Happy New Year

Happy New Year from France…

Sending you all the very best wishes for a wonderful 2018. Thank you for being here with me. ❤

It’s not the Eiffel Tower, but here’s tonight’s fireplace view.

Cheers!

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Paris, on My Mind…

Paris…

it inspires both dreams and dreamers…

and I’m forever caught in its eternal beauty.

It’s not often that I share my artwork on this blog, however, I feel in this case it is more than appropriate. 

Paris, on My Mind - Artwork by Bellanda

Paris, on My Mind – Artwork by Bellanda

To the dreamers of the world,

My latest creation is dedicated to you… for you make the future worth living.

Thank you!

For more information about Paris on My Mind, please click the photo or visit:  https://atelier-bellanda.pixels.com/featured/paris-on-my-mind-bellanda.html

Medieval buildings in Paris

There is nothing like wandering around the streets of Paris to make you feel like you just jumped back in time… for the history that lies within this city is magical!

11 and 13 rue François Miron, Paris - Photo credit: Bellanda

11 and 13 rue François Miron, Paris – Photo credit: Bellanda

Not far from one of my favorite cafés, La Caféothèque, I stumbled across two examples of medieval architecture that can still be found here in Paris. These historically classified buildings are located at numbers 11 and 13 of rue François Miron and their medieval structures date between the 14th and 16th centuries. The half-timbered buildings have been restored multiple times for security & fire safety reasons, with the most recent renovation dating from the end of the 1960s.

I love that each building has its name engraved on the façade:

  • 11 :  maison À l’enseigne du Faucheur (Faucheur means Reaper)
  • 13 :  maison À l’enseigne du Mouton (Mouton means Sheep)

Let’s just say, that I’ve been inspired by these names and have been making up names (albeit silly) for each building I see… wishing my own building had an interesting name and story to go along with it.

11 and 13 rue François Miron, Paris - Photo credit: Bellanda

11 and 13 rue François Miron, Paris – Photo credit: Bellanda

No matter how long I’ve lived here, this city continues to hold little surprises for me… Paris, je t’aime!

 

Paris never gets old…

As old as it is, Paris is a place that never truly gets old. Walking down its historic streets, soaking in the sights, I can’t help but notice that its beauty never ceases to amaze me. The light changes with each day, casting new shadows and highlights.

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Paris never gets old… nor does this view.    Photo credit: Bellanda

Yes, in the grit and grind of any passing day, it’s possible to focus on the negatives and on the imperfections that this and every other city hold… but for today, after the 2 year anniversary of November 13th, I choose to focus on the beauty of Paris, on the courage of its residents and on this city’s resilience. Paris, Je t’aime…

Paris se souvient... Nov 13th

Paris se souvient… Paris Remembers… November 13th   Photo credit: Bellanda

Natural, safe & straight out of Paris!

 

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DayDry Probiotic Deodorant

As some of you know, I’ve been struggling with health issues over the last couple of years. I have an autoimmune connective tissue disease. In order to slow down the progression of my illness, I need to take anywhere from 9-15 medications a day. This got me thinking that maybe I should be trying to reduce the other chemicals that enter my body via deodorants, etc. I’ve decided to share my story here, in case some of you are in the same situation as I found myself in, or if you are just trying to limit your exposure to aluminum salts, paraben, etc. In addition, this is the perfect place to share it, because my story has a Paris twist!

I began looking for natural personal hygiene products for myself and for my pre-adolescent children. They are at the age when this kind of thing becomes an issue, and I wanted to limit their exposure to chemicals out there as much as possible.  I know we can’t stop everything, but this is an area where we can actually protect them from the start.

Thus began 8 months of hit and miss research which left us feeling deflated. I searched blog after blog for ideas and recipes. Out of desperation, we comically began trying to make our own homemade deodorants. Yes, you can laugh. Thank goodness my dear sweet man felt the same way about all of this as I did, or perhaps he would have had me taken away as lunatic as I applied concoctions of essential oils and baking soda or when I rubbed fresh lemon juice on myself. I must have looked very sexy with the occasional pulp that escaped and got stuck under my arms.

It was a crazy adventure, but we took it on as a family and it left us laughing more than once as we compared nasty little rashes or embarrassing body odor stories. Nothing we made or found on the market worked, and if it did work, it left us with skin irritations. Finally, we came across a product made in France… Paris to be exact! Who knew we would find something so close to home? I knew I loved this city!

DayDry Probiotic Deodorant & Wipes

DayDry Probiotic Deodorant & Travel Wipes

DayDry probiotic deodorant actually worked! It is all natural, with no chemicals and no side effects. DayDry uses probiotics to fight the proliferation of the bacteria that causes body odors, without stopping perspiration (which is actually good for you). All four of us started using it, and couldn’t be happier. It doesn’t stain clothing. It doesn’t sting, and most importantly it works!

Now, the only problem I have is that when we are confronted with wafting body odors from others, my daughter can’t understand why I won’t go up to total strangers and tell them that they don’t have to smell like that if they use DayDry. She gives me that look and says, “So, you’re just going to let them go on smelling badly? That’s not very nice of you.” Trust me, if there was a way to tactfully tell those people, as they are pressing up against me in the Paris metro or on a bus during rush hour, I would!

I did, however, begin to talk about it with friends and family. I even talked to my pharmacist about it and she loved the probiotic aspect of the product so much that she added it to her pharmacy. Somehow I felt like I was doing my part to help people. When the owners of DayDry found out, they asked if I’d be interested in doing some part-time work for them from my home via Internet. After their success in France, they had decided to launch their products in the North American market.

They’ve just set up an English Facebook Page DayDry North America – Facebook Page & an English Website DayDry Website.

Let me know if you have any questions. Hopefully, this can help you out. I still can’t believe we found it, in of all places, Paris!

Oh, and a little word of advice… be sure your t-shirts aren’t already imbedded with body odor from previous deodorants. Consider it a good excuse to go shopping for new clothes in Paris.  😉

Water Levels Rise in Paris & Seine Overflows

 

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Paris, France – June 2016 – Photo Credit: Bellanda

Although nothing like the Great Flood of Paris in 1910, the Seine has risen to impressive heights. As you can see, it has taken over the Quai and continues to rise.

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Paris, France – June 2016 – Photo Credit: Bellanda

 

 

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Paris, France – June 2016 – Photo Credit: Bellanda

 

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Paris, France – June 2016 – Photo Credit: Bellanda

 

Feature Photo Paris Flood

Paris, France – June 2016 – Photo Credit: Bellanda

As a result of the rising levels of the Seine, metro and RER closings have begun for reasons of security. RER C in Paris, the central section, will be closed from 4 pm today.  Due to its close proximity to the Seine, Metro Saint-Michel Notre Dame station is already closed, and several other connections are no longer possible.

– Bir-Hakeim sur la ligne 6

– Invalides sur les lignes 8 et 13

– Assemblée Nationale sur la ligne 12

– gare Saint-Michel (RER B et ligne 4)

– Cluny La Sorbonne sur la ligne 10

Please check with RATP for further updates on metro/RER closings/openings:

http://www.ratp.fr/fr/ratp/c_15907/l-etat-du-trafic-sur-nos-reseaux/

UPDATE: 

Exceptional closure of the Musée du Louvre & Musée d’Orsay on Friday, June 3, 2016 due to the rising level of the Seine. The museum staff will be doing what is necessary to protect works located in flood zones.