Pierre August Renoir
Late last week some friends of ours stopped by and invited us to A BBQ on Sunday, I was a bit doubtful about the weather, as after all it is only April, I need not have worried, the weather was fantastic, so much so that at the BBQ, everybody was slapping the sun cream on, it must have been at least 25 degrees.
It was a lovely day, and now I know that Summer is just round the corner, I am looking forward to to the al fresco life.
Long, lazy lunches and dinner parties on balmy nights, conversation running late into the night.
Midnight strolls round the garden and beyond taking in the scented air and listening to the night-time chorus of cicadas, crickets and other nocturnes.
And if your lucky enough to have a lake or river nearby...
All the restaurants and cafés will be putting out the canopies, ready for the influx of Summer diners.
MG and I had one of the most memorable al fresco lunches here at The Restaurant Fournaise, along the banks of the River Seine, just outside Paris, if it looks familiar it is because it is the restaurant that is featured in the Renoir painting at the top of this post, it was a very romantic lunch, I remember not wanting to leave, it was like being in the painting. If any of you reading this are in Paris or planning to go this Summer, you must add this to your list, you won't be disappointed. click this link to found out more.
Roll on al fresco days and nights, we are ready for you.