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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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Calling All Francophiles: A Spring Editorial Internship with HiP Paris

HiP Paris Blog, Editorial Internship

Ever since my first visit to the City of Light as a child, I knew that I eventually wanted to live there, and my family knew it too, often retelling stories of me leap-frogging over the iconic street posts and disappearing down les petites rues.

Skip forward to October 2015, after spending another two months travelling around Europe, I returned to my hometown, Perth (the most isolated capital city in the world). I always finish my trips in Paris because, well, it’s Paris! A couple of weeks later, back into the routine of my everyday life, the inevitable longing to return kicked in, and so without much planning, I booked a one-way flight and landed at Charles de Gaulle three months later.

HiP Paris Blog, Editorial Internship

I have since returned to Australia and can’t say that my year in Paris was easy. Between studying to improve my French so I felt confident enough to apply for jobs, moving apartments four times, and battling to immerse myself in a foreign social environment that I had only ever really dipped a toe in, I often felt completely overwhelmed. On the flip side, I had an excitement and sense of energy that only comes from living in a cultural mecca like Paris, where every day provides the opportunity to experience and create something new. Plus, not to mention endless supplies of croissants, stinky cheeses on every corner, and super-cheap French wine!

HiP Paris Blog, Editorial Internship

So, when the opportunity arose to work with HiP Paris as the Editorial Assistant, I knew that it would be a catalyst for an even more authentic vie parisienne and jumped at it. Beyond the tasks associated with the inner workings of running a successful blog – sourcing photography, uploading content to the site, and researching related stories – the experience encouraged me to observe deeper, question more, and create more valuable relationships.

As a result, I have been able to share with you some of my own adventures and insights into what adds to the unique cultural fabric that is Paris. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Erica, Editorial Director and Owner of Haven In, and Erin, our HiP Editor, who have both been so encouraging, and enabled me to develop new skills, and branch out of my comfort zone.

HiP Paris Blog, Editorial Internship

Yet all good things must come to an end, and even though I’m sure this won’t be the last you hear from me, it is time to pass this incredible opportunity to the next Paris enthusiast, who will hopefully find it equally as rewarding and exciting.

Think you’re a great fit and ready to hit the ground running? Find more information on the HiP Paris Editorial Intern position here. If interested in applying, simply send a cover letter, CV, and 2-3 samples of editorial work to [email protected]. If you don’t have any published editorial work yet, please send us a list of some of your favorite blogs and/or photography websites that you feel define your personal aesthetic.

HiP Paris Blog, Editorial Internship

Written by Tristan Treeby for HiP Paris. All photos by Tristan Treeby. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven In.

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Holiday Dining in Paris: Christmas and New Year’s Eve Openings

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Bistrot Paul Bert, Eric Folger

It’s the holiday season and those who jump on vacation as an opportunity for international travel often flock to Paris this time of year. There is an undeniable charm that comes along with the winter chill in the city. Neighborhoods are decorated with draping christmas lights and other ornamentation and window shopping is taken to a whole new level with detailed shop displays embodying the spirit of the season to the most minute detail.

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Carina Okula

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Negotiating à la Française: The Meaning of Non

Learning the different meanings of 'non' in Paris

victorillen

Anyone who has spent a serious amount of time in Paris knows the word well. Non, Monsieur, it is not possible to have green beans instead of fries with your tartare… Non, you can not have a reservation for 20h, we have two seatings: 19h30 or 21h30… Non, I do not take credit cards in my taxi…

Negotiating à la française is something of an art. Here are a few of the nons you may hear on your Parisian adventure, and my best advice for replying:
Learning the different meanings of 'non' in Paris

Guillaume DELEBARRE

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Paris Podcasts: The Best Frenchie Fixes

The Best Paris Podcasts: Eating, Drinking, Music, and More

Between books and blogs and articles and films, Francophiles have no shortage of ways to get their Frenchie fixes. But, sometimes there’s nothing like sweet Parisian whispers in your ear, which set us off on a project to both find the best Paris-related podcasts.

After combing the options and listening to countless episodes, we’ve come up with a list of top picks.  So if you love all things France, give these a listen:

The Best Paris Podcasts: Eating, Drinking, Music, and More

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La Cantine de Merci. Lunch in Paris’ Trendiest Concept Store

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

Paris abounds with design galleries, chic clothing boutiques and tile-floored bistros serving market-fresh cuisine, but rarely do you find more than one together under the same roof. Merci is a delightful exception.

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

Founded in 2009 by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, Merci is a concept store that rolls the best of fashion, design, household goods, lighting, and lunch into one stunning space in the Haut Marais neighborhood. Spanning three light-filled floors of a former wallpaper factory, the gallery-cum-boutique is run a bit like a magazine: roughly 15 “exhibitions” held throughout the year highlight diverse themes that have included herring, urban sports, wax-dyed batiks, and urban gardening.

La Cantine de Merci: Light Lunch in Paris' Premier Concept Store

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A Summer Internship with The HiP Paris Blog

We're Hiring! A Summer Internship with HiP Paris Blog

Isabel Miller-Bottome

Who doesn’t love Paris in the summer? From afternoon picnics in the Jardin de Luxembourg to sunset walks along the Seine, the City of Light is the perfect place to linger in the long summer months. And here comes the best news: HiP Paris Blog is looking for their next editorial intern for a dedicated summer internship.

We're Hiring! A Summer Internship with HiP Paris Blog

Amélien Bayle

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Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Café

Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Cafe in Paris

While anyone who’s been to a New York, Copenhagen, or Sydney coffee shop is likely to have heard the virtues of Chemex extolled, many French people are just discovering that there’s a whole world beyond Italian roast, and that it’s now accessible in major French cities. Cuillier, which just opened its third location in Paris, has made it its mission to get people here as excited and concerned about coffee as everything else they eat and drink.

Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Cafe in Paris

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From Bikram to Vinyasa Flow: Paris’ Best Yoga Studios

From Bikram to Vinyasa Flow: Paris' Best Yoga Studios

The YogaFactory

Many people will say that the best way to explore Paris is by walking the city. Why go underground to travel if there is so much beauty to take in, from hidden passageways to grand boulevards? But all that walking also means sore feet and tight hamstrings. Luckily, there is now a booming yoga scene in Paris.

From Bikram to Vinyasa Flow: Paris' Best Yoga Studios

Le Tigre

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