before hitting the streets, a great place to gain insight into the life of the ubiquitous chanteuse is at the special temporary exhibition dedicated to her at the Bibliothèque nationale de France – Francois-Mitterrand. This vast retrospective, on view through August 23, includes hundreds of archival photos, letters, film clips, and music that tell the story of her life and career, shedding light onto her personality, trials, triumphs, and heartbreaks… which was not always la vie en rose.

Edith Piaf Centenniel: Tracing the Roots of La Môme in Paris

Oliver Degabriele

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