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Parisian Squats: Alternative Venues for Art, Music & More

HiP Paris Blog discovers the many artist squats in ParisThe idea of taking over a building is not a new concept to the French, one could even argue that the storming of la Bastille kicked off a trend. Squats in Paris have evolved a great deal since the French revolution and even more particularly during the 1970s-80s counterculture era. Today we are seeing an increase in a new breed of squats, which are active participants in the city’s cultural and social landscape bringing dynamic community oriented activities from concerts to art exhibits and from yoga classes to job banks to the city.

HiP Paris Blog discovers the many artist squats in Paris

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World Champions 2018: France Wins The World Cup Again

A parade of blue, white, and red flags roared down the rue de Rivoli toward the Champs Elysées. Twenty years after bringing home the World Cup, Les Bleus had won it again.

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HiP Paris Blog tells you about one writer's experience bikini shopping in Paris

Paris Summer Prep Lesson Two: Bikini Shopping

At age 50, I moved to Paris. Impressed by the casual sexiness of the locals, I updated my wardrobe and skin care regime. But now it’s swimsuit season. Quelle horreur!

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HiP Paris Blog checks out artisanal cobbler Atelier Constance in Montmartre

Atelier Constance: An Artisanal Cobbler in Montmartre

If you balk at the thought of taking your cherished Chanel ballet flats to a nondescript shoe repair shop, head straight to Atelier Constance and leave them in the capable hands of Jerôme Voisin. You could even put them in the mail, as many of his international customers do.

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HiP Paris Blog discovers Paris' first cheese dairy La Laiterie de Paris

Paris’ Only Cheesemaker: La Laiterie de Paris

The eastern side of the 18th arrondissement, known as La Goutte d’Or, has been developing into the city’s most interesting food hub over the last few years. From micro-breweries to farmer co-ops, the district is now home to Paris’ first cheesemaker. Opened last December, word has been getting around about this unique and talented urban producer of cheese and other dairy products.

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HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July

July Events in Paris: Paris Plages, Open Air Cinema & Tour de France

July means the beginning of les vacances in Paris and summer in the city also brings a variety of outdoor festivals celebrating cinema, music, and more.

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HiP Paris Blog covers one writer's summer prep in Paris

Paris Summer Prep Lesson One: Legs

No matter their age, Parisians’ clothing fits like a dream, their hair and makeup look effortless, and their posture says they’re very proud of their torsos. Young women wear skinny jeans with tops that drape over their cleavage like Greek statues, middle-aged women wear breezy knee-length sundresses that show their collarbones, and senior citizens look elegant with their silver hair, red lipstick, and heels.

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HiP Paris Blog explores the difference between French and Italian coffee culture

Café or Caffè? French vs. Italian Coffee Culture

On paper, the difference is just one “f” between coffee in Italy and in France — caffè and café. OK, the accent switches, too, but let’s ditch the minutia. In practice, however, the two coffee cultures have much more to argue about with wild, caffeinated hand gestures.

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HiP Paris Blog covers the opening of the Big Mamma Group's La Felicita

The Big Mamma Group's Newest (and Biggest) Venture La Felicità

The Big Mamma Group has done it again. And how their latest venture, La Felicità – their 7th, newest, and biggest restaurant in Paris – can be trumped is anyone’s guess. La Felicità (which means happiness in Italian) comes in at 4500sqm (including 1000sqm of terrace) with 1000 seats, also claiming the title as the biggest restaurant in Europe.

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