Posts by Maggie Battista, blogger:

  • Avoiding Bad food In Paris: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Dinner Series & Mike Fleming I have a friend who travels for the museums, spending each day snapping photos next to ancient art, otherworldly architecture, and every single monument she comes across. All I can say is: pfft. While I adore her, if you’ve seen one thousand-year-old building, you’ve seen them all, right? Okay, I’m […]

  • Three Weeks in Paris: Maggie’s Top Food & Shopping Picks

    Alecska In a few days, I’ll be sipping wine at un petit café in the Marais, just in time, we all hope, for the weather to finally swing toward Spring. There’s too much to squeeze into this 3-week trip. Besides visiting Verjus and Au Passage bien sur, I hope to dine at Septime and Bistro […]

  • Foodie Christmas Gifts: Five French-Inspired Cookbooks

    French Feasts, Dutch Oven (Ames Lai) Christmas is four days away et bien sûr, I am quite tardy in purchasing some very special gifts for the very special people in my life. Since I work for a company that rents boutique Parisian flats, I do tend to gift friends and family with French-inspired goodies, items […]

  • ThxThxThx: Le Thank You? C’est Très Chic

    Like a foulard worn just-so around the neck of a Parisienne in jeans and a t-shirt, thank you notes can add a touch of class to otherwise banal encounters. In fact, gratitude is experiencing a serious comeback, thanks in no small part to Leah Dieterich, an advertising creative director and writer who just last month […]

  • Haven in Paris is Hiring: Paris, Luxury Properties, Fabulous French Food and You?

    Kari Geltemeyer I searched for a while for my job at Haven in Paris, a role that finally combined my passions for hospitality, travel and writing into a true mash-up of, to put it mildly… utter joy. My passion for almond croissants has been totally fulfilled too. Regularly. In a single day, I can spend […]

  • Chateau de Raissac: A Long Weekend in the South of France

    Entrance to Chateau Raissac, Beziers, France It’s still cold in New England and we’ve managed to get another light coating of snow this week. When it’s this cold, there’s really nothing else to do but daydream of warmer times… in France. Remember when I did that last month? I shared my little trip to Mont […]

  • Mont Saint Michel: A French Tourist Destination That Still Inspires

    Mont Saint Michel (Jean-Christophe Dichant) With four feet of snow piling up around my New England home, it’s no wonder I’m dreaming of Paris. This happens a lot. New England snowstorms are perfect for daydreams about somewhere else. Anywhere else, really. France just so happened to be my last trip, so I keep drifting back […]

  • Paris Vacation Rental Scams: How to Avoid Them & Live the Dream Safely

    The rooster, the emblem of France, as a door knocker and a friendly neighborhood dog keeping watch (mksfca, Ian T. McFarland) This time last year, I was packing up my life to move to Paris for three months. I remember the butterflies spinning inside me as I made my way to my first Paris apartment […]

  • The HiP Paris Blog: Spread the Paris Love via Social Media

    Photographer at Musée Rodin, courtesy of Karigee.com Life is incredibly busy for the ladies of the HiP Paris blog. Not only do we run this little corner of the world where we ramble on all things French, but we also spend our days helping our clients experience Paris like a local via our boutique vacation […]

  • When You’re Missing Paris in November: 7 Cool Events & Classes

    Boat ride on the Seine; photo by Maggie Battista I’m dreaming of Paris. Again. This happens when I’m in the States. I just returned from a month-long trip to France. I traveled up and down the south of France, exploring most of Provence while fighting the devious Mistral winds. I spent a fabulous girls weekend […]

  • An Original Farm-to-Table Spot: Cooking Classes on a French Farm

      Kitchen at Camont – Tim Clinch While I love the pace of a vibrant city like Paris, I’m a New England girl at heart. As such, there’s nothing like a big green vista or a vast ocean to make me feel at home. On my latest trip abroad – which started off with a bang […]

  • Saint Germain’s Best Kept Secrets: Living On The Rue du Bac

    Last Spring, Maggie was lucky to spend some time in Haven in Paris’ gorgeous Rue du Bac 2-bedroom. A relative newcomer to Paris, she made the most of her expat status by seeking out the hidden gems her wonderful neighborhood had to offer. She shares a few of her favorites with us here… One & […]

  • Paris Tourist Scams: HiP Tips For A Hassle-Free Trip

    Esellee I was lucky enough to live in Paris earlier this year. During my time in one of the fairest cities, I soaked up the language, tossed back (a few too) many glasses of red and practically inhaled the food. I also wandered, a lot. I’m the sort of tourist who likes to explore the […]