A Monday holiday is such a treat! Darcy and Mathieu were both off work that day. We awoke to a beautiful, sunny day and decided that a picnic at Parc Floral would be a great way to enjoy that extra day off. After coffee and a delightful lemon tart, we packed a lunch and were soon on our way to one of my favorite places in Orléans.
It was the perfect time of year for a walk through the lovely botanical garden. We walked slowly, admiring the gorgeous blossoms, lush ferns, and flowering trees. We were serenaded with cheerful birdsong as we strolled the grounds. It was almost as if we had the place to ourselves. Parc Floral is quite large and even on busy days there are many times when no other people are in sight.
|Beautiful flowers at Parc Floral in Orleans, France.|
|Mathieu and Darcy beside one of the weeping trees.|
|More gorgeous iris at Parc Floral.|
|A butterfly luncheon party.|
|This was our lovely view during lunch.|
|Darcy attempts the maze at mini-golf.|
We started our meal with tasty onion blossoms and fries, which we dipped into a wonderful sauce Darcy whipped up. Then, I helped prepare Brazilian beans and rice. It was made in a rice cooker and was a delicious combination of smoked sausage, chick peas, rice, chicken broth, bay leaf, and lots of garlic. Ice cream rounded off the meal. It was a fabulous day!
|Another glimpse of Parc Floral|