The average height for a French woman is 5'3.7" which means that at almost 5'4, I am not petite and do not have to pay for costly alterations. Sleeves are not too long nor shoulders too broad. Where I live, outside of Vancouver, many shoppers are Asian, so petite sizes are often sizes 2, 4 and 6. Based on a study commissioned by the French clothing industry, the average weight of a French woman is 137.6 pounds. At only 5'4.8, the average American woman weighs in at 163.4 pounds based on a study by the National Center for Health Statistics.
Personally, I have been walking about four hours of the day and am living on the third floor of a building without an elevator. Since my visitors have left, I have dispensed with the "happy hour",
eat my main meal with a glass of wine at lunch and have a very light dinner. I do find that I am hungry during the night. I love the salades composées at lunch but I steer away from those with too much cheese or charcuterie. Even if you order a three course formule du midi, your servings will not be too large. Although I live next to Poilâne, I have only eaten one croissant during my stay and I appreciate the beauty of countless windows of lovely desserts without feeling a need to consume. This is probably a typical lifestyle for a 60 plus French woman.
|Choose any kind of seafood you desire|
|Cooked chickens with salad for a takeout dinner|
|Add lots of vegetables|
I like to drink Badoit water in between meals.
I have made some purchases, mostly on rue St. Placide.
|I chose this coral jacket to go with my floral jean skirt. The band at the waist actually makes me look thinner.|
|This tunic can be worn with jeans.|