“Escape to Provence” Competition

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Hi everyone, I’m excited to be holding a new competition this month – it’s been a while since the last one!  Lately I have been collaborating with some wonderful new businesses, and hope to bring you more giveaways on a regular basis.  It’s a nice way to promote French-related products out there… and they’re fun!

This competition will run for two weeks, so until the last day in August, which gives you plenty of time to enter and share with your friends on Facebook and Instagram.

So let’s see what you’ll receive should you win this beautiful “Escape to Provence” competition…

First of all, the kind people at Pan Macmillan Australia provided the beautiful coffee table book by Janelle McCulloch, called Provence and the Cote D’Azur. It retails for $49.95 and if you are looking for a book with beautiful photography of various regions in the South of France, this is it. Janelle also has an inspiring Instagram account: @janellemcculloch_author

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I am also including this hand-poured candle made by me from our range of unique vintage tin candles. In a classic French pastilles tin, it contains 100% eco-soy wax, cotton wicks and is fragranced with popular Lime, Basil & Mandarin.  You can read more about this candle here.

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The perfect book to savour when you can sit with a coffee – or perhaps a glass of French rosé – and escape to Provence!


Provence and the Cote D’Azur takes you up cobbled village streets and explores larger cities, like Nice. I often re-read photography books like these, you never really tire of them. They are lovely to keep & collect and also to give as a gift – any Francophile would love this book!

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Included in the giveaway are two more authentic French vintage items. A set of four fluted patisserie moulds, and a pure linen apron – monogrammed by hand on the front, with simple red stripes down either side. This is a half-apron that ties at the waist and is generous in size. It’s made from a gorgeous quality antique linen that has softened over time. Whoever in France made this piece is a wonderful seamstress!

And finally, all your French goodies will come carefully packed into a beautiful market basket from the Market Basket Co. The leather handles are just the right length for carrying the basket on your shoulder. This bag is so versatile to take shopping, to the park, or the beach.

The total retail value of the “Escape to Provence” competition is $219.95

How to enter? 

1. Leave a comment below, saying what you love most about Provence. Ensure you leave your email so we can contact you if you’re the winner!

2. Follow @myfrenchfinds on Instagram, + tag two friends into the competition pic, or if you don’t have Instagram, like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/myfrenchfinds

3. For an EXTRA entry – share the competition pic on either Instagram or Facebook with your friends.

Winner will be chosen at random and announced on September 1st. Open to Australian residents only.

Best of luck!




1/9/15 Update – Congratulations to Margaret, number 8 on the list below – you have won! I will contact you soon to obtain your postal address. Thanks everyone for entering – there is another beautiful book + vintage giveaway coming later this month.


51 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Dina Miller says:

    I love the architecture and their magical venues, the beautiful court yards and regardless of the season their countryside is picture perfect. It looks like what dreams are made out of. Simply beautiful. My whole life I’ve been drawn towards it. Even my home decor and style is influenced by french provincial style. Just love it.

  2. Tracey Carroll says:

    Bonjour, I’ve never been to France before but we hope to some time next year for our honeymoon, oh it’s sounds very romantic doesn’t it? I’m sure Provence will be one of our places to visit while we are in France! Xx

  3. Shannon says:

    Having not been fortunate enough to have visited France yet, I can only dream that I do. Since I can remember I have had a love of all things french especially the food, being a chef I dream of the markets and most of all the patisserie, clafoutis, millefeuille, creme brûlée, ahh to dream not to mention the cheese and wine. I’m pretty sure I would need two seats on the way home oh and a shipping container for all the antiques!!

  4. Maureen says:

    There is so much to love; Brocante, while not uniquely Provençal are still the essence of Provence, along with never ending fields of lavender, heat and cicadas!

  5. Sarah says:

    Love your instagram account! Look out – now I’ve discovered you have a blog and Facebook account!
    Shall be back for regular reading!

  6. Melissa D'Or says:

    Lavender, candles, linen, wine and baskets full of fresh market produce all conjure images of sunshine filled days in Provence

  7. Meredith Lawn says:

    What’s not to love about Provence? It is a feast for the senses: the SIGHT of a field of sunflowers against a blue sky; the SOUND of cicadas singing; the SMELL of lavender; the TASTE of fresh strawberries so full of flavour; and the FEEL of a cobblestone street beneath your feet.

  8. Margaret Tyler says:

    I love the colours of Provence particularly the yellows and blues, the charming buildings and the feeling of warmth.

  9. Lucinda de Jong says:

    Not sure as I am yet to visit Provence but I’m sure I will love it!

    • You would but if you can’t visit the region any time soon, I would recommend Janelle’s book, as it’s a beautiful way to get an insight into Provence with all the lovely photographs.

  10. Kathy Herder says:

    Firstly, what a wonderful giveaway! I dream of visiting Provence one day. The picturesque landscape, french way of life, culture, local produce and fields of lavender, are the things I love most about Provence.

    Best wishes, Kathy

    (Quinceautumn Instagram)
    (Kathy Herder Facebook)

  11. So far, my favourite thing about Provence is that I’ll be able to see it for myself in a few weeks time! I only managed to travel to Paris when I was last in France and I’m so excited to visit other parts of the country (will also be spending some time in Paris and Brittany this time around.)

  12. What a fabulous competition! There’s so much to love about Provence, including the beauty of the landscape, the culture and let’s not forget the lavender fields!

  13. Susan says:

    I feel so at home when I visit Provence, I suspect I lived there in a previous life! Hopefully I will live there in my present life too! Love this giveaway! You have chosen some very special treats to share! Merci!

  14. Vicky says:

    Love to take the train from London to Avignon, admiring the scenic tapestry of the landscape, vineyards, lavender and olive trees then wandering the market places for special vintage French finds.

  15. Karen Thornton says:

    Provence is magic, the perfume of the breeze, the markets, the villages and the people.
    So many fine memories of meals shared, roads walked and still there is more to explore.

  16. Dee Tickner says:

    The air – filled with the scents and sounds of centuries of people living from the land and glorying in the coast, the sun and the sea. I love its architecture, but more than that the colour of the stone and the tiles that make it really special in the sun. I love the markets – I love all French markets. Again the abundance of fruit and vegetables ripened in the warmth of the sun – it makes you feel so much better after eating warm, huge, juicy tomatoes, peaches and an absolute abundance of produce and flowers, lots of flowers and the lavender. And the artists and artisans – the image of Churchill taking time out from the war to re-charge his batteries, painting. But it’s all aspects of the different regions of France as well that make each region special with their own identity – so many in one country – amazing.

  17. Rachel says:

    Don’t know much about Provence, but I tell you what, those pictures in that book look gorgeous. I think that one day when I go to Europe, my favourite things will be the architecture and countryside. Thanks for this giveaway Alison. I am now following myfrenchfinds on IG and have tagged my two people. x

  18. Joanne Merrett says:

    Provence a place of romance and history. The glamour of Monte Carlo and Cannes, frrench perfume. Lavender fields and the beautiful french markets with mouth watering fresh produce. A must see destination the beautiful balmy beach of Nice at night live music and romantic dinners. A place where dreams are made and fulfilled. A place I could happily live there, it met all my expectations and more.

  19. Raylee says:

    Gorgeous book and delightful candle and apron! I fell in love with Provence after reading the book ‘A Year in Provence’ many years ago.

  20. sheila says:

    Ah bon! J’aime le provence, bien sur! I love provence…of course!
    I too love all things French. In fact I got to spend a year living in Aix-en-Provence during my junior year of college. It is still a highlight of my life. I love the market basket and it would be such a wonderful item to help me remember my beautiful provence.
    I already follow/subscribe and have just liked you on facebook.
    Bon Chance tout le monde! Good luck everyone.

    • sheila says:

      I forgot to say what my favorite thing is about Provence! I love the old medieval churches/cathedrals. There was one across from my school and I loved going inside between classes to think/meditate/pray. Many of the old buildings have Roman beginnings and their architecture is wonderful to study.

      • Thank you for your comments Sheila! I think you are in the US; unfortunately this competition is open to Australian residents only. However hopefully in coming months I will have an internationally-based competition! Best wishes, Alison

  21. My heart flutters, just looking at the French hamper in the competition. Imagine walking, no skipping through the cobblestone streets, with my basket flowing with produce from the vibrant street markets, that offer pleasure for all the senses. Immersing myself in the richness of the countryside, with so many traces of time past. Then relaxing in a Boulangerie, sampling a pastry, and enjoying the light and shade of the streets, congested with people, bringing the rich tapestry of France to life.

  22. Anne Haylock says:

    I visited France for the first time last month – just Paris and the Loire Valley. I really hope to visit again one day as I loved everything about it -the people, the places, the food and wine. Provence would be at the top of the list next time, it sounds heavenly.

  23. Jo brown says:

    This time last year I spent 6 weeks in the south of France , lucky enough to have friends who have bought a small place to use as a base. What not to love, my favourite village was l’isle de la sorgue waterways, markets and the most amazing brocante shops. Loved the depth of history at every turn planning our next trip xx

  24. Felicity George says:

    Provence is quintessentially French. The Villages, the countryside, the Lavender fields not to mention the wines & food. Haven’t had the opportunity to go there for 25 years, but sure it has maintained its uniqueness.

  25. Michele says:

    Thank you Alison for this opportunity. I absolutely love Provence, the scenery is breathtaking, the villages, all so unique, the markets, the museums, the history, the galleries and artists trails such as Van Gogh and Cezanne….. cannot wait to go back.

  26. Grahametc says:

    A day in Aix, Provence, was way too short but long enough for my wife and I to sense the romantic splendour and profound history of that lovely village.

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