Friday, October 2, 2009


In an hour or so, I am heading to the airport. I'm off for a long weekend in Florida for fun in the sun. And hopefully, the sunshine will bake out the remains of my miserable cold.

But before I leave, I wanted to take you to Belgium. When I was in Brussels in July, I stumbled across one of Europe's most lovely shopping galleries --The Royal Saint-Hubert.

The light filled arcade is a feast for the eyes, even before you peer into the shop windows.

There are several chocolatiers extraordinaire. The oldest is La Corne´.

Their windows featured a picnic theme. Perfect for Fall.

An Autumn palette in Brussels is a bit lighter than one in America. Pastels reign supreme.

And for those not ready to dive into Fall. There were sea shells in every shape and form.

At the Belgique Gourmande, the windows were awash in shells, sand and sea gulls.

The cute sea gull tins were filled with mocha delights.

Prefer vintage coastal images? They starred on boxes of mixed confections and truffles.

For those who prefer to mix and match their own assortment of truffles. There were two dozen luscious varieties. I only sampled three kinds. Really! How's that for restraint?

After checking out the sweet shops, I window shopped for a few minutes. Then, it was time to catch a plane to France. And speaking of catching a plane... I'm off.


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Boy Barbara, you sure know how to make a girl change her mind about starting on a diet today! Those all look yummy! Have a wonderful trip! Bisous... Julie Marie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Lovely Barbara. I love the vintage chocolate box images and this arcade has such a lovely relaxing light to it. We have something similar here in Sydney.. maybe i will get some shots to show you. Well hope you have a great weekend and get rid of the pesky flu!! x Julie

Hopefully I will be back to posting wednesdays soon.

Maya said...

Sweet!! And have fun in the sun.

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

YUM! I was hungry before I started reading and now I am positively starving! Sounds like a beautiful place, I hope you had a great time!

Elyse said...

how awesome. i love the last image.

and here i was thinking your post would be about salt water taffy! LOL

have a safe and happy trip.


Trisha said...

Love the sea shell chocolates! They look too pretty to eat - wait, who am I kidding?

Jane said...

Happy travels....The forecast in my part of Florida is sunny and hot! You should be able to "bake" out your cold. Just be sure to use sunscreen liberally!

The Belgium candies looked incredibly delicious. I love the beach tins...
Jane (artfully graced)

NeereAnDear said...

Barbara!! It looks as if you went straight to chocolate heaven!!

Oh my those truffles looked deeeevine.... I dont think I could have stopped at three...

I loved the pastels too... the fruit slices have been a favorite of mine since I was knee high to a grass hopper... alas way too much sugar...(the truffles though ..) mmmmmm

I do hope you have a fab trip and that the sun is good for what ails you... enjoy!!!!!


Cathy said...

Barbara, what a great post. I am officially on vacation too. On my way to Florida with DH. I'm so happy you got me in the spirit by preparing me for all the sweets I'll be eating "just because I'm on vacation" next week. They look scrumptious. xo Cath

Kathleen said...

Those treats look wonderful..
I hope you feel better.
It has been so beautiful here in Southampton, the beach was gorgeous yesterday, so I won't be jealous of your Fla trip..

Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

Yum! Thanks for the Belgium tour!
I hope you are feeling better now and enjoying your vacation. :)

Have a lovely day!

fairmaiden said...

I have seen your book on so many blogs...It is on my Christmas wish list.

SeaWorthy said...

Hi Barb,
just a quick note to let you know I received your book in my shop today to sell. Havent had a minute to check it out, although there is saliva all over the front!...hmm, that sounded kinda gross.
Cant wait to get a minute to check it out!

Susie Q said...

Oh my oh my. And then some.
: )