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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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HiP Paris Blog seeks out the best tsukemen in Paris

Desperately Seeking Tsukemen: Where to Find Paris' Best Japanese Noodles

Tsukemen differs from traditional ramen dishes in that the noodles don’t come in a soup. Instead, they’re served separately, and you use chopsticks to dunk them into a reduced broth or sauce, before slurping them up with delicate finesse.

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HiP Paris Blog visits Ibrik Cafe

Ibrik Cafe: Turkish Coffee, Pastries and Mezze in Paris

From the moment you step into Ibrik, you know you’re in a coffee shop that is unlike all the others that have recently opened in the French capital. The obvious presence of the hovoli sets the tone but, namely, a warmth exudes from the well-organized space.

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HiP Paris Blog tells you what to do in Paris when the Parisians disappear

August in Paris: What to do When the Parisians Disappear

For those with a glass-half-full attitude when the city is half-empty, August is the best time to explore the city. Although it’s true that a lot of many places close their doors completely during this period, there are still plenty of options. And best of all, you are free to enjoy them without the crowds!

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HiP Paris Blog round up the top events this August

August Events in Paris: Cinema en Plein Air, Rollerdisco and Rock en Seine

Here are our top picks of what’s on this month in Paris, including a garden dinner party, music festivals, open air cinema and roller disco.

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HiP Paris Blog rounds up this summer's artistic offerings

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

It’s nearly August, and while most of the French may be 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 visit.

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HiP Paris visits Le Cairn - naturopathy and coffee shop

Le Cairn: Naturopathy, Beauty Products and a Gluten Free Cafe in Paris' 7th

If you’re fortunate enough to have stumbled upon Le Cairn, a charming coffee café and naturopathy, 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.

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HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top brunch spots in Paris

Where to Find the Best Brunch in Paris: Our Top Picks for Brunching in the City

Cooking breakfast is an intimate experience that requires great heart and attention; it is the first meal of the day. Your empty belly craves for nourishment and love. Perhaps you’re nursing a head-banging hangover. You’re vulnerable, sensitive and want that good food – fast!

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

Veggie Magnifique's Top 10 Paris Vegan Restaurant Picks

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.

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