Vacation favorites & vacay-fessions

I am linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run for this week’s Friday Five, which is is a topic of favorites.


This post was inspired by my recent vacation to Crete (Greece). There is so much to love about vacation and I have a ton of favorites, but there are also vacation-fessions that go along with those favorites. If you are interested in knowing more about Crete, you can check out my posts Crete week 1 and Crete week 2.

My Cretan vacation faves : 

Relaxing. I spent a lot of time disconnected from social media which gave me time to sleep, read, and just do nothing but people watch.


…at the same time, I vacation-fess that there were times I preferred to stay in the air-conditioned hotel because the idea of putting on sticky sunscreen again just was not appealing. It was sunny and 95 degrees everyday, temps we never get in Paris.

Reading. I hardly ever have time make time to sit and read during the year because I am always on the go, and zap constantly between everything I do. I was happy to have finished four books in 2 weeks, a record for me. I had downloaded several on my kindle before I left.

… but I vacation-fess that sometimes I miss a book with pages. I bought a couple paperbacks recently because I was craving a “real” book.

Running. I am in the middle of NYC marathon training and I had such good intentions about running while in Greece. I brought a ton of running clothes, and all the gear I would need.

…but I vacation-fess that my packing was so concentrated on running, that I brought only two, yes T.W.O. “everyday” shirts to wear. LOL. This is why in every single picture you see me with my favorite black Athleta top. The other one was too dressy to wear during the day.

Sightseeing. I am Type A and have a hard time staying put. So I always drag my family to cities, museums, archeological sites, caves, monasteries….because I because I figure that if we are visiting a new country, we should know a bit about the history & culture. I am glued to a guide book several times a day.

…but I vacation-fess that after 10 days of sightseeing, I was done playing tour guide. All I wanted to do was lounge by the pool.

And the LEAST favorite thing I like about vacation is eating out. Restaurant food every day, and even twice a day is just too much for my body to handle. While I try to choose healthy options, the change still throws my body out of whack. Look at the size of this feta portion!


…but I vacation-fess that the last week, during our all inclusive, there were so many healthy options, I was thrilled that I didn’t have to cook or think about meals. Whole foods. Veggies. Fruits. Grilled chicken & fish. I hadn’t been an all inclusive with such great choices. A buffet was so much better than choosing off a menu.

What would you like to vacation-fess ?

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Comments: 19

  1. Debra Rosen August 19, 2016 at 11:41 am Reply

    Great pictures – looks like an amazing trip! I too, can vacation-fess that I the last trip I was on, I loved not having to clean, shop or do dishes. And I LOVE to cook. I also drank way too much wine. 🙂 I’m doing NY marathon too…good luck with your training!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

      I am with you on the wine… but only at dinner, in the evenings at the bar I stuck with water.

  2. Coco August 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply

    LOL on only packing 2 non-running tops. I usually end up wearing the same thing anyway so I should try that strategy. I get paper books from blogging for books and find it so much harder to read them – can’t read in bed, need a reading light on, etc. 😛

    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm Reply

      I always end up wearing the same things too, so I am usually reasonable with my clothes choice but 2 tops was really not enough !

  3. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home August 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I love your vacafessions! I too get tired of eating out, which is why we like to rent a house or a condo when we travel. That isn’t always feasible, tho.

    LOL to packing only 2 shirts but I usually end up wearing a few favorite things–I should probably do that too!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 6:57 pm Reply

      We did rent a place the first week but the cooking possibilities were very limited… unfortunately.

  4. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy August 19, 2016 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Geez, I haven’t been on a vacation in a long time. My last “vacation” was a family visit at the end of May (and I don’t consider that a vacation).

    I loooove to eat out, but I do confess that thinking about all the eating out on vacation does freak me out!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

      It is way to much. Once a day is too much but twice a day is crazier !

  5. Chaitali August 19, 2016 at 3:23 pm Reply

    Ha, that’s funny about craving a real book! I’m the opposite and have gotten to the point that it actually feels inconvenient to me when I have to read a book with actual pages.
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  6. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC August 19, 2016 at 5:02 pm Reply

    Love this – and your vacation confessions 🙂
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  7. Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness August 19, 2016 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Looks like a great time! I would vacation-fess that I don’t get to run as often as I think I will and also that I bring books and magazines to read but never get the chance to open them!

    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

      I always do that ! Brought 3 magazines to Greece and didn’t open any.

  8. Tricia Vaughn August 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Very cool you got to stock up on some marathon training clothes! Were they cheaper than in France too? Love the pictures I hardly ever read anything but blogs now days. I tried to read a book on vacation but I was slack with my blog reading so I felt like I needed to do that first! The book never got started good.
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm Reply

      I didn’t bring my computer on purpose !

  9. Marcia August 20, 2016 at 4:07 am Reply

    Yes monster feta but that salad looks divine! I vacayfess that I left a whole bunch of space in my luggage because I expected to buy lots of things. Turns out I did not! Who knew??
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 20, 2016 at 8:38 am Reply

      I usually bring a second bag !

  10. Jenn @ Run With Sole August 21, 2016 at 1:58 am Reply

    Your vacation sounds heavenly, vacation-fessions and all!! We just returned from a trip to Mexico and I kind of relate to all of your vacation-fessions. We had every intention of running but only made it out once. Oh well.
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  11. Mar @ Mar on the Run August 21, 2016 at 11:08 pm Reply

    OMG that feta is huge! I like your post set up with the vacation-fess. haha. Looks like it was a good time regardless. I think we’re all suffering from incredible heat!
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    • Karen - Fit in France August 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm Reply

      The feta was huge, but I loved that it was sprinkled with herbs. So good.

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