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Fresh off the news: Western Europe is in the throes of a ‘heat-wave’

At most places in the world, this would lead to people scuttling into their houses and turning on air-conditioning at full blast. Here, a hot summer is so uncommon (and thereby highly coveted) that everybody (and their dog) is out on the roads. There are BBQ pits and picnic hampers everywhere, sunbathers as far as the eye can see – no park or terrace has been left unscathed.

Never ones to be left behind, we decided to indulge in a bit of summer action when we visited France last week. We dropped by at a local boulangerie (bakery), packed ourselves a picnic, and plonked ourselves in the nearest park. A couple of handcrafted baguettes, gooey macraons, and crumbly pastries later, we were engulfed by that luscious summer stupor – that inactive, languorous idleness that makes hot days very special indeed.

Such days remind me of one of my favourite Keats poemsย A Party of Lovers:

Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes

Nibble their toast and cool their tea with sighs:

Or else forget the purpose of the night

Forget their tea, forget their night

A splendid summer afternoon called for light-weight separates in contrasting hues. I’m wearing a white and blue skater style dress with a red linen jacket. This jacket is a laid-back wardrobe staple, perfect for adding a pop of colour. I liked to think of the zig-zag print of the dress as a modern take on classic French breton stripes.

I added bright red ballerina flats, a straw boater hat, and a golden satchel to lend a Parisian edge to the outfit. Did you notice my cat and scrabble rings? I’ve had the latter for ages. It cost next to nothing, but I seem to wear it all the time ๐Ÿ™‚


Dress: Next

Jacket: Zara

Cat Ring: River Island

Satchel: H&M

Scrabble Ring: Ebay (available here)

Shoes: New Look (similar available here)


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26 thoughts on “A Picnic in France

  1. Hey…Beautiful post. I always look forward for your posts. You look wonderful as ever. When we went to Paris for the second time, we did the same…went for a picnic around the park near Eiffel tower, ate lots of food and indulged ourselves in some people watching.


    1. Thanks Snig – always a pleasure to hear from you ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so much nice to re-visit cities, isn’t it? It’s ironic that one ends up absorbing a lot more when one is relaxed and not so preoccupied with ‘seeing’ everything.

    1. Thanks a ton Bob. Good to know I’m not the only one who thinks Keats’ words do justice to the romance of a hot summer’s day ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really looking forward to devouring your blog as well

    1. Thanks Freya – I agree, there are few things better than a picnic on a hot summer’s day ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Ayantika – Zara is responsible for getting me impossibly hooked to tailored blazers ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Laura. We’ll be blogging about Paris all this week (what to do, where to eat, where to stay) – hopefully that will tempt you into booking a weekend getaway soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks a ton Leah. Red is my favourite colour too, which explains the flurry of red dresses on Bruised Passports ๐Ÿ˜‰

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