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Awaken to Seine River Cruises

Posted in French Books, French Travel, French Women, Paris with tags , , , , , on March 4, 2014 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour everyone,

Can you picture yourself floating along here…


aboard a boat on the glassy waters of the Seine? A twilight cruise with other tourists, although cliched, can be one of the best ways to see Paris transform into two worlds; the glittering city of Paris by night comes to life at twilight as it glides by on its glorious, mirrored world of reflections.

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Go with a friend. Go without. It makes no difference here. Feel the breeze and relax on board any one of the boats referred to by the French as ‘ les bateau mouche”. Buy your ticket at the dock. Most boats dock at Pont d’Alba near the Eiffel Tower which you’ll see from here…


and it will cost you about 12.50 euros. You may want to pick up a bottle of bubbly from here…


as well. I do recommend you go a little earlier to get your tickets and be top of the queue to secure your choice seats- undercover or at the bow if you feel like doing a ‘Titanic’ with arms outstretched.

You can reserve tickets online at the official site here:


To capture the experience, my french awakening insists you give a thought to employ the lovely and creative Australian- come- Paris- resident, photographer  Carla Coulson who offers a four hour photo shoot anywhere in Paris. Her unique forte lies in photographing women in Paris. She not only highlights Paris glamour and sheer femininity but manages to intensify inner beauty so well that it makes not only for an unforgettable momento of portrait shots but an altogether uplifting experience in itself. You can see her gorgeous work at  her website gallery in ‘Carla Loves Photography’ at or her many published books.

Imagine yourself under Paris light. It’s not too difficult is it?


Best Wishes, Therese

Copyright@2014 Therese Waddell


Awaken to Provence and French Wineries

Posted in French Affair, French Books, French Travel, French wineries, South East France with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour everyone,

I couldn’t let this Year disintegrate into the fizz of celebration without making a mad dash to the laptop and pronounce to all and sundry that for me 2013 will indeed be even brighter than its rivalled past. Why? Well you may remember my experiences at The Paris International Cooking School which fostered my love of French cuisine after which, I decided to take the plunge and dissolve into the kitchen world of stainless steel to become a chef. Hence, my absence from myfrenchawakening blogs and France herself. And oh how I have missed it all!

So I know its going to be even better before the New Year rings true as I’m off to Provence in May with cooking lessons and fabulous excursions which make my heart jump already. Can you hear it?

I’ll be seeing and doing much more from my provincial bucket list, like spending time slowly with a glass of very good wine in hand on this balcony…



at  Chateau La Canorgue between Avignon and Aix en Provence, made famous in the magical film called ‘A Good Year’ with Russell Crowe and Marion Cottilard…


and based on a superb little book by Peter Mayle  who obviously loved this part of France so much he chose to call the Luberon home and it inspired him to write the book in the first place. His book is filled with humour which comes about through acute personal observation and a healthy dose of affection with moving tales of great people in such a great place. Just like the Margens for instance.

They’re the real life owners of Chateau La Canorgue and behind peeling burnt umber stone walls of a home slumbering under the shade of aged trees, Nathalie and her father Jean- Pierre together make a formidable team with their hard work and wine knowledge recognised in the carefully selected title of ‘Wine Growers of the Year.’ The Margens’ natural and organic beautiful wines from hand picked grapes reign supreme. It’s quality over quantity here in Provence. Isn’t that what we all want really?

In fact,  this entire area- unspoilt and gorgeous in the extreme, will make you fall in love with France again and again.

Why don’t you come over sometime?

Yes, it’s going to be ‘A Good Year’ alright.Happy New Year to you and your families. May it be your best yet. xx

Au Revoir and Best Wishes for an unbeatable 2013.

Therese Waddell

Copyright @ 2012 Therese Waddell

Awaken to French Women

Posted in Food and Recipes, French Books, French Women with tags , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour mes amis,

It’s an undeniable fact that French women are lithe and slender in stature, would you agree? Over the years, my french awakening turned into sheer curiousity as to why this phenomena is true.

It’s initially quite strange to comprehend. French women (including many of my friends) have at their fingertips and regularly enjoy red wine with lunch and dinner, buttery sauces and dressings and of course their desserts of pastries, gateaux and creamy concoctions. Under normal circumstances these would undoubtedly expand the tummies and explode unsuspecting lipid deposits beneath any skin. But not the female French skin. Hmm…

According to the author Mireille Guiliano who wrote ‘ Why French Women Don’t Get Fat’…

There are a number of fool proof techniques/philosophy that French women employ in order to maintain their petite girl-like bodies…

1. French women eat for pleasure (not diet for misery).

2. Leek soup seems to hold magical powers.

3. Eat slowly and steadily.

4. Drink plenty of water.

5. Eat a variety of foods and increase more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

6. Use portion control.

7. Eat only at the table sitting down, not in front of the tv (a rule my mother still insists upon!)

8. Avoid the bread pre starter.

9. Make adult choices about what foods go into your mouth. Go for quality.

10. Try to find new interests and move your body more.

All these things make a lot of sense and one can’t deny that most French women look fantastic for any age. They must be doing something definately right even though they are surrounded by boulangeries and patisseries at every corner!

Mireille also shares with us a few french beauty secrets, including home made remedies to stay young and healthy, at:

‘Why French Women Don’t Get Fat’ is filled with thoughtful insights into French women, French foods, French eating and French recipes.

The only question I have, knowing now why they don’t get fat, is HOW DO FRENCH WOMEN BALANCE THEIR LIFE with work and family and kids and…

with less time in the day given the fact that three meals are generally consumed daily with a long lunch in between? Arhh the juggling act!

Any ideas?

Au revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010 Therese Waddell