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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Shawna said...

What an amazing basket of treats! It's beautiful.

Daisy said...

Wow i want to win this one.... take care

-broken angel- said...

I was going to visit France last year but due to some issues was unable to. But after reading about your trip, I've decided to plan a trip to France next year! :)

Daisy said...

Nice pictures and nice basket... I want it for meee

Robin said...

I love your beautiful blog and photos. And I was excited to see your photo of the tables in Aix-en-Provence (don't the locals call it simply "Aix"?)--I was there once and would love to go back.

Jamie said...

The area looks amazing and like I'd love to live there.

Julie said...

beautiful and so vibrant.
looks like the perfect place to spend some time.

Sandra said...

Wow, beautiful! Thank you for sharing, I LOVE the pictures!

Caroline said...

My mouth is watering. being on a college campus limits my opportunities to have wonderful food and this basket looks delicious!
I'm so glad that your trip was so lovely.

Derek said...

Amazing pictures! Reminds me of a trip I took to France 10 years ago, good memories!

Katie said...

I LOVE your blog! It makes me so happy to check in with what you are making and of course it's gluten free! You're an inspiration!

Rachel T said...

Wow...what a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are amazing...

Katrina said...

Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing your trip and what a great giveaway!

somecappuccino said...

Beautiful pictures and story, Helene! I'm in awe with your photography and aspire to become half as talented as you :)

angesinclair said...

Oh my, your photos and stories are so beautiful. It makes me miss a Provence I don't even know! Thank you for sharing with us.

Carrie said...

Thank you for the virtual tour! The basket looks wonderful - hope I get to try the basil olive oil!

Amy said...

Wow, thanks for sharing your back home experience. The pictures are beautiful! You're so generous to your readers. That is such a lovely basket! :)

mankyoldboot23 said...

Your reflections on time, family, and self are lovely. Welcome back!

ifiknewpicasso83 said...

i love the photos from the market! it makes me want to return to europe! maybe the gift basket would curb the desire until i am able to return!

xoxx

amanda

Alexa said...

Clearly I need to move to Provence.
Your photos are stunning!

nikki said...

I have never been to Provence but live vicariously thru your photos. Just beautiful.

jeffery said...

Your photos are just gorgeous. I definitely need to go to Provence.

Rudi said...

Nice pix! They bring back memories of a trip to Aix-en-Provence in 2008 - though we were there well past market season.

sprite said...

When we went to France two years ago, we spent a couple of days in Aix and a couple in Avignon. I've really enjoyed your photos from Provence -- both as a reminder of what we saw and as ideas for where we should go next time. Thank you for sharing them.

Caiti said...

i love your pictures! the lighting, town, food, people- everything is so beautiful!

Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} said...

I love the thoughtful package you've put together. Loved reading about your memories and seeing snapshots of France through your eyes. Lovely.

Haylie said...

Your photos are to die for! I would love you to post the carrot recipe on your blog if you Aunt doesn't mind!

Leah said...

I am so excited that this competition is open world-wide! I'm in Australia so rarely get to enter American competitions. I love Provence, I spent a few days in Arles last year and am planning on exploring more of Provence when I go back to Europe next year.

Diana said...

Well it seems you have a great time in Porvence! the photography is very inspirational and lovely! =)

Diana said...

Well it seems you have a great time in Porvence! the photography is very inspirational and lovely! =)

Hannah said...

These photos are like a sip of freshly-home-made lemonade on a sweltering day - refreshing, sweet, and gives me strength to face my next three hours of lecturing and teaching :)

Andrea said...

Beautiful pictures, I love your blog!

Sarah said...

Amazing photography as usual!! So beautiful!

Dragonfly Woman said...

The photos are beautiful! I am definitely going to have to put Provence on my list of places to visit.

Aeshna said...

What gorgeous photography. I felt like I was travelling through Provence. You're very lucky to have a place like this to go home to :)

Amy I. said...

Helene, I wish I could find the words for how inspired I am by this post. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lobelia said...

That picture of the coloful bins of... colorful stuff is beautiful!

Hope you have a fun time in SF!

eula said...

Your trip sounded perfect with just the right amount of soul searching and relaxation. I'm jealous! You are generous to host a contest for no reason. bluealue(at)gmail(dot) com.

Sarah said...

Your photos are so beautiful! They make me want to go travel Europe to see it myself... =)

The Whimsical Wife said...

What warming photo's! Just delightful! The french just have a special way of creating food! I just fell in love with it when i travelled! Hope u get over your jet lag quickly!

Andrea said...

Dear Helen,
following your blog a few month for upgrading my english but by now I love it. There are great pictures which make me dream of holidays (and of the ability to catch such pictures by myself ;) and reciepts which sound very good and even taste better. I hope to be the lucky one choosen from your better half.
BR from Germany
Andrea

spacedlaw said...

Ces magasins sont magnifiques. Je suis surprise que vous ayez pu y photographier.

raspinator93 said...

I LOVE THIS POST! & THE MACARON SERVIETTES!

Rustic Tarts said...

I was in Paris for 5 days in April and loved it....every time I see photos from France now it *squeezes* my heart a little.

lady_mason said...

Yes, please!

delphine said...

Bonjour,

Je ne laisse habituellement jamais de commentaires mais là le hasard est vraiment surprenant: je suis votre blog depuis quelques temps parce que j'aime la cuisine et l'anglais or il se trouve que j'ai grandi à Calas et que je vis aujourd'hui à Cabriès... fou non?
Amicalement,
Delphine

Monica said...

These pictures make me want to visit Provence so much! I WILL make it there after I finish nursing school!

Ann Jebaratnam said...

Dear Helene,
I'm happy to say that I have been to France. Well, Paris to be exact. I made it to Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, etc. and had my wallet stolen on the Metro. Sigh. I didn't even know until I wanted to buy some macarons in Galerie Lafayette. Oh well... I still had a good time and met some policemen who offered me le chocolat in compensation for a lost wallet. :-) I'm looking forward to going back again to finish experiencing the city of lights.
Ann

shauna said...

sooo pretty!!! Love France and all it's bounty!

shauna said...

soooo pretty! Love France and all its bounty!

Meagan said...

Such lovely photographs! I hope I can make it to Provence someday.

Jasmine said...

I love your pics: they're so inspiring!

Jill said...

Ohhh! All this stuff looks amazing!

faith said...

Even if sometimes I've become too lazy to read because I'm tired, I always look over your gorgeous photos. It's an awesome giveaway! Thank you!^__^

Amber said...

It all looks like something out of a movie set! Absolutely beautiful.

Taylor said...

These photos are stunning! I want to pack my things up and move to Provence now.

dianazh said...

Wonderful pictures and story:)

jana said...

mmm, this is one of the best giveaways i've ever seen...beautiful!! love your photos!

qjamanka said...

Provence - je t'aime! :) Amazing photos. I fell in love with your aunt's and uncle's house. Little house in Provence - that's my dream...

Evelina said...

Provence. There's probably nothing as magical to me as Provence. I'm still young, but when I imagine my home and future, it is clear where I get my inspiration from. I wish I could actually recreate something as magical, peacefull and still simple at my home, here in Lithuania. That will be quite a chalenge.
And for now I'll just enjoy looking at pictures and imagening.

timna said...

I would love to have another one of your grandmothers recipes, the Apricot Almond Tart was amazing and it is very clear where you get your gift from

Wanda said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures and stories. I want to be there someday. You're lucky to have such a place to go "home" to!

Clytie said...

Gorgeous post as always. Hopefully I'll return to Provence next year.
I live like 10 hours away, but still there are so many places to see. Tuscany and Provence in 2011. I hope :)

Dessana said...

Hi Helen, I am reading your blog for more than a year and I am really impressed. Your pictures, your recipes and detailed explanations..........everything is so interesting for me.
Since you went to France, I was checking your blog every day,impatiently, to read and see more from this beautiful country!!

soosanlee said...

Such beautiful pictures, I feel like I am on your trips when I look at them ....if only
I could taste the food...:o) Really do love your blog x

hzl said...

i love your blog!
reading it always brings france one step closer to me. (:
hopefully i will get a chance to visit it soon!

filleatomique said...

Bonjour! I'm one of your avid readers from the Philippines. I've always wanted to go to France. I even took European Studies as my undergraduate course to experience a little bit of Europe. Your pictures and entries are very beautiful and inspiring. I hope someday I will be able to experience France the way you do. :)

kristina said...

You are such an inspiration! Good Work! Kristina

Steve said...

Helene,
Amazing pictures. I feel as if I were there. Rose and violet petals, difficult to come by here in the states, would make a perfect top surprise to some lemon or chocolate pots de creme.

Anonymous said...

j'etais en provence (à aix) en août! c'etait fantastique, mais j'ai déjà mangé tous le nougat :)

Lisa


lschaelchli@yahoo.de

Wh. said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful!! i'm in love with your pictures.. and seriously want to eat that fish!

debbie kim said...

Why is Europe so much more charming than the US? I absolutely loooooove the pictures of the shops. And that fish looked amazing. loved the shot with the figs. basically, i loved everything about this post! thanks for thinking of us on your trip~

Advah said...

Thank you for those beautiful posts and photos, Helene. I'm another expat from Provence, and while I love my life where I am and have no plans of going back to France, it's still a struggle every day between enjoying this(my) new location and not feeling heartbroken whenever I think of the smells and sounds of where I grew up, that I'll never be able to experience the same way again. I loved reading about how you approach a similar experience, I'm still working on making it a more positive thing. :)

Tarra said...

Thank you for the wonderful post! You made me miss Provence!!

Tarra

Tracy Grant said...

These photos and your words helped me recapture a part of myself this morning.
Thank you.

J said...

Sounds like a lovely trip down memory lane. I've yet to go to Provence - I really hope to be able to in the not too distant future

Rachel W said...

La Cure Gourmande looks soooo beautiful! :)

bunkycooks said...

Your photos are beautiful. Provence is truly my favorite place to travel to. I could just skip everywhere else and go there! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

Carolina said...

Such pretty photos and lovely post!
Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway!
:)

Leeann said...

You probably won't see this because of ALL the posts you have already received, but THANK YOU for your wonderful blog. Inspiring me in cooking/baking as well as photography. Since I'm not a blogger, I just read yours and feel happy. So glad you enjoyed your trip home.

Marissa said...

My hubby has promised to take me to France one day, for a hot air balloon ride over the country side, and beautiful French food!!! As an avid photographer myself..after looking at your gorgeous photos I can hardly wait :)

Melissa said...

Stunning pictures and it was so nice to go down memory lane with you. What a beautiful place to grow up- thanks for sharing it with your readers.

kazwhite said...

I always enjoy reading your blog - your photos are amazing and they inspire me to spend more time taking pictures myself.
And all the goodies in that basket look wonderful!

Bonpierce said...

This post looks like a travel brochure. Absolutely gorgeous!

Micki said...

Your pictures are so wonderful and I love reading your captions which are always so detailed and full of emotion. I studied in France during college and have always dreamed of going back with my family...some day, but for now I will live vicariously through your blog. :)

Susan Moorhead said...

Enjoyed "traveling" with you through your posts!

Maria said...

Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go on vacation!

Laura Staum said...

The photos of your trip are amazing! And I'm sure the basket is, too. :) Glad you got a chance to visit home.

Laurie said...

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photographs. I visited France this past June and it brought back memories of all the beautiful sights I discovered in LeMan, Versailles, Giverny and Paris. I have never witnessed such beauty and you were fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by it. Lucky!

Lauren said...

These photos are amazing! I hope to travel to France one day!

Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!

Bec said...

I would also like to know the recipe for confit de carrotes! The pictures are beautiful...as soon as I saw the tomatoes I wanted to eat them!

Kate. said...

The fresh food looks so amazing in Provence! I hope to make it there some day. And thanks for the give-away.

{BlueEyedYonder} said...

Your pictures are just delicious! I can't wait for our trip to Provence to celebrate our one year anniversary, only 24 more days to go! Thanks for all the photos and beautiful descriptions, you have given us quite the "aperitif" for our trip. :-)

Daniela said...

Your photos are very inspirational. Sure makes me wish I was in the south of France, rather than sitting at my desk at work.

Monica M. said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. Spending time with family is so very important. Life tends to pull you away but we must always remember to go back from where we came...even if it is just for a brief holiday! Loved the pics.

Global Butterfly said...

Oh wow, your photos were a great way to start my morning off!!!

Adele said...

The pictures and scenery are breathtaking and I am envious. They have stirred up a need to get out my watercolors.
Thanks
Adele

linda said...

Your post brought back fabulous memories of my trip last year to Provence…beautiful…beautiful!
I shopped @ La Cure Gourmande & was amazed by the wonderful displays & treats!
Thank you Helene for including me in this great giveaway!

Cat said...

Thank you for sharing your holiday with us! I grow more anxious to go to France as time passes. I even bought some "teach yourself French" cds to familiarize myself with the language. Thank you so much for being an inspiration!

Laura Arce said...

I loooove the pictures. I can smell the food and atmosphere of France through the photos. I also really like your story about your family, is very nice.
Enjoy, enjoy,enjoy. Laura from Argentina.

Leslie said...

I've never been to France. I think it's time to change that .... but will I ever return home!!!

Karyn said...

I'm so jealous . . . Just Lovely!

shaz said...

So, so beautiful, I was sighing at each shot by the time I reached the end of the post. I've never been to France, but when I get there, I'm heading straight to Provence :)

Thank you for the lovely tour and thanks for opening the giveaway worldwide, yay!

Jana Hyde said...

Helene, your photos are stunning and I weep with joy just by reading your gluten free recipes. Welcome back!

Gypsy Eyes Jewelry said...

Thank you for the sense tantalizing sojourn! Through your gorgeous photos and words, I can almost smell Provence. What a treat!
Perhaps I will indeed smell AND taste Provence, should I be the lucky winner of that bountiful basket...(fingers crossed, supplications performed).

Lindsay said...

Absolutely gorgeous photographs! What a dream trip! Thanks for the chance at the generous giveaway!

Shanda said...

Looks like you had such an amazing trip. Your Aunt & Uncle's home is just breath taking! Thank you for sharing with us.

Tania said...

What beautiful pictures. I hope to visit France soon. I really enjoy the French word of the day .

Ina said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning! And what a beautiful part of the country...makes me want to go there right now! Such a lovely give a way too!

Popurri de la Vida said...

Your pictures are always beautiful and these ones in particular made me dream about visiting France. Thanks!

Mindy Darnell said...

I was fortunate enough to spend 10 days in Paris several years ago and I loved every single minute of it! Thank you for allowing me to travel virtually with you.

Jessica Holahan said...

To echo so many of the comments so far: gorgeous photos. Your trip sounds marvelous, as does every item in your basket of goodies. Thank you for sharing in stories, photos, and food!

yuffy said...

very evocative photos!

Jamie said...

I see that I need to go south! Just beautiful in your part of France! What a wonderful, relaxing vacation! And funny, I have almost the same photos of Le Cure Gourmande in Annecy when I visited there! Stunning pictures!

Julie said...

Your photos are amazing! I haven't been to France in over 10 years, but I felt I was right back there when I saw them!

The Perfect Details said...

Your blog is breathtaking. The pictures of Provence are stunning and your words are so meaningful! Thank you for creating such a Haven "en Francais" online!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on making one of the top blogs!

Rita
Gourmet Cupcake

Delphine said...

I'm French, and i would like to enter your contest ! It would be greatissime to win ;)

Delphine

Jenn Burka said...

I would love to visit France! I've traveled in Europe - Italy and Germany and Greece and Spain and UK and Czech Republic but have somehow managed to miss France!

scribbler said...

what beautiful photos...makes me miss France so much!

jennchic said...

Dear Helen,
I'm so happy you had such a wonderful time in France, and that you took the time to share it with all of us. As a photographer and cook myself I look forward to you posts as the inspire me to no end in so many ways! I must get to France! I hope we have the chance to meet one day...and thank you for this giveaway. So fun!
xo Jenn

Marilyn said...

Your trip looks amazing... I hope to visit the S. of France one day soon!

fiona said...

Much would be helped by la cure gourmande! the pictures and story are wonderful, can taste and smell the food...!:)

Beverly Lynn said...

Thank you for sharing about your visit home! I have always wanted to visit France. Maybe one day.

Susan's Scribbles said...

Your photos and post are a gift in themselves! What wonderful memories you were able to relive and create fresh! And your aunt sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this.

Amalia said...

What more could I say? I am from Rhodes, Greece, some pictures remind me icons from my country, but France is always my deam country...Congratulations!

cheri said...

Of the many blogs I enjoy reading, yours is at the top of my list. It is always beautifully put together from the photos to the lovely way you write. I truly enjoyed this last post with the beautiful photos of your homeland.

Kimberly said...

Amazing! We are going to the Provence on Saturday. I am looking forward to experiencing the same feeling you have regarding the Provence. Thank you so much for the post!

~Meg said...

I am in love with your photos on this post! I have been looking for a vacation spot and this is beautiful!!

Sulli said...

What a glorious photo journal of your life. I have been enjoying your recipes and photos (especially the macarons) but these recent pictures and stories of your trip have been fantastic. I look forward to a day when I can walk in Provence and see the beautiful colors and smell the perfumed air. Thank you!

Lindsey said...

That basket sounds wonderful! I hope to visit France one day soon. Your photos were so beautiful.

aga said...

Great photos! We'll definitely going to go to Provence next year..All the best!
PS I love the blog :)

joy said...

stunning and inspirational photography. thank you!

Draegermansgal said...

I have longed to spend time in France for as long as I can remember. Your pictures cement that dream for me....absolutely beautiful!
I can certainly see why you love it so and feel as though it rights your clock.

Thank you for sharing the experience with us and for the lovely give away.

outlander-63@hotmail.com

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maggiepeg63 said...

Incredible photos of beautiful places! Can't wait to bake some of your gluten free pastries....YUM!

JB said...

I so badly want to visit Provence, but I'm worried that I won't want to return home!

magdalenita. said...

I have been a silent fan of yours so far but the time has come to say hello and how wonderful EVERYTHING you cook look. Hope i have sometime the chance to know the real France. Thanks for the giveaway and everything else you give! Greets from Argentina!

Brianne said...

Now I wish I'd spent more time in France than the few hours I spent in CDG airport! Next trip. Lovely photos as always Helen.

smalltownoven said...

I've been to both Aix and Toulouse and want to badly to go back. These treats would most definitely be welcome in my home!

agirlastyle.com said...

I don't expect to win as I live in the UK (and I imagine postage would be quite hefty) - but what a lovely, generous thought of you.

I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed your French posts - it's lovely to see it through your eyes, so thanks for sharing!

Miss B xx

Susan said...

You make me want to go back to France. Now.

Sulli said...

What a glorious photo journal of your life. I have been enjoying your recipes and photos (especially the macarons) but these recent pictures and stories of your trip have been fantastic. I look forward to a day when I can walk in Provence and see the beautiful colors and smell the perfumed air. Thank you!

Karen said...

Just returned from a trip to Toulouse and on the Canal du Midi. We got engaged in Carcassone! Thank you for sharing your photos, family and memories-such a magical place!

crazyewe said...

Yet again you have the most divine pictures ever! Makes me feel like I could step through my computer screen like they do in Mary Poppins and the sidewalk drawings.

Trudi S. said...

Your blog has been such an inspiration to me! I love your recipes and photos!

Rachel M said...

Your pictures are beautiful!

jb said...

your pictures from your trip home are lovely. and what a home! thank you for sharing. i do love your blog.

cheers.

Kimberly said...

You take such gorgeous pictures! I'm jealous. <#

PamelaArtsinSF said...

OOoooohhhLaLa I am so in....I never win anything but I would sure love to win this. But settling for looking at your beautiful photos and reading about your trip is a close second. Merci.

kelly said...

It was fun reading your tweets and seeing some of the photos of this trip while you were there. This piece showcases it all so nicely. Gorgeous photos, Helen. Saving France for someday that my husband and I can go with no one in tow. Can't wait!

Pilar said...

Love your blog! Thanks to you I'm making macarons at my home, hooray!
Lovely selection of french things!

Astrid R, Germany said...

The pics and your descriptions are absolutely gorgeous, I fell like packing and going there myself right now :o) ... thanks for this absolutely delightful and inspiring blog! Kind regards from Astrid.

Natalie said...

Thank you for sharing your vacation!

Missing Goat said...

You brought back so many memories for me - thank you. I can't believe you have over 700 entries already! oh, well, I came in late.
I'd love to make the San Francisco show - I'll have to see what can be done!

ChrisC said...

sounds like a wonderful, wonderful trip! Love the photos, and thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

sarah_glogowski said...

Thank you for the beautiful photos. I went to Paris for the first time in March and these brought back fond memories.

Christina said...

I have really enjoyed all the photos you have posted from your trip! *sigh* What a beautiful, peaceful place! Merci beaucoup for sharing and offering us a chance to win a taste!

Stephanie C. said...

Gorgeous photos and what an amazing giveaway!

zimmerkuechekabinett said...

Lovely photos, makes me want to travel to france.

alice said...

The carrot recipe looks as if it will be one to keep in my recipe folder.
Provence is such an idylic area. I love everything lavender.

f. said...

Oh... I miss France. I've been there a couple of times and I think I'll keep coming back. I don't know Provence though... maybe my next trip to France will head that way. Love your Tartelette! And that basket... yum!

Sarah Hope said...

I'm so envious of your visits to France! Lovely photos, and lovely stories.

Karen @ Mignardise said...

Such gorgeous pictures. I can feel your love of France coming through.
My blog is called Mignardise. I bet you know what it means!
I'd love to win the basket...

jabreb said...

Five years ago this day (Sept. 15th) I was boarding a plane to France and Italy - I became very spoiled and now desparately wanting to go back - one day I will!! So glad you visited your family and childhood scenes - thanks for sharing your feelings and pictures with us. Your give-away basket is so thoughtful - hope I will be the lucky winner!!

Rami said...

How gorgeous! Your posts make me want to go to Provence...NOW!

Tricia said...

Your blog is amazing

bet1975 said...

I enjoyed traveling through your pics!

J M.Smith said...

Ah, everything is so beautiful. My husband and I hope to sail across the world when we retire and do nothing but eat. This post made me smile at the possiblity

Perkie said...

Your photos from your trip have been absolutely lovely to look through. It's dreamy, as if it is not a real place. :)

Andrea said...

Looks beautiful - and delicious!

Jessie Sanders said...

Your trip sounds amazing and although I've never been to France, I can totally appreciate the wonderful feeling of going home.

Natalie said...

Thank you for sharing your vacation!

The Morettis said...

Thank you for sharing memories from your trip. The photos are gorgeous!

Donna said...

Oh the pictures are fabulous, I felt like I was there with you every moment! It has been my life long dream to visit France!

leeksoup said...

After I graduated from university I spent a month in France. Three of those weeks were in Provence. I have to confess that I barely read your post because I was looking a your photos over and over again. I fell in love with Aix. Your pictures brought back a flood of memories, the market, the fountain, the color of the buildings, the smell in the air of being so near the Mediterranean. Thank you for starting of my morning with a bit of joy.
Now I'll go back and read :)

Misti said...

Just found your blog, compliments of The Pioneer Woman....Lovely, lovely pictures.

Jewel said...

Love your blog. I tried several recipes of yours, and love all of them!

Joanne said...

What a beautiful uplifting post...makes my eyes and my tummy hungry!!! And start reaching for my mouse to book flights to France! Merci beaucoup....

Natasha Minocha said...

Oh gosh, what gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family, your memories, your travels with us and also your smashing recipes! You are truly an inspiration!
Cheers
Natasha

KJB said...

My goodness what beautiful photographs. I could practically smell the lavendre.

Katie said...

I was in Aix-En-Provence in 2006 and loved the market there filled with everything Lavender and Olive.

Lupi said...

Wow. I live in Majora Island and we got here similar peasant sceneries. But your photos are really awesome, and the foods look tempting on excellent pictures. Your aunt's house is simply perfect... I agree with you when you want she as a stylist...
Congrats!!

José

nadia jaber said...

Your blog often reminds me of summers in Belgium and Switzerland when I was young, with grandparents and assorted cousins. I am referring to both food AND photos... I feel homesick now...

Carmen823 said...

Beautiful pictures; I think your intended ambiance was successfully created...thank you for sharing.

Jessica Falksen said...

Sounds (and looks!) incredible. It makes me wish I could be wandering the streets and countryside right now.

Thanks for the generous giveaway!

sam x said...

oooo! I love the look of the basket of goodies. I have loved you blog for a long time and made my first macaroons from one of your recipes and my Belgian/French friend they were as good as ones she has tried from a top patisserie!

Emily said...

Those sugar cubes look adorable!

Karine Keldany said...

Helene, I can't believe there are 781 comments before me. I can't blame them. The giveaway looks amazing.

I understand every word you wrote in this post. I have felt the same when I visit my childhood city in December. It felt more like a pilgrimage to my past, than a simple trip. Many amazing moments we might have taken for granted back then, we come to cherish now. How amazing is life and how wonderful it is that time teaches us how to cherish the "now" when looking at the "back then".
I am looking forward to your aunt's carrot confit.

J'adore les carottes. D'ailleurs si tu as des recettes de dessert avec des carottes autres que le fameux « carrot cake », svp files les nous. Merci Hélène.

Rachel said...

I love your pictures and really hope to win! I hope to go to Europe someday.

mamabird said...

OMG, your photos are SO beautiful, and I just LOVE the way that you write...Now I have a new place I want to visit, you captured the essence of it to share with us.

Monica R said...

I love everythign from the basket. The pictures you took are so beautiful.

Jessica said...

Gah! That is a gorgeous, delicious looking giveaway! I have horrible luck for things like this, but who could resist putting their name in the hat?

Chefette's Kitchen Conquests said...

Scrolling through your photos

Chefette's Kitchen Conquests said...

Scrolling through your photos made me long to be back in Provence. Your photography and food is both exquisite and inspirational. Those tomatoes looked particularly delicious.

Anonymous said...

wow, what a view!! Would love to win, you have such exciting memories, it makes it easy to live through your trips!

Danette
danettegabaldon@yahoo.com

Alyse said...

Your photos are such lovely art. They are food for the eyes.

dorothy said...

I love your pictures and stories of your trip in Europe! Wow...and this giveaway is such a treat.

sholamith said...

All that's missing from your blog is being able to smell the fragrance in the air.

Jen @ SecondCitySoiree said...

I firmly believe that in a previous life I was a Parisian girl who had a summer home in Provence. Your lovely photos make me miss my former home. Winning this contest is my birthright.

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