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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Deborah said...

I really felt as though I was right along on your trip with you. Enjoyed all your posts! The pictures were amazing and I wish I could go there myself and experience the sights, sounds, and food! What a fun giveaway too!
Thank you.

Jennifer said...

The photos are beautiful!! Provence is definitely at the top of my list of places I NEED to visit.

Trisha T. said...

New here but i am already at awe. Amazing pictures and i have yet to visit Europe, in this case, Provence. Although, your pictures are exquisite. :)

amherstrose said...

A visual treat. Such a lovley photo tour for all of your readers.

Thanks for sharing all of your impressions.

amherstrose said...

A visual treat. Such a lovley photo tour for all of your readers.

Thanks for sharing all of your impressions.

Grant @ Grampa's Honey said...

I could probably spend a whole week at La Cure Gormande. What a beautful little shop.

Corrick family said...

Thank you for "taking" us on your lovely trip! And thank you for the opportunity to win the great things you picked out!

LiLi said...

As always, your eye is fantastic and your photos are exquisite, but your real gift is that you can so beautifully share what is in your heart.

Camille said...

I was in Provence once, and fell in LOVE with La Cure Gourmande! Your pictures are so beautiful, they bring back lots of memories of this trip!

A Jung Lady said...

I LOVE following your blog, and this pictures were absolutely beautiful!

leemaemarie said...

This looks delicious! i would love to pretend to be in Provence with my boyfriend. We are both on such a tight budget that no trip is really feasible right now, this would be perfect!

Steele26 said...

you make me want to pack up and move across the ocean to Provence... great photos!!

cathy said...

Wonderful posts! I love how you photograph!

chu_caroline said...

I absolutely adore your blog. I'm from Quebec, and love the fact that your blog incorporates french quaintness with fresh and honest detailing with your photography. It's always a pleasure stopping in on your blog during the day.

jlrob23 said...

Oui, Oui...I hope you pick me! Fantastic Photos!!

Mary said...

these pictures are lovely. I always wanted to go to France and this made me want to even more so!

Tina R. said...

What a beautiful blog... It made me long to go back to my hometown too. There's no place like home!

Camila said...

I love your blog! And with this photos, my old dream of going to visit Provence is on the move again!

Alisha said...

I just found your blog and I love it!

mimosa said...

I'm a long-time admirer of your site (oh, so yummy recipes! beautiful pics!), but I never really post comments because I'm a bit shy. ...The lure of French goodies is too strong for me to pass up though. hehe Very sweet of you to do a giveaway!

Caanan said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

keeleynetworks said...

These pictures are so absolutely stunning. Provence was my favorite place when I backpacked through Europe. I would do anything to get back there again!

Sat Kaur said...

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely photos and thoughts. It brought a little sunshine into a rainy Portland day. all the best, Sat Kaur

Kristin said...

I love the pictures from your trip! I was in France eight years ago and would absolutely LOVE to go back!!

Adventure Food Journal said...

Such stunning photos. Amazing scenery. Ah.. the beautiful food!
I hope you post the confit de carottes recipe when you get it- sounds divine.

Frances said...

oh helene. those all look divine. provence is my dream dream destination (i live in asia) and it's so lovely to see your post on it.

and your aunts house is truly gorgeous. the crumbling door and bleached driftwood. aaahh

Tanya said...

Oh my, I want to visit France so badly, and eat my way through the country!

Sammy said...

i spent three weeks this summer in france, and all i want is to be back!

The Comfort of Cooking said...

Gosh, Helene, these photos are like something out of a fairytale. You are definitely stinging me with the travel bug - I was in France this time last year and would give anything to be back right now!

Sophie said...

Aww, the macaron napkins look so cute

nicole said...

Amazing, gorgeous photos ... how-ever were you able to leave?! :)

Brit said...

The pictures are divine. I would love to win!

Ana said...

What a passionate post!!! Provence is very inspiring for cooking, eating, traveling, stiling your home, living... and your pictures reflect all it perfectly!

Thank you for it!

Maggie said...

What absolutely breathtaking photos. I would love to see more photos of that house in Provence.

Cristy said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Anastasia said...

I can taste the food in my memory...

Chutzpah said...

Lovely photos!

martina said...

Gorgeous photos - as always. One day I'll make it there myself as well...

lo81 said...

Those Macaron decorated napkins are so cute!!!

Erica said...

Your photos are gorgeous!

tlo7 said...

I am deathly afraid to fly, but this post with your lovely pictures and inspirational writing might just get me on a plane. I hope to see these lovely sights one day. Thank you for inspiring me.

shopgirl said...

Perfection... love love love your blog :)

Anonymous said...

Me also in french now at a village called beauvauis(i think we are in north)..it's so beautiful also here.Having DELICIOUS pain au chocolat and croissant every morning=)

Yana

Emma Poliquni said...

Your recent posts of France remind me so much of my time spent there going to school in La Rochelle, but traveling the country. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

Kim said...

Oh I crave... :)

Helen said...

what beautiful photography- I wish I could be walking those beautiful streets right now and taking in the sights and sounds of these places you've been.

KellyL said...

Love this site. Your photos are amazing. Can't wait to get to Paris, hopefully sooner rather then later!

*Sharon* said...

La belle France!
Such beautiful images that took me on a little nostalgic trip. I wish I had taken more photos when I was there but next time I will!

carolph said...

It was lovely to read about your return to AIX. I was lucky enough to visit there about 10 years ago and had such a wonderful experience enjoying the food, scenery,shops and the people. Fond memories!

mary said...

Your post was extremely well written and photographed...a vicariously wonderful adventure! Can't wait for the goodies!

Josh and Gloriana said...

your pictures make my heart hurt! I lived in france for a year as an au pair and I cherish those memories. I can't wait to go back and bring my husband this time!

Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing your trip. Such beautiful photos and I always enjoy your writing style. A wonderful post as always!

Scarlett said...

Truly beautiful!!

thank you!

Ciel de Paris said...

Thank you for sharing your photos--I have always loved Paris, but you make me want to explore the south. I feel the warm climate through your photos. And those figs... Yum.

meg said...

oh my! how lovely! put my name in the hat for sure.

Lacey said...

My hubby spent 2 years in France and I can't wait to go with him and see it all. Your pics make me super excited!

Gwendolyn said...

I'm salivating over the contents of that basket!

katsie said...

Visiting your blog always makes me smile. I like your photos.

Acacia said...

Your photos are beautiful - the light, the colors, everything! And that basket of goodies looks quite tempting indeed...

Su-yin said...

That's so sweet that you thought of your blog readers when on holiday. Lovely post and photos, it makes me long to visit France!

Callie said...

Amazing post, very inspirational!

Georgia said...

Beautiful pictures! I can't wait to go back to France. We went to Paris for a few days, and it was not nearly enough!

Erica Mullins said...

This is lovely. I see pictures like yours, and think they are a fairy tale. It's amazing to me that people live day to day in places like this. I envy them...

Erin said...

Gorgeous photos! I'll be making my first trip to Paris soon, and that basket of goodies would be the perfect way to kick off my excitement!

Kristin said...

I always love your photos and your food. whenever i need a little inspiration for something different I come to your site. I feel them same way when I go back to Austria- where I was born.

Hi Friend said...

Stunning. I love, love, love this. Living vicariously through you, as always.

Aisha said...

I absolutely love your blog! Your recent trip to France brought back memories from when I went in high school.

What a great giveaway. :-)

Aisha

Jen said...

Gorgeous pictures! Thank you for taking us on your trip back home!

c.micheletti said...

Thank you for sharing-I've enjoyed both your memories, and my own which you prompted.

ruthika said...

Your photos make me want to visit France even more! Lovely.

Marie said...

Wow! These beautiful pictures capture the essence of France. I will share with my daughters. Thank You!!

Leah said...

France is my dream getaway, what a huge inspiration your photos and stories are!

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway:)

Bronwyn said...

What a beautiful basket. I'm going to France for Christmas, very excited about it!

Claudia said...

Amazing blue on the figs! Seeing these photos made me remember my vacations in Provence when I was young, and realize that I need to go back soon.
Thank you for sharing your memories!

Cassidy said...

Your photos are beautiful!

Tara Barker said...

Gosh, your photos are always so stunning and inspiring! Wish I was going out to SF for BlogHer!

Kristen Fiinn said...

Fig season in France...it makes me just melt. thanks for the lovely pictures and for the generous giveaway!! fingers crossed! : )

Audrey Marie said...

a taste of your trip - how sweet!!

Sareberry said...

I want to paint my bedroom the color of those figs.

Lizzy Homemaker said...

I love all things France! I just quit my job and I am moving to Bordeaux in two weeks!

Amy said...

Beautiful post, as always!

Kristina said...

Thank you for the wonderful photos. I have enjoyed your posts.

Sunflogger said...

Love your page :) Check it everyday at work for fun ideas!

cara said...

you make me love living in paris.

laura. said...

beautiful pictures!

M and E said...

Such beautiful photos, and such a generous give-away!

maxandellie{at}gmail{dot}com

Akiko said...

What a dream of a post! I went there when I was a college student and learned how to appreciate everything Provence! Your photos are gorgeous!

Nadia said...

Oh I wish I was there with you, you'd be the best tour guide one could have ever asked for. i'd carry your bags for you :)))
Would love to try little treats from the basket. Thanks.

Susan said...

Helene,
Your photos are absolutely beautiful!

Patsy Spitta said...

oh oh oh... yes

Jennifer Evans said...

May I just say that I Love Your Blog! Your pictures are exquisite, they take me away... Hope to make it to France one day. Sooner than later, I hope!

Laura B. said...

Love the pictures! What an amazing giveaway!

Kristen said...

i would love to win this!!

Roanne said...

WOW! I've always wanted to go to France and I'm still hoping that I'll get to go there in the near future, if only to be able to try authentic French Macarons! Thanks for the fantastic pictures! :)

Musashiro said...

Beautiful pictures of France! I really like the vivid colors and the perspective. I really wish I could visit someday.

Lovely Scribbles said...

What a wonderful trip, and your photos are gorgeous! I would be over the moon if I won your basket of goodies!

Mary Kellye said...

What incredible pictures. I would love to visit someday!

Zillah said...

beautiful photographs!

Sue said...

Looks like an amazing trip!

Sylvie said...

La Cure Gourmande! I've been to their adorable little shop in Nice. Such a beautiful display.

Thank you for the giveaway.

Alison Leung said...

JE L'AIME BEAUCOUP!!

Heather {WhipperBerry} said...

Oh my heavens, look at all the entries! You've put together an aaaamazing basket that we all would love.

Kisses from the WhipperChicks
heather@whipperberry.com

La mancelle said...

Your pictures are stunning, as always.

I would love to win. All those treats sound perfect!

Joaquin said...

I love your pictures, they are great, and obviously you are having a lot of fun! Enjoy!.

Joaquin

Nur Suraya said...

Been following your lovely blog since last year. Now, wondering if I'd win. If I did, postage will be expensive cause I am from Malaise :)

rghawki said...

Wonderful pictures. You have a great blog.

fiveandspice said...

Oh la la! Your images bring me back to when I had the opportunity to study abroad in France. Some of the most beautiful moments of my stay were in Aix en Provence, sitting outside one of the cafes enjoying a glass of white wine and knowing that this was absolutely the most perfect, even productive, way to be spending my time. The food was, of course, wonderful, and your basket of goodies looks like a true sampling!

Kepa said...

You just reminded me how I miss South of France so much...Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

clearlytangled said...

absolutely stunning photos. i especially like the la cure gourmande photo- it looks like a storybook storefront.

what a pity it is that i live in such an ugly city!
thanks for the great giveaway.

Jeff Kubina said...

love post and beautiful photos. also looking forward the confit de carottes recipe!

Halim said...

Thanks for sharing! Provence looks really lovely!

Chris said...

Have yet to visit Provence. But will definitely do after seeing your lovely pictures!

Yun Qi said...

What a great post. Will definitely visit Provence sometime.

Jayne said...

The way you describe the place, it's so beautiful. Full of emotions and memories. I wish I could visit Provence!

Love,
Jayne
jayne[dot]leepj[at]gmail[dot]com

Kelly said...

I live in northern NJ, and I love so may things about this area. But honestly, when I look at your photos of your trip home, I wonder why I'm living here and not in France. Beautiful posts, beautiful photos, incredible recipes.

Keren Ruth said...

So many lovely treats in one basket. Love your blog- your photography is an inspiration.

mskelli said...

The pictures are beautiful!!! The gift basket also looks wonderful.

Mariana said...

Hope I win this basket! I was just in Aix over the summer and got to enjoy (briefly) some of their famous calissons! Tried making them at home.. and it just wasn't the same :(

Precious V said...

Hello! First of all, I just want to say that I enjoy visiting your site. I'm glad that you were able to visit your family. One day I hope to visit Franch and take in all of its splendor :)

Alyssa said...

Gorgeous! Like so many who have commented on this post, the photos remind me my own travels in France, a welcome inspiration to keep "pinching pennies" so that I can return soon!

Luna and Chloe said...

Oh sweet of you to be having a giveaway upon your return! We sure are lucky readers! Just ADORE everything you do...your blog is so inspiring and the pictures are stunning! Good luck to me :)

xoxo
kristi

elissanalsen said...

Oh my God! So beautiful, it's incredible. I grew up in Barbados and moved to Venezuela when I was 12 and right now I'm back home (for me it's this tiny island). And when I walked around and went to the places of my childhood, it all came back. Very similar to what you express here.
I'm so happy to be back!

aq said...

Wow. Incredible.

It's time to plan for another stage in Europe.

Great photo's and nothing like spending time with family.

magpies said...

Breath taking pictures! It makes me miss Europe so much. I love your blog!

shez said...

"I finally started making sense of myself to myself."

There is nothing like a trip back to a childhood home for a good dose of clarity. It sounds like you had a wonderful, heartening time.

Marilyn said...

I totally enjoyed your trip too. Would I ever love to win this give away. Delightful!

Christina said...

These places are so inspiring! I would absolutely love to visit France someday.

And I love how you said upon visiting where you grew up that you made more sense to yourself. I know exactly what you mean.

Justyna said...

Georgous photographs and a beautiful description of your journey. Iwill make me dream about one day having a little bastide en Provence.

Lisa said...

I have really enjoyed reading about your fabulous trip to one of my favorite places!

Esme said...

You make everything look so beautiful-those figs are gorgeous-thankfully I just picked some up tonight.


chocolate and croissants at yahoo. com

Jacqueline said...

what beautiful pictures! :) i hope to one day to be able to visit!

Marilou said...

I'm reaching for a baguette as I dream of that basket of French goodness! What a generous giveaway.

Denise said...

beautiful items! they look absolutely amazing. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I'd love to go to France sometime!

Rebecca said...

You have some very beautiful photos.

Amber said...

Nougat and caramel in one bite!? Sounds like heaven to me. Love the photos.

lauren said...

Your photos are amazing! It actually made me drag out my photos from when I was an exchange student in Germany. Thanks for the nudge down memory lane. Also, thanks for the giveaway and the great ideas you always have!

Bianca said...

Your trip looks fantastique!

tawc said...

what is the grain with that tasty looking fish? oh and those figs--lovely!

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Your photos of Provence are breathtaking. Thank you for bringing back the sights, smells, and tastes of my one visit there—the one visit that was enough to convince me that Provence is the most magical place on Earth.

Monique Fleischer said...

This post is stunning and makes me want to take another trip to France to visit the family again and show my husband what a stunning country it is.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Fiona w said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful family trip to France with us! Send a little bit of France to this Aussie gal who lives dowunder !

fragolina said...

Great, lovely post. What peaceful and mind relaxing to go back to our childhood village.

Sarah said...

Wow... lovely post..
I've never been to France but reading your post with all those breath-taking pictures was just like visiting France in person.
I truly admire the innovative and interesting recipes and the wonderful pictures at Tartlette.

madcraftwoman said...

Here via The Mom Food Project. Your photographs are stunning, and I find the rich blues of the fig photo absolutely breath taking! Thank you, so much, for sharing them with us. :)

demFall said...

Hi! So many comments!!! The basket is indeed really exciting with all those flavors! And apart from all: I love your blog. Nice to see you enjoy home so much. I also live abroad and one does get more emotional with the time.

demFall said...

Hi! So many comments!!! The basket is indeed really exciting with all those flavors! And apart from all: I love your blog. Nice to see you enjoy home so much. I also live abroad and one does get more emotional with the time.

Julie said...

What a wonderful trip!

Anastasia said...

You are so lucky to be able to call such a beautiful country your home, I have been facinated with the south of France since I was about 5 when my aunt gave me a calendar that depicted some of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen. I still have the pictures from the calendar on my wall soo many years later and wish I could travel there myself one day :D

yanne febri said...

I want them! I want them! I waaaanntt theeem!! Yes, I mean that ALL LOOKS YUMMY giveaway package! Lols... :D

yanne febri said...

I want them! I want them! I waaannnt theeeem!! Yes, I mean that ALL LOOKS YUMMY giveaway package! Lols.. :D

prilla said...

Thanks for the pictures of Aix! My first trip out of Canada was to Aix for the summer when I was 17. Lots of amazing memories, although I'm sure I'd appreciate everything even more now.

Modgonne said...

I couldn't resist commenting today- your post has reminded me of a trip to Provence I took with my late father nearly a decade ago.

Calissons d'Aix became a near obsession with the whole family in the wake of that trip and they still bring back the memories of being in Lauris.

Donna D. said...

Thank you for this lovely post, it has brought back many happy memories from past times in France, and helped to brighten a very dull rainy day.

Loul@ said...

Thank you for your beautiful pictures and sorry for my bad english. I love so much this part of the France. When my father lived there, I liked to visit the famous Marché de Provence; the smells, the colors, the people....

tiken said...

hey, great to here you came in the best part of France :)
thx for the giveaway !

irishpatrick said...

WOW! I miss all those food groups. Thanks for a great post!

Anonymous said...

The photos are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.
Cristina
cmou@deakin.edu.au

Angela Tan said...

Hello Tartelette! It's always amazing to read your wonderful posts. Thanks for sharing the pretty sights and personal experiences down nolstalgic lane. Looking forward to your next post and recipes! =)

Angela

MilkJam said...

Ohhh I hope I'm a lucky one! I love your blog and the goodies look amazing!

Wendy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful visit! And thanks for doing the lovely giveaway :)

Serene said...

So many comments, I'm not sure you'll see this one, but I wanted you to know I featured your blog on mine today: momfoodproject.com

DueBaci said...

Your photos are gorgeous and enticing. Thank you for sharing what you love with us.

Erin R. said...

Your photography is stunning! I've never wished to be able to travel as much as I did looking at your photos and reading your story of remembering. Thank you for sharing it.

janie said...

Your photos are gorgeous-I feel like I'm right there. Merci!

Kim said...

Lovely photos, thanks for sharing! :)

almond said...

Amazing photos!

jeane said...

Stunning photography as always.... I dream of the day I can set foot in France!

rt said...

pretty place and pretty pictures!

chef tayebeh said...

OMG they are so cute and it would be so exciting to have these from overseas!

Kris said...

Oh my gosh - what beautiful country. It looks like you had such a great time. The basket looks lovely too :)

soohuan said...

This is your fan from Singapore! Have tried some of your recipes! Love your blog, it is my daily bread!

The Culinary Chase said...

Love your site and photography!!

Julia said...

the trip looks so fun!
i wish I could try going there one day.. :)
the gifts look miraculous too~

Julia said...

My boyfriend is originally from Aubagne but we visited Aix last summer. Brings back memories!

Linda Nguyen said...

I spent about a month in Frace over a year ago and Aix-en-Provence was one of my favorite cities! Makes me nostalgic to see your pictures of Aix :)

Katie said...

You're pictures are so inspiring. They make me feel like I am there.
Everything you brought home sounds divine, the person who wins that is very lucky.

Leah said...

Wow, what a great trip and awesome pictures. I'd love to go back to France, someday.

That basket looks great too! :)

Jennie said...

The photos are beautiful! My husband and I had a wonderful trip to Provence 10 years ago...

liz said...

This makes me want to go to France. I've been to Europe but only the Czech republic. Your pictures are amazing and I love all the rich history you share along with your own memories.

Nina said...

Absolutely gorgeous photography!! You really capture the beauty of France...wish I could see it all for myself. What in inspiration to cook something fresh and French.

Kathy Johnson said...

Ooh, la la! Magnificent!

sarahe said...

that sounds amazing!!!

Cookie said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful trip with us!!

Catie said...

lovely photos - it looks so peaceful at your aunt's home.

the goody basket you brought home looks wonderful (and is so generous)

Sylvia said...

Hi there. Love ur blog esp the macarons lesson for bakerella..would LOVE this basket!
Cheers,
Sylvia
(tongsylvia@rocketmail.com)

Mary said...

Your stories and your pictures are so beautiful! I wish I could grab my suitcase right now and run away to France....I love those croissant shaped sugar cubes!! Thank you.

Mary said...

Your stories and your pictures are so beautiful! I wish I could grab my suitcase right now and run away to France....I love those croissant shaped sugar cubes!! Thank you.

Rachel said...

What fabulous pictures! Makes me yearn for summer again.

-Rachel
silverjade[@]gmail.com

Rebecca Tuynman said...

Beautiful photography, beautiful food!

natwhat said...

HOW FUN!!!! It looks like you had an amazing time and what a nice basket you are giving away! :) I would love to win this! Happy Friday!

Heather D said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful goodies! Thanks for sharing your trip. I went on a tour of France in high school and would love to return someday!

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

You're pictures are just lovely. Of all the places I've been in France (and due to my parents being huge Francophiles and my godmother living there, I've covered a lot of ground), I've always had a soft spot for Provence because it feels most like home to this California girl.

Tom said...

Great Post. I stumbled on your blog a couple months ago, and have been checking in weekly. I've always wanted to go France, and my appetite and desire keeps growing. Keep up the good work.

shannon said...

Wow, what a beautiful place to grow up! Thanks for sharing your memories and the gorgeous photos.

Say Good Morning to Your Body said...

What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing your pics.

Tiffany Rieder said...

As always beautiful, informative and delicious.

Nick and Kara Smith said...

Stunning! Looks like you had a fabulous trip.

Julie H said...

Love the trip, would love to have the basket!

Spicy Green Mango said...

OMG..what a great trip! Makes me want to visit France with my camera in tow. Thank you for sharing!

Rella (@RellaBellaK) said...

Wow, amazing pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful time!

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