Photo Essay: An Indulgent French Afternoon Picnic

A photo essay of eight simple steps to having an indulgent French afternoon picnic.

Step 1
Go to France.

We are definitely in France

Step 2
Find a gorgeous, sunny, cloudless, 28 degree day, and plan to spend the entire day outside.

Great day for a French picnic

Step 3
Rent a bike and proceed to drive through the French countryside.

France bike rental

Step 4
Go to local boulangeries/epiceries/markets and purchase the following:

– Fresh baguette
– Local pate
– Camembert (or any other soft wheel of cheese will do, ie. Brie)
– Jambon (thin strips of prosciutto-like ham)
– Apples
– A bottle of cheap (but still good) French red wine (do NOT forget your corkscrew!!!)

French picnic in Champagne

Step 5
Riiiiiide into the countryside and find a sun-drenched place to picnic (near old French men playing petanque).

Countryside French picnic

Step 6
Demolish your lunch.

French picnic

Step 7
Drink the wine straight from the bottle.

French picnic with wine

Step 8
Keep riding your bike further into the countryside in search for a bathroom. Do not find any. Ride all the way back. Tipsy. Well, drunk, really. Then have champagne in front of a famous landmark, cathedral, whatever.

Champagne at Reims Cathedral

And there you have it! Eight fool-proof steps to having one of the best days of your life.

Merci beaucoup to Lizzie for being the best picnic partner and for photos 3, 5, and 6.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Mica says:

    This is a great way to spend a day. Especially the drinking wine from the bottle.

    1. Hehe thanks! It really was one of those days that I’ll remember forever.

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