As it’s been quite warm since we arrived here, Scotty and I have kept the sightseeing to a minimum – venturing out in the mornings and evenings, keeping a low profile. Tonight our outing involved a picnic dinner on the Seine. We joined what seemed like half of Paris down on the banks of this iconic waterway. Our landlord had warned us that the best way to escape the heat is to get down to the river and so we joined the Arbos with our baguettes, cheeses, charcuterie, and fresh fruit and soaked in the charm drenched atmosphere. I mean seriously, these are the moments where Francophelia runs high and you start talking about living life at a more humane pace, enjoying the simpler pleasures – it’s all so prosaic. We sat out there for several hours and watched the sidewalks fill with fellow picnickers – some people danced, others arrived in costumes, boats passed by, people flirted, talked, laughed, opened another bottle of wine. There was absolutely no pressure to go do something – and there was a thankful lack of post-picnic frisbee games. It was ideal and something we’re hoping to do a lot more over the next few weeks. And to add to the fun, beginning July 14th the north side of the Seine will be turned into a beach complete with sand, cabanas, palm trees, the works!