Hi Chowhounds - My husband and I plan to spend much of our time in Paris (we're headed there next week - yeah!) exploring food shops and markets tasting all the wonderful bread, charcuterie, cheese, pastries, and veggies/fruits that the city has to offer. I have this image/fantasy/daydream of us spending the morning shopping on rue Montorgueil, rue Poncelet, or rue Cler for provisions and then settling down on a picnic blanket to a long, leisurely lunch on the grass in a park somwhere nearby. BUT, a friend who used to live in Paris (many years ago) recently burst my bubble by telling me that Parisians (unlike Americans) don't really picnic on the grass. Many people will eat simple lunches on benches in the park, but not the grass! Is this true? If so, are there any spots where a discrete blanket and picnic won't be looked at as odd or rude? Thanks for your advice.