It had been at least 20 years since Bruno Blanchet had been in Bas-Saint-Laurent when he had the idea of running there to join his good friend Guy.
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A glance at the map was enough to convince him that the 279 kilometers of road to the Parc du Bic, where the La Belle Tour team set out for their special Bas-Saint-Laurent, wasn’t that big after all. “I looked at the distance between Guy and I and I was like, ‘Okay! It would be fun to join him,” said Bruno Blanchet from his native Thailand. He was also joined by around forty runners on his journey.
For him, Bas-Saint-Laurent, where Highway 20 ends and meets the river, is associated with his first travel memories. “When I was very young, my parents would wake us up in the middle of the night and put us in our big car from the days when they made beds with pillows for us. And when we saw the river, they woke us up and said, “Children, wake up, it’s the sea”. We could see the estuary at sunrise. It was fantastic.”
Originally from Montreal, Bruno would take his family to Bas-Saint-Laurent almost every summer to visit his father’s relatives, who were originally from Gaspésie. “We visited the family in Matane, in Rivière-du-Loup, in Cap-Chat.”
Outsmart life with simplicity
Now based in Thailand, the animator, writer and actor, who has traveled to more than a hundred countries around the world, enjoys all the moments that life has in store for him as they are and without hope. “I’ve made the choice to have time over money and I’m enjoying it. Life offers us nothing and has nothing to promise us. It’s up to us to move on and create our destiny,” he said in an interview.
“I don’t collect [de pays visités]. Me, I’ll stay where it takes as long as it takes. There are many places that I love so much that I keep coming back to them. I’ve never been to Italy, Portugal or Scandinavia. I’m a bit more Uganda, Rwanda, Africa, India: places that are touristy in a different way,” said the globetrotter.
Monsieur Bruno back for eat the world
Bruno and his team are currently planning the next season of the show Les vacances de Monsieur Bruno, which is scheduled to go to Africa, India and Asia this year.
Alongside this show, there should also be a new season of Eat the World, this spin-off series that focuses on the cuisine of the different countries that Monsieur Bruno visited on vacation.
“It’s the show that I’ve had the most instant happiness in creating because I don’t know anything about it and because I’m at the mercy of all the people I meet who prepare me [quelque chose] like food. It is certain that if we go on Monsieur Bruno’s holiday and we don’t eat the world, there will be a little food of the world on Monsieur Bruno’s holiday,” he assured.
Bruno Blanchet plans to return to Quebec by the end of the summer, notably to compete in the Granby marathon and visit the Belle province to run. He’s always amazed at the friendliness of the Quebecers he meets on the road or while shopping. “Spontaneity, enjoying meeting others; really, sharing our happiness is very difficult to achieve. We’re really, really good at home,” he said.
The La belle Tour’s Bas Saint Laurent special airs this Monday at 8pm on TVA.