off the list

We are making a concerted effort to cross off things from the list (of happy things to do in our last weeks in Paris) - and one was to have a picnic in "the grotto park" - otherwise known as Parc Buttes Chaumont - which is in the 19th arrondissement. We tried our best to picnic... it was nose-bitingly cold, and barely Spring-like... but oh so beautiful.  It really is an extraordinary park on the site of what once was a limestone quarry (and during the revolution was also used for hanging criminals and dumping refuse) - it is huge and hilly, with tall trees, willows, meandering pathways, jogging enthusiasts and little yapping dogs, a rock-nestled temple look-out, a suspension bridge, a lake and yes, even a cavernous grotto. I highly recommend coming here if ever you are in town... especially armed with good bread and cheese!