During this most challenging year, we at HiP Paris have aimed to bring you moments of joy, beauty, and diversion, in whatever small ways we could. This would not have been possible without our team of talented writers and photographers. Their insights and stories helped us get through these times with a bit of French flair and bonheur. While we normally feature the new restaurants, expositions, and bonnes adresses enlivening the Paris landscape, most of us couldn’t pay a visit to any of these beloved places this year. So instead, we brought the best of Parisian and French culture to your home. Here’s the best of HiP Paris from 2020 – a rundown of some of our favorite à la maison moments.
What better way to pass the seemingly endless hours at home than with Netflix? Ali Postma gave us the lowdown on the best French series back in February, during France’s first lockdown, and a new edition during the most recent confinement this autumn.
During trying times, there’s nothing better than light-hearted French films to get your Francophone fix. If high culture is more your thing, we brought you the best of Paris’ museums to enjoy online. For many, podcasts are the pick-me-up of choice. Jamie Rolston’s roundup of Parisian podcasts helped us fill the time, whether working, commuting, or just lounging around the house.
For many of us, the internet is an important source of education, not just entertainment. Lily Heise showed us that language learning has never been more accessible. What better time than the pandemic to brush up on language skills? And while finances were tight for so many of us, cost posed no barrier to bettering ourselves. Ali Postma rounded up the best in free lessons for the Francophile – whether it be cooking, DIY, mixology, fashion, art, or culture.
Nothing evokes France like the food, and fortunately, you could experience this wherever you are. If leaving the work to others is your style, Lily Heise compiled the best French sweet treats to have delivered to your door. For Parisians, where takeout food is still somewhat novel, food deliveries—from restaurants, épiceries, bakeries, and more —became ubiquitous like never before. The petits commerçants behind these businesses are part of the soul of Paris and France at large. We were more than happy that Yvonne Hazelton gave these unsung heroes their due.
For keen home chefs, bistro cookbooks and recipes like this one from Dorie Greenspan meant that iconic French dishes were at the tips of your fingers. During le confinement, an apéro with quarantine buddies and friends (over Zoom, bien sûr) was our antidote of choice to lockdown fatigue. Molli McConnell showed us how to host a French apéritif at home like a pro.
And while so many of us couldn’t enjoy Paris fully due to restrictions, we could still experience a perfect Parisian day vicariously, as told through the eyes of some of our favorite fellow bloggers like Vanessa Grall (aka Messy Nessy), Jane Bertch and David Lebovitz.
Wanderlust has gotten the best of so many of us. Fortunately, there were many articles that helped quench that thirst until we can travel again. From Alessia Armenise’s round-up of swoon-worthy Parisian Instagram accounts, Lily Heise’s enviable trip to Provence, and Erin Dahl’s leisurely Sunday afternoon in one of our favorite Parisian neighborhoods – we tried to bring you a travel fix to hold you over until things get back to normal.
And finally, at this time last year, who would have imagined how commonplace certain things would become in our lives, like facemasks and vigilant handwashing? Ali Postma’s articles showed us how the French still bring chic and refinement to the most utilitarian aspects of life.
As we look forward to 2021, we give thanks to the countless people, too many to name, that make the blog possible: the gifted writers, photographers, and you, our loyal readers. Your support keeps us afloat and brings us great joy. As we look forward to 2021, we wish that everyone in the HiP community is able to thrive and experience good health and happiness. Bright lights in the distance are beginning to shine at the end of this year—a year like no other.
- Check out these (online) events in Paris to do before the end of December
- Read how one Parisian is planning on spending the holiday season in France
- If you want to get some reading done over the holidays, don’t miss this list of the best books in Paris to read now
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