Over the past few years, I’ve decided to spend the Thanksgiving holiday traveling overseas. I find it’s a quiet time and slower pace that really helps me recharge from a busy year. Last year was cycling in Mallorca, Spain. This year was a culinary trip in Provence. It’s been quite a long time since I was in France and I was really looking forward to it. The first stop was Paris. I was training for a 50 miler at the time so I took in all of the sights while getting in my miles. Running is such a fun way to see a city.
I was really pleased with the plant-based food choices. I found organic fruit and vegetable stands and so many options at on the menu.
The pièce de résistance was dinner at Arpège. I ordered the vegetable tasting menu and enjoyed countless dishes made with local produce.
The second half of the trip was a relaxing escape to the south of France. I found a wonderful cottage nestled in a quiet town. My host was a vegetarian and had a delicious dinner waiting upon arrival. She knew all of the best places to shop for organic food. It was so great to be able to cook with fresh local ingredients.
The trip concluded with a Truffle Hunt! There was a small group of us and we got to see the dogs in action. Taste testing some fresh truffles was truly a highlight of the trip.
It was a success. I managed to relax, train for my race and eat amazing fresh food the entire time I was in France! I even got to check out the famous Mont Ventoux (from the car). I opted for some more leisurely cycling on a perfectly paved path with a picnic lunch. Can't wait to go back again some day. So much more to see and eat!