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Welcome to my picnic

I am Elena - traveler, nature & vintage lover, mother of three dragons, charmed by French food & lifestyle. Following my inner voice, I decided to get out of the ordinary and I left my successful business in Ireland. Sometimes we have to embrace big challenges in order to evolve. In my case, this mindset dropped me to live andante on Côte d’Azur. I felt it like a blessing and in order to give back, I decided to get fully immersed into a new life & share with you my love for vintage, food & wine in a classic French Citroën 2CV.
Experience does for the soul what education does for the brain!

WHAT WE'LL DO

This experience will give you the chance to escape the modern world and fall into a vintage french atmosphere.
Enjoy a vintage picnic beside my authentic Citroën 2CV, France's most beloved car and feel like a French star. You will have the opportunity to taste a large variety of local french food and wine, also you will have the great advantage to take plenty pictures alongside my elegant car. Soak up the sun, meet the shadows, sit under olive trees and feel like a native french by playing the most loved provençal outdoor game: Pétanque! Pétanque is a french outdoor sport played in teams, highly appreciated by people looking for non-physical exercise but very captivating and fun for everyone. It can be played at any age and on any surface.

It can be at:

- Fort of Mont-Alban, situated on the hill of Mont Boron that has been a major defensive point of Nice since 1560. Be prepared to get amazed by the beauty of this special location that not many tourists know about and get ready to visit the fort of mont-Alban with magnificent panoramic view of Villefranche-sur-mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to the left and Nice to the right.

- Grand Corniche, on top of one of the finest scenic routes in France. With its picturesque small towns and a dream-like coastline, Grande Corniche rates among the most spectacular roads of Southern Europe. You will even see ancient monuments alongside the route.

- Coco Beach (beside port Lympia) isn't really a beach at all - more of a collection of rocks with stone steps and iron ladders down into the water for swimming - but that's part of its charm. Just a very pretty little spot to swim and enjoy the view of Nice harbour picnicking on a stunning dry and flat bit of rock.

There will be relaxed minds, joyful hearts and full tummies

OUR BEVERAGES

* Homemade fresh lemonade, water, coffee, finest tea
* Rose wine from Provence
* Comte Delavie Champagne, toast for the planet

Adventure & Freedom

More than just a car! A way of life

HERE ARE SOME FACTS ABOUT THE CITROEN 2CV

This car is the most beloved french car and I am so lucky to own one.

Citroen 2CV or ‘Deux Chevaux’ (short for deux chevaux-vapeur translated as ‘two steam horses’) were produced from 1948 to 1990.
Was hidden from the Nazis.In fact it was believed that only two original prototypes survived and were found again until three more were discovered in a barn in 1994.
They wanted to create a simple and affordable car that small farmers could use instead of the horse and cart still widely used.
The design brief for the car stated that it should be a low-price rugged ‘umbrella on four wheels’ that would allow farmers to transport 50kg of produce to market at speeds of upto 50kph across muddy unpaved roads. It would have to sip fuel at a rate of just 3L/100km. More famously it should be able to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field without breaking them!
Most cars at this time had three-speed gearboxes....
It was originally to have lightweight aluminium body work, but after the War aluminium prices skyrocketed and Citroen resorted back to thin steel
Motoring media hated it, then loved it
Slow production capacity meant that within months there was a three-year waiting list going up to five years eventually
James Bond drove one
Very clever suspension setup better than today’s cars
The engine was inspired by a BMW motorcycle , speed the first cars was slow, getting to 40kph in 42.4 seconds and only managing 64kph. Top speeds were up to 84kph in 1962, 100kph in 1970 and finally 115kph in 1981.

WHAT IS GOOD TO KNOW

The word “picnic” started showing up mid-18th century, drawing its origins from the French pique-nique-a social gathering where people would bring their own food and wine.
Take a moment for yourself or to enjoy with the people you love.

WHAT TO BRING

* Bring your camera or your phone, dress up comfortably but most importantly do not forget to bring your curiosity and shine.
* Bring any vintage item such as vintage goggles, gloves or sunglasses. Be creative and bring your second outfit to be prepared for an extra session of photography.
* Sun cream and hats.
* Feel free to bring your favorite pet.

Testimonials

I had a truly magical experience with Elena. Not only was it amazing riding around in Madame, her Citroën 2CV and seeing beautiful views of the French Riviera, but the picnic was absolutely spectacular. No one else booked for the day so it was just Elena and I, and it was really cool learning about Elena’s life and exchanging stories. I also learned many things about traditional French picnic culture and I’m excited to take some of that knowledge with me back home. Elena’s attention to detail was amazing and everything was so well thought out and executed. On top of that, she is truly amazing at taking photos and got some really great ones of me throughout the day! This really was the highlight of my trip and if you are in the area I highly recommend it!

Joh DoeTeacher

We loved riding around Nice in this stunning car! It was a gorgeous day and the views along our ride were stunning. Elena made several stops and also took photos of my husband and I along the way. The picnic was delicious and GORGEOUS! These are memories we’ll have for a lifetime!

Joe DavidDeveloper

Elena was seriously so amazing! This picnic was our favorite part of the Nice trip. She went above and beyond to create the best experience possible for us. There is nothing quite like picnicking and learning about the French culture with great food and even better company. If I could give this experience a 10 star review, I would.

Anna BlackManager

The experience was booked as a surprise anniversary gift for my husband. The afternoon was fabulous, being a passenger In madam was awesome, the drive up to the picnic spot idilic, and the food scrumptious. We were fully immersed in the french culture of eating. Elena was knowledgable on the foods and area I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something new.

John Snowphotographer

Thé roadside picnic was delicious and the views were wonderful. A couple of games of pétanque added to the feeling of French culture.

Liza CudrowManager

Elena’s experience was beyond amazing! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. She took us to the most spectacular and special place. I have never had such an incredible experience. And she is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. You won’t regret booking her experience! I celebrated my birthday during my experience and it was a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Elena, for the wonderful memories!

Sarah Jeffersondesigner

Siamo molto grati ad Elena per il suo immenso impegno che tutto sia speciale. Ho il piacere di consigliarVi questa esperienza!

It was a very important and interesting impression in this format. Elena met us in a convenient location on her beautiful vintage car with an open top. She shared much interesting and historical knowledge. On the way to the main place for a picnic, we stayed in beautiful places with a nice view of Nice. For a picnic, we drove to the point from which a wonderful view opens. Elena delightfully prepared for a picnic. We had a lot of delicious food, drinks, special French tricks, which we learned and shared. Communication was interesting, filled and fun. I was especially lucky because Elena and I had some free time after a picnic and we talked a little, it was warm and interesting, and I learned a lot of new things. Elena is a very interesting person, so her picnic was filled with care, interest, details, and beauty. You should try this experience) highly recommended 🙂 Thank you ))

Our vintage picnic with Elena was fabulous. My mom and I wanted a special tour of Nice, and since I am both a lover of French and all things vintage, I had to book this tour. Elena is wonderfully communicative and accommodating: I told her I was a student of French, and she kindly invited one of her French speaking friends to accompany us so I could practice. Elena and her friend picked us up in Old Nice in Madame (her car), and it was quite the experience just driving! We made several stops along our way up the hill to appreciate the views of Nice from above, until we finally made it to an old fort where we had the picnic. With a stunning view, we had an authentic French picnic and learned all about the local traditions like tapenade, pate, des fromages, all while enjoying some Rose de Provence and des baguettes! Elena shared with us her life and journey and made us feel right at home. If you’re looking for an experience you won’t forget and a unique guide who cares about the tour and customers, this one’s for you!

This is a must-have experience for all who are obsessed with vintage and France culture! It was the most inspiring experience in France we had! Thank you Elena for such a wonderful day! There was everything — vintage car, spectacular view, delicious food and French atmosphere in every detail! I’ll bring to the United States a lot of authentic French traditions. The most important thing I’ve learned that day is never try to buy a croissant after afternoon!;)