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 […]
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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 – more
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Erica’s Weekend away from Paris: a Country Cottage in Normandy

My French Country Cottage in Normandy – Photos Erica Berman It can be hard to get Parisians out of Paris for a weekend. We think we want to go somewhere, but when push comes to shove it just seems so complicated that we prefer an apéro, a more
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Life in Italy vs. Life in France: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, Erica Berman shared her most telling anecdotes about the difference between life in France and life in Italy. While most of us can only envy the lifestyle that makes intimate knowledge of those details a part of daily more
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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 more
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Chateau de Miserey – A Heavenly Day Trip from Paris

Sharon, HiP Paris friend and the author behind “My French Country Home”, has a lovely blog about the delights of living in the French countryside with her husband, children and… horses?? Yes, it’s true. She seems to live the dream! Here she more
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Colletta di Castelbianco: A Medieval Village With Internet in Liguria

Photos Erica Berman (The garden of our rental & the common pool) For some happy reason no one — except the Italians and a few others in the know — has heard of Liguria aside from well-known towns Portofino and Cinque Terre. It is more

Vacation Rentals for Those Who Don’t just Travel, they Experience.

Boutique rentals from our trusted partner Haven In

Paris · Provence · Tuscany · London
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Rosa Jackson stays in Erica’s Haven in Paris Montmartre Flat

Rosa Jackson, the fabulous food writer and chef, is based in Nice where she conducts market tours and succulent Provençal cooking classes. She travels to Paris frequently (as one must) in order to keep up with the restaurant scene. Last year, more
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24 Hours Paris: Marsha Moore’s Alternative New Guide Book

Little Brown Pen – Rue Montorgueil When Marsha Moore contacted me in April about her upcoming Paris guide book 24 Hours Paris, (note: To order 24 Hours Paris, click here), I was interested, but too busy to delve into it at the time. Little more
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Stranded in Paris: How to Take Advantage of Every Extra Moment

All photos by Maggie Battista, except where noted The volcanic eruption in Iceland has changed my (and likely your) travel plans pretty dramatically. I was supposed to be back with the husband in cold and rainy New England but am instead more
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Last-Minute Availability in Haven in Paris Apartments Right Now!

Photos courtesy of Haven in Paris Don’t you just hate it when a volcano explodes and ruins all your travel plans? Us too. Then again, Paris is not such a bad place to be stranded. If you’re in Paris and looking for a place to stay, more
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Traveling: Not Easy, but Still So Worth It! Traveling has never been less easy. Fortunately, untold numbers of intrepid travelers continue to trot the globe appreciating that the joy of the journey trounces the irritation of a few hours almost every time. I was lucky this more
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Alternative Paris Tours: Rent a Local Friend

Mathilde, my local friend Think back to that moment when you first landed in a foreign city and disorientation set in like a thick, heavy fog. If you were a girl or boy scout, maybe you could tell north from south, but buildings, perspectives, more
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