You might be surprised that my first picture in this post about my road trip in France is sushi. But as I mentioned in part 1 and part 2 of our adventure, sushi was my go-to meal in France. I actually found French sushi to be the most delicious sushi I’ve ever had, completely vegan, and diverse. Here we’ve got from top to bottom: veggie spring rolls with carrot, tomato, avocado & lettuce; veggie California rolls with tomato, carrot & avocado covered in sesame seeds; cucumber maki; veggie temaki (a.k.a. hand roll) with carrot, cucumber, tomato, avocado & sesame seeds; and avocado rice rolls. All vegan and all totally delicious!
Our time spent at a bed and breakfast outside of Cannes, France was my favorite and the most romantic of our entire trip. Just 15 minutes outside of Cannes, our B&B Les Rosees was nestled on the edge of the small town of Mougines. It was an old family house passed down through the generations, which the owner converted into a quaint bed and breakfast. The entire place only had 5 rooms, so it was quiet and remote. We were up in the attic which I thought was the coolest room because it had a reading nook, stone fireplace that connected to the bathroom, a gigantic bathtub & rain shower, separate living room with the coziest lounge chair, and the most comfy bed ever.
The house itself epitomized French countryside living and every detail of the decor was so spot on. It was like a page right out of the Southern Living magazine that my mom used to read. There were personal touches too like family photos and antiques that made it feel even more homey. As for the outside, there were gardens surrounding every inch of the large front yard. The private chef would take fresh vegetables & pluck herbs fresh from the garden daily to cook with. I thought this was just the coolest thing. It’s my dream someday to have my own garden.
On our first day there, the chef made me a garden greens salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, radish, sprouts, and boiled potatoes. I seriously fell in love with salads all over again. There’s nothing quite like a salad made with fresh, home grown produce. I could really taste the difference. It was so simple yet so light & refreshing. The next day, he made me a salad with ribboned zucchini, tomatoes, radish, sprouts, lettuce, and bread with olive tapenadae.
When it comes to food, I feel like often simpler is better. I’m a big fan of Loni Jane from Feel the Lean whose plant-based philosophy involves eating an abundance of simple but delicious vegan meals. I’m totally on board with this. I was able to detox from sodium and highly processed foods on my trip, by eating mostly fresh fruits, veggies, and loads of sushi. I would leave off the salad dressing and instead opt for lemon juice and avocado which is full of healthy fat. On our last day there, boyfriend got this pasta salad and stuffed yellow pepper which he totally enjoyed without even realizing it was vegan!
Rock pathways connected the different areas of the terraced yard which included a pool, an area for sunbathing, archway made from tree branches, a huge jacuzzi, and outdoor caravan room. We spent our days relaxing out by the pool, eating, swimming, reading books, eating more, and cuddling. We were there for 3 nights, but honestly I found it so relaxing and peaceful that I could’ve stayed for a week. My boyfriend tends to get a little bit jittery in places like this. Being in a remote B&B with no work and few people almost put him over the edge. But after reminding him to just try to open his mind and destress, he seemed to let go and really enjoy it.
I’m the opposite. I grew up traveling to the country a lot to stay with my grandparents and find the quiet so peaceful. I’ve always been a country girl at heart. I found pure joy in sitting outside reading Harry Potter, listening to the sound of the birds & bees buzzing, and sipping on cold water with my boyfriend by my side. I loved every minute of doing nothing. No social media, no emails, nothing. Just afternoon naps, warm baths, and sunshine. It was pure bliss. I’ll be uploading some videos of our trip on my Youtube channel too, so subscribe if you’d like to stay up-to-date and see more of our road trip!