Diane, A Broad
April 23, 2013

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau

Are you tired of my raptures over Parisian spring yet, dear reader?

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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.

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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!

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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.

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad, photo courtesy Sugared & Spiced

(Photo above courtesy Sugared & Spiced.)

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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.

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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.

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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.

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

At the end of the afternoon, we went home sun-drunk, our instruments slung across our backs like weapons of peace and happiness.

Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau by Diane, A Broad, photo credit Expat Edna

(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:

*Note: Thank you to those readers who let me know the comment system is down. As part of the blog facelift we’re switching from WordPress comments to Disqus, and we hope to be up in a couple of days. I’ll let you know as soon as we’re back up on my Facebook and Twitter! Comments are now back up! Thanks for your patience.

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15 Responses to “Pelouse en Fête: A Spring Picnic at Parc Monceau”

  1. [...] the perfect chance for me to practice my portrait photography. Below are good friends Carin and Diane, and new friends Meg, Olivia, and Anne – the latter three being Paris bloggers I’ve [...]

  2. Edna says:

    I don’t think anything more can be said about this past Sunday. But yay for comments finally working!

  3. [...] mentioned meeting the charming Olivia of Cleopatra’s Bling on a recent post. I’ve been admiring her jewelry boutique for quite some time, and after having tried them on [...]

  4. Ylenia says:

    Oh this is a beautiful post! This day left me craving for more!
    We definitely have to make more picnics and mexican dinner :)
    It was so nice to meet you!
    xx
    Yle

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  6. Ok all these blog post about this picnic are making me want to go out an indulge on the grass in the sun!

  7. Ok all these blog post about this picnic are making me want to go out an indulge on the grass in the sun!

  8. Lauren Lou says:

    Oh, I’m so happy your new comments section is up and running so I can leave a little thank you note. It was so lovely to meet you and thank you so much for the little strum and singing session – it made the day really special! I just loved it! You guys were great! Gros bisous xx

  9. Lauren Lou says:

    Oh, I’m so happy your new comments section is up and running so I can leave a little thank you note. It was so lovely to meet you and thank you so much for the little strum and singing session – it made the day really special! I just loved it! You guys were great! Gros bisous xx

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