Sunday evening here in France, as I am wrapping up my second week of vacation. My husband has 3 siblings and we saw them all this week, as well as many nieces, nephew and some extended family. And of course when we see each other, we eat. In France, so much revolves around food. We can spend hours at the table, eating, talking, comparing, critiquing, savoring, tasting… any excuse is good to sit, sample food and discuss anything culinary.
Family and food pretty much sum up the past week.
We are currently near Arcachon on the south western coast of France, not too far from Bordeaux. On Monday we took a boat across the bay to Cap Ferret.
My husband & I, my girls & my nieces, my brother in law and sister in law :
We then met up with another brother in law and sister in law, their family, and some friends, and there were 20 of us for a picnic on the beach.
Besides us, there was hardly anyone on the beach !
We finished off the evening eating oysters (well everyone except me …) and drinking wine with our feet in the sand.
We spent Wednesday with my third BIL and SIL on my husband’s side. Eating ham we had brought from the Basque region… (and drinking wine)
…Barbecuing (yes in France they love charcoal grills) and eating dessert brought that day from Brittany, called Kouign-amann.
It was the first time in a very long time I got to visit with two of my sister in laws and my mother in law.
And after all that eating & drinking I of course had to run ! The weather has been very cooperative. I ran a total of 45 km this week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. I have been running in a very rural area and taking in all the sites. Bird sanctuary :
Bike trails through the woods :
And Thursday and Sunday I got in some more beach time :
Family, food & running… my perfect vacation.