This is the kind of image I like to keep in my memory-bank.....sitting in a flower-filled restaurant in Aix en Provence, and just about to eat a delicious goat's cheese salad.
And this was the scene which greeted me on the morning of my (delayed!) departure.
The French on strike (a national strike) because they were objecting to plans to raise the retirement age because of the national debt.
Someone carried a placard declaring their protest to be "Like the Greeks".
In an ideal world, I can see the attractions of early retirement for some people. Just as I can see the attractions of world peace, the eradication of poverty and the banning of junk food. The list could go on and on.
The trouble is that it's not.....
An ideal world, that is.
Do you have sympathy with the strikers?