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Fresh Fruit takes over the World

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The Crystal Cruise line could easily rename itself “The Fruit Cruise” due to the plethora of fruit at every single turn:

Fruit buffet table.

Another restaurant, another day… but still the fruit makes its presence known.

One of my favorite desserts, because of its beauty, was fresh fruit in a coconut shell. Sadly, you couldn’t eat the coconut meat; it was too hard. But the plum slices were especially ripe.

(Buying berries in Aix-en-Provence)

It was hard to choose, but I finally decided on raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. These juicy gems were well worth the expensive price. I ate some raspberries right away, and my sister and I brought the others back to our mini-fridge to snack on during the next few days… not like we needed to, since there were so many berries already offered on the boat. But hey, it’s not every day one gets to buy fresh berries from a farmer’s market in Provence (well, unless you’re lucky enough to live there).

Below is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. Walking along Las Ramblas, in Barcelona, one could find all sorts of costumed people– an alien, a gladiator, a devil, a human tree (?!)…

¡Ole!

And thus ends a very fruity post.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Lauren says:

    wow.. who could go hungry with all that delicious fruit around! it all looks so beautifully arranged.
    and i love the last pic too…haha so cute! :)

  2. fruity says:

    mm, mm, mm, my dream come true!

  3. Mihl says:

    I’ve seen that woman too! (When I was in Barcelona last year). Oh, what a colourfull trip. Isn’t fresh fruit the best food in the world?

  4. Cody says:

    I love the coconut shell. It just looks so yummy.

  5. Green Eyes, Green Heart says:

    “Adorable” does not even begin to describe this post! The pics are great!
    Glad to know I’m not the only person who gets *slightly* over-excited at the sight of fresh fruit! 😀

  6. Ruby Red Vegan says:

    I have to say, you look great in that fruity hat. You should wear it every day!

    It seems like your cruise was good for health-conscious people, with all that fruit they were serving! The fruit dessert served in the coconut bowl looks so fun! You’re going to have so many great stories when you get back to school. “Oh yeah, when I was in Provence…”

  7. Aimee says:

    I had so much fruit on my vacation too. Although it was mainly pineapple. I couldn’t believe how good the pineapple in Hawaii was!!! Your fruit looks wonderful. I love your vacation posts…I loved Monaco and took a similar picture as the one with your sister and mom when I was there years ago!!

  8. mad about udon says:

    I always find foreign fruit markets fascinating for their local produce.
    Great pics!

  9. Caitlin says:

    That sounds amazing….I love fruit! Making your own lunches to bring along sightseeing makes a lot of sense. I understand what you mean about wasting time looking for vegan-friendly restaurants (especially if you’re only in a city for a day)…that’s what I worry about when I travel! I don’t want to make everyone else I’m with waste sightseeing time looking for vegan restaurants. What I would really love when traveling is to stay in places with a kitchen and cook lots of yummy food myself! :)

  10. Danielle says:

    Fruit, glorious, fruit. I love all your pictures, it sounds like you had the most wonderful food… I mean time… :)

  11. Latayy says:

    you could have eaten the meat but you could have cut it out and grate it. It gives me a tummy ache sometimes but it is a great to eat and a nice flavour. That salad looks great

  12. trustmyintuition says:

    Hey there! I’d be in heaven with all of that fruit! My goodness! You are so lucky that the people there treated you very well and were able to accommodate you. I have been worried about this myself, lately because I will be going to Mexico in December and staying at a resort (all-inclusive deal). I went last year to the same place, but I can’t really remember if there was much that is vegan. I’m going to have to call and find out, but hopefully I will be as lucky as you!!

  13. Alice (in Veganland) says:

    Hahaha,¡Olé!

  14. herbstsonne says:

    Yum yum!! 😀

  15. VeganCowGirl says:

    Great picture of you with the fruit queen!!!

  16. Kati says:

    I always thought it’d be tough eating vegan on a cruise, but you’ve shown that one could even be fruitarian and still eat very well!

    What a wonderful vacation!

  17. Nikki Douglas says:

    Let’s hear it for the fruit! I would love to be on your blog roll – thanks for stopping by mine and commenting!

  18. Fitnessista says:

    all of the fruit looks so beautiful and delicious!!! the last pic is way cute!

    have a great day!

  19. Ricki says:

    What an amazing abundance of fruit! Love the Barcelona pic, too–was there a reason all these people were dressed up, or did they just do it for fun??

  20. chandra says:

    It seems like you had such a wonderful trip!! Such beautiful sights and food! I love the last pic, totally something I would do! :)

  21. eatingbender says:

    I love the human tree! That’s so amazing!

    Fresh fruit in a coconut shell? Sign me up :o) What a perfect time to travel, when fruit is at its finest!!

  22. Emma says:

    mmm delicious looking fruit! I love the way they presented it!

  23. shellyfish says:

    I LOVE these pictures! I just got all thursty hungry for fruit! And I love the tree lady!

  24. grounded fitness says:

    haha it looks like you are having so much fun! i could eat fruit all day everyday. AND you just reminded me that I havent had cocnut in a very long time. I like it because its so hard to eat. its like a project that is its own reward.

    http://www.everygymsnightmare.com

  25. Rural Vegan says:

    As a reckless fruit addict, I love this post!

  26. Vaala says:

    I’m loving your posts about your trip. That photo of you in the fruit hat is really cool!

  27. halfeaten says:

    OMIGOD! This is spectacular! Wow! The fruit is beautiful!

  28. Andrea says:

    great pictures!!! love the human tree one the most :)

  29. glidingcalm says:

    haha love the pics! the fruit necklace is priceless. I want one!!

    It definitely is amazing how some cruises go ALL OUT with their fruit buffets/presentations. I’ve seen some crazy carvings and arrangments in friends’ pictures….someday I hope I can experience it first hand!

  30. aTxVegn says:

    Fruity heaven! Anything in a coconut shell tastes better.

  31. Bianca says:

    Ha! Our post titles are almost the same! Mine’s “Chickpea Cutlets Take Over the World.”

    Looks like you could have done a raw cleanse with fresh fruit on your vacation. That’s a crap ton of fruit!

  32. Lauren says:

    Mmm.. I would of loved to have all that fruit!! And cute pic with the human tree! :)

  33. sweetpotato says:

    Wow! I have never seen so much delicious fruit.

    I’m loving the last picture, it looks like so much fun!!

  34. Animal-Friendly says:

    Oh man… look at all that fruit! It all looks so wonderful and I can only imagine how great the berries from Provence were.

    Haha- a human tree! How awesome!

  35. newcitygirl says:

    yum! I love it when hotels/cruises have massive amounts of fresh healthy food…sounds like your trip was yummy!

  36. Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) says:

    Wow, all that fruit looks so delicious! YUM!

  37. Vegan_Noodle says:

    Ahhh fruit… my favorite food group (besides sweets of course). Buying fresh berries in Provence sounds like a wonderful experience!

  38. Peggy the Veggie says:

    Mmm, fresh fruit is the best! I could totally just eat a big bowl of just-picked-of-the-tree treats for breakfast, lunch, and supper during the summer :)

  39. fruity says:

    quick question: how did you pack your soymilk? thanks!

  40. Kumudha says:

    I guess it’s very easy to thrive on a vegan diet if a place is abound with fresh fruits!

  41. ChocolateCoveredVegan says:

    Caitlin—
    I know what you mean; I SERIOUSLY wanted a kitchen when I saw all these beautiful veggies on display at some of the farmer’s markets.

  42. A.Cook says:

    I can’t get over how unbelievably fabulous your vacation looks!! The food and hospitality situation you had sounds like a dream. Thanks for sharing so much of it with us!!

  43. Gaia @ Viva Granola says:

    Wow, wow, wow!
    I’m so happy for you! I wrote down the name of your ship and am placing an order with the universe: I want to go on a Mediterranean Cruise!!!

  44. kree says:

    Yay fruit!
    Provence has some of the loveliest produce around wouldn’t you agree? I went there after high school with some students from my French class. It’s wonderful!

  45. Sanja says:

    All the fruit looks so yummy! It looks like you had a great time on the cruise…

    And didn’t you just love Aix-en-Provence? It’s such a beautiful city…

  46. Erin says:

    One of my favorite parts of the one cruise I’ve been on was all the fruit, including fruit sculptures! There was even a class on carving fruit into art.