Sundays are sacred in Paris. Work is never discussed as this is time reserved for families, long relaxing brunches, reading, quiet reflection, short naps and the art of just being.
Since most Parisians live in small apartments, as the weather permits, many flee their cramped quarters to head out into the sunshine and their local public park.
Notwithstanding the much grander parks in Paris, such as the Bois de Boulogne or the Champs-de-Mars in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, one of my favourites is Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement on the right bank.
There is a lovely columned rotunda at the main entrance, and the park features more than 20 acres of towering trees, grass, gardens, boulevards, bridges over lily ponds, playgrounds and sculptures.
It is great place to get lost for an afternoon.
If you don’t feel like making your own picnic fare, do as I do, and drop by the nearest boulangerie (bakery) and pick up something there. Most offer an array of mouth-watering sandwiches and salads freshly prepared and ready to go.
They’ll even pack it up for you in an attractive paper bag with handles.
(Add a fresh “croissant” or “pain au chocolat” as an additional treat!)
Even on the busiest of Sundays, I have never had any trouble finding a bench to take over and spread out my picnic. Then I people watch, a great pastime in the park.
Parisians “do parks” as effortlessly as they do everything else. Where I am always so self-conscious out in public, (yes I admit this!), Parisians seem oblivious to others.
So comfortable in their own skins, they seem to able to have private moments without worrying about who’s watching.
I admire that.
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.