Memories Of Provence

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

La Cadette

I honestly think the older I get, the harder that jetlag thing becomes. Maybe it is simply that each time it becomes a tad bit more significant in emotions and events. I did give myself the weekend off to do the mundane "back from vacation" routine and spend some time with B. and our friends getting re-adjusted.

I also took time to write down some sort of schedule as my work time is pretty much spoken for until this April. I look forward to come here on this page and unwind with more recipes and stories!

La Cadette

In that spirit and to tell you "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart for reading, laughing, frowning and smiling with me, I put together a little basket of French goodies I picked up on my trip to give away today. Head to the end of the post for instructions on how to enter...!

La Cadette

In the meantime, on to the Southern part of my trip back home. I do hope my aunt and uncle won't mind my posting about their gorgeous home and the wonderful meal we had when we stopped there on our way from the Alps to Aix-En-Provence. I am so proud of the work they have done, I can't help share some pictures.

La cadette

I have always thought my aunt Agnes should have been a stylist or an interior decorator and this visit proved it once again. They basically bought a ruin in Provence with 4 walls, a roof and pretty much nothing you could call a home inside. Today, they have turned it into possibly the most peaceful retreat one could think of.

La Cadette

I don't tend to carry my camera to every meal I attend but I knew that lunch at their place would be the perfect opportunity to make you part of an everyday meal for us. French food and cooking is always surprising. A perfect mix of intricate, controlled preparations, detailed methods and a more relaxed, everyday cooking which makes going out a true fete and dining in a celebration of simplicity.

La Cadette

With the myriad of regions, provinces and history in France, it's not uncommon for visitors to go a tad bit crazy over the fantastic food. I know I do everytime I come home but really French cooking is nothing but a strong appreciation for seasonal foods and the cooking methods that bring out the best of it. Simple, fresh, fragrant. And Provence is naturally perfect for that.

La Cadette

I just wrote myself a sticky note to ask my aunt for her confit de carottes recipe. Melt in your mouth slow cooked carrots that held their shape perfectly right up until you'd close your mouth upon them. Then it was an explosion of sweet and savory, garlic flower and thyme.

La Cadette

Aix-En-Provence

We ate and drank and took our time to appreciate the scenery before us. So much so that we made our way to Aix-En-Provence in the later part of the afternoon. The sun falling down over the city was casting a gorgeous golden glow on the house fronts and pebbled streets.

Aix-En-Provence


Aix-En-Provence

Going back there was a treat for all of us. My father went to school at the Institute of Political Studies there and got a bit emotional showing me his first apartment right on the Cours Mirabeau. We spent quite a bit of time in that area retracing steps to stores, restaurants, and other places we used to visit.

Aix-En-Provence


Aix-En-Provence

Things have inevitably changed since we used to live in the area but a few things remain as we remembered. The markets, the plazas, sitting at a cafe listening to an open air classical concert. Fountains, facades, shops...it was good to be back even for such a short stop but we had somewhere more important to be.

Aix-En-Provence

Going back to my old village of Calas-Cabries was amazing in ways I can't explain. In the five minutes I was out of the car, everything came back. The streets, the turns, the walkways, the shortcuts. My first bike fall, my first crush, my first dive...Trees and bushes had taken over the front lawn in my old house and that was just as well. I could almost hear us play in the pampa's grass again and not think about the pool newly installed.

Calas

Time and life change things. I did not expect anything upon returning home. Expectations ruin things most of the time. The old village had not changed however. The church where I did my communions, the central plaza where I did my ballet recitals. All these years spent there becoming the person I am today. I finally started making sense of myself to myself.

Calas

The chapel on the hill where we'd have Scouts meetings. It was good to be home and take a walk under the pine trees and to hear the kids running around at recess. Nothing like a trip home to reset the human clocks right.

Calas

It's good to be home now although I am already planning another couple of trips out West! First is BlogHer Food in San Francisco October 8th and 9th. I am honored to be back as a speaker on a photography panel with my buddy Jen from Use Real Butter as we share the same view about conferences being teaching tools not mere presentations of what is or should be. Sharing is key. We hope to see you there!

Aix-En-Provence

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valerie said...

this basket of goodies looks wonderful!
it's so kind of you to bring back all these wonderful things for a lucky reader!

Aubrey said...

Beautiful pictures and what a lovely basket!

Flamingo said...

Your photos are a treat!

Oxana said...

Wow!!! I love France:)))
Thank you!

Jennifer said...

What lovely things you brought back!

I love the photo of the stairs - amazing post, thank you. :)

Alice (fa11enan9e1) said...

How sweet of you! Those photos are just stunning. I've been dying to go to Italy my entire life. You just made me want to go even more..

Donna said...

gorgeous gorgeous pictures!! love your blog!

Sara-Jayne said...

I love your site and that basket looks amazing!!

Ann said...

I've only been lucky enough to visit France once many years ago but your pictures sent me right back to my 17 year old self in Saint Raphaël with the heavenly scent of lavender thick in the air. Thank you for helping to remind me why I need to make my way back Côte d'Azur!

keren said...

as always - beautiful pictures!
I would love to go to France!
my dream destination...

thanks for the giveaway!

keren

kerenayash@gmail.com

Jayme said...

oh Helen, these pictures are incredible! To have grown up in an area with such history...I am awestruck. What a beautiful place you can call home! It must be so difficult to leave. Thank you so much for sharing with us :)

Kat said...

Tears are running down my face. I wish I could get back to France. I'd love this basket of goodies to take me there, just a little bit.
You're a wonderful person to give away a basket so full of thought and meaning.

lindsey k said...

Looks like it was an AMAZING trip!! I'm jealous but good thing you are making it up to us with great photos and a super giveaway!!

j. said...

What a generous giveaway! I love the juxtaposition of the fish and figs pictures in this post.

zsuzsa said...

I would happily give up any of the shopping malls in my area for a chance to visit these little shops and cafes :)

Sara said...

Gorgeous photos...looks like your trip was so much fun! :)

Tracy E. said...

I love your photos, and this basket looks gorgeous!

Eka said...

I love France and I really can't wait to visit Provence as soon as possible! But I'm also in love with your wonderful blog!!! Hugs, Erika from Italy

Kim Dayman said...

This post took me back to when I was last in Provence. Thank you for the happy memories today :)

Megan said...

Gorgeous photos!!!

medis said...

it made a great combination:
this music> http://www.myspace.com/filiperaposo and your photos!

best wishes from portugal!

Erin said...

Breathtaking pictures! No wonder you love it there :)

Amanda Lynn said...

Love love LOVE your photos. Looks like a fabulous time in France!!

Joanna Aloysia said...

Your eye for making such bright, clear, fresh-looking photographs has made me rather jealous for some time - and your current post is no exception. I love in your work what I cannot create in my own. :D

Ginny said...

Gorgeous! I want to go! :)

Mollie said...

Your pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! And thank you for taking the time to put together such a wonderful gift basket!

lillian said...

Oh my! I desperately want to go to Provence after reading your post!

Barrette said...

I've enjoyed your photos and stories so much! I would love to visit this area.

Barbara said...

Thank you for sharing your trip home, Helene. What a beautiful part of the world!I have enjoyed reading all of your posts and in a way felt that I was there. Thanks for the giveaway. The basket is lovely. Barb

CindyRex said...

Your photos are stunning! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway.

Mary said...

When I look at pictures like that I just want to leave everything and just go away for a journey!
Lovely giveaway.
xx
m_kokosz[at]vp.pl
m_kokosz [at] vp dot pl

CatNoir said...

Your photos have made me add Provence to our list of places to visit soon. Beautiful!!

Megan said...

What a beautiful post! There really is no place like home, even if sometimes home changes a little bit while you're gone... :)
All those treats in the basket sound delicious; whoever wins those is going to have to share with all of us exactly how they ate them, so that we can all live vicariously!

Mia said...

Your photos just enforce the fact that I NEED to go to Provence. What a beautiful trip!

delicious said...

Your trip sounds like so much fun! I am envious.

Dana Unger said...

The basket looks incredible, and so does your trip! Viva la France!

Shaindel said...

Amazing photos!!! I wish mine were like yours :'(

Here's my comment, wish me luck :)))

hightechartist said...

Helene, your blog is quite an inspiration! Could you please list a few things that you must bring back from France with you, because you cannot find them here in the States? (food, etc) And possibly add a link where they can be found.

Keep up the good work! Thank you.

lauraelih said...

What lovely pictures! And the items in that basket sound and look spectacularly delicious

Misty said...

Beautiful, as usual. I recently went to my home town too. Yours is definitely more interesting looking! :)

janet said...

this is such a beautiful post! i've yet to go to europe, but now all i want to do is go to the french countryside and eat and relax!

Kari said...

Sometimes I think I should have been born in France. I homeschool my 16 year old daughter and she is learning French this year. She seems to have acquired my love for France through osmosis. I love it.

olivia rae said...

Oh my gosh. I was in Provence this summer, and I miss it every single day, with every fiber of my being. Most charming, wonderful, lovely place in the world.

xxx

Jodi Lewchuk/Cursive Mechanics said...

I recently discovered Richard Olney's The French Menu Cookbook, and I imagine those very terroir-based and seasonally inspired menus being served and savoured in settings just like the ones you've captured in these photographs. What a lovely collection of images.

Sophie said...

Merci pour ces magnifiques photos de notre beau pays. Je vie en Suède et ici il ne fait deja plus tres beau et vos photos m'ont apporte le soleil qui n'est deja plus tres present ici. Je n'ai pas encore eu l'occasion au cours de ma jeune vie d'adulte de passer des vacances en provence (j'y suis allee etant petite avec mes parents) et vos photos m'ont vraiment donne envie d'y enmener mon mari (suedois) qui ne connait que le nord et l'ouest de la France d'ou je suis originaire. J'adorais recevoir toutes ces jolis goumandises moi qui suis si gourmande.

Kate said...

Absolutely stunning - France is at the very top of my to-visit-someday list. What a beautiful culture.

Portia said...

Beautiful. We are planning a trip to Europe next summer to explore where my family came from. The best part of trips is the food, the local hidden places and the pastry shops that you wish you could eat at every day. Love your blog.

Patty said...

Your photos are beautiful as always. I long to go back to France and your remembrances and photos are only strengthening that longing!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Oh I love the photos and hope to win the giveaway!

misty@wearmena.com said...

Amazing photo's!!!! I wish I could have you as my tour guide :-)

Misty said...

Beautiful, as usual. I recently went to my home town too. Such memories! :)

Jennifer Palmer said...

What a beautiful trip! You've made me want to go to Provence! It's definitely on my list now. It would also to be so fun to get all those goodies!

princessofgossip said...

That is a basket of heaven.

Anita said...

OMG, that sounds like such a wonderful basket. I'm hungry after reading the list of goodies!

nadia said...

i wanted to say that your series back home and specially the one today brought tears and inspiration both for my eyes and heart. You tante agnes reminds me of my tanate vicky and not only was she gifted in design/clothing but in the simple way she preapred the most memorable meals.

Your photograph took me back, i can honestly say they made me want to run back home and see it all again!
you have take the lovelist of photographs and honored a place ilove so much.

postcards from far away... said...

A beautiful post to wake up to, I visited South France in 2008 for a roadtrip and it was absolutely breathtaking :)

mina said...

What a lovely post and an even lovelier giveaway! I just moved into a new place, so this would be perfect. Fingers crossed!

goldenfish said...

I've never visited France but it looks absolutely beautiful!

rudie2shoes said...

Your posts always makes me want to travel right away! I love them & thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures.

Lauren said...

Chouette! What lovely photos and a basket of goodies...I'd love to win :)

hannepa said...

The basket looks gorgeous :)

bethany said...

This entry reminds me of the summers and holidays I spent in Plasscassier as an au pair. I miss the area so very much!

Angharad said...

Gosh, your photos are just so evocative. "Going home" is such an emotional experience. It looks like you had a wonderful time with family and memories.

You make me want to revisit my childhood in England and Wales. Sigh.

And love the idea of this giveaway basket! Such a sweet and thoughtful giveaway.

aune said...

amazing photos! i do love watching your pictures, you're a great photographer, Helen.
i've never been to France yet, but i hope i would see these lovely land as soon as posible.

Jill said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful basket. I would so love it, and I'd so love to visit France. *sigh* someday.

Jennies said...

Even the dead fish look really cute. :D

Marcella said...

what an incredible giveaway. Beautiful pictures. :)

Karen @ Citrus and Candy said...

Oh how I ache to visit Provence! Beautiful photos Helen, especially the one of the figs. Truly stunning and thanks for the great prizes :)

TigerLill said...

I only recently started to follow your adorable blog and immediately fell in love with it. I hope you keep up with it so I can enjoy it some longer=) I am German but right now I am on my semester abroad in Brazil and I really love to try food from all over the world. It's always an adventure and very inspiring. Over here, however, I do not have the means to cook and bake a lot as it is just a student type of kitchen but it does also inspire to try very unique stuff in a very unique way. These days, that kind of limit me in trying all recipies that I find, I feel that following your blog is a fun way to compensate for that. Thanks for that=)

Kelsey said...

These pictures are gorgeous!! And the basket contents- what a culinary dream.

Annie said...

Okay, this post totally makes me want to go to France. It looks absolutely adorable. And your basket of goodies looks divine.

Rhonda said...

I love Aix En Provence. Your pictures are lovely.

pam said...

i love france! one can never spend too much time there nor forget the experience.

courtney said...

Looks like an amazing trip!

Eilis said...

Beautiful photos. Want the basket...

Jody said...

I spent my entire lunch hour enjoying your post. Lovely photos. I hope the take my three children to France when they are older. :)

JoLeasure said...

I love your blog, thanks for sharing great recipes, stories and beautiful pictures!

Julie said...

Thank you for sharing your trip with us! I've loved every poetic thought and image.

Some day, I'll go too. :)

swallowtail said...

Thank you for sharing your trip to France, home. Your beautiful photos inspire my photography, and I relate to the sentiments expressed in returning "home."

Blessings.

Sarah said...

Your pictures have been amazing as always, I'd love to go to France now that I've seen them all!

suswins said...

Your pictures brought back such wonderful memories for me of a summer I spent in Aix-en-Provence when I was in high school! I haven't had the chance to go back, but I so hope to one day!

Carmellina said...

Oh my God.. I'd give almost everything for anything from this basket! And your photos are so amazing. That makes me even more greedy..

Helene said...

hightechartist: I can't for many reasons but primarily because customs vary with each country and taste vary with each person. What I may find appealing may not suit another person. Look through shops as you visit and pick things *you* know you might enjoy.

Tigerlill: well good thing I started my bog in 2007 - there are 3 years of archives for you to flip through :)

zenmasterlauren said...

Oh my goodness! BEST giveaway ever!! That is a gorgeous basket full! (totally inspired by your photography and cooking!)

Katie said...

Oh, how lovely. The light in your photos always stuns me.

kotomi said...

This was a beautiful post. I always love your photos, but the way you wrote about your hometown reminded me of my own. I only spent 2 years of my childhood in Japan, but whenever I go back to visit my grandparents, it takes me back instantly to the best times I had during my youngest years. Thank you so much for sharing. xoxo

Céline said...

I love France and would love to go back now!

Marcela said...

J'adore tes photos et ton blog en général. Je reve de vacationner en Provence un jour avec ma famille (mon mari, mes petits enfants) et ce post-ci ne fait qu'augmenter mes envies
d'y voyager. :)

Katie said...

What beautiful pictures! The basket looks amazing too.

Growing Small said...

I have recently found your blog and fell in LOVE - my hubby and I are planning on making some of your delish recipes this weekend. I've lived in America all of my life and during the last year or so I've started to step out of my processed food comfort zone and WOW - who knew that food could not only look but taste so good :)

I love the pictures you took of your trip - I felt as if I were walking along w/you during your vacation - thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting this beautiful giveaway (so generous!)

Wishing you must success and happiness! - Barbara

Dawn C. said...

Gorgeous... such a lovely place to have grown up.

(had troubles posting a comment, so if this is a second post - my apologies)

Kristine said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for taking the time to share!

Silvia said...

Felt in love with the view of the two chairs under the tree. Made me dream!

Sarah said...

Ah que c'est joli!!! I have some of the same photos, the cire and the square in Aix, it makes me want to go back so badly! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the memories with us.

LJ said...

France is at the top of my visit list, right after moving back to England. SO jealous of all the wonderful adventures.

Zizi said...

Helen!

This post is just sooooooo amazing! Lovely photos, gorgeous places, delicious food. It's good to know where you are come from. One day if I visit this area of France I won't forget to check this post to get ideas what to see, what to eat and where to go.

The giveaway is OMG! I would love to win it! :)

Andi said...

My dad and I have been discussing a trip to France next summer... how nice to know there are such wonderful views and foods to look forward to!

Disha said...

Ur photographs are amazing Helen! Truly breath taking!

Jen (Tastes of Home) said...

Your photos as always are so gorgeous, I have taken a better interest in baking after being inspired by your blog for sure!

Ana said...

this is by FAR the best giveaway i've seen on a blog, and i read a LOT of blogs.

beautiful pictures, as always!

withbluesatinsashes@gmail.com

Cherry Blossoms said...

I am so happy to enter this giveaway! I love French things {though I have never been to France}...a girl can dream though right?

CherryBlossomsDesign AT hotmail

Bonjour!

Kittie said...

Your descriptions of France are beautiful - thanks for the contest!

Sarah said...

Long time reader, first time commenter! Great photos as always!

Elaina said...

Your pictures make me want to go to France even more. They are beautiful!

Sweet Charity said...

Oh my~ i"m incredibly envious. The landscape is so beautiful, and the food all sounds incredible- I also want your aunt's carrot recipe... badly...
Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Kelly Cook said...

What gorgeous photos! I long to travel to France and experience the markets and the food but for now am waiting on residency in Canada. Thanks for sharing with us

Jenny said...

I so want to go to Provence, if I win, I at least get a little flavour of it...!

Annie said...

Beautiful pictures, I always enjoy your photography!

Andrea said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! Ahhh to have lived in France. *sigh*

Kate said...

The photos you take are inspirational and lovely to look at, I find myself always checking for updates! The basket looks gorgeous, thanks for the chance!

Bunnee said...

Provence is still on my list of "places to go" and your photos just reinforced that!

Blair said...

I so miss my home country, these reflections have caused me to reminisce about my country.

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking said...

Beautiful photos, and SUCH an exciting giveaway!

The Bean said...

I went to France this summer....LOVE the pictures!!

Sharon G said...

Wow! Everything in that basket sounds great!

Jeanne said...

I've fallen in love with France, even though I've never been there! I just love the old masonry buildings and the landscape in your photos.

A.E.B. said...

Wow! Your trip looks amazing.

Kristin said...

This looks magical! A beautiful post.

Melissa said...

Your photos of the shops are amazing. Love the way everything is displayed.

CrazyVet said...

Everything looks so amazing, reminds me of the summer I spent in the south of France doing my stage at sanofi-aventis, reminds me I should never have moved away from southern Europe...

Patti said...

Your site is so exquisite. I think I know where my next big vacation will be!

Patti
patricia1_may@yahoo.com

trish said...

Looks beautiful!

Sarah L. said...

Oh, how lovely! I'm looking forward to the carrot recipe, too.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Everything looks so rustic to me.
It's so nice of you to share a bit of Provence with us.

Leslie said...

I wish our stores in the States could look as amazing as the visual treats that European stores give. Love reading about your trip!

peripatetic said...

A huge fan of your blog. All the best

DiSarliGirl said...

I love your blog!

Lisa~~ said...

What a great giveaway! Beautiful piccies too!

Madeleine said...

I definitely got a little misty-eyed reading your post. I studied in Aix and it is truly my home away from home. I am salivating over the possibility of getting your goody bag to bring me back to all that yummy food!

gfnoor said...

France is truly one of those places where memories and pleasant times seem to meet.

Margarida V said...

love the photod, love the food, love your blog

The Duo Dishes said...

Congrats on speaking at BlogHer Food. We won't be there, but surely we'll see lots of tweets. :) What a beautiful trip too!

Beth said...

The photos are gorgeous and made me want to take off and travel as soon as possible.

妮妮 said...

Oh, these photos are lovely! The glass bottles especially. Thank you for sharing!

Cara! said...

The pictures make the story thank you

Dani said...

it looks like you had a lovely trip :)

Heather said...

This looks divine! How lovely to share in a basket of your provencal memories!

Mariel.OriginalCinn said...

Your pictures are breathtaking. You made me feel like I was walking in France with you. Thanks for the giveaway!

Big Momma said...

i always love reading your blog but i've especially liked the posts about france. your photos are fantastic and the food makes me drool all over my keyboard. you're awesome! : )

--Alex
http://twolittlehornes.blogspot.com

Hettar7 said...

I can hardly resist anything fig, and I find it totally cute that sugar comes in croissant shape. Good job on selecting items for the basket.

I think my favorite picture you've posted is the last one. The faded purpleish sign. Nice.

ONE FINE DAY ARTISTRY said...

everything in there looks amazing! pick me :)

Rene Azzara said...

The tranquility and vibrancy of Provence is alluring. The photos are stunning and enabled me to step-away from my workday and completely immerse myself in the moment. Thank you for the peaceful interlude!

cecurtis said...

Last year I had the loveliest time in Provence. Your pictures instantaneously brought my memories to the forefront of my mind. I had one of the best meals of my life in Isle Sur La Sorgue. Thank you for sharing your trip with all of us!

Sandra said...

As always - I love your pictures, your stories and your recipes!! And above all this time the chance to win this wonderful gift! :-)

Phebe said...

What gorgeous goodies! The photos are, as always, beautiful. Px

Idle Wife said...

Some day, I hope to visit France. In the meantime, I'll definitely settle for some French goodies! : D

lehi + sasha said...

you are such an inspiration. and this giveaway would just make my whole month! love me a little bit of france. :)

Mom's the little one said...

lovely picture, lovely story. What I remember everytime go back to see my parent, 'the hospitality' and how humble people in every vilages I've been visited. :)

Aletita said...

J'aime la provence!! Your pictures are lovely =) sign me up for the giveaway!

Kelsey said...

Gorgeous as always! And so wonderful to have you back!

Rachelle said...

My husband and I took our honeymoon to the Provence region of France almost 3 years ago to this day! Your pictures bring me back to the wonderful feel of Fall and all the sights we saw. Thank you for sharing your vacation and beautiful pictures!

Sonia said...

What gorgeous pics! Your pictures of Aix brought back memories of the best peach I have ever eaten! Blushing, firm, juicy, and sweet. Swoon... didn't know peaches like that existed until I bit into that Aix peach. Sounds like you had a lovely trip! Welcome back!

Rachelle said...

My husband and I took our honeymoon to the Provence region of France almost three years ago to today! Your pictures take me back to the feeling of Fall and all the sights we saw. Thank you for sharing your vacation and beautiful pictures!

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

Unbelievably gorgeous photos! Looks like a wonderful trip. And thanks so much for the basket of goodies to give us a taste of your trip.

Lisa~~ said...

Great giveaway and lovely piccies!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

I so wish I could make it to Blogher! Once of these day I WILL make it to some event where I can learn from you!

Loren said...

There is nothing like going home to reset your body, mind and soul. Beautiful photos as usual!

Jill P. said...

Best/sweetest/most unique giveaway ever!

slush said...

Gorgeous photos, I looked at them twice! Looks like you had a lovely trip. :)

brandi said...

Oh your trip was so beautiful, than you for sharing it with all of us! I have never been to France, but am anxious to go ...just waiting for the right time. Thank you for sharing your home and family with us.

Elise said...

What a sweet gesture and give away. Would love to be picked, and I would give it to my parents for all the good France holiday memories.

Greetings from Holland,

Elise

Chris Schlarbaum said...

What a beautiful trip. I love to travel and hope to do more in the future. The basket is so intriguing.

Allison Day said...

What a beautiful post! I've always wanted to travel to France, and this just makes me want to go even more. :)

Nicole said...

The giveaway looks divine and it is so kind of you to include your readers.

carolbean said...

i love reading your blog, and your pictures are so inspiring (as is all the food!!). thank you!

--carol
carolcatherine[at]gmail[dot]com

wren said...

I can think of nowhere more restful than a place of desiccation restored to quiet. Your photographs are so beautiful, we just have a lack of luster in the states that, it seems, Provence has! I would so dearly love to visit, thank you for the post!

Mariana said...

The basket looks great!

Elise said...

Hi!
What a sweet gesture and give away you have put on your blog!
I would like to be picked; for I can share it with my parents when I visit them the next time. When young, they took me camping in France,nice memories of the nature and the baguettes and crepes and the sea, along with the feeling of the future ahead of me.
Greetings from Holland

Jacquie said...

Your pictures always make me miss France so much. I loved when I lived there for a summer and would go back in a heartbeat. However, if I could take pictures like yours too, I'd be even happier. Hopefully I'll get to one of your classes soon...

Susan said...

Thank you so much for the "photo visit" - it looks as lovely as I have always imagined it! Revisiting the past can be so rejuvenating and sweet.

Barbara said...

What a lovely basket! Love your photos from France! It's absolutely beautiful.

Lavendar said...

Wow, such lovely pictures! I want to pack up my suitcase and go!!
Natalie

Anna said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I am making your brownies/ice cream/salted caramel for my husband's birthday tonight. I can't wait to try it.

Kristy said...

How absolutely beautiful. I already wanted to travel around Provence; now I absolutely must! I can't believe your aunt & uncle actually live in that house - it seems to gorgeous and dreamy!

JLynn said...

Thank you for sharing the memories of your trip - the pictures are absolutely beautiful!

Paula said...

this dotted chocolate looks divine... :)

have a nice time!
Paula

Maja said...

Your photos are really breathtaking!! How fortunate to have such a wonderful place to visit! Thanks for all your posts.

Letícia said...

i loved the photos!!! I can't stop looking at the collors of the tomatoes!!! they are soooo red!!! I never saw one like that! I'd love to win those presents! :)

Paulette said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and travel photos! I love your blog!

Carla said...

You're photos are so beautiful and inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

Botacook said...

Merci pour cette ode à la France!
Je joue moi aussi!

Truc said...

Such gorgeous pics! I visited Aix a 5 years ago and it was absolutely beautiful there.

Shaina said...

My sister lived in France for a year and a half, and these pictures remind me so much of her home in Montpellier. Of course, just the photos I saw then too. Someday I hope to have the chance to go and visit.

What a fantastic trip, Helene. I'm so happy for you that you were able to take the time and enjoy it.

Nico said...

Fantastic, simply fantastic, those places are amazing....thanks for the giveaway

mirabelle said...

Thank you for taking me back to my university days when I spent some month in Lyon and visited Provence.

Blaire said...

Your blog provides constant inspiration for me to try new things and is always a delight. This post is especially beautiful; thanks for sharing!

Magnolia said...

Great post! Thanks so much for thinking of your readers during your travels.

Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful post! LA Cure Gourmande looks like a divine place to shop and pick up some treats!

Kathy said...

Love and enjoy your blog so much. Your photos are amazing! How nice to spend part of the summer with your family, in such a beautiful place!

elizabeyta said...

So lovely and peaceful looking. I am envious.

David said...

Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Elissa Sato said...

Great photos; hope to visit some day...

Jennifer S said...

Thanks so much for sharing. Your photos are awesome. Your blog incredibly inspiring.

Bethany said...

Ohhhhhh, *sigh*!!! These photos make my heart absolutely ache to go there. And ummmm, stay there. It must be hard to leave such a lovely place? Just wandering in and out of those shops would be enough to keep me happy for years! Your give away looks to die for! Crossing my fingers and my toes!

Kate said...

Yum!

Christy said...

Beautiful pictures as always!

Kate said...

Welcome back!! As always, gorgeous, inspiring and yummy :-)

Love, love, love your work and hope that one day you'll host your own photography workshop!

Manuela said...

Lovely photos! Brings back so many memories of my days in Aix. I spent 6 months there a few years ago. It was one of the best and most beautiful experiences of my life.

Andrea said...

It looks wonderful. Basil olive oil with caprese salad sounds perfect because I have great tomatoes from the farmer's market this week

Brian said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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