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Portugal: Surf & Quad in Alentejo

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Surf Lesson in Comporta

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Praia do Carvalhal

I’ve told you about Comporta for years (lol!). This time, I discover the beautiful Carvalhal beach for a surf lesson with Ana, the smiling surfer and owner of the Carvalhal Surf School et Surfincomporta. On the black and white picture above, Ana shows us how to carry our surfboards.

I dread to enter the icy water, even with this thick wetsuit. Before: a short warm-up, we runs, jump and stretch in the sand. This morning, the beach is empty and the sun begins to hit. If it could warm the Ocean. Ana, assisted by another instructor, take each one of us apart to show us the basic moves. And we repeat several times on the board in the sand. And then … well let’s go (lololol)!

M, if you read me you must laugh (my surf coach in another life!), you know I have absolutely no balance on a surfboard! I plunge in the water: banzai! Small waves are finally enough powerful. Wash machine and I am ready to go.

For more than an hour (or two, I do not know) the game is to try to get up on the board: bad start, bad foot, in short always something (lol)! But as I like to be active in the water, it was a pleasure. My arms are dead! Ana is great, always attentive, determinated and patient. Everyone goes at their own pace. And when we come out of the water, we all look happy … and pretty tired too (yes!).

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Lunch of Regional Cuisine

After surfing, a little cold shower in the dressing rooms of the Parque Desportivo, where we laughed a lot. Then we head to the famous Restaurante A Escola (the chef and owner on the left picture below).

The food is delicious: very good wild rabbit meatloaf with orange slices. I, who never eat rabbit (the first left picture below)! Many different dishes and desserts.

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Quad Near Beja

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My First Time Riding a Quad

Same team. At the end of the day on quads in the beautiful property of the Vila Galé Clube de Campo hotel. I like motor sports: this winter, I had my first driving on ice. And teenager, I had a scooter. But I had never tried the quad.

I was a bit worried when I read the form to fill and sign in case of accident! Before following the instructor in nature, a drive lesson in the hotel car park. You have to slowly zigzag between the small signaling items. It’s fun.

The ride lasts 1-1h30 and when it was my turn, I really enjoy riding. You can’t see in the photos, some muddy parts of the trail (I managed to save my all white sneakers when rafting, but not here!). If you can, try! Especially in such a setting!

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Many thanks to Visit Alentejo and Visit Portugal to this beautiful invitation. Thanks to Ana for the great surf lesson. As always, these are my opinions.

Portugal: Surf & Quad en Alentejo

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Leçon de Surf à Comporta

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Praia do Carvalhal

Comporta, je vous en parle depuis des années (et je ne vous ai pas tout dit), je pense que vous devez un peu saturer (lol!). Cette fois, je découvre la belle plage do Carvalhal pour une leçon de surf avec Ana, surfeuse et copropriétaire souriante de la Carvalhal Surf School et Surfincomporta. Sur la photo noir et blanc ci-dessus, elle nous montre comment porter nos planches de surf.

J’appréhende l’entrée dans l’eau glaciale, même avec cette épaisse combinaison. Avant : petit échauffement, on court, saute, s’étire dans le sable. La plage est déserte ce matin et le soleil commence à frapper. Si ça pouvait réchauffer l’eau. Ana, assistée d’une autre monitrice, nous prend chacun à part pour nous montrer les mouvements de base. On répète plusieurs fois sur la planche posée sur le sable et ensuite… ben y’a plus qu’à (lololol)!

M, si tu me lis tu dois être morte de rire (ma coach de surf dans une autre vie!), toi qui sait ô combien je n’ai pas d’équilibre et ô combien je me suis mangée! L’entrée dans l’eau: banzai! Les petites vagues se révellent être assez puissantes mine de rien. Un petit wash machine et je repars pour quelques canards.

Durant plus d’une heure (ou deux, je ne sais plus), le jeu consiste à essayer de se lever sur la planche : mauvais pied, mauvais appui, bref toujours un truc (lol)! Mais comme j’aime être active dans l’eau, ça été un plaisir. Mes bras sont morts! Ana est top, toujours attentive, super patiente et ferme. Chacun va à son rythme et lorsque nous sortons de l’eau, on a tous l’air heureux… et plutôt crevés (oui quand même).

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Déjeuner de cuisine régionale

Après le surf, une petite douche glacée dans les vestiares du Parque Desportivo, où nous avons beaucoup ri. Puis direction le fameux Restaurante A Escola (le chef et propriétaire en photo ci-dessous).

Les plats sont délicieux : succulent pain de viande au lapin sauvage avec des tranches d’orange. Moi qui ne mange jamais de lapin (première photo à gauche ci-dessous)! Je ne sais plus combien de plats se sont succédés!

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Quad près de Béja

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Ma première fois en quad

On reprend les mêmes : en fin de journée, sur des quads dans le superbe domaine de l’hôtel Vila Galé Clube de Campo. J’aime les sports mécaniques : cet hiver, j’ai fait mon baptême de conduite sur glace. Ado, j’avais un scooter. Mais le quad, je n’en avais jamais fait.

Léger flip quand j’ai lu la décharche très complète qu’il fallait signer en cas d’accident! Avant de suivre dans la nature l’instructeur, un petit entrainement sur le parking de l’hôtel qui consiste à zigzaguer avec l’engin entre de petits plots. 

La ballade dure 1-1h30 et dès que ça a été mon tour, je me suis éclatée. Ce qu’on ne voit pas sur les photos, ce sont les passages boueux (j’avais réussi à épargner mes baskets toutes blanches lors du rafting, mais pas là!). Si vous avez l’occasion, essayez, surtout dans un décor pareil!

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Un grand merci à Visit Alentejo et à Visit Portugal pour cette superbe invitation. Merci aussi à Ana pour cette super leçon de surf! Comme toujours, ce sont mes opinions.

Weight Loss in The French Alps

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DAY 1

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The Arrival

I went to Geneva really early morning and arrive at the Golf Hotel in Brides-les-Bains in the French Alps around 1 p.m. I feel exhausted. A light quick meal on a tray in my room, with a tasty salad Nicoise (above, photo 1) and two slices of (canned – I guess) pineapple (photo 2).

Then I have a rendezvous with a dietitian. After asking me several questions about my lifestyle, diet and relationship with food, he explains the mistakes I make and how to stop them. I will spend the next few days with 1300 calories per day. During the consultation is also planned a bioelectrical impedance analysis (“fat body mass/lean body mass/energy requirements“). As time flies, we reschedule another appointment to do it.

Next: I go to Grand Spa Thermal for my slimming treatments (above, photo 3). I start with the jet shower: a strong pressure water directed all over the body for 8 minutes. Then the Hydroxeur whirlpool bath for 15 minutes (above, photo 4): immersed in the thermal water of Brides-le-Bains, jets massages work all over your body (it’s really relaxing). And finally, the excellent Brides anti-cellulite massage (a kind of Swedish massage) from a qualified physiotherapist for 30 minutes.

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The view from my balcony!

Back to the hotel, where I finally enjoy the beautiful view! I’m in the Alps my dear! The air is crisp and invigorating. I haven’t slept for 24 hours and I feel in an amazing shape (LOL). I have to change myself for dinner …

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The Dinner

At 8 p.m., I join my girlfriends to dinner at the hotel restaurant. Surprise: the dishes are as beautiful as good! An asparagus starter followed by a local trout with fennel and ink pasta and for the dessert, a super light fruit mousse. Excellent menu, without any sensation of hunger or lack of quantity!

All hotels in Brides-les-Bains offer diet menus. At the Golf Hotel, the menus were developed by Chef Sébastien Roux and Nathalie Negro, Dietician and Head of the Nutritional Center of the Thermes de Brides-les-Bains.

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DAY 2

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The wake up at 6:30 a.m.

after a really good night sleep. Do I need to say I am absolutely not a morning person? But at 7 am, I join the group to go tasting my first big glass of the Brides-les-Bains thermal water. Cheers! The taste is not wow, but soon you get used to. Mostly due to the motivating virtues: depurative and appetite suppressing properties (and also laxative for me)! I add a second glass of cold spring water before returning at the hotel for my dietary breakfast.

8 a.m.: departure for a nice (and sporting) walk (all uphill!) to La Saulce hamlet and its pretty chapel (photos above and below). We don’t hang around: at 9:10 we have a collective course of Swiss Ball in the Espace d’activités physiques des Thermes de Brides-les-Bains. I had never tried the Swiss Ball before. And at the end of the course – where I sweated a river (I hardly exaggerating!) – I love it! Playful and physical.

Then I head to the Grand Spa Thermal (the entrance is at the same floor). After a shower and the excellent anti-cellulite herbal tea (licorice taste), I stay in the hydromassage bath for 15 minutes. It looks like the Hydroxeur whirlpool bath: a slightly heated bath with the Brides thermal water. But instead of an automated program, a therapist manually directs the jet depending on body parts to treat.

Next treatment: an affusion sculpting massage for 20 minutes. In france, the term “massage” is used when the massage is from a qualified physiotherapist. And sculpting massage (“modelage” in French) when it’s from a masseuse. “Affusion” means under a light rain of thermal water. My advice: between oil and thermal water, wear an old swimsuit :)) I finished my care today by the famous jet shower, for 8 minutes. Tonic! 

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Lunch at The Golf Hotel

We meet at the hotel for a lunch on the terrace under a beautiful blue sky. The menu: delicious “green and cora lentil salad with ginger. Chicken breast, broccoli and a marble verrine with lychees and blueberries and liquorice juice.” (photos below). Everything is just delicious!

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Hiking in The Forest

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The Pace Is Accelerating

2 p.m., in front of the City Hall: departure for a hike organized by the Tourist Office of Brides-les-Bains. I took my big camera and hallucinate watching the group of fifteen walkers “pros” super equipped with jackets, backpacks, sticks and appropriate footwear! Nobody warned me that this 2 hour hike is difficult level (welcome back Mademoiselle Le K!).

It begins with a climb (an – endless – climb for over an hour), with a super steep terrain. Intensive cardio training! Very narrow path (about 30 cm width) and a fear of slipping with my trendy sneakers (a real tourist)! Do forget this if you have vertigo! Pace of hell like a small stride! Really?!

Fortunately, this walking group was fantastic! A gentleman brought my heavy camera in his bag and closed the hike behind me. With another gentlewoman, they each lent me a stick. All along the climb, I have only thought of the descent back that I imagined far worse than the climb! Fortunately we go down through a forest road much larger and easier leading to a lovely casquade.

Now I admit, I am proud and pleased to have done this hike (below photos)! I forgot 4 p.m., I have a meeting with a coach for a cardio session on bike and treadmill at the Espace d’activités physiques des Thermes de Brides-les-Bains. Is this a joke? Nooope! Who said a mountain stay was restful ?! I did an amazing cycling and treadmill session! Short break at the spa’s jacuzzi, to relax my muscles! I do not feel tired, weird …

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Dinner at The Golf Hotel

The last meal of a 1300 calorie day could be a depressing concept (lol), except with such a festin! Thank you to the gifted Chef Sébastien Roux.

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DAY 3

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Walk to Salins-les-Thermes

New early morning walk at a pace of hell: I specialized myself in the small stride, lol! After our ritual largest thermal water glass and a spring water glass, followed by breakfast at the Golf Hotel, we are ready for a short 1 or 1:30 hour walk to Salins (the path in pictures above and below)!

We go back hitchhiking to Brides-les-Bains (first time in my life, completely insane!). Cause we didn’t have enough time to go back by walking. Next: I am a jury member of the amateur cooking competition of Nourrir sa santé festival. Hurry up Mademoiselle!

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Lunch at The Grand Hotel des Thermes

Sat at the sunny terrace of the Cedars restaurant, I discover the dietary cuisine of the Chef Thierry Giannini.

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After The Effort

First, I do my first CTA (Alternating Circuit Training) session at the Espace d’activités physiques that alternately works endurance and muscle building (believe me, you s-w-e-a-t my dear!). Then I go to the Grand Spa Thermal for my last afternoon of slimming treaments (photo below).

The Hydroxeur whirlpool bath for 15 minutes, then the affusion sculpting massage for 20 minutes: the routine, lol! And I end with something new in my program, the slimming seaweed body wrap for 20 minutes … I fall asleep. 

When I leave the Grand Spa Thermal, I barely have time to go to the Golf Hotel to get ready and go for dinner outside. But I did not like the food. Okay, I’m tired tonight!

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The Breakfasts

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Mea culpa

I haven’t demonstrated great originality. Every day the same breakfast, prepared according to the recommendations of the dietitian: green tea, 60 grams of black bread or baguette, I chose the baguette in France! 60 grams equal two pieces of bread (but it was not pretty for the photo!). A mini jar of jam, thin slice of cheese and fruit. An orgy!

On my way back home, I extend this large green bowl at the Geneva airport …  green vertigo: green trim from head to toe, LOL (photo below)! I even lost a kilo between the first and second day of my slimming treatment! Then, I didn’t weight me. Useless:

I feel good : healthy, toned and in better shape. Happy!

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Many Thanks to the Thermes de Brides-les-Bains and the Office du tourisme de Brides-les-Bains for this invigorating invitation :)) As always, these opinions are my own.