A Sunday afternoon romantic picnic can be a last minute, spur of the moment affair. It does not need to be complicated, nor well planned out, nor even require a huge spread of food. It can be squeezed in any day of the week. So grab a few things that you have on hand and choose a spot: the beach, a local park, or even your own backyard. A bottle of wine, a candle, and a couple of flowers from the garden help to make it a little more romantic. Though, they aren’t necessary. What is key is taking a few minutes to relax and enjoy some downtime with the people around you.
This past Sunday we threw together a last minute picnic and headed down to the beach in the evening. We had some bread and some fruit on hand, a half empty bottle of wine, and some plastic wine glasses. We tossed everything in a bag along with a towel and made our way to the beach. We had expected the beach to be empty and to see the last few sunburned stragglers heading home. To our surprise, it was still packed. It didn’t make for a very romantic setting.
So we decided to change course a little. We scanned the area. The beach was crowded as was the grassy area next to the beach. We wandered a little further and found a perfect little spot on a stone bench overlooking the marina. It turned out to be much quieter and even more romantic than the beach.
We set up shop here, poured two “glasses” of wine and filled a third glass with water for the flowers. We also brought some leftover sandwiches (or more specifically delicious meatball wedges) to munch on along with the bread and the melon.
Later, we leisurely made our way back to the metro. We stopped every once in a while to admire the scenes along the way. We never made it down to the beach, but we did find the perfect spot. We’ll have to save the picnic at the beach for another day.
Barcelona | Ciutadella / Vila Olimpica | Port Olimpic | Frank Gehry’s Peix (Fish)