Wine allowed at picnics in Paris?

Feb 16th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Wine allowed at picnics in Paris?

I'm assuming that the libertine French wouldn't have any silly bans on outdoor consumption of alcohol, especially if it's a good vin rouge. But I just want to make sure.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:20 AM
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Mandatory
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:25 AM
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This question has been asked before and the overwhelming response was "YES!" take your wine on a picnic.

What we were prevented from doing was having our bottle of wine on the table whilst having a glass of wine on the sidewalk outside our hotel.
We could drink the wine out of glasses but not pour it in view of the passing public.
They very kindly kept our bottle on the bar counter inside so we could top up from time to time.
Out in a grassed picnic area seems fine.
Maybe someone else can add more?
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Feb 16th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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We had wine on our Parisian picnic without any problems. Don't forget a corkscrew and cups/glasses!

ITA with the "mandatory" comment, LOL.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 08:51 AM
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Thanks, all! Can't wait...
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Feb 16th, 2007, 11:19 AM
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What a silly question! Must be an American...
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Feb 16th, 2007, 11:24 AM
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In the Western World, it is only in the Land of the Brave and Home of the Free that the God given right to have a glass of wine, or a cold beer, outside on a sunny day is not respected.

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Feb 16th, 2007, 11:43 AM
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Actually, I've been advised on another forum that there are laws against public drinking, but a blind eye is turned if you are discreet and not acting out like a drunkard.

We have many times enjoyed our wine in our favorite parks, even as the police stroll buy and look over at us..they just keep on walkin'...

I always pack my 'wine kit' (priority over cosmetics!) of corkscrew, pump & stoppers, 2 unbreakable wine glasses, small flask (souvenir) and a little cheese spreader.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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except if you live in New Orleans. You can take your drink out of a bar and down the street. At least it was that way pre-Katrina.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 12:46 PM
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Louisiana is the only state where you can get a drive-thru cocktail -- not a bottle of booze, but a mixed drink, with ice and a straw. Yes, drinking it while still driving the car is illegal, but obviously completely unenforced.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 12:49 PM
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Ahh, at least there's one wild place left. I remember stumbling around the Freench Qtr more than once. I like the outdoor bar, walk up order a cocktail and just walk away with it in hand.
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Feb 16th, 2007, 01:15 PM
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You can walk around with a beer or drink in Vegas too, can't you?
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Feb 16th, 2007, 02:13 PM
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Louisiana is the most civilised state in the Union. As I recall a bar is obliged to give you a "go glass" should you wish to finish your drink elsewhere.


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Feb 17th, 2007, 05:00 AM
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The french are very serious about their grass. So if you see keep off signs they really mean it and may kill to protect the lawn.
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Feb 17th, 2007, 05:27 AM
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Yes, you can also walk the strip in Vegas whilst enjoying your favorite festive beverage. In fact, they have stands all along the strip where they sell giant Margaritas and other frozen drinks (as well as beer, of course) to passersby. Still, one of my favorite experiences is strolling the French Quarter on a bright, cool day with a Hurricane in one hand and a cigar in the other, stopping to enjoy the street musicians, then grabbing a Muffaleta from the Central Grocery on Decatur St. and sitting on the riverbank watching the boats and the people. It's the best! Of course, we haven't been to Paris yet...we're going in April and looking forward to it!
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