I can’t believe I have been back from France for a month already. Did I tell you how wonderful my holiday was? It was relaxing, the weather was fabulous the entire time (middle of summer, 30 degrees every day), and the best bit: I didn’t think about work for one second!
My holiday highlights
1. Our 3 days in Lyon. I really love Lyon and I am glad that Mr Slimalicious likes it as much as I do. Our accommodation was ideally located in the city centre, we walked over 10 km each day, and got to see most attractions in the UNESCO listed city within three days. We also caught up with a friend that I hadn’t seen in 5 years.
|Being active in Lyon|
2. Wine tasting at Chateau La Grave. It was my first time wine tasting in France, do you believe it? On that day, I really felt that I had reconnected with my terroir, the one I love so deeply and that I’m proud of. I learnt more about our fantastic regional wines including AOC Minervois, Corbieres, Cabardes and many others.
|The harvest starts at the end of August in France|
3. Booking our wedding venue – By the way, before I forget, did I tell you I’m now a monthly contributor over at French Wedding Style blog? I’m one of their “Real Belle Brides“, so I’ll be there every month talking about wedding planning as I prepare my upcoming wedding in France.
|Le Chateau de Pech-Redon|
4. Attending our friends’ wedding in Montpellier: the best wedding I have ever been to! It was Mr Slimalicious’ first French wedding too so now he knows what to expect for his! My friends made it extra special for us: she and her husband organised an ‘Award Ceremony’ to thank some special guests, and guess what? They gave us the “Award of the guests who have travelled most kilometres to attend the wedding”! We were very touched by this kind gesture.
|The “Award of the Guests who have Travelled Most Kilometres to Attend the Wedding”|
5. The food: of course one of the best things about travelling to France is also the food. Deliciously creamy cheese, melt in the mouth pastries, freshly baked baguettes, meaty pate, tons of chantilly, and so on.
|At the Sunday morning market in Lyon|
|Traditional biscuits shop in La Cite de Carcassonne|
Of course, they were many other highlights including asking my childhood friend to be my wedding witness, cuddling my 4 years old French nephew, chatting away with aunties, uncles and cousins, swimming in my parents’ pool, waking up to a crispy croissant, sleeping till 12 pm like a teenager at mum and dad’s, having a real good laugh with dear friends around a glass of wine and a meal etc.
While I felt genuinely happy in France, I also struggled with a few things including:
- Driving: I have rarely driven in the last seven years and starting to lose confidence, Mr Slimalicious was really scared most of the time and it created arguments.
- Living at my parents’ for more than a few days: as much as I love them, I sadly realise we just don’t get along that well.
Do you like going on holiday with your relatives or friends?