Listen, we love autumn. We’re all about the fall foliage and new sweaters, and we’ve even been known to sip a few pumpkin-flavored beverages. But with Halloween behind us and the temperatures continuing to drop, we’re getting itchy for the next season. Christmas and New Years are on the horizon, and we can’t wait for all the merry and the bright and the fa la la!
BUT FIRST, there’s another very important holiday approaching. An American holiday involving many carbohydrates and lots of time to do what we do best: eat, drink, and relax.
So, dear friends, we invite you to pour yourself a glass of red wine or whip up a steaming hot toddy (or hot chocolate for the fellow pregos) and put your feet up by the fire while we regale your with one of our favorite holiday tales…
#LTfriendsgiving, a tradition
It all started in one tiny midtown Manhattan apartment many years ago. Taking advantage of any chance to throw a party, and in spite of the limitations of space in itsy-bitsy New York kitchens, the romantic decided to host a pre-Thanksgiving FRIENDSgiving. She prepared the turkey, procured her mom’s stuffing recipe, and invited probably a few too many of her New York friends to bring a side or dessert to complete the holiday meal.
Over the next few years, the romantic and Jeff’s Friendsgiving get-together became a tradition. In three different Manhattan apartments, we baked turkeys, attempted our family recipes, and had far, far too much wine for people operating stovetops and ovens.
When the romantic and Jeff packed up their apartment (and their pug) to move abroad to France, we were determined to keep the tradition alive, despite the ocean between us all. So that November, on Thanksgiving day, the wino and Sean were wheels up to Paris for a whirlwind weekend of chateaux hopping, engagements, and eventually, a Thanksgiving meal.
A year later, after yet ANOTHER move for all of us, we were London-based for our Thanksgiving tradition. This time, our good friend Amy (you remember her!), who had since moved to Geneva, joined us at Mrs. O Around the World’s house in Henley-on-Thames for #LTfriendsgiving in the English countryside.
We may have gone a little overboard on the amount of food (and wine), but we knew something for certain: #LTfriendsgiving was a tradition we meant to keep for years to come, no matter what countries and continents we were living in.
Though the romantic has been the most graceful of hostesses over the years (aaaand, curtsy!) it’s time to hand over the reins to the other members of our #LTfriendsgiving circle. This year, it’s Amy’s turn. Since she’s still based in Geneva, we set our sites on a snowy, alpine holiday this year.
So, three weeks from today on Thanksgiving Day, we’ll all be flying into Geneva to meet our new hostess with the mostest, where we’ll rent a car courtesy of Auto Europe. From there, we’ll roadtrip it across the border to France, and drive approximately two hours south to Val d’Isère in the French Alps. With our 4-wheel drive SUV from Auto Europe, we’ll have plenty of room to carry our ski equipment, luggage, and all of our Thanksgiving groceries — of which there are sure to be plenty.
Once in Val d’Isère, we’ll post up at a chalet for the weekend through VIP Ski. The slopes open for the season during our holiday weekend, so we’ll be hitting the trails at least one of the afternoons. The rest of the time, we’ll be curled up fireside in our chalet, most likely in our pajamas, eating leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing until our hearts are content… or our bellies are full, whichever comes first.
So, little travelers, be sure to follow along on both Instagram & Snapchat at @lazytravelers! The countdown to #LTfriendsgiving alpine edition is ON.
the romantic & the wino