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Anglo Friendly Theatre in Paris? Oui!

new technologies now allow English-speaking audiences to attend all kinds live performances alongside locals without missing a word.Chris Goldberg

If you look closely at Paris you’ll see that the city itself is a stage, from the neighborhood early-riser who stops by the boulangerie for his morning croissant, to the Parisian woman who loses her scarf in the breeze as she dashes after a bus. But look further than these daily mises en scène and you may be quite surprised to learn the variety of theatrical productions large and small that Paris has to offer.

new technologies now allow English-speaking audiences to attend all kinds live performances alongside locals without missing a word.Marco Bianchetti

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March Events: Fitbit Semi-Marathon, Martin Margiela, Benjamin Millepied, and more!

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Circulation(s)/Adam Wilson

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Sporty city dwellers will hope to soak up some sun on on March 4 when they attack the 21km circuit in the Bois de Vincennes for the Fitbit Semi-Marathon.

Spring sneaks up on Paris in March and Parisians are ready to get outside and play at the first signs of sun. Bruno Nascimento

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Another Expat in the City of Light: Finding ‘Home’ in Paris

Impressions from expat's early days in Paris.Letizia Bordoni/John Towner

Editor’s note: We love when writers share their personal experiences of making Paris their home on the blog. The expat experience is full of trials and errors, risks and rewards, and often the payoff is not at all what we expect. As expats, we take what we can get and accept beauty and life lessons whenever and wherever we find them. This post from Marisa Gupta combines the uniqueness of each of our experiences moving to a new place with some universals that come with the adventure that is living abroad.

Moving to Paris after many years as an expat in London, I expected my first few weeks in France to be smooth and uneventful. Paris, and its joie de vivre, had seduced me in ways London had not quite managed. It was nearby and somewhat of an old friend, as I had visited many times. With an elegant apartment lined up for my French partner and me, I was excited to embark upon my new life.

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Dining out in Paris with Kids: One Ex-Pat Mom’s Experience

Lisa Czarina Michaud

I wish there was the perfect how-to guide to dining out with kids. Well, other than “Don’t do it. Stay home and cook.” As any parent will tell you, each time is different. Whether you are in Paris, New York, your local dive or a fine dining establishment you couldn’t get a babysitter for, the experience can range anywhere from relief to regret, but rarely ever results in a fully enjoyable meal. What no one tells you is that it doesn’t always start out like this. The cruel joke the universe plays on new parents is convincing us that babies like going out to eat. It is not until you experience that game-changing dinner when you realize going out to eat will never be the same…well, at least for the next ten years or so.

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January Paris Events: Cake and Beer Pairing, Degas Danse Dessin, Galette des Rois & More

yves Tennevin

Kick off the New Year in Paris with a month full of events to help you make or break your New Year’s resolutions. From culinary delights to cultural outings here are all the options you need to start your year off right.

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Happy New Year 2018! A Look Back HiP Paris’ Best of 2017

Hernán Piñera

One of the joys of running a blog like Hip Paris is that it gives us the opportunity to work with fabulous writers, photographers, and francophiles that help us discover the city along with our readers. New restaurants, expositions, café openings and bonnes adresses make every year exciting and add variety to the city we love so much.

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Paris December Events: Christmas Markets, Dégustation Bulles and Champagne & More

Vic Xia 

 The holiday season has officially hit Paris with the city’s first snowfall arriving on the first day of the month. Even though the annual Champs-Elysées market won’t take place this year – as City Hall Tourism Lead, Jean-François Martins, claimed, “it wasn’t good enough for Paris.” – there are plenty of other enticing options that deserve support.

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Keeping Stylish in the Rain: Inside Paris’ Last Umbrella Repair Shop

Editor’s Note: The days are getting shorter and the weather a little bit harsher, the arrival of clouds and rain in Paris cast a spell over the city. The charm of Paris in the rain has been much celebrated in photos and film, but for those of us who live with the day to day downpours the magic quickly wears off. That’s why we love Pep’s a tiny umbrella repair shop that makes rainy days fun again. We sent Elena to find out more about an artisan in Paris who helps Parisians get through the rainy days.

Hip Paris Hernán Piñera Flickr

Hernán Piñera

Thierry Millet must be one of the rare people who is happy when it rains: an uncommon elation that is explained by the fact that he owns the only umbrella repair shop in France.

Rainy Views Montmartre 1Erica Berman

Erica Berman

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The French and Their Cigarettes: The Growing Anti-Smoking Movement in France

Smoking in ParisGH Cheng

I first learned about the complex relationship between the French and their cigarettes as an English assistant in a high school in the French countryside. The staff was split on the question of whether or not smoking should be banned in the teachers’ lounge, where profs had been enjoying cigarettes for as long as the school had existed.

As a young American living in France for the first time, I was adjusting to several cultural changes. Seeing teachers pass bottles of red wine between them during lunch break in the cafeteria (something students did themselves until alcohol in school cafeterias was banned about 60 years ago) was one example of such differences. The smoking in the teachers’ lounge debate was the next one to add to the list.

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Les French Desmoiselles: Ethical Fashion Made in France

HiP Paris, French Desmoiselles, Florie Berger

A mysterious event invitation showed up in my Facebook feed a little while back.

“Secret Christmas / Vente Très Très Privée Mode et Beauté” (“Very, Very Private Fashion and Beauty Sale”), it announced, presumably so exclusive that just one “very” wouldn’t do.

The invitation went on to reveal that somebody named Laurence would be welcoming shoppers into her cozy Paris apartment that Saturday, enticing invitees with the promise of treats, holiday fashions, and personalized beauty advice.

“If you wish to participate, email us so we can send you the address and door code for this secret rendez-vous”, the invitation instructed, stopping just short of adding, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”

The pre-adolescent Nancy Drew fan in me was intrigued.

French Desmoiselles, a chic new Paris fashion brand, on HiP Paris

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