Ok, I always like hearing funny stories from people about how they managed to get home with no money.....mine goes like this....
I had been in France for three months, and had finally decided to go home to my Mam. Got a long sweaty train from Lyon to Paris where I had booked a cheap-ass flight to get me to Dublin. The airport (BEAUVAIS) was about and hour and a half outside Paris and there's one bus that goes with every flight, if you miss that bus, you miss the flight. I had my bus ticket, I was at the bus pick-up point and I thought, 'You know, I haven't been home in three months and I really should get a bottle of wine or something for my Mam.'
So wandered in the general direction of where I thought I would find a nice little Parisien store selling cheap wine and smelly cheese. I did find that place, but it seemed the retailer in question was aware of clientele like myself and demanded something like 300 francs (about €45) for two bottles of wine and some camembert. I gave him my very last centime, safe in the knowledge that I didnt' need any more money to get me home, I was sorted. Of course my sense of direction was a little off that day and I got hopelessly lost, ended up randomly asking Parisiens how to get to my bus-stop and was met with many a shoulder-shrug and a 'Je pas!' Time was running out and I was way late for the feeder bus to the airport.
Finally the last person I asked for help answered me with, 'Sure you've an awful Irish Accent when you speak French!' This kindly Irish gentleman not only gave me 100 francs but showed me to my bus stop and gave me a few lessons in French pronunciation on the way. To this day I thank you, oh unknown man with detailed knowledge of Parisien Streets! I am always awed by random acts of kindness.
Sorry if that was too long!
Anyone else got a story?