With so many things happening in Paris, your entire vacation can become one giant to-do list if you are not careful. Eiffel Tower, check. The Louvre, check. Notre Dame, check. Words of advice: Don't let that happen to you!
Yes, it is wonderful to see the sites, but let me assure you, it's twice as nice to relax and try to experience the city as the Parisians do. And if you look up from your guidebook for one second, you will see so many French people in the summertime lounging on a grassy area or along the Seine enjoying a picnic with their friends. They must be on to something.
We decided to follow their lead one Saturday, and it turned out to be
one of the best moments of our stay. We grabbed some friends: our
favorite Danish family in from Brussels for the weekend. We found an outdoor market and purchased all the provisions
one would desire: loaves of crusty bread, fresh summer fruit, a
sampling of cheese and saucisson, olives, pate, pickles, wine and drink.
Then we headed over to the Jardin du Luxembourg, a beautiful park with formal gardens that surrounds the Palais du Luxembourg.
To finish your picnic on a strong note, pick up some dessert. (It's a must!) Earlier that day,
we popped into Pierre Herme for a box of their
macarons. I was blown away by the perfect texture of crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside plus all the unique flavor combinations: Apricot +
Pistachio, Jasmine Flower, Caramel with Fleur de Sel, and Milk Chocolate
with Passion Fruit, to name a few. Worth every Euro.