Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Top 5 Favorite Picnic Spots

Who doesn't love a good picnic? As the temperatures begin to dip below freezing here in Germany, I can't help but look back wistfully on warm summer days when it was quite clear the best thing to do was lounge out on a picnic blanket with snacks and a book, enjoying the feeling of the sun on your face. It's been freezing and gray for weeks now and I am actually convinced I've forgotten what the sun looks like!  With picnics on the brain, I've compiled a list of my top 5 favorite picnic spots in the world. 

1. Bannwaldsee, Bavaria, Germany

Bannwaldsee is a gorgeous lake about 10 minutes up the road from Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, Germany. There is nothing like a picnic lunch in the middle of a lake surrounded by a 360 degree panorama of the German alps.  To enjoy this experience, enter the Bannwaldsee campground and go to the main office to rent a paddle boat. It costs 10 euros for 2 hours but they are not strict about the rental time and we kept it out on the water for 3 hours without any trouble.  The paddleboats here are large, with a little deck on the back of each where you can stretch out your legs and soak in the rays.  If you haven't brought your own picnic lunch, the campground quickshop sells bread, meats, fruits and snacks at affordable prices. 

2. Hydra, Greece

Hydra is a small island just off of the coast of Athens. It is incredible. It was wonderfully hot when we were there in late October and I loved sitting on the rocks with my toes dipping into the Aegean sea, munching on a greek gyro pita. You can get to Hydra by taking a bus or taxi from Athens to Pireaus and then hopping on a water taxi.

3. The Tuscan Countryside

If I'm being honest, anywhere in Tuscany will do. We ate picnic lunches almost every day outside of our B&B and it was an experience I'll never forget. Pick up some focaccia bread, olives, sundried tomatoes and prosciutto Toscana at the market and take in the incredible views. The little town of Fiesole, which sits above Florence in the surrounding hills, has some great picnic spots. Many of these spots have panoramic views of Florence - so breathtaking!

4.  The roof of Le Corum in Montpellier, France

Le Corum is a large conference center in downtown Montpellier, an easy walk from Place de la Comodie. The roof of Le Corum is accessible to all by way of the stairway at the front of the building, and it provides a stunning view of the city perfect for relaxing and enjoying the day. On weekend nights (particularly in the warmer months) there will be lots of young students enjoying a few beers with their friends, so if you're looking for something a bit more private I'd suggest heading over on a weekday. Enjoy a crepe and the view, you'll never forget it!

5. White Face, Simi Valley, CA

It's a definite hike to get to but the view is unmistakably worth it. White Face is easily my favorite place in southern California and it's easy to see why. There are lovely views in all directions, trees to recline under and the most perfect hills I've ever seen in my life. Pack a picnic lunch in a backpack and make the climb. Read how to get to this hike here.

Have you been to any of these places? Would you go? Where are your favorite picnic spots?


Jenna said...

Wow! All of these places are so beautiful. Bavaria in particular looks pretty darn spectacular - so much green! My favourite picnic place so far is near cape town at a big park and outdoor concert area called Kirstinbosch - it's so so pretty there :)


Jessica said...

I love all these. The pictures are gorgeous. Gosh- I'd love to be in Tuscany right now! I've never been to Greece, but it looks amazing!

ifs ands Butts said...

Love that you showcased Germany at #1, I think a lot of times people don't realize hwo much beauty there is here!

Verena Rice said...

I love your Blog! I was born in Germany and we are living here right now, after we lived in the US for a looong time :) I love the Winter in Germany, the Christmas Markets and Gl├╝hwein are just 2 of my favorite things of the Winter months. :)


fugeecat said...

What fanastic places for a picnic. I miss picnic weather so much.

Camila Carneiro said...

Oh, my goodness, such gorgeous places!! Suddenlly, I'm itching for a picnic... I guess I'm lucky summer is on its way, then! ;)
The first one is definitely my favorite out of your top 5, the lake and ALL that green just blew my mind!
xoxo, The Brazilian Way of Life

danica said...

all of these pictures look gorgeous! great places for a picnic. :)

Lauren {everyday ATLAS} said...

This inspires me to look for more picnic locations in my everyday life and HAVE SOME.

Tessa Lynn said...

Oh those places look gorgeous!! there's some fields in Spain we past last week that look exactly like they could be from tuscany!! We've got a picnic spot in our backyard:)

Daliene said...

After looking at these we are definitely going hiking tomorrow at Lost Maples State Park. Nowhere as lovely as Germany, but pretty all the same

Elizabeth @ Love Is the Adventure said...

Omigosh, Daryl, these are great. I've been to Neuschwanstein a few times and it is one of those places where you feel like it could be today or a hundred years ago. I love Bavaria.

I love seeing all the pictures from your traveling! This makes me want to go to Greece - I've never been there. So, so cool.

Elizabeth @ Love Is the Adventure said...

Oh, and my favorite local picnic spot is the Park of Roses here in Columbus, Ohio. If you go in late June, the rose gardens are in full bloom and they go on forever. :)

Aspiring Kennedy said...

I really think all meals are better when eaten outside. And after picnicking in these spots, how could go dine indoors ever again?


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