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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A French Giveaway on Wayfaring Wednesday

Welcome to the first Wayfaring Wednesday! One of the best things about summer is the opportunity to get out and explore. Be it an exotic locale or a simple shop its always so much fun to share secret finds. To get things started I thought I would give you a glimpse of one of my favorite things to do~ antiquing in France.

Recently dear Andrea and I were lucky to spend some time in Brittany. The town of Vannes is quite charming with its half timbered houses and quaint little shops.


As Vannes is a coastal town, I found the signage for this high end antique shop thoroughly charming.


Inside lovely treasures were waiting to be admired. Andrea could see this beautiful chandelier hanging in her kitchen in Beaune.

I fell in love with these shimmering sconces.
The detailing on this clock was absolutely exquisite.
We both agreed that this gilded Louis Philippe mirror was stunning.

My holy grail is to someday have a Duchesse Brisée. A few were found, but not exactly in my price range. Even the unupholstered gems were a few thousand dollars.

It’s all the fault of Marie Antoinette. When I visited the Palace of Versailles for the first time over ten years ago I was instantly smitten. My favorite are those that come in three separate pieces. Look at that caning!


J’adore this upholstered set Joni found.


I wanted to celebrate the first Wayfaring Wednesday with a giveaway of a few treasures I found while in France.
The winner will be selected by the random number generator and will receive a tin filled with yummy caramels, a pastry scraper, Paris themed scarf, almond milk soap...
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…my favorite French décor magazine, a French measuring cup, Herbes de Provence, a dozen paper French flags…
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… a  French newspaper with the headline of the Royal wedding, a good book on French style, and a European sugar shaker filled with packets of Laduree sugar.
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Interested? The rules are simple:

Link up a blog post  (past or present) featuring an excursion. It can be a trip of a lifetime or just a quick journey to a cool little shop or restaurant.

Grab a button for your blog to spread the word about Wayfaring Wednesday.
UPDATE: The random number generator has selected Carol from The Polka Dot Closet. Congrats Carol!
Thanks for linking up!


martinealison said...

J'ai beaucoup aimé Vannes lors de mon dernier séjour en Bretagne... et vous me l'avez remémoré... un grand merci pour cette jolie publication dans laquelle on se faufile joyeusement dans les époques... Gros bisous. said...


Loved antiquing with you and Andrea in Vannes! Seems I am unfashionably early to the party because I'm sleepless on NJ. Be back later to link up. “Off to her bed.” Marie Antoinette

Your Friend,

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Those photos are just beautiful! What an amazing giveaway! :):):):):):)

The Fajdich Times said...

Loved your post. What a fun time! Great giveaway....I love all the French items:)

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Wow I love those Duchesse Brisee, I've never seen those!
Again I always learn something from you!!

Priscilla said...

I'm sorry about my link. Something went awry when I posted. I meant to link another post, but Blogger had other ideas. Oh, well, C'est la vie!
Glad your trip went well and you had such a grand time. Looking forward to more posts of your adventures.

laxsupermom said...

Gorgeous pictures! It's like being there right with you. Thanks for sharing.

Mildred said...

Fabulous photos of your visit Laura. I love the chandelier and the mirrors especially. It will be great fun to see where everyone "takes us" today!

Jingle said...

Beautiful photos!

Bloomin Rose said...

Beautiful pictures, hope to get there someday.

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Beautiful photos! I absolutely adore the first one of the ivy covered shop!

Wonderful giveaway ~ thank you!!

God Bless,

Betty said...

I'm so happy about this party. I have so many adventures to share and I have put your button on my sidebar. Looking forward to your giveaway!
My Cozy Corner

Betty said...

I'm so happy about this party. I have so many adventures to share and I have put your button on my sidebar. Looking forward to your giveaway!
My Cozy Corner

Hines-Sight said...

A little late linking up today because I've been traveling from the beach today. Thanks for hosting.


Craftymoose Crafts said...

I could hardly decide which post to link up since you probably know I have traveled quite extensively--hope you have a lot of Wednesday parties!

Jane said...

I am so glad you let me know of your wonderful party. I thoroughly enjoyed tagging along with you and Andrea. What a beautiful place...and what great finds! My daughter-in-law would love the gifts you have chosen to giveaway. I hope to win so I could give them to her for her new home.

See you soon...

ImagiMeri said...

Okay, I left a link, but I screwed up and put my name instead of the place. It's Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. I wanted to use one of my England images, but I've somehow misplaced them since my hubby updated my computer.

Have a lovely weekend girlfriend.

Love ya'

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, what a lovely place! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time! We've been to Paris a few times and exploring all the little shops are so much fun! Your photography is most gorgeous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jeannine said...

We have been doing day trips around California this year. Husband's job involves travel to other countries, but I haven't gotten to go in 7 years. Someday

Deneen said...

Thanks for hosting! I am a new follower!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

No, never been to Europe... hopefully someday.... :-) So, I'm including my post of Virtual Paris....

Fingers crossed.

Warm blessings,

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh how fun!! Loved going to the French Antiquities with you, I would have been in heaven! Thanks for linking up your new get together on Wed. I'll try to join next week! xoxo Debra

Sherry said...

What a beautiful shop. Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

Sarah said...

Fun idea, Laura. I'll join in the fun soon. Perhaps this week if I can get something together. ;-)
Love to shop France!