Who doesn’t love a picnic? This past Sunday, Rio and I decided to take advantage of the long-awaited 75+ sunny weather and have a lunch picnic. Instead of heading to our usual Parc Monceau, we decided to switch it up and join our fellow Frenchies at Parc Clichy-Batignolles instead. Here’s what was different between Parc Clichy-Batignolles and Parc Monceau:
- There’s a lot more diversity at Parc Cilchy-Batignolles than at Parc Monceau. I haven’t seen that many minorities in my area since…well, ever! I think it’s probably because we were closer to Place du Clichy area versus Monceau.
- There are a lot of children at Parc Monceau…but wow, there are A LOT of children at Parc Clichy-Batignolles. I attribute it to the fact that they have all these kid-friendly jungle-gym activities and sports areas (think skate park, basketball court, ping pong table, soccer court, etc.) there.
- Because Parc Clichy-Batignolles is a smaller park, it seemed like people were more on top of each other than at Monceau.
- There are these great wooden chaise lounges at Clichy-Batignolles that are perfect for reading a book and enjoying some lunch solo. One of these days, I will do that.
- Instead of being surrounded by gorgeous Haussmanian buildings at Parc Monceau, you’ll only see a few old buildings mixed with new ecofriendly modern buildings and several construction cranes. They’re dubbing this area the “Eco-Quartier”.
I’ll definitely be back for future picnics at Parc Clichy-Batignolles…but Parc Monceau will probably always be mon parc préféré.