We spent 10 days in Europe--France and Italy to be exact. As everyone knows, two things are true of Europe. 1) It's expensive. 2) The food is wonderful.
Our answer to these two things is PICNICS! First thing in the morning we'd go to a little market or shops and buy the fixin's. Wonderfully authentic things like cheese, sausage, fresh bread, fresh pesto, local wines or beer. After a busy morning of sightseeing when we were ready for lunch, we'd find a spot (from the edge of the Seine, to a courtyard of an old church) and have a picnic! (Thanks to Rick Steves, we took a few essential picnic supplies with us: small tablecloth, cups, knife/corkscrew/bottle opener, salt and pepper, forks.) It saved a lot of money and really, how can anything beat a perfect picnic?!
Details of the trip are on the Family Blog. But, here is a visual taste of the best, tastiest and most romantic picnics you've ever seen. Please don't drool on your keyboard.