BONNIEBONNEAU's SparkPeople Blog BONNIEBONNEAU's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Halloween In Paris <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Its been a record year for this Halloween for me. When I first move here, a few years ago, I was told this holiday is not popular here, nor do children like it. I could not believe this, how can children not like a candy overdose? <BR> <BR> Most of the French say, this is a “new holiday” to them. They view it as a small event only practiced by a few children to get a few “bon-bons” (candy).... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:16:14 EST Found a Gym in Paris -Health City on Champs in Paris Bonjour, <BR> With my new job, comes more money .. and since I can not use the town pool anymore, because I am working 12 hrs a day now. I had to quit the Pool, and I found this gym. its not too bad in price .. they charge 150.00 admin fee ( yep ) <BR> and its 86.00 euros a month .. <BR> but they have showers, and lots of machines, and you get 3 free visits with a personal trainer .. <BR> for this city, the price is not too bad ..the funny part, its next to Starbucks and MCD .. I now only e... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:54:47 EST How to Dress for Paris In Winter - The Rules of 2's I posted a video - instead of writing - I thought it would be easier for the viewer . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wanted to share with you - how I dress, for the cold weather here, in Paris.I decided to make a video - which i thought would be easier to follow. After much testing - I created the Rules of 2's. Since the tourist books, do not get into details how cold it can get here - let me tell you - around 25 - 35 F ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:39:24 EST Unexpected Trip to Serignan,France & French Inheritance (Robbery) Laws (July 2016) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the month of July- some unexpected news arrived from the South of France. A 3rd cousin died, and she left all her assets to her favorite relative. She( we will name her Jean), never married, and never had children, she was 75 years old. Both of Jean’s parents passed on, and her sisters died before her. This was an unexpected Blessing- for I was getting cabin fever with my broken foot, an... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:05:12 EST Girlfriends - looking back... <img src=""> <BR> I was recently given a question about friendship – and why do some people feel, like they have no friends. The girl was young- around 25, and felt alone. Her feelings prompted her to post on You Tube, about this issue. <BR> <BR> I was at first surprised; because she was so young to ask such a question. I thought, she should be out, buying some fad fashion item, that will embarrass her in 10 year... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 04:42:46 EST Trying to garden with a broken foot -- not easy Well, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> its been since March, when I fell down the stairs and broke 3 bones in my foot & pulled tendons. The swelling has gone down, I now can wear a sneaker, but have to wear my cast and this makes the sneaker tighter. I was told, that to prevent blog clots , I had to have some kind of activity, so I thought, to start designing my " sitting garden". Little did I know, how much this would take... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 05:20:07 EST Nice,France Attack - Sometimes I hate being Right <img src=""> <BR> What can I say to comfort my readers? Nothing- France’s newest Attack by another Muslim in Nice, now takes 10 children to death. The news has been constant on the French TV .. his name (Mohammad), his legal status( French resident ONLY because he married a French woman- and now divorcing), his known violent history, & arrested. <BR> <BR> Again, France reacts, instead of pro-acting. When you are... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:05:23 EST Britain leaves EU - a smart decision ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Congrads UK !! once again, they must show the world - the EU is broken- can't control debt, can't control migration - and not worth trying to fix . This EU has created Brussels as the Terrorist Capital - Sweden as the Rape Capital - -Paris Cafés nervous - and Germany having gang rapes all the time , like in Cologne . <BR> <BR> Take the lead & become a better, stronger country as an example... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:07:45 EST French Tuna Sandwich disaster in Paris <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bonjour, <BR> I thought I share some reasons why ; I go to eat at McDonalds in Paris. Now most of you have raised your eyebrows in shock, thinking "why, when Paris has the best food in the world? " <BR> First reason; the food here, like NYC is expensive when you live here, and eat every day in a big city. So finding a good deal for 5.00 a meal becomes tricky. <BR> 2nd reason - no surpri... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:03:48 EST French Medical System – Injury at work and the disability process <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don’t know how many of you, had accidents that resulted in broken bones. I can say – this was my first – 2 months ago- it was the result of me falling down stairs, while I was working. This last point is very important, which I will discuss later on. It was due either to me, not paying attention, or from my physical exhaustion – either way, the end result was breaking my bone, under the an... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:11:59 EST Common Mistake #3 - Tourists make in Paris - No Sneakers <img src=""> <BR> ( all pics are on site - <BR> This fashion rule/style was a little confusing to me at first. Parisians, for all the rumors of how much they hate Americans – have embraced A LOT of our fashion “lows”. Yes , sneakers are a low.. <BR> <BR> If education serves me correct – back ‘ in the old days of dinosaurs ‘ , you would go to school in shoes, then change into your ‘ gym clothes’ ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 03:35:09 EST movie review - CAFE <img src=""> <BR> Hi, <BR> i just watched a good movie called ‘Café’, no.. its not about a French café – but a café in Philly . It has a wonderful interwoven storyline – that has realistic characters. There are several story lines and all interconnect at this simple coffee stop. My personal favorite is the mysterious café owner – whom no one has ever seen or meet. I can see myself as this owner – and how the owne... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:38:33 EST Watching a train wreck called the EU. The Brussels attack and the ISIS statistics (France in terrori <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ( please note - all pics are on site -, it takes too long to upload 2x) <BR> <BR> Yesterday another attack occurred in the EU, this time in Belgium. It is believed to be connected to the same man, who bombed the Paris café. Yes, they (finally) caught this monster; this news was on every TV station, newspaper headlines. All of this coverage was supposed to ease the minds of ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 06:14:29 EST Broken foot in France Bonjour, <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Hard to believe it .. but I fell down the stairs - and now the foot has 2 small cracks on the side, where I landed .. and because this happened at work -- I discovered , here in France, there is a special insurance for accidents related to work .. no special doctors, or special disability board to review my medical records .. its 100 % paid for by employer. <BR> <BR> I had P... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:21:50 EST Merkel's Migrant Mess & USA Don't Save the Day ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ( I posted the complete pics for story on site - ) <BR> <BR> I have been working on this issue, trying to find hard core statistics, and to my amazement, they are VERY hard to find. This is NOT by accident- but, I believe on purpose, because the numbers, would scare many people. <BR> <BR> I see the EU, as a poor copy of the United States. What they tried to do, was copy ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 13:42:07 EST Common Mistake #2, Tourists make in Paris - Flip Flops <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This may be news to some young people reading this –“Anything does not Go”. In this age of “sloppy comfort”, that has been marketed very well by companies like; Nike, Danskin, to promote the idea of wearing your sport clothes everywhere. It’s a false claim, why ? –simple– profit. <img src=""> Sadly America has a... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:49:50 EST Common Mistakes Americans make in Paris, France --- BONJOUR <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Common mistakes tourist make in Paris – simple rules to follow when in France <BR> <BR> There are several issues that I would like to share with the readers. It has become very common that the French culture requires behaviors and IF you do not follow these small rules, your punishment would be given quickly and honestly. I am not saying the Parisians are without fault .. but theirs i... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:23:11 EST Notice to all Tourists coming to Paris this winter Bonjour, <BR> I thought I share with everyone, if you plan on coming to Paris, bring your rain gear . Its been raining, or heavy misting for 3 days, and the ground is mud. The sky is grey with lots of clouds . The temps range from 40 - 33 F <BR> so you will also need your jacket - and most folks wear a nylon style , with a liner <BR> and some kind of hat, and gloves -- and of course the famous French scarf .. <BR> <BR> but boots are a must -- sneakers will be soaked and who wants soggy f... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:18:08 EST The Big Decision The Big Decision <BR> Page 1 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not sure if its normal, to think in terms of Pros and Cons, when one reviews their lives. Its not a pleasant thing to do, to yourself.. thus why maybe no one does it. The fear of having too many negatives and not many positives.. I agree, its risky. If you want to honestly look at things – in a logical manor, you have to push forward – and ‘tak... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:34:29 EST Paris 2nd Attack - posted on Nov 14th on FB <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a very strange day , going into Paris to work, the metro was empty, the stores in Les Halles, were closed - and its a hugh underground mall, all closed up... all big places were closed, like the Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, most of the tourists were frustrated and shocked at the night time attacks. <BR> <BR> i heard some tourist changing their plans, because the Musee were... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:20:55 EST Paris school - Marie de Paris <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Marie de Paris is a horrible school !! <BR> I am giving up - I went to get my exam results tonight at school at rue Vic d Zir, and they told me I failed , but refused to show me the exam errors - and if I only missed the first time by 6 points ,; I am sure , I got closer, or even passed this time around - I realized - in a essay exam, to write the mim words required - which was 40, and I t... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 04:18:57 EST Trapped in a Train with Codependent French <img src=""> <BR> ( full pics are on the blog site- I can't copy and paste pics on SP) <BR> <BR> Living in Paris, and not speaking French very well, has forced me to become observant of peoples’ actions. I watch people interact daily, talking, buying food, shopping for clothes, walking their dogs. This also includes using public transportation- in Paris. I am one of 6 million that use the government funded trains ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:25:09 EST Rosacea Laser 7 days later bonjour, <BR> the red burn look is gone, but now, i have large red spots on the face - almost looks the same, as when i started <BR> <BR> the face is not swollen, but tender to touch <BR> <BR> i have to use a thick face cream, with a 50 sunblock, when i go out <BR> getting healed slowly :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:38:56 EST Paris 2nd Arrod. the financial area <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Common facts ; <BR> This area is small in size, about 250 acres. Back home – that is called a farm. The nickname for the area is called – the financial arrondissement, but don’t expect to see a French version of Wall Street. Its has the Financial Bourse as the anchor. Which is the French version of the NYSE, but the French do not have the capitalistic instinct that is common in the USA. ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:29:10 EST Rosacea Laser Treatments <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> I am on a 3 day rest, from this treatment. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this was a pic of my face, before the laser. as you can see - lots of red spots . they were not pimples, just bumps, that spread more and more every year. and I always felt like my face was sunburned, <BR> <BR> the laser, was the final solution, after failed treatments of creams and pills <BR> this is a pic of my ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:06:37 EST Vintage Video work out - The Firm - Body Sculpt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bonjour, <BR> I did this work out ,and its very strange to see, 20 year olds , coaching the public about working out ... like they have no fat .. wait till they are over 30 - then lets talk ! lol <BR> <BR> But I did the video, and they use a strange 2 step boxes, called ' fanny trimmer' , another gadget, that was sold to many, and useless .. they keep moving the boxes around , but you can ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:30:22 EST Parisian Chic - rule 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> bonjour, <BR> yes, I am here to confirm, that Parisian women do not wear suits - matchy -matchy outfits . they see this, as a possible weakness ? or lack of creativity ? either way - you will not see suits in Paris <BR> <BR> this is something, that I really don't follow - thus why I look American -- <BR> <BR> I still love the 'power suit ',, with a tons of pearls - like something Coco w... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:21:15 EST Vintage Video- Dirk Benedict- Gut Busters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> I have been doing this video once a week, and its a snap shot in time. I never heard of this man, but he said, he was on popular show - A Team <BR> But the best part of this video is his SOCKS !! I have never seen socks on men, that almost reach his knee ! its so funny to watch this, <BR> and of course - he is wearing little shorts , with big socks - its so funny <BR> <BR> as ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 16:09:55 EST 3 BIG mistakes Tourists make in Paris <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1 - NO AC. Since Paris is a very old city – and these building were built before AC was common – Do not expect your rental apartment or room to have this. If you come during the summertime – be prepared for this inconvenience. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 2- Elevators and escalators are not common in public place... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 14:29:13 EST Vintage video workout - Ab Isolator -Tony Little Hi, <BR> I am on this weird quest, to do only vintage workouts - maybe, I like the 1980s , or maybe, I like how different they were . I like , listening to how different they talk - before professional voice coaches ?? <BR> <BR> I like doing this video - don't own the isolator, but you can get a good work out, just doing it on the mat -- <BR> <BR> I also ( I know its weird ) , how he is always yelling at me !! YOU CAN DO IT !! <BR> its a short workout , 15-30 min, depending if you do the... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:06:58 EST Vintage Video - Yoga Rhythms - Baywatch Workouts ?? I am trying to get back on my work out routine, and since there are no gyms here, I have no partner , or anyone to talk to . Most French people don't 'do gyms' <BR> <BR> So when I am State side, I pick up 10-20 tapes, that I never heard or seen before, like a surprise .. and this work out was good !! <BR> <BR> I never heard of this actress, and it starts with African dancing , very simple routine, but active . then it goes into yoga movements - but a little faster than normal . then the t... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:56:14 EST Jacklyn Smith’s Pants <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today, wanted to change our topic a little – back to living here, In this city called Paris – <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the first things, I noticed here, looking at the women, is how much thinner they are, compared to the USA. This is a general fact, known to most people – but what is not common knowledge, it the lack of ‘working out ‘, t... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:24:21 EST sewing question <img src=""> <BR> <BR> bonjour, <BR> i want to ask everyone, a sewing question <BR> i am looking for a good you tube video <BR> on how to insert elastic , into a skirt <BR> by hand - ha ha <BR> <BR> yes i have a machine, but i need my dining table to set up, and that is <BR> under my kitchen cabinets ... yep :( <BR> <BR> so if you have a good one, plse send to me <BR> merci Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:29:36 EST Paris Attack <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Its leaking out in the press, that these brothers, attended a Mosque, where this was preached. Here is my question - why , do they allow this to be preached ?? Is there not a head of the area, who could shut down this kind of speech ?? <BR> <BR> There is also talk on the french TV, that , things need to change here, but they don't know, how much to change yet , the media announced today, that over 5,000 possibl... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:05:58 EST Paris Terror Attack Bonjour, <BR> I am still here, <BR> this happened about 10 blocks from where I work <BR> <BR> this is now my 2nd attack that I lived through <BR> the first was WTC the first bombing <BR> and now this attack <BR> <BR> over a comic newspaper, that makes fun of everything, <BR> even the Pope , but I do not see, Christians , killing over this <BR> <BR> its so sad, <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0710777 </link> Thu, 8 Jan 2015 01:32:14 EST 3 Seconds Sermon <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once upon a Christmas Day, there was a young lady, who lived in a very strange land called – ‘Quoi’. This land spoke a very strange language, one that Abby, did not understand, though she tried all the time, with CD’s and language class. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, one Christmas Day, Abby found herself attending a church service, that was on... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 15:42:26 EST Christmas Tree in petite salon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> well, Christmas is coming, and i have been working getting this home, in the spirit .. so for the Petite Salon - i put up a small white tree, i have been liking these white trees , they allow, the light colored ornaments to stand out ..and i have been fixed on this ' ice blue ', for winter, for a long time now .. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ALSO, if anyone c... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:33:03 EST Happy Birthday Coco !! Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It’s a sunny day in Paris, with a blue sky and fat, white puffy clouds slowly moving across the city. There is a small wind, that requires a jacket in the morning & evening. This day should be a holiday in France – it is not. <BR> <BR> I have fallen back into an old school format – where summers were spent reading novels. I am glad, that I n... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:58:40 EST Book Review - What not to Wear - first book <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was hoping these ladies would be the perfect teacher for me - i was wrong. First - most women have multi issuers at the same time ( i am 5'4", with a C-cup & a tummy) this book, breaks down the body into parts - and deals with dressing ' the problem part ' , BUT sometimes, dressing for one body part - will not work for the other body part !! ugh ! What I really did not like - is how they ' posed for the worst lo... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:59:51 EST Foot Rest & Star Wars <img src=""> <BR> <BR> well, <BR> i finally had to deal with the foot issue - that started months ago the MD, who saw my foot, has written to my work - that I need to be out for 3 wks, due to this issue so here i am - trying to prep for tax return 2013 , due in oct ( tons of receipts to scan) , and watching Star Wars movies ( this plot is so complicated !! i can't belv this was so popular ) yesterday, the foot doc - shot me up with 4 ne... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:52:24 EST Book Review - French Women Don't Get Fat Pulled tendon in my foot, has now left me on ' foot rest' , i am not allowed to work, until i get a shot of cortisone in the heel. So now that I am not allowed to work for 2 weeks, I have taken to my old habits of summertime reading ... <BR> <BR> and what better book to review - than FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I moved to Paris, and can confirm, what Mirelle says about the culture here..for one thi... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 04:58:01 EST 2 Red Heads & the Wolf <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One thing , i really do not like about SP - is i can't copy & paste with my pics inserted in text - it will only post the text part .. <BR> <BR> i am back in the States, and had not enjoyed my working vacation at all <BR> <BR> i posted the blog on <BR> <BR> its been a 'bad trip' Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:30:22 EST Paris Fashion Stores for Budget Shopping – Good Deals ! hello, <BR> i posted a blog about cheap shopping in this expensive city at <BR> <BR> merci Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:11:11 EST Paris Photography Museum -Maison Europeenne de la Photographie I like photography, its an art form that allows the absolute truth to be shared – or a total fiction . I thought visiting the “Maison Européenne de la Photographie”, would have been a nice adventure – I like Robert Doniseau’s work . He captured in black & white, everyday drama with the common working Parisian. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to view his work with a variety of subjects,. and to educate myself about this artist. <BR> <BR> The Museum ‘s ticket price is 8.00, and free on Wednesday after... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 03:33:07 EST Brocantes Fairs are France's Goodwill Stores <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now that summer in Paris is in full force, with sunny days and temps that hit around 90F. I want to share with you something, which is very common here, it’s called a BROCANTE. Think of this as a yard sale – for the whole village!! Usually, its one day a year, and most of them take place on the weekends, to allow working people the ability to partake in the annual event. <BR> When it was announced that our area,... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:51:37 EST Paris Fashion Gods -Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to continue our list of “Paris Fashion Gods”. Givenchy is another designer, I learned about through my nose (had you going in a different direction, didn’t I? ha). Working as a perfume sales girl, I was sent to a seminar every time a new perfume was introduced. At these seminars, we were taught, the different levels of quality; toilette, eau du perfume, etc.. And most important was the “perfume notes ... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 16:10:40 EST Rosacea in France’s Social Medical System <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I have Rosacea, I hate it, I can’t control it – and neither can the doctors it seems. They say there is no cure – but I do not believe it, the truth is , no real money has been put into finding a cure ask ?? Because it affects “women 3X more than men “. I think this is the real reason. I am not joking. If the medical “profession” , can find a way deal with “ limp daddy’s”, by i... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:41:03 EST Medieval Provin / Paris Village <img src=""> <BR> Once upon a time, in a vast and green country side (France), there stood a strong village called “Provin”. In this busy village , there was a King & Queen – who ruled the village. Lucky for everyone- the King did not require all the newest contraptions to be installed , he was kinda cheap, so the village stayed at it was. Provin, started in the Roman times, but I can not firm this . The village has a population of 12,00... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:40:46 EST French Cowboy video <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bonjour my friends , <BR> I want to share with you, a state of confusion that is ..somehow , being taught to all Americans , myself included. Someone - somewhere, started a rumor , that the French do not like Americans ( maybe it was a jealious english person -ha). I have found this VERY FALSE. - The love the American west style , & music . <BR> <BR> When other students hear me speak, they know ( by my accent), I... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:56:53 EST 13 hr days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As some of you know, I am kinda stuck, in a schedule that is not very flexible , 3 days a week . (M,T, & Th). <BR> <BR> i start the day around 9 am, take care of the dogs, do some laundry , then get ready to leave at 11;00 am. <BR> <BR> I try to eat a salad w/tuna and tomatoes with a diet coke before I leave. <BR> <BR> once at work - I do not get a lunch break - so i have to eat something, that can be eaten ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:15:25 EST