ua top on a tablecloth, an island of calm and rest in the midst of an agitated sea of ​​contrary currents – our contemporary urban lives – the picnic gives shape and life to a theater of food and gestures. Open like an arch, it becomes a raft and a stream of sunshine. Farewell to the codes of navigation, far from fashions and standards, it aims, at first, to become the temporary place of freedom and culinary distortions.

Cubes of melted cheese wrapped in tinfoil printed with puzzles, sticks of good spirit, chips with crazy artificial flavors: in the shadow of society, the orange fennel salad, concocted with respect for short circuits and the cycle of the seasons, the time of a stolen afternoon coexists with culinary heresies of dubious, if not criminal, composition.

Glasses break or tip over, a cigarette ends up where it shouldn’t. But nothing is serious, all these probabilities contribute to enhancing the present time.

Without waiting long, the small group will organize the distribution of flavors and will already organize the future collection of waste and used utensils. Cutlery in the Tupperware, leftovers in the salad bowl, please, thank you, help. But, very quickly, inattention helps, the unexpected gets involved. Glasses break or tip over, a cigarette ends up where it shouldn’t. But nothing is serious, all these probabilities contribute to enhancing the present time. Do not call it disorder, rather it is life, the wicker basket of Lunch on the grass, painted by Manet, he let himself be lulled, a guest noticed.

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To serve others, to cut this, to spread that, to pass on, to ask: the picnicker dedicates a not inconsiderable part of his time to retransmit the gestures of the other, as in a chain. Even this Taylor organization does not happen without an encounter with nature. And it is a new gallery of gestures and behaviors that opens up. We lie down, we undress, we exchange codes that no longer make sense to refocus on the community better.

These picnic outings, such as holidays, excursions or spiritual retreats, enrich the range of forms and expressions of our getaways. Going away, dreaming of never leaving again, but always ending up coming back, recharged by those joyful, stealthy and shared moments of drift that we would like to make last forever.

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