Paris Picnic

I had one afternoon in Paris.

Having jumped on the train and nipped in for a lunch meeting, I found myself footloose and fancy free for the remainder of the day.

There was only one thing left to do, collect a feast of macarons from Ladurae and meet my friend, who lives in the 8th, for a picnic.

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It’s true, Ladurée is a bit of a tourist trap… but who cares! I think it’s wonderful.

Inside the pastel green doors, you step into a cave of marble & gold. The ornate ceilings, iron lamps and impeccably turned out staff give it a sense of pomp and tradition.

The air is thick with the smell of chocolate and pastry and there’s the faint tingle of excitement all around, as people who have come from all over the world, wait for a chance to pick out their favourites.

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The macaron field is carefully harvested by a collection of girls in pinnies. Their hands flurry quickly and expertly over the sweet jewels, plucking them to place into pretty little boxes.

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Whatever you fill your box with, promise me you’ll get a chocolate, a raspberry and a salted caramel one?

As far as I’m concerned, they are by far the best of the bunch!

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Although the pastries are pretty special too…

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I took my bounty to Parc Monceau.

We sat near the pony tornado (more popularly known as a carousel) and dug in to our treats.

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Now, if you’ve kept your promise and ordered at least one raspberry macaron, and one chocolate macaron… then you have to promise me that you’ll do one more thing.

Take on in your left hand, the other in your right.

Now alternate bites.

They go SO well together, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them!

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That’s enough promises, you can just tuck in now!

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Petit Bateau jumper (white / navy / sailor)

ASOS jeans (unwripped)

Dune boat shoes (soft as butter and so comfy!)

Prada bag

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Charlotte Olympia cobwebs // Silver May acorn

Silver May Honey Bee stacking rings

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Later we took a spin around the gardens, admiring some the most beautifully dressed yummy mummies and children I’ve ever seen.

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We collected French conkers, to take back to my nieces. (Never underestimate the value of a good, strong conker.)

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We sat against the trees that are slowly slipping into their Autumn attire and surrendering to the season.

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Before heading off again.

Us Londoners are so lucky to have Europe on our doorstep…

I really need to make more it and hop the channel more often!

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  • Looks like a beautiful day! So jealous they let you take pictures in Laduree! I could snap those pretty little treats all day but they yelled at me last time hehe

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    • ThomasLaRock

      Same for me, when I visited I was told I could not take any photos. Glad to see that Rosie was able to get some though, wish I could do the same next time!

  • Looks like a beautiful day! So jealous they let you take pictures in Laduree! I could snap those pretty little treats all day but they yelled at me last time hehe

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  • Polly L

    Love your boat shoes!! Sold out in my size though :-(. Xx

  • Polly L

    Love your boat shoes!! Sold out in my size though :-(. Xx

  • Paris is a magical place. My favorite place is the Jardin du Luxembourg.

    http://www.madelinefedmont.com/beauty-paris-jardin-du-luxembourg/

  • Paris is a magical place. My favorite place is the Jardin du Luxembourg.

    http://www.madelinefedmont.com/beauty-paris-jardin-du-luxembourg/

  • I loved visiting Parc Monceau when I was in Paris for this summer, Rosie, it’s so much calmer and filled with more natives than the other parks in Paris!
    xx
    sophie

  • I loved visiting Parc Monceau when I was in Paris for this summer, Rosie, it’s so much calmer and filled with more natives than the other parks in Paris!
    xx
    sophie

  • Beautiful picnic spot! x

  • Beautiful picnic spot! x

  • That is my idea of a perfect afternoon! I love Paris so much.

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  • That is my idea of a perfect afternoon! I love Paris so much.

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  • What a beautiful location. This macaroons look sooo yummy. So stunning as always! πŸ™‚

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  • What a beautiful location. This macaroons look sooo yummy. So stunning as always! πŸ™‚

    http://www.theroadtothere.me

  • I have the same shoes! They are staples of mine for any trip that includes walking, as long as the weather is kind. So comfortable! I just wish they came in burgundy.

  • I have the same shoes! They are staples of mine for any trip that includes walking, as long as the weather is kind. So comfortable! I just wish they came in burgundy.

  • Steph Marston

    This looks so beautiful and makes me want to go back to Paris again! Steph x http://www.stephstyle.com/

  • Steph Marston

    This looks so beautiful and makes me want to go back to Paris again! Steph x http://www.stephstyle.com/

  • I’m soooo doing the raspberry/chocolate macaron eating challenage next time… πŸ˜‰

  • I’m soooo doing the raspberry/chocolate macaron eating challenage next time… πŸ˜‰

  • Oooh I never think of hopping over to Paris for just a day – what a perfect idea.
    The salted caramel flavour macaron is by far the best, followed by the choc. Love the idea of eating with the raaspberry, must try that one. Soooo need those earrings in my life!
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  • Oooh I never think of hopping over to Paris for just a day – what a perfect idea.
    The salted caramel flavour macaron is by far the best, followed by the choc. Love the idea of eating with the raaspberry, must try that one. Soooo need those earrings in my life!
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  • I’ll be there in a month! Can’t wait to get exploring πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  • I’ll be there in a month! Can’t wait to get exploring πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  • What a nice afternoon! Love those little macaroon fellas… They look pretty and taste good. A must in Paris.

    Beautiful pictures πŸ˜‰

    Best wishes from Copenhagen,
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  • What a nice afternoon! Love those little macaroon fellas… They look pretty and taste good. A must in Paris.

    Beautiful pictures πŸ˜‰

    Best wishes from Copenhagen,
    Anne del Socorro // http://www.thecopenhagendiary.com

  • Malu

    This pictures are beautiful!!! Loved the place!
    cheers, Malu
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  • Malu

    This pictures are beautiful!!! Loved the place!
    cheers, Malu
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  • Queenie Lee

    Gorgeous post, those macarons look amazing! xx

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  • Queenie Lee

    Gorgeous post, those macarons look amazing! xx

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  • Lucy

    I clicked the link to go to view Silver May’s collections – i love her designs. Can i just say how cute your mum seems. I love her tone on her website, honestly even if i didn’t like the jewellery as much as i do, just her charming way would make me want to buy it all. You’re a lucky girl Rosie πŸ™‚ x

  • Lucy

    I clicked the link to go to view Silver May’s collections – i love her designs. Can i just say how cute your mum seems. I love her tone on her website, honestly even if i didn’t like the jewellery as much as i do, just her charming way would make me want to buy it all. You’re a lucky girl Rosie πŸ™‚ x

  • I love Paris! I really want to go back soon, shame I’m up north and not as easy to just hop over from London! I was hoping you and your readers could help me think of some ideas of “what not to miss” in New York – I go in two weeks and am looking for a few little extra things to include in my itinerary. I am also looking for a really nice restaurant as currently I can’t decide as there are too many. Thanks, Frankie! xx
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  • I love Paris! I really want to go back soon, shame I’m up north and not as easy to just hop over from London! I was hoping you and your readers could help me think of some ideas of “what not to miss” in New York – I go in two weeks and am looking for a few little extra things to include in my itinerary. I am also looking for a really nice restaurant as currently I can’t decide as there are too many. Thanks, Frankie! xx
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  • The pictures in Lauderee are beautiful. I’ll take one of each flavour please. I coudn’t bear not to try them all.

  • Those Laduree macaroons look like heaven in sweet form. Chocolate and raspberry together is a simply terrific idea! Rosie x
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  • Ya know, I have never really gotten into Maccaroons. I keep wondering if I have just had sub-par ones. Everyone seems to rave about them.

    Have a fab weekend!! I’m off to Cirque du Soleil! Yippeee!

  • It must be so nice to be able to pop over to Paris when the mood strikes! It can be quite lonely in Australia, we’re so isolated from everyone!

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  • madsme

    Rosie, you’ve got to go to Dubai ASAP! There’s a Laduree in the mall (and a
    Fauchon, and an Armani Cafe), but aside from the best shopping I’ve ever seen (I
    brought a beautiful sapphire ring at the gold souk!), you can hang with
    penguins, go sand boarding/buggying, do every water sport imaginable, oh and
    it’s always hot and sunny with billions of miles of beach with turquoise
    bath-warm water and beautiful pools. If you go, you’ve got to stay at the Park
    Hyatt – it was a stunner (we also stayed at the Fairmont The Palm on that giant
    artificial palm tree island, but it wasn’t great although the breakfast buffet
    was killer). There’s not tons of culture that you can get to, but if you go
    expecting a giant playground then it’s rad.

  • What a beautiful way to spend an afternoon πŸ™‚ I’d never thought of combining macaroon flavours, next time I see a Laduree shop I’m going to sprint over and try that combination, it sounds yummyyy! The Laduree in Milan also does gelato, I’m not quite sure why I haven’t tried it yet… xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.blogspot.com

  • Love your classic, comfortable look! A must have for a quick day of travel! Beautiful pictures!

    Liz
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  • I’ve never had a good macaron before – I feel like I’m missing out on a good thing!

    Lauren x

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  • liliana

    Looks like a fairyland! Love the outfit as well!

  • Samantha Bei

    Meetings in Paris, Laduree picnic in the park…sounds like my kinda work day. Now if I could only convince my boss that it would be a good idea

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  • Imogen May

    Oooo I laaav Laduree! I popped into their Covent Garden branch for macarons and hot chocolate last week, it was bloody lovely! I really need to plan more little excursions to Europe – so lovely to have the freedom to just nip over for an afternoon! Also, I thought I’d mention that I just got a job at Harrods as an ELF in their grotto haha, I’m pretty nervous but I will just try and be mysElf and see what happens – you will have to pop in! Immy X

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  • Such beautiful photos, I love Laduree so much.

    Jess x
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  • Kelsey Wilburn

    what a gorgeous spot! love those macaron shots

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  • Abby

    The first photo of this post is so magical! It looks like something out of The Secret Garden. Beautiful photography as usual!

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  • oh i love this rosie!going to paris next month so can’t wait for some macaroons!

    michaela x

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  • One of my favourite cities in the world πŸ™‚ x

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  • As an American girl stuck across the pond, I will most definitely live through you alternating between Paris & London. The beginning of fall in both looks divinely lovely. xx

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  • I love that you popped over for the afternoon and can I just say… girl after my own heart?! I always have chocolate, raspberry and salted caramel. The other flavours are sadly wasted on me! (strawberry is allowed to sneak in there too).

    I’ve never been to this park before or seen/heard about it. It’s beautiful and a wonder I’ve not found it before. Will definitely be hunting it down next time I’m over there.

    Sounds cliched, but the last time I was there the BF and I bought a padlock and vowed to get it engraved and put onto the love bridge (heard recently it’s starting to collapse though *sad face*)

    Katie <3

  • Wow! By just the first picture I knew I would love this post! It looks like fairyland with roses and golden red leaves. This is going on my bucket list. Such a beautiful place.
    Only in Paris for one day? Is it for something we are going to find out about later?!!

  • Thanks for the lovely post and for the brilliant raspberry/chocolate tip. Genius!

  • keepingitcaj

    I love those flavours! But I’m surprised you didn’t have the “rose” one – and my personal favourite is the strawberry poppy! πŸ™‚

  • Looks delicious! Alternate bites of raspberry and chocolate sounds heavenly!

  • May have just purchased those gorgeous shoes! They’re on sale! How could I not? πŸ˜›
    Lovely post, Paris looks so beautiful in Autumn! xxx
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  • Those macarons (and everything in LadurΓ©e, for that matter) look amazing! Yum.

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  • Sara Barnes

    What a great afternoon!

    Sara
    506miles

  • Rebecca Garnett

    I’m going to Paris for the first time next week and this post just made me all the more excited! Beautiful photos as always!
    xx Rebecca
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  • I loooooved the salted caramel macaron from Laduree! And I don’t like it when people say it’s overhyped – the lines are a nuisance, but the treats are out of this world! I had Pierre Herme as well, and while I loved them too – I thought Laduree macarons tasted a tad better!
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  • Amanda @ A Latte Learn

    I like that, Europe on your doorstep! In the states traveling over to Europe is seen as such a luxury. Thankful I had the chance to go this past summer!

  • Looks like such a perfect sunny afternoon. I love the Laduree in Covent Garden too – a little taste of Paris closer to home.

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  • I can’t believe I have never had a macaron! Clearly I am missing out, they look delicious! Lovely photos as always x
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  • arielle q.

    tourist trap or not, you have to stop there if you get the chance! such beautiful pictures, rosie! this looks truly idyllic.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • I could not think of a better way to spend a single afternoon in Paris than to picnic. I wish I had France just a short train ride away, instead of an 8-hour flight!

  • These photographs are gorgeous. I think you really captured the beauty of the surroundings so very well and now I want a Macaron.

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  • Looks like a stunning day. Those macarons!! Arghhhh they and you look fabulous. Rosie x
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  • You always take the most beautiful pictures Rosie!

    I hope you’re having so much fun in France πŸ™‚

    -Laura xo

    P.S. Utterly in love with your blue Prada

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  • Emily Kalbun

    Wow you really love Paris eh? I understand. It is truly lovely. You must know it so well πŸ˜€

  • I wish I could just pop to Paris for the day. It is truly my favourite city in the world πŸ™‚

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  • Switzerland to Morocco, London to Paris… ah your life!!

  • Ayse Yasas

    I love this post and all of your pictures! I can’t wait to study abroad in London and be able to do things like this in Europe. πŸ™‚

  • Sophie Jane Cheval

    god I need to move to London to do just this so easily!!

  • The salted caramel macarons are to die for!! I wish I could try the raspberry one and then the chocolate one after that!

  • Those macarons looks fabulous! What a gorgeous place to spend the afternoon. And such a beautifully simple outfit. As always, a good post Rosie!

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  • chantelle

    Officially jealous! God, what I’d do to jump on a little trip around Europe!

  • You Londoners are so lucky, hop in the train, 2 hours and voilΓ !, you’re in Paris! πŸ™‚

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  • rheaphoebecampbell

    Rosie! I am so jealous, Paris looks beautiful. I love this post!
    Rhea
    xx
    http://www.rheaphoebe.blogspot.co.uk

  • Wow this looks the perfect way to spend and afternoon.

    I have decided to shale up my blog after a leave of absence starting with Favourite things Friday. Would you take a look?

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    xXx

  • Hemi

    how does your significant other feel about these me-me-me posts? He takes all your photos, shouldn’t it be we-we-we?

    • Captain Obvious

      As he lives in New York I doubt he gives a shit.

      • Guest

        I’m curious *Captain Obvious* why you never leave comments yourself regarding the blog? Why do you always leave sarcastic replies? If anything your negativity reflects badly on the blog and will stop people from commenting and perhaps even reading it.

      • Rosie

        This thread is very odd indeed.

  • Oh you’ve made me hungry. Imagine a chocolate macaron with fresh raspberries in the middle! Nom!

    Hayley

    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • KatesInOH

    In Ohio we call conkers ‘Buckeyes’ and have a candy to match! Its a sweetened ball of peanut butter dunked three fourths down in bitter chocolate until it looks like the “conker”. I’d highly recommend as it is the only occasion I will eat peanut butter.

  • alina

    thats my parc! i could have seen you, i often run there
    isnt it gorgeaous? its english parc by the way, as you have noticed paris is more dominated by jardins – french style

  • Champagne Moods

    Love the post (as always!). What colour polish are you wearing?

  • saradujour

    The photos in this post are absolutely stunning! Especially the featured one of you amongst the flowers. Just beautiful.

    Sara

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    A Toronto-based lifestyle blog about food, fashion, friendships, fiction & femininity.

  • Christine

    Yumm! Those macarons look delicious.

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  • cesclouise

    I am off to Paris for my birthday, so a perfect post to give me some inspiration- thanks! Does anyone have any restaurant or cafe recommendations that I must try? xx
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  • Oh my, that looks like the best day! Those macaroons look amazing!

  • Sarah Moore

    When I’m in Paris I stay opposite Laduree…. also very close to Henri Le Roux the caramelier – and actually I prefer salted caramels to macarons!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I am actually quite jealous that you’re so close to Paris because it’s a jump & a skip away from you but a very expensive ticket for me! I also enjoy your Paris posts very much!

    xx, Ada
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  • Ooh, your acorn necklace is just perfect for autumn! And I agree: the whole world and their mother raves about LadurΓ©e, but they are undeniably good – you’re right, a bite of the salted caramel, raspberry and chocolate is a ticket straight to foodie heaven. You’ve got the perfect picnic for a flying visit through Paris nailed, lady! xx

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  • Ceri

    Is the ‘one afternoon in Paris’ a cheeky pun by any chance?! If so then I will continue to giggle to myself at my desk, if not then I’m terribly sorry and I promise to pull my mind out of the gutter! (maybe) πŸ™‚
    Lovely post as always – those macarons look delish!

    Ceri x

    October Eleven

  • I want to eat ALL of those macarons!

  • The idea of mixing macaroon flavours per bite is amazing!

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