I'm probably going to France next year to stay at the other half's parent's holiday place with several family members. I'm not a fully fledged vegan yet (I'm taking baby steps) but by then I should be. I will be the only one. Not even a vegetarian amongst them. I went to the same place earlier this year but with a lot less people. We mostly ate 'at home'/self catered which was great and I did it almost totally vegan but when eating out I tried to keep my meals as vegetarian as possible (eggs or cheese eggs or cheese eggs or....tummy ache. Sigh. Not to mention, boring.) and I had a keen eye on the menus to see what would be possible for a vegan. Umm, that would be nothing then. It doesn't help that wheat doesn't agree with me, which can narrow the choices further.
If it was down to me, I wouldn't eat out at all while there but this will be for a special occassion and I think we'll probably eat out at least a couple of times, perhaps more. It's only a small place in France, I know there is a vegetarian friendly restaurant somewhere in the area but I can tell you this for sure, it will not be an option. Dead cert. It's not down to me and I will have to go with the majority 'where's the best meat/traditional French restaurant?' point of view (forget couscous places or other non-French, they will not go for that while in France) Having experienced the place already, I know I'll be pretty screwed foodwise. I totally hate causing fuss or sticking out and I know that French chefs and waiters tend to get offended and sniffy if you want to change things anyway, let alone have something vegan! Plus I have very little in the way of French language skills. Anybody care to wave a magic wand? Or at least share any advice? All I can think of is if we at least don't eat out on the hoof and have a booking, then someone with better French than me might be able to get them to agree to make a vegan meal when making the booking. I can imagine though that most of the time we'll just be choosing somewhere to eat by looking around at dinner and lunch times.