As spring has sprung upon us the weather is most definitely heating up and Paris as a city is transforming. The black clothes are disappearing and people are actually starting to wear a little colour, I see smiles and laughter on the Metro and with all the trees turning a magical shade of pink everything just seems more beautiful then it did before.
It is now officially the city of love.
There is nothing better on a warm lazy day than to have a picnic and in Paris with the baguettes as good as they are we are definitely making the most of any opportunity we have. With so many parks dotted around the city I have chosen just a few of my favourite spots to share with you:
1 rue Botzaris
This park is one of the largest parks in Paris so it can be difficult to find your bearings here sometimes. But its perfectly suited for a walk in the shadows, a picnic at the foot of an old tree or a well-deserved break at the Rosa Bonheur café. Children love rolling down the large sloping lawns – and with the late opening hours on a Sunday evening you may even catch the odd ‘adult’ rolling down too.
Route de Sevres
Considered one of the ten most beautiful parks in the world Bagatelle is also the perfect place for a family picnic. Caves, waterfalls, a rose garden, a small forest or large stretches of grass… it’s all there, inviting you to dream away and relax.
Route de la Pyramide/ Route du Camp de Manoeuvre
Between the castle and the Boiss de Vincennes this park is a magnificent foray into nature for children and adults alike. The pine forest, the flower-filled groves, the sweeping lawns and the tiny cosy nooks offer plenty of alternatives for a picnic in a magical setting.
Surrounded by iconic Parisian architecture, immaculately manicured trees and enchanting water fountains, Place des Vosges is my go-to park when the sun shines.
Spread a blanket, bring a bottle of wine and have a picnic! Located in the Marais district there are always plenty of people lounging on the beautifully green lawns taking advantage of the sunshine or sitting on the benches watching the world go by. With free WIFI available and cafes on every corner why would you ever want to leave.