Posts by Paris Deja Vu:

  • Our Search For a French Country House, Part II (I Blame Peter Mayle…)

    You know the story. Disillusioned ad exec flees rainy London for the sunshine and lavender fields of Provence. Hilarity ensues in the shape of a dilapidated stone house, a village populated by idiosyncratic Frenchmen and lots of good food and wine. Indeed, Peter Mayle’s Provence seduced many dreamers to set off in search of their own little piece of France.

  • Buying a House in Burgundy, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Paige Frost

    Living A Dream: The Search For An Old Stone House In the French Countryside

    It started on a whim. We were vacationing in the South of France near the idyllic medieval town of Roquebrun, about an hour’s drive from Montpellier. Its sun-baked stone facades are built up into a cascading hillside; a smattering of cafes and merchants dot its central tree-lined street…

  • Owning a Dog in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Nick Harris

    Top Chien: Learning to Love a Dog in Paris

    I’m what you might call a reluctant dog owner. I didn’t grow up in a house of happy canines; never longed for one of my own. I know, I know, a dog is Man’s Best Friend. But all that face licking, barking and pesky fur on the furniture? Not to mention the shoes that would be mistaken for chew toys. It wasn’t for me. A dog would cramp my style, limit our freedom.

  • Parisian decorating inspiration for your apartment.

    Paris Style: Secrets to Decorating Like a Parisian

    When we decided to move to Paris, one of the things I was most excited about was decorating my own Parisian apartment. It would be classic Haussmannian with herringbone floors, marble mantels, high ceilings and moldings – the works. Here are some tips and favorite spots discovered along my decorating journey à la Parisienne.

  • La Maison des Frigos: Hidden Lunches In a Former Artist Squat

    “I don’t cook for everyone; I cook for those I love.” So says Mariko, the Osaka-born owner/chef/gallerist who helms La Maison des Frigos, the tiny café on the ground floor of the artist squat, Les Frigos, in a rejuvenated section of Paris’s 13ème. Indeed, to eat in her dining room is to be invited into her world and – word to the wise – to follow her rules.

  • The places to buy French organic beauty products in Paris, like at Senteurs de Fée with its purple shop front in the Marais.

    Bio Chic: Our Favorite Organic Beauty Boutiques in Paris

    Senteurs de Fée It’s no secret that French girls love their products. Here in Paris, you can find a cream, serum or supplement for just about anything that ails – from cellulite to les cernes to an old fashioned case of the blues. Mademoiselle Bio Traditionally, most of these (often fabulous) remedies have been found […]

  • Our guide to shopping on a budget in Paris and getting that Parisian street style.

    Parisian Style: Chic Shopping in Paris on a Budget

    There are plenty of ways to score fashionable finds in Paris without breaking that stretched bank account. Just shop like a local. Here’s our cheat sheet for chic (and wearable) souvenirs on a shoestring.

  • French Lessons: Discovering Paris’ Private Schools

    When we first arrived in Paris, I couldn’t wait to enroll my kids in French public school. They were still very young — just three and five — so starting them in our local maternelle seemed like a no brainer.

  • Les Berges: Paris’s New Playground by the Seine

    One of my favorite discoveries this rentrée is “Les Berges,” the newly pedestrianized waterfront that spans the Left Bank from the Pont de l’Alma to the Musee d’Orsay. Here are our favorite ways to enjoy it.

  • Food, Art & Film In the 19eme, Paris’ Latest “It” Neighborhood

    It’s no secret that some of the most interesting things in a city happen off the tourist grid. New restaurants, music and, of course, lots of art gets made in places where the rents are cheaper, the residents funkier and the tourists far fewer. Paris is no exception. Such is true of the area in north eastern Paris in and around the 19eme.

  • HiP Paris Blog, 33 Avenue, Parenting Like a Parisian

    Parenting Like a Parisian: Take the Best, Leave the Rest

    When we decided to move to Paris, I knew parenting here would be different. Not only would the moms (and les petits enfants) be better dressed, they’d enjoy luxuries not known to their American counterparts like guaranteed, paid maternity leave and high quality, state-subsidized childcare.

  • HiP Paris Blog, Carin Olsson, FXTC, Left or Right Bank

    Left Bank or Right Bank: Which Parisian Are You?

    Left bank (Carin Olsson) If you’ve ever dreamed of living in Paris, chances are you’ve thought about where. A funky Montmartre studio with a view? Perhaps a swank one-bedroom in the 6ème with herringbone floors and marble mantles sends your heart racing? Whether you’re more Marais hideaway or St Germain Haussmannian, it turns out that […]

  • HiP Paris Blog, Didier Gauducheau, Le Concert de Cuisine

    Le Concert de Cuisine: A Franco-Japanese Symphony in Motion

    As my husband and I prepared to leave Paris a decade ago, we thought long and hard about where to go for our “au revoir” meal. After three years of steady devotion to classic French food, we decided instead on Hiramatsu, then located on the Ile St-Louis and newly anointed with a Michelin star.