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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Things to Do: Picnic in the Park

As promised from my 'bread' post I want to share the secrets to a perfect picnic in Lyon.  Nothing is as uncomplicated but yet so enjoyable as a fabulous picnic between friends.  Here's what you'll need:

  • Friends:  You can picnic alone, of course, but a group of 3+ tends to be more convivial
  • Food: Ah, here's where the joy comes in.. either go for fancy be creating some dishes such as:
      • Quiche
      • Taboulé Salad
      • Tomato/Basil/Red Onion Salad
      • BLT (Bacon Lettuce Tomato) Sandwiches
      • Fruit salad
      • Baguette
    • OR simplify:
      • Cherry Tomatoes
      • Packs of Salami/saucisson
      • Chips
      • Brie/gooey fromage
      • Baguette
    • OR spend some cash:
      • Go to Brind'Soupe on 70 rue masséna
      • For 9 bucks get entrée/plat/dessert packed up and ready to go
      • OR go to Pizza Hut on Rue Massena and get their 5 buck pizza deal
  • Booze: Not obligatory, but tends to be much more fun and interesting with a chilled bottle of rosé wine in tow.
  • Necessaries:
    • Bottled water
    • Napkins
    • Trash bag
    • Forks
    • One knife
    • Bottle opener
Now the spot.  There are three spots I like to visit in rotating occasions:

1/ The Parc de la Tête d'Or:  Everyone knows this place and it's usually a great place with a group of people. As a warning, avoid large crowded areas in the park or you could get hit in the head with a soccer ball.  We usually cycle up to the main entrance, take a right into the large park and find an area with a tree nearby.

2/ Place Antonin Poncet:  Suprisingly unknown to many, the little area that has a below level parking garage, located to la Rue des Marronniers, also has a fairly clean grassy area with a lovely fountain next door.  Need an address?  Just head for le Sud and then picnic in the grass.

3/ Sur le Quai:  Of course, typical evening spot on the waterfront.. side of the Rhone.  Fabulous area, and can always wander to a boat bar after for a digestive.

Here's some of my favorite picnics:

Quick - like the French version of McDonalds
Park among French friends (parc de la tête d'or) 2011
Best Picnic Ever (or close), rosé wine, cheese, chicken salad, baguette, chips.
What's your favorite picnic?


1 comment:

  1. I keep forgetting you can drink in the park...


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