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Memories Of Provence

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.

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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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Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:12 pm

Your pictures are so beautiful! I hope to honeymoon in France this spring. I can't wait for the cheese, wine, oysters, and cider that await me. Love your blog!


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 2:12 pm

Oh how beautiful!!! If I could, I would take a whole month to travel through France at my leisure. That basket look phenomenal.


Lauren September 14, 2010 um 2:13 pm

These photos are absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for hosting the giveaway!


Christina September 14, 2010 um 2:15 pm

Isn't France gorgeous? We fell in love with the little seaside town of Villefranche on our honeymoon. I've been loving your photos – it makes me want to go back!


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 2:15 pm

Helene, So glad you had a wonderful trip!!! Your pictures are tres magnifique!
Kathleen (akprinz at msn dot com)


April September 14, 2010 um 2:17 pm

May I just say that seeing all of your pictures made me homesick for Europe, yet again. My husband and I spent our first few years of marriage over there and had a wonderful time…we'll be heading back next summer to visit friends, places, and to show our son where he was born. Thanks for the beautiful pictures!

What a lovely goodie giveaway!
aprilsconfections@yahoo.com


Kate September 14, 2010 um 2:17 pm

Awesome giveaway! I was drooling just looking at the basket of goodies.


farmerpam September 14, 2010 um 2:18 pm

Thanks for sharing your pictures. I have so little time to myself and viewing your photos is like a mini vacation. Lovely.


Cathrine September 14, 2010 um 2:19 pm

So pretty! I love your photos and it makes me want to plan a trip somewhere sweet and simple.


Kara September 14, 2010 um 2:19 pm

Your photography is amazing and left me drooling for a French fix. 2 plane tickets to France, please!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:19 pm

I'm taking a semester abroad to France next year, but after seeing your pictures I don't think I can wait that long!


Michelle September 14, 2010 um 2:19 pm

Gorgeous photos. Makes me want to hop on a plane tout de suite!


Courtney September 14, 2010 um 2:20 pm

Thank you for putting together such a wonderful giveaway!

All of your photos are so beautiful. Looking at them is the next best thing to being there. πŸ™‚


steph September 14, 2010 um 2:20 pm

Yay for giveaways. Love France!


Julie September 14, 2010 um 2:21 pm

Wow, thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!
I've never been to France, but now I really really want to πŸ™‚


Crystal September 14, 2010 um 2:23 pm

Your photos are gorgeous. Reminds me of those travel articles in *sniff* Gourmet. Thanks for sharing!


adrienne September 14, 2010 um 2:23 pm

What a beautiful post. I also can't wait to see the confit de carrottes recipe…


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:24 pm

How pretty!! πŸ™‚


melissa September 14, 2010 um 2:24 pm

How lovely! Thank you for taking us on a mini vacation through your photos.


xmarianax September 14, 2010 um 2:25 pm

How beautiful! The photos are just lovely ~ it makes you wanna plan a next trip to France )oh if only that were possible!) πŸ™‚


Amanda September 14, 2010 um 2:25 pm

France looks absolutely gorgeous. The pictures you have taken are making me extraordinarily eager to visit there someday. [:


Nate September 14, 2010 um 2:25 pm

Your beautiful pictures really make me think I should be going over to visit sometime soon – the 'fresh' look to them is positively edible πŸ™‚


Liz Weinberg September 14, 2010 um 2:26 pm

Your photos are so beautiful — I went to France when I was little and am hoping I can soon go back!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:28 pm

What an exciting giveaway! I was in France this summer too and I absolutely loved it.


Cardboard Hour September 14, 2010 um 2:29 pm

I wish i were in the south of france right now! Lovely pictures!


Jenna September 14, 2010 um 2:29 pm

The pictures are stunning and made me want to visit France. Your hometown looks so warm and nice too.

And what a generous and delicious giveaway!

iqggy@yahoo.com


Brittany September 14, 2010 um 2:31 pm

These pictures make me swoon, I daydream about going to France someday, it looks so beautiful.


Lanette September 14, 2010 um 2:32 pm

Breathtaking photos. They makes me want to travel the world!! πŸ™‚


Sam September 14, 2010 um 2:32 pm

Gorgeous!


Shelly Beauvais September 14, 2010 um 2:34 pm

Dreamy images of wonderful places…definitely added to my scrapbook of places to visit!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:34 pm

Amazing photos, beautiful blog.


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Oh goodness this post makes me so nostalgic for France…


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Oh, how I miss France. Your pictures are simply beautiful and bring back so many memories.


Vicki Wilde September 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Thanks for sharing your pictures. I'm heading to Europe in two weeks and I'm getting very excited. We'll be driving thru Provence! Looking forward to all the sights and foods!


Danielle September 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Love your blog! Your recipes and photographs are divine. I hope I win :)!


pigbook1 September 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Another blog post that makes me want to visit france!


Prerna@IndianSimmer September 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Oh wow! Did you just took photographs of my dream or were you actually there? What breathtaking photographs! I actually travelled thousands of miles through your photographs. Now I want to make a trip to my home country and share its beauty with the world πŸ™‚


Robin September 14, 2010 um 2:36 pm

How beautiful!!! I would love these goodies!


O September 14, 2010 um 2:37 pm

Oh wow, enter me please!!

ooh.la.la.cherie@gmail.com


Caroline September 14, 2010 um 2:37 pm

Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go to France all over again!


N September 14, 2010 um 2:37 pm

How beautiful! Thanks for the virtual tour…


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:38 pm

Your pictures take me back to feeling of belonging. I love "old country"! Something about these old walls.. if only they could talk. Thanks


Genevieve September 14, 2010 um 2:38 pm

Would love a taste of France!!


Whitney Thompson September 14, 2010 um 2:39 pm

What a wonderful vacation and a lovely basket, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:40 pm

Sounds amazing! Sign me up!


Danja September 14, 2010 um 2:41 pm

Thank you for sharing wonderful photos of your trip. Since I could not visit my family in Europe this summer, your photos have made it a little easier to bear the separation.


Nutmeg Nanny September 14, 2010 um 2:41 pm

Man I wish I could travel right now. Your pictures are gorgeous. I'm loving the giveaway too. All that delicious stuff…yum!

nutmegnanny@hotmail.com


Natalie September 14, 2010 um 2:42 pm

How stunning!


Meadhbh Dhommnail September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Welcome home, such lovely pictures! Makes me wish I could visit sometime.


beka September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Oh my, this makes me want to visit Europe so badly. Thanks for posting your lovely pictures and holding this lovely giveaway!


erinesosweet September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

I have wanted to visit France since I was a little girl, now I really must go soon! Your pictures are beautiful.


Bria September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Absolutely beautiful pictures as always. That basket of goodies looks divine πŸ™‚


Nama September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Your pictures are wonderful, and now I really want to go to France. Thanks for sharing!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Oh man! I want to go back there. I was in that area, in the spring of 2004. I was even at that candy shop.. I still have the tin. Thanks for bring back some good memories.


Mireya September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

What an awesome giveaway!


GetCreative September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Your photos are gorgeous! I'd love to have a sample of your trip πŸ™‚


Heather September 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

What fun to tag along with you on your beautiful trip!!!


Stephanie September 14, 2010 um 2:44 pm

What a great giveaway! It's so sweet of you to share a taste of your time in France with us. I really enjoyed your lovely pictures.

snucci @ gmail.com


Marinka September 14, 2010 um 2:44 pm

those photos are nice! I love the photos that you took of the Provence it makes me want to be there


Daniella September 14, 2010 um 2:44 pm

Oh my gosh, beautiful photos and a giveaway too? I am so jealous of your trip, it looks AMAZING!

dzitella(at)gmail(dot)com


Da Bee's Knees September 14, 2010 um 2:44 pm

Breath taking photos. This entry was a mini vacation to read. Thank you for sharing.


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:46 pm

oh my fingers are very crossed for this giveaway. i have found myself yearning for france lately. i miss it so.

and i love la cure gourmande!!


mayssam September 14, 2010 um 2:46 pm

Welcome back home! That first picture is stunning! And who wouldn't love a basket full of french goodies!! πŸ™‚


Linda September 14, 2010 um 2:47 pm

*yum* I miss Europe =( Those pictures are absolutely beautiful!


Beth September 14, 2010 um 2:48 pm

Gorgeous photos! I visited the southern part of France when I was a teen..How I'd love to go back to Aic-en-Provence and Eze again!


kikker September 14, 2010 um 2:49 pm

Oh my, that basket is a little to beautiful for its own good!


Patricia Scarpin September 14, 2010 um 2:49 pm

Joao and I have plans to go to Provence – maybe next year. What a stunning place, Helen! And gorgeous photos!


Laura Trutoiu September 14, 2010 um 2:50 pm

Definitely looking forward to a full confit de carottes post πŸ™‚


Jenn September 14, 2010 um 2:50 pm

What a gorgeous area, a place I must visit while I am on this side of the ocean! Thanks so much for sharing in your past few posts!


kelsey September 14, 2010 um 2:50 pm

ooh, would love this!


Alix L. September 14, 2010 um 2:51 pm

Your trip looks wonderful, serene, and peaceful. Thanks for giving us glimpses of your beautiful home!


Angela September 14, 2010 um 2:51 pm

What an amazing and beautiful trip.


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:51 pm

I have been really enjoying your pictures from France, looks so beautiful! The hamper looks delicious.
I hope I win πŸ™‚


jenniegirl September 14, 2010 um 2:52 pm

I'm a big fan of stomping grounds! Wish mine were in France and not Wisconsin though!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:52 pm

What beautiful photos; you must have had an amazing trip! That basket of goodies is so generous and wonderful!!! πŸ˜€ Thank you!


Cheryl September 14, 2010 um 2:54 pm

Looks absolutely lovely — a feast for the eyes! Brings me back to my own trip to Provence a few years back….I hope to get there again one day! Thanks for sharing the highlights of your trip and for the wonderful giveaway.


Joelle September 14, 2010 um 2:54 pm

Oh my goodness – what a generous and beautiful giveaway! The photos of your trip are beautiful. πŸ™‚


Crystallin September 14, 2010 um 2:55 pm

Thank you for sharing your inspirational trip. The photographs are so beautiful. I never knew there was somewhere in the world so beautiful and serene.


Shannon September 14, 2010 um 2:55 pm

I honestly think I can safely say that France is one of the most beautiful places, and I'm jealous that you can call it 'home.' I also think that your aunt's house is gorgeous in its ancient simplicity.
I love your photography, I love your blog, keep up the excellent work! πŸ™‚


Jillian September 14, 2010 um 2:55 pm

So in love with these photos! Love your blog- brings back happy French memories for me πŸ™‚


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 2:56 pm

It is absolutely beautiful! My husband and I are dying to go to France so he can show me all the places he loves there. And that basket looks so perfect and just the sort of thing we can share to bring a bit of France to our home!


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 2:56 pm

gorgeous photos, it makes me want to visit there some day! Love the colors, tones and textures of everything. Beautiful!


kate September 14, 2010 um 2:56 pm

Beautiful photos! Thank you so much!


mladen September 14, 2010 um 2:56 pm

Now, these photos really make you want to travel there and experience everything by yourself.
A big hello from Croatia!


Sarah @ Daily Nibbles September 14, 2010 um 2:57 pm

Gorgeous pics as always! It makes me want to go to France. Right now.


Kathryn September 14, 2010 um 2:57 pm

OOO LA LA! Lovely!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 2:58 pm

What beautiful photos!


Ria Mathew September 14, 2010 um 2:58 pm

Helene, please take me along with you the next time you go home πŸ™‚

I loved those stairs at your aunt's house and those plates…beautiful!


Debugcooking September 14, 2010 um 2:58 pm

Yr photos always inspire me Helen…I hope to visit France someday..just chill around eat lovely food and click beautiful pics like you do hopefully!


the L word September 14, 2010 um 2:58 pm

Que J'aime Aix-en-Provence! I'm so jealous.


Rebecca Rose Cepeda September 14, 2010 um 2:58 pm

'Be still my heart'….what pictures! Thank you…and those figs!! I have been longing for some sweet delicious figs and looking at the picture was almost as good as munching one down! And how kind of you to want to share some goodies from your trip.
Thank you again, Rebecca


I.M. September 14, 2010 um 2:59 pm

What a great post. The pictures make me want to get on the plane right now and experience this trip for myself… Thanks!


The Everything List September 14, 2010 um 2:59 pm

beautiful photos – it makes me miss france!


the L word September 14, 2010 um 2:59 pm

Que J'aime Aix-en-Provence! I'm so jealous.


Jess September 14, 2010 um 2:59 pm

My college roommate spent a year in Provence, and I've always wanted to go! Such beautiful pictures πŸ™‚


Elizabeth September 14, 2010 um 2:59 pm

Wow…beautiful. I just can't say enough about Provence…it's just so amazingly gorgeous. I want to travel so badly it hurts, but my little one's are far too young to head off into the unknown just yet and hubby is unwilling to take the amount of time I want him to off of work. I will have to live vicariously through your posts…such beauty!


Ellen September 14, 2010 um 2:59 pm

how beautiful! and what a lovely basket of treats. thanks for the giveaway.


Rodica September 14, 2010 um 3:00 pm

Your post brought nostalgic tears to my eyes. The images from your childhood are so perfectly painted through words and pictures! Thank you for this virtual trip to Provence, it was so nice!


foodwanderings September 14, 2010 um 3:01 pm

OMGoodness the basket reflects your travels and the beautiful post.Gorgeous!!


Andrea September 14, 2010 um 3:01 pm

Your photos are so expressive that I can smell lavender, dry dust, spice and buttery croissants with good coffee. Thanks fΓΈr sharing your talent.

Andrea


Juls @Juls' Kitchen September 14, 2010 um 3:01 pm

WON-DER-FUL!
It has been like doing my holidays in France twice!
I've visited the very same corners in Aix-en-Provence!


Johanna September 14, 2010 um 3:02 pm

Beautiful pictures as always… Would like to go back to France sometime soon, I was there last summer but in Paris and Menton… Want to visit Provance too, it looks so nice!

And that last sentence made me thiiiis happy πŸ˜€ Thank you for hosting a giveaway for everyone!


Joni September 14, 2010 um 3:02 pm

I just love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photography. Thanks for sharing your trip home with us!


vantiganloos September 14, 2010 um 3:02 pm

consider yourself inspiring! many thanks!


Asha @ FSK September 14, 2010 um 3:02 pm

Oh Helen!! that was a beautiful post!! Thanks for taking through such a gorgeous journey. We hope to do a road trip through the country in the next couple of years.. and I am going to bug you for suggestions then :DD

And, what a fantastic giveaway!! I must say I have loved all things French since our trip to Paris a few yrs back and it would be great to relive the memories if I win the basket!! {fingers crossed}


susan September 14, 2010 um 3:03 pm

what wonderful photos!


Irene September 14, 2010 um 3:04 pm

oh, this giveaway is awesome! it would be a fantastic early birthday present πŸ™‚ have a great week!


Brandon September 14, 2010 um 3:04 pm

You're photos are always an inspiration. Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I miss France πŸ™

Brandon


Lara @ GoodCookDoris September 14, 2010 um 3:05 pm

Wow, beautiful photographs! And delicious looking treats!


ZoΓ« Yule September 14, 2010 um 3:06 pm

Going back to memorable places can be such a journey in itself, can't it? Things change, some things stay the same, but it's nice to make new memories to complement the old ones. Thank you for sharing your homeland with us (and it's bounty!).


calicodaisy September 14, 2010 um 3:06 pm

A beautiful wrap-up of your trip. My son leaves for his junior year of college in Germany this week, and I am so happy that he will have an opportunity to see lovely places in Europe while he is there. Your basket of goodies would be wonderful to win, and you wouldn't have to mail it very far — I'm in South Carolina, too. I could drive down! — michele


meredith September 14, 2010 um 3:07 pm

Love your blog!
-Meredith


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 3:07 pm

Hope you had a great trip and that gift basket looks like a lot of fun!


Hanna September 14, 2010 um 3:08 pm

I love Aix en Provence! Have only been there once, but really want to go back. It is such a beutiful town with all the fountains and statues and nice shops and restaurants everywhere. The best thing I bought when I was there was a yellow ceramic dish for grating garlic, nicely painted in the Provence colours. It brings me back.

Thank you for great inspiration in your posts.


Helder Gonçalves September 14, 2010 um 3:08 pm

I've been following this blog for a while now and of all the recipes that I've try ed the only taste that was left was delicious. Very very nice photos too. Thank you very much.


Crumbs N Crust September 14, 2010 um 3:08 pm

Hi

I love your photography and simply drool over every shots you took.

Your photos make me want to just pack my bag and hop on to the next plane to France = )

Thank you for the giveaways.

Blessings on you
Christine


joelle September 14, 2010 um 3:09 pm

Beautiful Pictures!! I can't wait to visit France someday!


Nicholas September 14, 2010 um 3:09 pm

Beautiful photos! I'm off to book a flight to France now…


Jen September 14, 2010 um 3:09 pm

what an absolutely BEAUTIFUL place to be able to call home! I wish I could go back for a visit RIGHT NOW! But this post was the next best thing…

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful trip!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 3:10 pm

Your photos are wonderful. Beautiful blog.


Hope September 14, 2010 um 3:10 pm

What a wonderful post!
I have been to all of these places when I studied abroad in college. I hope to go back very s oon but this gift basket would keep me satisfied until then!

hopeswenson@gmail.com


Michelle Stiles September 14, 2010 um 3:11 pm

Thanks for the great pictures! They make me want to travel!


Hope September 14, 2010 um 3:11 pm

I have been to all of these places when I studied abroad and hope to go back soon! This basket would satisfy me until then!

hopeswenson@gmail.com


Alyssa September 14, 2010 um 3:13 pm

Wow, fantastic giveaway! Thank you!


jill elise September 14, 2010 um 3:15 pm

I would love to go back to France!


samantha cabrera September 14, 2010 um 3:15 pm

What a beautiful trip. It is a life long dream of mine to travel to France. I can just taste it. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos, and reminsicing about times gone by. I loved the peak into French life and cuisine.
As for the giveaway, I would love love love to win! Such a beautiful and treasured basket of goodies. xoxo


Johanna September 14, 2010 um 3:16 pm

This brings back so many great memories. I used to live in a small (really small) town near Aix and I miss it so much. The people there are so generous and open, I wish I would still be there πŸ™
I know that it would not be fair if I won (even though I want to so bad!) because I live in Germany which is just near France and I could just go over there on vacation and get it myself. And others are far away and probably have been dreaming about des huiles de Provence for a long time.
But thanks for the chance!


notyet100 September 14, 2010 um 3:16 pm

thnks for the virtual treat,..everythin looks so good,.feel like gng to this place


chiyo September 14, 2010 um 3:19 pm

These pictures have made up my undecided mind on visiting the south of France where my boyfriend lived for some time. Thanks Helen.


Hannah September 14, 2010 um 3:20 pm

Thank you for sharing this piece of your life. What a beautiful post!


Brooke Petersen September 14, 2010 um 3:20 pm

Your pictures are amazing! My husband and I were in Aix for our honeymoon, it brought back lovely memories. Our hearts are certainly in France!


Ruth Ann September 14, 2010 um 3:21 pm

Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing!


TRAN! (www.thinktran.com) September 14, 2010 um 3:21 pm

OMG.. I wish I could go to France. The photos are INCREDIBLE!!!


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 14, 2010 um 3:21 pm

Beautiful photos and what a fun giveaway! Sign me up =)


Diez September 14, 2010 um 3:22 pm

must concur with nearly everyone else here… truly amazing photos…


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 3:23 pm

the colors in Provence alone would bowl me over! regal purple figs, bright and cheerful yellow confit de carottes, and oh that delicate glass of bubblegum pink rose! i'll dream to see, smell and touch it all some day.

cheers,

*heather*


Janae' Chatfield September 14, 2010 um 3:23 pm

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos. Makes me feel like I'm one step closer to my dream of living there someday. Thank you!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 3:23 pm

Beautiful post, beautiful land. Thank you so much for sharing it with me.


Maura September 14, 2010 um 3:24 pm

Your pictures are amazing. I want to hang them all around my office so I can feel like I'm in France all the time.


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 3:24 pm

Your pictures are magnificent πŸ™‚

Will try my luck πŸ™‚

Katerina


MissChris September 14, 2010 um 3:25 pm

Your photo's are amazing, I'd love to visit France someday πŸ™‚


Roxanne September 14, 2010 um 3:25 pm

What wonderful pictures. I have been to other areas of France, but never yet to Provence. It is certainly moving higher on my list now.


Jessica September 14, 2010 um 3:25 pm

I always love reading your blog! I recently started my own company baking tarts and look to your recipes often for inspiration!


Jessica September 14, 2010 um 3:25 pm

I always love reading your blog! I recently started my own company baking tarts and look to your recipes often for inspiration!


cs white September 14, 2010 um 3:25 pm

Lovely photos, lovely post, lovely giveaway! πŸ™‚


carolina @ patagonia gifts September 14, 2010 um 3:26 pm

oh la la so beautiful photos! amazing giveaway! please count me in! xo


Hannah Pelletier September 14, 2010 um 3:26 pm

Your pictures are so beautiful that it makes me want to travel. I've never been far from the east coast and this makes me want to see the world


Federica September 14, 2010 um 3:28 pm

I love French!
1 years ago Paris, last month Bretagne.. next year Provence *-*

fede.ci@hotmail.it


Allyson September 14, 2010 um 3:28 pm

What gorgeous photos! Next time, can I come along? πŸ˜‰


Lynda September 14, 2010 um 3:30 pm

what an awesome giveaway but what awesomeR pictures!!


Swee San September 14, 2010 um 3:30 pm

You had me at Violet and Rose Petals..


cck September 14, 2010 um 3:30 pm

Gorgeous! I felt like I was there — thank you for the trip!


Sarah K September 14, 2010 um 3:31 pm

That photograph of the olives on the branch is just perfect. It reminds me that sometimes the tiniest details tell the story. This photo was so much more compelling than the one I probably would have taken, a far-away view of the entire olive tree, which would come nowhere as close as your image to conveying the essence of the thing!


gheimburg September 14, 2010 um 3:32 pm

That basket looks amazing. The French make such delicious treats.


Lisa September 14, 2010 um 3:32 pm

Absolutely beautiful photographs!


alicebakes September 14, 2010 um 3:33 pm

Wow – great basket to give away πŸ™‚


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 3:34 pm

These photos have inspired me to create some sort of French dish for dinner tonight! Mmm


Samantha September 14, 2010 um 3:34 pm

The market looks amazing, I wish I could be transported to Provence and taste all the lovely flavors of the fresh food being sold there.


Sudhana September 14, 2010 um 3:35 pm

What lovely photos! The picture of the tomato salad made me happy that I have a huge bowl of them at home πŸ™‚


Kristina September 14, 2010 um 3:36 pm

What a lovely post. Your photos really captured the essence of that region in France. Beautiful.


Ryan @ Ryan's Baking Blog September 14, 2010 um 3:36 pm

Wow, these are great pictures. Those prizes all look delicious (well..the napkins don't, but the macarons on them do)


Megan September 14, 2010 um 3:38 pm

Helene, your photos are lovely (as always!) and make me ache to return to France for a visit. Next time I might skip Paris altogether for a journey in Provence. Thank you for sharing your vacation with us!


elizabeth September 14, 2010 um 3:39 pm

Oh my! Such beautiful photos and story and now a basket, too? Sign me up, please!

Elizabeth

bennette@uci.edu


Danielle September 14, 2010 um 3:40 pm

Everything is so beautiful! What a fun little goody basket. Looks fantastic.


ann September 14, 2010 um 3:41 pm

Provence is amazing! One of my most memorable lectures when I was in lycee francais was the one on Provence! I remember my teacher explaining that it's one of the most beautiful places she had ever seen.. I been draming to go there ever since!
I'm really happy about you!
xx


Cheryl September 14, 2010 um 3:41 pm

Awesome photos! I really want to take another trip to Europe!


Kim U September 14, 2010 um 3:43 pm

Your photos make me want to jump on a plane, RIGHT NOW.


Jeannette September 14, 2010 um 3:43 pm

Fabulous photos! Everything in the basket looks amazing!


Holly September 14, 2010 um 3:44 pm

I was just transported. Provence is on my list of places to visit. Thanks for the taste!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 3:44 pm

Looks amazing, thanks for sharing!


Coconut and Vanilla September 14, 2010 um 3:44 pm

Those figs look amazing! Everywhere they are popping up!


Phoo-D September 14, 2010 um 3:44 pm

The pictures of Provence look like a fairy tale. I can't imagine that a place that beautiful actually exists. How marvelous to spend your childhood summers in such a dream location.


Vicky Raigo September 14, 2010 um 3:45 pm

Wow, what an amazing trip! I only went once to France, early this year, and didn't have the chance to visit more than Paris (and not all of it, of course) -of course it was great!-, but I did buy some sweets in la Cure Gourmande and they were just perfect.
Thank you for this giveaway!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 3:46 pm

I have never had the desire to visit France – your pictures and posts have changed that to be sure!

Thank you!


Laureate September 14, 2010 um 3:46 pm

Love your blog; the colours, the food, the photography. Very inspirational.
Cheers Kim (Carp Ontario)


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 3:47 pm

Your photos are beautiful! I spent 3 weeks in and around Aix 3 years ago. I stayed on Rue Pierre et Marie Curie, listening to the singing coming from the nearby Opera House. We were hosted by friends in Ventabren to the most wonderful lunch of my life, overlooking Mt. Sainte-Victoire – a lunch that looks almost identical to your Aunt's!

This post has me pining to go back. Thank you for bringing your camera and sharing your magical Provence!


Erin September 14, 2010 um 3:48 pm

I've only been (briefly) to Paris and had little chance to dive into the foods while there. Your post makes me even more regretful (if that's even possible!).


Louise September 14, 2010 um 3:48 pm

I love the shot of the olive tree. I studied abroad in Greece and the sight brings back so many memories. They are lovely, shapely things.

Thanks for the many ice cream and sorbet recipes – I just got an ice cream maker and am scrambling to make everything before it's no longer ice cream season!


afarrell September 14, 2010 um 3:48 pm

lovely pics. would love to pack my bags and go…


amelia September 14, 2010 um 3:49 pm

I'm in the middle of traffic and could use a french retreat myself! Do your Aunt and Uncle want to come decorate an apartment in Boston ? πŸ™‚


Jen September 14, 2010 um 3:49 pm

I have never been to France but it's on my bucket list πŸ™‚ Your photos are lovely and makes it even more tempting.


Jen September 14, 2010 um 3:50 pm

I have never been to France but it's on my bucket list πŸ™‚ Your photos are lovely and makes it even more tempting.


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 3:51 pm

I love your blog, the photography and recipes are wonderful.


Katie September 14, 2010 um 3:52 pm

What beautiful photos! I've been experiencing an awful lot of wanderlust lately and I'm happy I can travel vicarious through you!


erika September 14, 2010 um 3:52 pm

oh my, those croissant sugar cubes are the best thing i've ever seen!!!!


Jack September 14, 2010 um 3:52 pm

Beautiful, beautiful post. Definitely stirs up the urge to travel …


Victoria September 14, 2010 um 3:53 pm

Your photos are beautiful! They're making me want to go to France again! Thank you for sharing part of your trip with us.


melissa September 14, 2010 um 3:54 pm

your pictures are gorgeous and really capture the feel and atmosphere of france. it's going to the top of my vacation wish list! πŸ™‚


Andy September 14, 2010 um 3:54 pm

Gorgeous photos, and a gorgeous give-away! Would love to win! πŸ™‚


m* September 14, 2010 um 3:54 pm

I hope I can visit there someday, your photos are just too beautiful!!


martina September 14, 2010 um 3:54 pm

Your pictures are really beautiful and in a certain way it remembers me about my Italy…the countryside with the old buildings, the olive trees, the sun that touches everything and gives you ripe vegetables and fruits. oh, so lovely. Happy that you share this blessing with us. thank you
Martina


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 3:55 pm

Gorgeous. Aix is one of my favorite places.


Erin September 14, 2010 um 3:58 pm

Ah, Helen, you inspire me still. I am planning another trip to France for next year and hope that unlike this year, things don't fall through.

I love your photos! You capture some of the same things I like to look at when I travel. I miss the shops in Paris, those off-the-beaten-path pockets of treasure that make me feel like I've discovered something very special.

Maybe next trip I can check out Aix-En-Provence. In any event, their tourism bureau should give you compensation for making everyone want to visit!

Mochene


miskat September 14, 2010 um 3:58 pm

Watching the photos I may say you had wonderful summer! I've also been to Provence, last summer holidays and I enjoyed it so much! The french food is amazing, their breads, fruits, and the fact everything is light and tasty. Not mentioning the landscapes and weather! However, I'm from Poland, which is not too close to France anyway. (:


Jessica September 14, 2010 um 3:58 pm

Such pretty photos. Can almost smell through them! Sounds like a wonderful trip!


Caitlin September 14, 2010 um 3:59 pm

Looking forward to that carrot recipe! Sounds delicious.


Jessica September 14, 2010 um 3:59 pm

Such pretty photos. Can almost smell through them! Sounds like a wonderful trip!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:02 pm

What a fantastic post! I would love to have this goodie basket for my boyfriend's birthday for a wonderful picnic at a local winery!!!

Best,
Lindsay
shrimpsaladcircus [!at] gmail dot com


The Simple Soiree September 14, 2010 um 4:02 pm

Everything in that basket looks absolutely divine.


marye September 14, 2010 um 4:03 pm

Lovely post, brings back memories of a great trip I took to Provence with my mom about five years ago. Thanks!


valerie September 14, 2010 um 4:03 pm

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


Aubrey September 14, 2010 um 4:03 pm

Beautiful pictures and what a lovely basket!


Flamingo September 14, 2010 um 4:04 pm

Your photos are a treat!


Oxana September 14, 2010 um 4:04 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:05 pm

What lovely things you brought back!

I love the photo of the stairs – amazing post, thank you. πŸ™‚


Alice (fa11enan9e1) September 14, 2010 um 4:06 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:10 pm

gorgeous gorgeous pictures!! love your blog!


Sara September 14, 2010 um 4:11 pm

I love your site and that basket looks amazing!!


Ann September 14, 2010 um 4:12 pm

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


keren September 14, 2010 um 4:13 pm

as always – beautiful pictures!
I would love to go to France!
my dream destination…

thanks for the giveaway!

keren

kerenayash@gmail.com


Jayme September 14, 2010 um 4:14 pm

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


Kat September 14, 2010 um 4:14 pm

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


lindsey k September 14, 2010 um 4:15 pm

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


chocolatine September 14, 2010 um 4:16 pm

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


zsuzsa September 14, 2010 um 4:16 pm

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


Sara September 14, 2010 um 4:18 pm

Gorgeous photos…looks like your trip was so much fun! πŸ™‚


Tracy E. September 14, 2010 um 4:20 pm

I love your photos, and this basket looks gorgeous!


tanadelconiglio September 14, 2010 um 4:21 pm

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


Kim Dayman September 14, 2010 um 4:22 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:22 pm

Gorgeous photos!!!


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 4:22 pm

Breathtaking pictures! No wonder you love it there πŸ™‚


Amanda Lynn September 14, 2010 um 4:23 pm

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


Joanna Aloysia September 14, 2010 um 4:24 pm

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


Ginny September 14, 2010 um 4:25 pm

Gorgeous! I want to go! πŸ™‚


Mollie September 14, 2010 um 4:26 pm

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


Lilly September 14, 2010 um 4:26 pm

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


Barrette September 14, 2010 um 4:26 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:27 pm

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


Cindy September 14, 2010 um 4:28 pm

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


Mary September 14, 2010 um 4:29 pm

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


Tomatoes for Sal September 14, 2010 um 4:29 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:29 pm

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


Mia September 14, 2010 um 4:30 pm

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


delicious September 14, 2010 um 4:31 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:32 pm

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


Shaindel September 14, 2010 um 4:33 pm

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

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


hightechartist September 14, 2010 um 4:33 pm

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

Keep up the good work! Thank you.


lauraelih September 14, 2010 um 4:34 pm

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


Salt Lake Sugar September 14, 2010 um 4:35 pm

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


janet September 14, 2010 um 4:35 pm

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


Kari September 14, 2010 um 4:36 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:37 pm

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

xxx


Jodi Lewchuk/Cursive Mechanics September 14, 2010 um 4:37 pm

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


Sophie September 14, 2010 um 4:38 pm

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


Kate September 14, 2010 um 4:39 pm

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


Portia September 14, 2010 um 4:39 pm

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


Patty September 14, 2010 um 4:41 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:41 pm

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


misty@wearmena.com September 14, 2010 um 4:41 pm

Amazing photo's!!!! I wish I could have you as my tour guide πŸ™‚


Salt Lake Sugar September 14, 2010 um 4:43 pm

Beautiful, as usual. I recently went to my home town too. Such memories! πŸ™‚


Jennifer Palmer September 14, 2010 um 4:43 pm

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


princessofgossip September 14, 2010 um 4:43 pm

That is a basket of heaven.


Anita September 14, 2010 um 4:44 pm

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


nadia September 14, 2010 um 4:45 pm

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

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


postcards from far away… September 14, 2010 um 4:46 pm

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


mina September 14, 2010 um 4:46 pm

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


goldenfish September 14, 2010 um 4:46 pm

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


rudie2shoes September 14, 2010 um 4:47 pm

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


Lauren September 14, 2010 um 4:48 pm

Chouette! What lovely photos and a basket of goodies…I'd love to win πŸ™‚


hannepa September 14, 2010 um 4:50 pm

The basket looks gorgeous πŸ™‚


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 4:50 pm

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


Angharad September 14, 2010 um 4:51 pm

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

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

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


aune September 14, 2010 um 4:52 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:52 pm

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


J Woo September 14, 2010 um 4:53 pm

Even the dead fish look really cute. πŸ˜€


Marcella September 14, 2010 um 4:54 pm

what an incredible giveaway. Beautiful pictures. πŸ™‚


Karen | Citrus and Candy September 14, 2010 um 4:55 pm

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


TigerLill September 14, 2010 um 4:55 pm

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


Kelsey September 14, 2010 um 4:56 pm

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


Annie September 14, 2010 um 4:57 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:58 pm

I love Aix En Provence. Your pictures are lovely.


pam September 14, 2010 um 4:58 pm

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


courtney September 14, 2010 um 4:59 pm

Looks like an amazing trip!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 4:59 pm

Beautiful photos. Want the basket…


Jody September 14, 2010 um 5:01 pm

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


JoLeasure September 14, 2010 um 5:01 pm

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


Julie September 14, 2010 um 5:05 pm

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

Some day, I'll go too. πŸ™‚


Laura Paine Carr September 14, 2010 um 5:05 pm

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

Blessings.


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 5:06 pm

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


Susannah September 14, 2010 um 5:08 pm

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


Carmellina September 14, 2010 um 5:08 pm

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


Helene September 14, 2010 um 5:09 pm

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

Tigerlill: well good thing I started my bog in 2007 – there are 3 years of archives for you to flip through πŸ™‚


zenmasterlars September 14, 2010 um 5:09 pm

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


Katie September 14, 2010 um 5:09 pm

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


kotomi September 14, 2010 um 5:09 pm

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


celine September 14, 2010 um 5:12 pm

I love France and would love to go back now!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 5:12 pm

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


Katie September 14, 2010 um 5:12 pm

What beautiful pictures! The basket looks amazing too.


Barbara September 14, 2010 um 5:12 pm

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

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

Wishing you must success and happiness! – Barbara


Dawn C. September 14, 2010 um 5:14 pm

Gorgeous… such a lovely place to have grown up.

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


Kristine September 14, 2010 um 5:14 pm

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for taking the time to share!


Silvia September 14, 2010 um 5:14 pm

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


Sarah September 14, 2010 um 5:15 pm

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


LJ September 14, 2010 um 5:16 pm

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


Zizi September 14, 2010 um 5:16 pm

Helen!

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

The giveaway is OMG! I would love to win it! πŸ™‚


Andi September 14, 2010 um 5:17 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 5:17 pm

Ur photographs are amazing Helen! Truly breath taking!


Smoky Wok (formerly Tastes of Home) September 14, 2010 um 5:20 pm

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


Ana September 14, 2010 um 5:23 pm

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

beautiful pictures, as always!

withbluesatinsashes@gmail.com


Cherry Blossoms September 14, 2010 um 5:27 pm

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

CherryBlossomsDesign AT hotmail

Bonjour!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 5:29 pm

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


Sarah September 14, 2010 um 5:31 pm

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


Elaina September 14, 2010 um 5:31 pm

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


CM September 14, 2010 um 5:36 pm

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


Kelly September 14, 2010 um 5:37 pm

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


Jenny September 14, 2010 um 5:39 pm

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


Annie Gleeson September 14, 2010 um 5:41 pm

Beautiful pictures, I always enjoy your photography!


Andrea September 14, 2010 um 5:43 pm

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


Kate Tyler September 14, 2010 um 5:43 pm

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


Bunnee September 14, 2010 um 5:44 pm

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


Blair September 14, 2010 um 5:44 pm

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


Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 14, 2010 um 5:44 pm

Beautiful photos, and SUCH an exciting giveaway!


The Bean September 14, 2010 um 5:47 pm

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


Sharon G September 14, 2010 um 5:47 pm

Wow! Everything in that basket sounds great!


Jeanne September 14, 2010 um 5:48 pm

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


A.E.B. September 14, 2010 um 5:48 pm

Wow! Your trip looks amazing.


Kristin September 14, 2010 um 5:48 pm

This looks magical! A beautiful post.


Melissa September 14, 2010 um 5:50 pm

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


CrazyVet September 14, 2010 um 5:52 pm

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


Patti September 14, 2010 um 5:53 pm

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

Patti
patricia1_may@yahoo.com


trish September 14, 2010 um 5:54 pm

Looks beautiful!


Sarah L. September 14, 2010 um 5:54 pm

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


WendyinKK September 14, 2010 um 5:56 pm

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


Leslie September 14, 2010 um 5:56 pm

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


peripatetic September 14, 2010 um 5:58 pm

A huge fan of your blog. All the best


DiSarliGirl September 14, 2010 um 5:59 pm

I love your blog!


Lisa~~ September 14, 2010 um 5:59 pm

What a great giveaway! Beautiful piccies too!


Madeleine September 14, 2010 um 6:00 pm

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


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 6:01 pm

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


Margarida V September 14, 2010 um 6:01 pm

love the photod, love the food, love your blog


The Duo Dishes September 14, 2010 um 6:02 pm

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


Beth September 14, 2010 um 6:05 pm

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


YN September 14, 2010 um 6:06 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 6:06 pm

The pictures make the story thank you


dani September 14, 2010 um 6:07 pm

it looks like you had a lovely trip πŸ™‚


Heather September 14, 2010 um 6:07 pm

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


Mariel.OriginalCinn September 14, 2010 um 6:08 pm

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


Hettar7 September 14, 2010 um 6:10 pm

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

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


ONE FINE DAY ARTISTRY September 14, 2010 um 6:10 pm

everything in there looks amazing! pick me πŸ™‚


Rene Azzara September 14, 2010 um 6:11 pm

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


CCurtis300 September 14, 2010 um 6:14 pm

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


Sandra September 14, 2010 um 6:14 pm

As always – I love your pictures, your stories and your recipes!! And above all this time the chance to win this wonderful gift! πŸ™‚


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 6:16 pm

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


GALaxy September 14, 2010 um 6:18 pm

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


sasha September 14, 2010 um 6:19 pm

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


Nisa-mom September 14, 2010 um 6:21 pm

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


Aletita September 14, 2010 um 6:23 pm

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


Kelsey September 14, 2010 um 6:24 pm

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


Rachelle September 14, 2010 um 6:27 pm

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


Sonia September 14, 2010 um 6:28 pm

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


Rachelle September 14, 2010 um 6:28 pm

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


Lissa Pierce September 14, 2010 um 6:28 pm

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


Lisa~~ September 14, 2010 um 6:29 pm

Great giveaway and lovely piccies!


Lauren September 14, 2010 um 6:29 pm

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


Loren September 14, 2010 um 6:29 pm

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


Jill P. September 14, 2010 um 6:33 pm

Best/sweetest/most unique giveaway ever!


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 6:33 pm

Gorgeous photos, I looked at them twice! Looks like you had a lovely trip. πŸ™‚


brandi September 14, 2010 um 6:33 pm

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


E lise September 14, 2010 um 6:33 pm

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

Greetings from Holland,

Elise


Chris Schlarbaum September 14, 2010 um 6:35 pm

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


Allison Day September 14, 2010 um 6:37 pm

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


Nicole September 14, 2010 um 6:38 pm

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


carolcatherine September 14, 2010 um 6:42 pm

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

–carol
carolcatherine[at]gmail[dot]com


wren September 14, 2010 um 6:42 pm

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


Mariana September 14, 2010 um 6:42 pm

The basket looks great!


E lise September 14, 2010 um 6:43 pm

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


Jacquie September 14, 2010 um 6:44 pm

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


Dewey September 14, 2010 um 6:45 pm

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


Barbara September 14, 2010 um 6:47 pm

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


Natalie September 14, 2010 um 6:48 pm

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


Anna September 14, 2010 um 6:51 pm

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


Kristy September 14, 2010 um 6:51 pm

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


JLynn September 14, 2010 um 6:53 pm

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


Paula September 14, 2010 um 6:54 pm

this dotted chocolate looks divine… πŸ™‚

have a nice time!
Paula


Maja September 14, 2010 um 6:55 pm

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


LetΓ­cia September 14, 2010 um 6:56 pm

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


Paulette @ Once Upon a Cedar House September 14, 2010 um 7:00 pm

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


Carla September 14, 2010 um 7:01 pm

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


Botacook September 14, 2010 um 7:02 pm

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


Truc September 14, 2010 um 7:04 pm

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


Shaina September 14, 2010 um 7:12 pm

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

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


Nico September 14, 2010 um 7:12 pm

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


mirabelle September 14, 2010 um 7:15 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 7:17 pm

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


Magnolia September 14, 2010 um 7:18 pm

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


Elizabeth September 14, 2010 um 7:18 pm

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


Kathy September 14, 2010 um 7:21 pm

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


elizabeyta September 14, 2010 um 7:22 pm

So lovely and peaceful looking. I am envious.


D.A.Watts September 14, 2010 um 7:23 pm

Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


Elissa Sato September 14, 2010 um 7:24 pm

Great photos; hope to visit some day…


Jennifer S September 14, 2010 um 7:25 pm

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


Bethany Orbison September 14, 2010 um 7:27 pm

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


Kate September 14, 2010 um 7:28 pm

Yum!


Christy from fountains of home September 14, 2010 um 7:28 pm

Beautiful pictures as always!


Kate September 14, 2010 um 7:29 pm

Welcome back!! As always, gorgeous, inspiring and yummy πŸ™‚

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


Manuela September 14, 2010 um 7:31 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 7:31 pm

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


Brian September 14, 2010 um 7:34 pm

Thanks for the great giveaway!


Jen September 14, 2010 um 7:37 pm

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.


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 7:37 pm

What a wonderful trip! I've really enjoyed following it through your posts πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰


Tess September 14, 2010 um 7:38 pm

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


Anna September 14, 2010 um 7:38 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 7:39 pm

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 Vandermeer McCubbin September 14, 2010 um 7:40 pm

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


Gaia – the Cook September 14, 2010 um 7:40 pm

Breath-taking pictures!!! Wow!


Jesse September 14, 2010 um 7:43 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 7:44 pm

Yum Yum Yum

Joanna

sincerefaith at gmail.com


Cathy September 14, 2010 um 7:48 pm

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


Nicole September 14, 2010 um 7:53 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 7:56 pm

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


Bettina September 14, 2010 um 7:58 pm

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


365 sonrisas September 14, 2010 um 7:59 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 7:59 pm

Absolutely lovely. Thanks for sharing and giving!


mbswitzer@gmail.com September 14, 2010 um 7:59 pm

What a beautiful basket of lovely items!


His September 14, 2010 um 7:59 pm

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 πŸ™‚


Veggie Virginia September 14, 2010 um 8:00 pm

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


Helene September 14, 2010 um 8:00 pm

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


Stephanie September 14, 2010 um 8:01 pm

Great pictures! They make me want to visit France!


Helene September 14, 2010 um 8:11 pm

Bettina: figs.


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 8:12 pm

Beautiful. Can't wait to go there myself!

Stephanie Sheller


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 8:14 pm

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


Brandy September 14, 2010 um 8:14 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 8:15 pm

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


Theresa Queen September 14, 2010 um 8:15 pm

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


Helene September 14, 2010 um 8:20 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 8:27 pm

"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 September 14, 2010 um 8:30 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 8:31 pm

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


Sarah September 14, 2010 um 8:31 pm

beautiful photos!


Margaret HH September 14, 2010 um 8:32 pm

Such beautiful photographs and words! Thanks.


Nadia @ La Vida Aloha September 14, 2010 um 8:34 pm

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

Aloha,

Nadia πŸ™‚
nadiaanac@yahoo.com


Mir September 14, 2010 um 8:34 pm

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


danielle September 14, 2010 um 8:35 pm

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


Lexie R. Martin September 14, 2010 um 8:36 pm

That looks amazing!


mycookinghut September 14, 2010 um 8:36 pm

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


Gen September 14, 2010 um 8:37 pm

Oh tout est si beau! Les arbres, le marchΓ©, les figues, les poissons grillΓ©s, les couleurs!
Et la Cure gourmande! J'y suis dΓ©jΓ  allΓ©e et c'est vraiment une expΓ©rience. Merci du partage c'est toujours pour moi un voyage que de regarder ces clichΓ©s!


Naomi September 14, 2010 um 8:37 pm

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


nicole September 14, 2010 um 8:38 pm

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


Andrea from NC September 14, 2010 um 8:40 pm

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


Morgan D September 14, 2010 um 8:41 pm

Simply gorgeous. The fish is making me hungry!


Bertha September 14, 2010 um 8:42 pm

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


Megan September 14, 2010 um 8:44 pm

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!


Lindsay-Jean September 14, 2010 um 8:44 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 8:47 pm

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.


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 8:47 pm

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 πŸ™‚


Amanda Hawkins September 14, 2010 um 8:47 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 8:48 pm

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


Brian Wakefield September 14, 2010 um 8:49 pm

I think that food is my favorite part of traveling!

Thanks,
Brian Wakefield


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 8:50 pm

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


laurie September 14, 2010 um 8:52 pm

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


equisetaceae September 14, 2010 um 8:54 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 8:54 pm

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


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 8:55 pm

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

You are absolutely one of my favourites!!:)


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 8:57 pm

So wonderful photos, as always!


Kate September 14, 2010 um 8:57 pm

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


Annie September 14, 2010 um 8:57 pm

Thank you for taking your camera! The food and the scenery make me long to return to France for a long vacation πŸ™‚


Janelle September 14, 2010 um 8:59 pm

Lovely, decadent! My two favorites..
Janelle


J September 14, 2010 um 8:59 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 9:01 pm

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! πŸ™‚


Barbara September 14, 2010 um 9:01 pm

"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 September 14, 2010 um 9:06 pm

Gorgeous photos! Gets up my wanderlust…


Tyler & Erin Johnson September 14, 2010 um 9:06 pm

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


Pamela Keener September 14, 2010 um 9:08 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 9:09 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 9:09 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 9:09 pm

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


SuzΓ© Gilbert September 14, 2010 um 9:10 pm

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 } September 14, 2010 um 9:13 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 9:14 pm

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

Reez
(rez97 at hotmail dot com)


Kelly September 14, 2010 um 9:14 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 9:16 pm

Fantastic photos!


Justina September 14, 2010 um 9:21 pm

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


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 9:24 pm

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


Ms. Elizabeth September 14, 2010 um 9:39 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 9:40 pm

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

Siri


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 9:41 pm

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


Dawn Mundy September 14, 2010 um 9:43 pm

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


kell-bell September 14, 2010 um 9:45 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 9:46 pm

gorgeous photos! and those croissant-shaped sugar cubes make me smile πŸ™‚


Emily September 14, 2010 um 9:50 pm

Absolutely beautiful pictures. I am in awe.


TAITx3 September 14, 2010 um 9:54 pm

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


Danielle September 14, 2010 um 10:00 pm

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 J.C. September 14, 2010 um 10:00 pm

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


Becky September 14, 2010 um 10:00 pm

What amazing pictures! I really enjoyed them!


Chantel September 14, 2010 um 10:04 pm

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


Bellameru September 14, 2010 um 10:06 pm

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 (:


gaudette September 14, 2010 um 10:10 pm

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


Sylvia September 14, 2010 um 10:15 pm

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


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 10:16 pm

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


Anonymous September 14, 2010 um 10:20 pm

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.


s September 14, 2010 um 10:23 pm

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


Dee Das September 14, 2010 um 10:29 pm

These picturs are so beautiful…makes me want to go there…
I really wish i could πŸ™‚
And awesome give away πŸ™‚


Erica September 14, 2010 um 10:34 pm

This post is GORGEOUS. Love it.

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


K and S September 14, 2010 um 10:36 pm

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


keri wong September 14, 2010 um 10:37 pm

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!


Unknown September 14, 2010 um 10:40 pm

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 September 14, 2010 um 10:46 pm

Beautiful! Thankyou.


RamblingTart September 14, 2010 um 10:49 pm

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


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