An Eiffel Tower Picnic: The Right Kind of Trite

5 Sep

I can’t think of a more clichéd dining experience in France than having a picnic of baguettes and wine under the Eiffel Tower. But not all clichés are bad. Sometimes the reason something is cliché is because it’s often repeated, and sometimes things are often repeated because they’re absolutely fantastic. Our Eiffel Tower picnic was just that. In fact, it was true perfection. The sun was shining, it was 28˚C, and Susan and I found a perfect spot under a leafy tree to enjoy our goodies.

On our walk to this monumental spot (my apartment is very close), we grabbed a couple different baguette sandwiches. One was a simple French favorite – baguette, butter and salami. The other had a tad more going on with chicken, tomato and lettuce.

For dessert we nibbled on market fresh grapes, and French yellow plums, as well as a macaron au pistache and some sugar crusted chouquettes.

To acknowledge this momentous occasion (it is both of our first times in Paris), we said a heafty “chin chin” (what the young Parisians say for “cheers”) with some pop-sized, screw-top rosé.

The food was good, but even more impressive was the view. We’ve all seen the Eiffel Tower in pictures, movies etc, but there is nothing quite like experiencing it in person. It’s humongous, impressive and breathtaking. A true icon and in my opinion, an absolute must on anyone’s travel to-do lists.


2 Responses to “An Eiffel Tower Picnic: The Right Kind of Trite”

  1. alexandra 05/09/2011 at 1:40 AM #

    So lovely! Paris must be so nice right now – are those LEAVES I see on the ground?

    • Shortt and Sweet 05/09/2011 at 1:44 AM #

      Paris is amazing. The weather is hot and sunny, yet there are these beautiful golden leaves starting to form and fall. Great for photos and strolls 🙂

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