The picnic architecture:
Outdoor space, urban space, eating space: it can all be the same, especially when in a city that has the perfect spot for such a combo, like Parc du Mont-Royal in Montréal. Trying out restaurants for every meal is common practice when on vacation in a new city, but I always try to shop in a local grocery store to get a sense of how “the people” would eat. So on our last full day in the city, we picked up some cheddar, brie, a baguette, and a bottle of red wine to have a very “new French” kind of afternoon (it was very Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe if you will).
Parc du Mont-Royal is essentially a small mountain in Montréal. It’s a beautiful public park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, with wide, winding trails; the boulevards of the woods. There are plenty of grassy places to sit and picnic or play games. A constructed lake and folded-plate community center provide convenient public facilities as well. A vast green space is really the breath of fresh air that is needed when in a congested city.