Years ago when I was living in Rome in 1990, I took a trip to the south of France with some friends. We were stranded in Aix en Provence during a train strike with nary a franc. We pooled our money for some provisions for an unforgettable picnic in the shadow of Mt Ste Victoire.
A short story that I wrote about it appears in this week's Smithsonian.com. Picnic Memories