Friday Five : A day in the life (vacation edition)

Hello everyone ! I have been MIA this week because we are on vacation in the Basque Region in the South West part of France, right near Spain & the Pyrenees mountains. I have been busy ! But more of that in some vacation recap posts. Today is about “a day in the life”, so I figured I would do a day in the life while on vacation.

Of course, linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, Mar at Mar on the Run. Be sure to check them out !




Here are 5 highlights of today, which is very similar to every other day this week :


1. 8 a.m. Wake up, feed the cat (yes, we brought him with us on vacation). I am not at all hungry because we went out to dinner last night. But I am dying for coffee. Everyone else is sleeping, so I go down to the restaurant and have 2 cups of coffee while reading the local paper. I haven’t read or seen the news all week, so I get caught up and look at the activities going on during the weekend.


Our cat travels really well ! Asleep in the car…


2. 9 a.m. Go back to the room. Everyone still sleeping deeply, so I decide to go for a run. There is a coastal path I would like to explore. A short run turns into 12 +km. Gorgeous views, lots of hills, lots of runners. I feel proud to be part of the runner community, no matter where you go, runners all look and act the same.

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I could keep running but since I did not eat this morning, I am afraid of hitting a wall. On the way back my watch goes dead. I guess that is a sign that I should be heading back.


3. 11 a.m. Back to the room. I have thought through what the day’s options are. On vacation, we don’t plan ahead too much, a lot of it depends on weather and what we feel like. I am the one that usually does the planning though. So I give everyone 3 options. We decide to head to St. Sebastian in Spain. We drive to Hendaye, leave the car and take a short, 30 minute train ride to Spain. Luckily its not too hot or sightseeing would have been awful. We have tapas and walk around admiring the sights and view.

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4. 6 p.m. Back in Hendaye. There is a Basque festival this evening, and we have friends on vacation here this week also. Should we meet at the beach ? Go to the festival? Everyone is pooped, so we head home.


5. 7:30 p.m. Discussion about where to have dinner. We are staying in a hotel and meal times have been really hard for me. I do so much cooking at home that eating out 3 times a day is just killing me. We decide to go to McDonald’s. Yuck. But at least I can get a salad, and I have to be flexible. My family is tired of us buying a meal a day in the supermarket (where I can get some ham & cheese, fruit and yogurt). Its all about compromise…

After dinner we pack, I do my toenails and we discuss tomorrow’s organization. We are off to Arcachon, a little further north. It has been a great week (except the eating out !)


When you are on vacation do you like to eat out ? Do you get up much later than usual ?

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Comments: 8

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner August 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm Reply

    The one thing I hate about vacations is having to eat out all 3 meals. It drives me crazy too! Hope you are having fun!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 9, 2015 at 9:43 am Reply

      We are now in a rental house for 2 weeks. I can finally cook, yeah !

  2. lacey@fairytalesandfitness August 8, 2015 at 4:04 am Reply

    Enjoy your vacation. It’s always nice to get runs in white we are on vacation. Beautiful pics!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 9, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply

      Thanks ! It has been a great week.

  3. Lindsey August 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, what an amazing place to run! I don’t blame you for not wanting to stop!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 9, 2015 at 9:41 am Reply

      I love running along the ocean… some of my best vacation memories ever.

  4. Mar @ Mar on the Run August 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm Reply

    ah – this looks heavenly! loving all your photos. Enjoy vacation.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration August 9, 2015 at 9:40 am Reply

      Thanks ! Am enjoying it very much.

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