Parisian Living

Having a French Name Doesn’t Make You French

When we got the idea to move to France, I thought my problems were over. Yvonne is a French name! People had been asking me if I was French for as long as I could remember, so I pictured myself
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Living vs. Making a Life: An American in Paris

At the time, the choice was an easy one, and my 13-year-old thought process simple: “Latin’s dead; I don’t like the way German sounds; all the
by Erin Dahl
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La Bise: The Art of the French Air Kiss

As a new Parisienne, I was baffled by la bise. I was raised in Texas, where the traditional greeting was a full-contact hug. When I later moved
by Yvonne Shao
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Paris Like the First Time, Again

Coming back after a lengthy hiatus, so much had changed. I’m living in new neighborhoods, seeing new people, tasting new foods. It’s like the
by Bryan Pirolli
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La Rentrée: Paris Re-Awakens

Paris stretched. It was time to get back to work, and she was ready. Some people need springtime to feel reborn, but Paris just needs La Rentrée.
by Yvonne Shao
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The London Experiment: Paris vs London

Many have explored the cultural peculiarities of the two cities. I get it, they’re different. But now that I’m back in Paris, I never thought I’d
by Bryan Pirolli
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An Aussie in Paris: Learning French

While writing a thesis on French film at university in Australia, I thought it would probably be a good idea to learn French. I spent a year
by Ali Postma
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Paris Summer Prep Lesson Two: The Bikini

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
by Yvonne Shao
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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
by Yvonne Shao
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Another Expat in the City of Light: Finding ‘Home’ in Paris

The expat experience is full of trails and errors, risks and rewards, and often the payoff is not at all what we expect. As expats, we take what
by Marisa Gupta
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Dining out in Paris with Kids: One Ex-Pat Mom’s Experience

I wish there was the perfect how-to guide to dining out with kids. Well, other than “Don’t do it. Stay home and cook.”...Bouncing back and forth
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January Paris Events: Cake and Beer Pairing, Degas Danse Dessin, Galette des Rois & More

Kick off the New Year in Paris with a month full of events to help you make or break your New Year's resolutions. From culinary delights to
by Emily Dilling
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Happy New Year 2018! A Look Back HiP Paris’ Best of 2017

One of the joys of running a blog like Hip Paris is that it gives us the opportunity to work with fabulous writers, photographers, and
by Emily Dilling