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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Jen said...

Ah, I posted my comment under the wrong section. C'est fou!

I just returned from the South of France but primarily traveled between St. Tropez and Nice. I stayed in a wonderful house in the Haut-Var near Le Muy.

I'm truly sad to be back in NY and cannot wait until I can return.

Katherine said...

What a wonderful trip! I've really enjoyed following it through your posts :) You've also made me quite hungry for gourmet foodie things that I'm having to do without. Normally I live in the US, but I am living in Guatemala for the next year and a half... gourmet foodie things are out of my price-range, here ;)

Tess said...

Your photos are so gorgeous. It makes me want to get on a plane right now!

Anna said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I've only been to Paris and surrounding areas but have been dying to travel more around France!

emily S said...

Always love your stories and pictures ....
Those carrots sound awesome - hope you'll share with us : ))
We went to Paris recently, but only for two days (too spendy!)... but I hope to go back someday soon!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Your photography has captured a completely amazing holiday filled with beauty and family thanks so much for sharing it.

Gaia - the Cook said...

Breath-taking pictures!!! Wow!

Jesse said...

Love, love, love your photos and the way you write.
Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway! Now if only I could win this to take the mister out for a sweet picnic for our 11 year anniversary coming up *crosses fingers big time*

Lots of love from Germany,
Jesse

sincerefaith said...

Yum Yum Yum

Joanna

sincerefaith at gmail.com

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness! Everything looks amazing! And not just the basket of goodies. Your pictures should be in a travel book about France.

Nicole said...

Oh my goodness, all the goodies here sound so marvelous. I would have to say the nougat items would be my favourite though. I have fond memories of visiting my Aunt in Southern France and buying artisanal bars of nougat in Biot. Beautiful pics!!

Cybertopia said...

I love your blog
You always make me hungry and inspire me to make wonderful and tasty food!

Bettina said...

wow your pictures are gorgeous! what are those things that look like blue figs?

Más allá de 365 sonrisas said...

I love your blog et je suis amoureuse de Provence, je suis espagnole et j´ai travaillé là-bàs quelques étés à Pierre et Vacances Pont Royal. J´adore la région et ton blog m´enmene plein de bons souvenirs. Felicitations! Je suis ton blog depuis longtemps. Ne nous quittes jamais, c´est un très bon aprentissage pour ce qui aimons la cuisine, la photographie, les voyages et la vie!!! Bisous!!!

Denae said...

Absolutely lovely. Thanks for sharing and giving!

mbswitzer@gmail.com said...

What a beautiful basket of lovely items!

His said...

What a great basket you've put together, who wouldn't want to win that! I also love the way you take your pictures, it sure is an inspiration :)

Veggie Virginia said...

Your photos are lovely. Another area to add to my life travel list.

Helene said...

Kate: re-workshops: I have already done 5 on my own or so in the past year.

Stephanie said...

Great pictures! They make me want to visit France!

Helene said...

Bettina: figs.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Can't wait to go there myself!

Stephanie Sheller

Dan Hoseck said...

So beautiful! Provence is on my list of "must visit" places...and your photos make me even more eager to go.

Brandy said...

I am not seeing the carrot recipe, Helene. I will try loading again to see if it's just not coming up. And I was hoping you had a recipe for the barley that was next to it as well! I just harvested a colander of carrots this morning, so I would love to try serving them a new way at dinner tonight! I am making your honeydew sorbet for tonight as well. . . .

Kate said...

What a darling vacation. Your photos are stunning! That gift basket of small pleasures from France would be a treat.

Theresa Queen said...

oui, oui, pick me!
What a wonderful place to grow up : )
theresa queen
theresaqueen@sbcglobal.net

Helene said...

Brandy: as I wrote in the post "I just wrote myself a sticky note to ask my aunt for her confit de carottes recipe" - which means I don't have it, need to ask her.

PheMom said...

"I started making sense of myself to myself." Wise words from a lovely lady. I adored this post - I felt like I got to visit your home, and although I loved all the pictures, I really loved all your insights. I had a friend ask me once if I minded getting older (my hubs does mind, so that was how it cam up) and I had to tell them no, because I felt like I was finally getting comfortable with myself. Thanks for making me smile!

Helene said...

Phemom: Holly, you got it! That is exactly how I feel and I have not gone through the trauma that you were dealt with so early on in your adult life. Still, people like you and your journey make these moments of understanding and self reflection all worth while. Thanks for understanding it so well.

terri said...

thanks for sharing your trip with us--it's almost like being there!

hellosarah said...

beautiful photos!

Margaret HH said...

Such beautiful photographs and words! Thanks.

Nadia @ www.lavidaaloha.blogspot.com said...

my mouth is watering! I never win anything, and I hope the giveaway gods will smile down on me this one time!

Aloha,

Nadia :)
nadiaanac@yahoo.com

Mir said...

Looks like it was a lovely trip! Your village reminded me of the one I lived in growing up... welcome back!

danielle said...

Love, love, love your blog Helene. Would love to win your basket of goodies and get a taste of France!

Lexie R. Martin said...

That looks amazing!

mycookinghut said...

Beautiful!! I am planning to do a Tour de France next year and Provence will definitely be on my list!

Gen said...

Oh tout est si beau! Les arbres, le marché, les figues, les poissons grillés, les couleurs!
Et la Cure gourmande! J'y suis déjà allée et c'est vraiment une expérience. Merci du partage c'est toujours pour moi un voyage que de regarder ces clichés!

Naomi said...

What a dream of a trip! Your aunt's home looks so relaxing and beautiful.

wifeplzak said...

you take the best photos... I sure hope I win!

Andrea from NC said...

May I go with you next time??!! That w/b an amazing experience.

Morgan D said...

Simply gorgeous. The fish is making me hungry!

Bertha said...

Always love your story Helen! Looking at your pictures making me want to visit France, I love the country feeling of it.

Megan said...

Helen,
Thanks for the well-written post - you are very lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful place. Keep up with the good work!

Linny said...

Wow, what a giveaway!! Thanks for the opportunity!

Limequat said...

How gorgeous! Can I stay at your aunt's home too? haha

Glad you had a trip filled with delights! That goodie basket looks wonderful.

Kim said...

Your pictures are pure art! I went to France once and I remember that vivid light all too well. I recognize it in your beautiful pictures. I love how they are all so vibrant with colour!
And what a selection in the basket! I can imagine swooning through every bite. Thank you for spoiling us so :)

Amanda Hawkins said...

Sounds like your trip was lovely--the going home, the going home to France, two lovelies combined into goodness.

Thanks for sharing. Looks like my home in California, only older and with more character. The figs made me hungry.

Natalie N said...

Wow I've always dreamt of going to Provence. Thank you for sharing your memories with us!

Brian Wakefield said...

I think that food is my favorite part of traveling!

Thanks,
Brian Wakefield

Knoopjes said...

What a great giveaway! That basket of French sunshine will get you through even the roughest of wintertime!
Thank you!
xoxox

laurie said...

Your photos are beautiful! I would love to have a chance to win your basket.

equisetaceae said...

wow. just wow. that collection looks like a little basket of heaven!

Krista said...

I'm glad your aunt didn't mind that you brought your camera along. Those pictures were my favorite today. Always enjoy your posts and photographs. And what an exciting give-away

Rezza said...

Your blog is just simply wonderful!! So beautiful pictures and a lot of tasty food:)

You are absolutely one of my favourites!!:)

de-kay said...

So wonderful photos, as always!

kate said...

Ohhh!!! pick meee! Oh, I'd be in heaven!!

Annie said...

Thank you for taking your camera! The food and the scenery make me long to return to France for a long vacation :-)

Janelle said...

Lovely, decadent! My two favorites..
Janelle

J said...

The macroon napkins are adorable!!! As are the sugar cubes. I'm not going to focus on the rest because it will only add to my disappointment if I'm not picked.

Laura said...

It has been so fun following you along your adventure! I've so enjoyed your thoughts as you've revisited places with your parents. It must have been so fun! I also appreciate your photos...you are able to capture the essence of places rather than typical touristy pix. Thank you for taking us along! :)

Barbara said...

"ship worldwide" music to my ears Helene. A beautiful array of goodies everyone would love to win.

Your aunt's house is charming. The first photo reminds me of a scene from a Marcel Pagnol book or movie. I can just Jean de Florette emerging from the door.

Emily said...

Gorgeous photos! Gets up my wanderlust...

Tyler, Erin, Addilyn, Asher Johnson said...

You had me at caramel and chocolate. That basket looks great...and so do all your photos from your trip. Gorgeous!

Pamela Keener said...

OMG what a fantabulous giveaway.
Tell hubby to pick moi *wink*
Thanks so much for the pictures. I almost feel like I am there.
Love & Hugs,
Pam

s. stockwell said...

It is continually such a pleasure to see the enfolding of your life and all the delicious ways you describe it. Thanks you for all.

Abby said...

I can't even imagine how hard it is to live so far away from your family, but the South welcomes you back with open arms!

ephrat said...

Beautiful post! Last time I was in Paris I bought a huge box of cookies from La Cur Gourmande -- they're amaaaazing. At the time I thought it was a tourist trap (since they hook you with their samples), but I didn't care since they were so tasty

Suzé Gilbert said...

Your words and photos never cease to inspire, thank you for allowing us to experience la belle vie through your eyes. It makes me want to chuck it all and live in the lavender fields, I miss France but every time I make one of your exquisite recipes, I feel like I'm back there..

{ uMy } said...

oh my oh my! figo & chocolat~~ i've been eyeing them ever since i arrived in US last couple of weeks but to no avail. maybe there's a big riot of figs here in birmingham >.<

Reez said...

Oh, how I wish I could transport myself to Provence this very second!

Reez
(rez97 at hotmail dot com)

Kelly said...

Oh, wow. Those photos are divine. I have never traveled to France, but I feel a tiny bit closer having looked at this post!

marsel said...

Fantastic photos!

Justina said...

I have no idea what half of those things are but it sounds great :) I've always wanted to go to France.

Boot ~C said...

your photos are so beautiful, thank you for sharing! It was almost as good as being there

Ms. Elizabeth said...

I love the picture of the market - everything looks so beautiful. I hope I can make it to France someday, but until then I'll keep looking at your lovely photos!

Siri said...

Everything about the post is just magical. :). Thanks for posting such lovely pics. Fantastic give-away. I would love to win one!

Siri

A said...

TY for sharing your travels. The images are so vibrant and lovely.

Dawn Mundy said...

What delicious pictures! Thanks for sharing them - and for sharing some French goodies.

kell-bell said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I love your blog, and go to it regularly to inspire & teach myself as I hope that one day I will be able to make a perfect Macaron.

Carolyn said...

gorgeous photos! and those croissant-shaped sugar cubes make me smile :)

Emily said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. I am in awe.

TAITx3 said...

Oh my! Your kindness is outrageous!!! I love it, and I love your blog, and I love you!!! ~Kara

Danielle said...

Ok - going to be shameless and just say that I want that French basket! Looks like an amazing holiday you had, thanks for sharing it with us!

Raquel from Florida said...

Ohh I would love to go there, how lovely. Thank you for this giveaway
Raquel from Florida

Becky said...

What amazing pictures! I really enjoyed them!

Chantel said...

Your pictures are just stunning! I would love to travel around France some day in the future. It looks so beautiful!

Bellameru said...

I am loving the rustic look of your aunt and uncle's home. really does look like an amazing place to stay at and take a break from the world, perhaps (:

yustisea said...

very nice and warm picture....
I can feel the warm and the beautifull of france trough of it.... thank you for sharing..

stigg100 said...

Your photos are gorgeous! Provence is on my bucket list - I hope to go soon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of the lovely pictures. Reading the post was like a mini vacation!

Dr. Jean Layton-GFDoctor said...

You got me at the fig picture. I have to find a way to get there and see all those amazing places.
Here's to foodie travels.

SuzieQ said...

C'est magnifique! Merci beaucoup for the chance to savor some wonderful treats!

Dee Das said...

These picturs are so beautiful...makes me want to go there...
I really wish i could :)
And awesome give away :)

Erica said...

This post is GORGEOUS. Love it.

Would love to win, but even if I don't, your pictures are enough of a prize. :)

K and S said...

Provence is somewhere I've always wanted to travel to. Hope to go someday soon!

keri wong said...

i always look at your pictures, especially ones of food, and aspire to make mine look like yours. i love love love the one of the figs because they're so bright and blue! thank you so much for always sharing!

kgcoon said...

How I love Provence! Fond memories of the market in Arles where I learned to love Piment D'Espelette. My chef used to sprinkle it on seared duck breast.... Glad you were able to get home to your family to celebrate your grandfather's birthday!

NatC said...

Beautiful! Thankyou.

RamblingTart said...

Exquisite photos that make my heart both ache and swell at the same time. :-) I'm so glad you had such a beautiful holiday.

empresario said...

Oh wow. What an amazing post, and a beautifully curated set of treats. Maybe 493 is my lucky number!

Annie said...

Beautiful inspiration as always!

dena said...

Everything is better in French.

Funky Days said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your photos make me want to visit someday! :)

Adrienne said...

How lovely! It all makes me sigh with wistfulness for a trip to Provence I took 7 years ago!

Bonnie said...

Beautiful photos and a beautiful basket.

shellie said...

beautiful photos...what a great time you had and i am jealous you know....my husband and i spent a week in Aix for our honeymoon in 2000....i also taught him how to drive a stick shift on the backroads there at one point we actually rolled down a hill backwards....thanks for stirring my own memories!

Al said...

Your photos are gorgeous, as usual!

Elena said...

Oh, how I love that area. This was such a nice post, brings me back there. The scent of south of France is special. The colours of nature. The sweets. The food. Oh.

Ashlee said...

Loved your post ! It made me relaxed and peaceful just reading it !! Thanks for sharing :)

Nicole said...

What great photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I visited Paris for the first time this summer and it was incredible.

Siunna said...

I have been visiting your blog on almost a daily basis but I was too shy to leave a comment..until now! That basket full of goodies has convinced me to come out of the dark :) I've loved reading your beautiful stories of food and family, as well as poring over the sensuous photos of luscious food..those macarons are simply works of art! Thank you so much for being so generous with your stories and recipes. God bless you and your family!

monica said...

oh please, please, please pick me!!!

monica said...

oh please, please, please pick me!!!

caramel à la fleur de sel said...

I love your blog!!! Your photos are so beautiful and the giveaway is wonderful ^ - ^

Philam said...

I haven't travelled to Provence yet but I know winning this basket full of treats will bring me one step closer. When I do go, I'll be sure to refer to the amazing spots and your tips in this post!

Mrs Soup said...

Great, now Provence has risen on my list of places to visit. *sigh* These images so make me want a peaceful European vacation.

And and Phi said...

MMMMmm! Perfect way to start the autumn season!

Marie Chantal Leclerc said...

Merci pour ces belles photos!

Ça donne le goût de voyager!

slimjim said...

Last time I was in France I did the typical Paris sightseeing. You have me longing to go back to see the rest of the country!

PSPR 205 Group 1 said...

Your photos make me want to book a flight tomorrow!

vertigob said...

Oh my goodness. Your blog, your photos, your recipes...I am fighting the urge to buy a plane ticket. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing your journey and your photos. Delectable all.

Jennifer said...

So very beautiful. I'm new to reading your posts but loving every minute of it. Welcome home.

Tiger_Lili said...

oh my gosh this is so lovely!
it sounds (and looks, thanks to your brilliant pictures) like you had an amazing trip!

irene said...

Looks so beautiful, I wish I can go someday. Love the photos!

Darby O'Shea said...

Ooh! Pick me! What a beautiful selection of treats. Glad you had such a lovely trip.

kgcoon said...

Fond memories of piment d'espelette in Provence from the market in Arles. Glad you were able to make it home to see your Papi and the rest of your lovely family!
Love your recipes. Continue to try my hand at Macarons up here in Michigan!
Kathryn

Darby O'Shea said...

Pick me! What a lovely selection of treats! Glad you had such a good trip.

natasya said...

awesome pictures and write up. what a shame that this side of France are practically unknown and unheard of to overseas tourists.

Kendall said...

Oh wow, your posts only fuel my desire to visit France one day. I'll need someone to translate for me as I only speak English and Spanish. But...your pictures are beautiful and your recipes are fantastic. Love so much.

Julianna Collett said...

Oh I hope it is me!!!

oysterdiaries said...

Macaron napkins!

I love macarons but I can never seem to make them correctly >< Beautiful photos. I never dared to venture beyond paris because I can't speak french but your photos make me want to just take that risk!

oysterdiaries said...

Macaron napkins!

I love macarons but I can never seem to make them correctly >< Beautiful photos. I never dared to venture beyond paris because I can't speak french but your photos make me want to just take that risk!

Sophie said...

croissant shaped sugar cubes, sold!
I love your picture of the bowl of figs, reminds me so much of summer.

Sophie

sydney85 said...

Your lovely photos bring back memories of a trip I had last year with my husband.

Great giveaway.

masperle@austin.rr.com

Tracy said...

Oh my stars! This would be a most wonderful thing to win.

Your photos are always so beautiful, but the ones from France just blow me away. I found you through Ruhlman and love your posts.

Story of A Girl said...

I would love to go to Provance! Everything in the basket looks sooo yummy!

Reya said...

Your photos are always so lovely!

Margaret Cruz said...

Thanks so much for taking us along on your wonderful vacation. Makes me want to go to France more than ever. Wonderful pictures....amazing!

Jessica said...

I'm so jealous! I hope that one day, I myself will be able to visit France.

Jaclyn said...

It looks like the perfect vacation!

Deborah said...

Love your blog. I really enjoyed the posts from your trip. Would love to visit France one day.

jfjdb said...

I love your blog. I especially enjoyed this post. Gives me wanderlust I must get away to this magical place!

Jennifer

Cakelaw said...

What gorgeous photos - it makes me want to drop anything and hop on a plane to France. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Aimea said...

I subscribe to your feed and I look forward to your beautiful posts. I've even shared a few links to your gorgeous blog on Facebook.

Delfis said...

Wow. I've been to Provence and it was beautiful, of course.....but somehow I think your Provence, the one I see in your pictures, is even more beautiful. One thing for sure, you left me wanting to go back to Europe..NOW! Thank you for sharing such an amazing trip!!! Merci!

Andrea said...

Lovely pictures! Wonderful colors.

Andrew Lyu said...

pictures are amazing. you and use real butter are my favorite food photographers!

Megan said...

simply gorgeous post!

Ingrid said...

Hi, thanks for this informative blog. Your trip home has me homesick...but we moved around so much during my youth that I find it difficult to call any place home except where my parent lives now. Oh well. Thanks for sharing your history with us. Cheers. Victoria BC Canada

C said...

Looks gorgeous! Would love to visit France one day..
Love your photography and posts!

stella said...

I love the chocolate cookies from La Cure Gourmande. They each feel like they weight a pound. mmmm

pitchinwoo at gmail dot com

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous photos.
You are very lucky to have grown up in such a place.

Stéphanie said...

Votre blog est carrément superbe! Les photos envoutantes, les recettes appétissantes... Hummm!

Je suis du Québec, qui est un peu l'Europe en Amérique du Nord (selon des amis français à moi). Si vous avez envie de parler français sans traverser l'Atlantique, nous sommes là!

Icing Designs said...

What a beautiful and inspiring post! Oh what an amazing giveaway!
Thank you for your wonderful blog!

Jadekitty said...

I have so enjoyed your posts! Thanks for sharing all these lovely photos and memories with us.

Wendy Rega said...

Oh... what beautiful, beautiful pictures! And how lovely of you to think of all of us while you were there.

Eva said...

Love the pictures!! Love your blog!!

thecurvycarrot.com said...

These photos have given me a goal. I will go to France within the next 5 years. They are beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Elise said...

It's so comforting to know that France (well at least some parts of it) are still as they always were. Such beautiful countryside, thanks for transporting me momentarily. And a pleasure to read as always.

ellie72 [at] hellokitty [dot] com

Mrs. G said...

Your pictures are gorgeous!

scrambledhenfruit said...

So beautiful- thanks for sharing the basket of treats!

skeptical said...

The Aix-En-Provence photos are superb!

Sarah said...

Such beautiful photos! They make me quite jealous. Wish I was back in France right now.

Vaedri said...

What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing it in your gorgeous photos!

Ri said...

Wow, what a bountiful basket! Thanks for offering this giveaway, Tartelette! I love reading your blog.

Amy said...

Since I can't go to France myself, I thank you for sharing it with me. I'm so jealous!

La Picara Soñadora said...

Absolutely love the photos in this entry! Wish I could teleport myself to France:)

Tracy said...

I've enjoyed your trip so much - so glad you had a good time.

lucascondon said...

I want to visit Aix-En-Provence so badly! Your Aunt and Uncle's home looks absolutely stunning!

Silvana said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us...great post!

Susie said...

Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your trip and memories :-)

Peggy Cheng said...

I love looking through your photos! Beautiful!

tree said...

What a great looking basket!! Croissant shaped sugar cubes...I love it!

livi said...

I went to Provence this summer too! I loved Montpellier and Avignon the most

Kathryn said...

Such lovely photos!
Such amazing goodies!
It all looks wonderful!

Lis said...

Thank you for sharing - your coming home vacation looked wonderful ~ beautiful photos, as always...
Lis

The Frugal Hostess said...

I hope I get to go to France at some point. I can't believe that is your aunt's house - it looks like a movie set.

Katarina said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning. And I love La Cure Gourmande! My favourite item from them are their tournessol cookies - essentially a shortbread but a very special kind of one. I have not been able to recreate the recipe at all; can you help?

Lorraine said...

What beautiful pictures. I wish we could get figs like that here! I haven't been to France since I was fifteen, and would love to go back. Thanks for sharing.

Tabby said...

The canisters in the photo of the candy shop are so adorable. I'd love to collect some to keep sugar and salt in.

Sparky said...

would love a chance to win this lovely basket of goodies!

Jade said...

Oh my! What a basket of treats! You always have the best giveaways! And those carrots sound amazing! I don't suppose you can pass along the recipe if it comes your way ;) ...

Sas said...

Gorgeous pics!

Megan said...

What a beautiful country and such a fun giveaway! I hope to meet you at Blogher!

Talia said...

Thank you so much for sharing these parts of your trip with us. Each post became a much needed mini-vacation for me!

Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing your vacation! The pictures are beautiful!

Fran said...

Your photos make me want to take another trip to Provence right now! Thanks for sharing your family's home and stories.

Maddy said...

Beautiful pictures! Reminds me of my trip to France last year. Everything in the basket sounds so good!

Natalie said...

I totally know what you mean about returning home. Coming home from college means the same thing.

CeeCee said...

*sigh* i wish i was french...but oh wow... that basket will make someone VERY happy. hopefully me ^_^

Dana said...

The world seems so much more in Technicolor in France. The colors are just incredible!

jen said...

breathtaking, what a beautiful hometown. i loved hearing you speak about it, with sentimentality.

Becca said...

Oh, you've made me yearn to go back to France. It's been four long years...and I wish I could this fall! I do love France in the fall.

Mia said...

Beautiful photos! I love seeing the "other" side of France... the best-kept secrets outside of Paris. Thank you for transporting me to your hometown through your photos!

Lori said...

I think I would have just stare at everything in the basket for a while if I won. My kind of gift basket here. Just beautiful.

I love all these photos here but just love that first one.

Krystie said...

Wow, your photos are stunning. I can't wait to study abroad in France!

Traci Tenkely said...

I have always wanted to travel through France and yet have never even been across the Atlantic...sigh..

kickpleat said...

I've been swallowing up your photos and storing things away for future trip ideas. I'd love, love, love to win that basket of goodness and I'd equally settle for that melt in your mouth carrot recipe. I wait with bated breath.

Heather Brodsky said...

Lovely! I wondered when reading words and looking at the pictures you've chosen and the lovely things gathered to share, how you decided upon those things which you did and what stories and past or simply what whim made them choice.

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