Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau
Are you tired of my raptures over Parisian spring yet, dear reader?
Well too bad, because I’m still in love with it. Even more so after this Sunday, during which I attended a most charming picnic arranged by the amazing Lauren, who was a perfect hostess, providing themed serviettes, straws, decorations, and being generally welcoming and lovely.
Carin was kind enough to invite me to this féte celebrating the “opening of the grass,” when the parks of Paris begin to welcome people to step onto, roll around on, and scamper through the lawns.
The sky was a blessed blue and the grass of Parc Monceau was green and it was so sunny that I actually got a small sunburn on my shoulders. An honest-to-goodness sunburn!
O brought his dorkiest guitar and I brought my ukulele. He spent a lot of time playing well and I spent some time serenading badly.
(Photo above courtesy Sugared & Spiced.)
The stars of the day were undoubtedly these huge pavlovas that Lauren made. I never thought I’d like pavlovas because hard merengues tend to be too sweet for me, but these were a perfect balance of sweet and creamy and crunchy and tart.
And what’s a picnic without jewelry shopping? Olivia, who runs a jewelry boutique called Cleopatra’s Bling, brought along some lovely rings and bracelets and necklaces for us to try on. Absolutely drool-worthy. More on that in a later post… wink wink.
I’ve always said that if you give me good friends, good food, good music, and a good view I will be as happy as could possibly be. I count myself fortunate to have so many good friends to share this experience with, and also to have made so many new friends over the course of the day.
At the end of the afternoon, we went home sun-drunk, our instruments slung across our backs like weapons of peace and happiness.
(Photo above courtesy Expat Edna.)
And then of course, the internet exploded. Which is what happens when you get a bunch of bloggers together (along with moments like this). Read and see more on the picnic at:
- Les Folies du Bonheur
- Expat Edna
- Paris in Four Months
- Little Pieces of Light
- De Quelle Planete Es-Tu?
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