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Gullible’s travels PDF
Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00
 

Just driven a white van filled with belongings four thousand kilometres from Cheshire to Montejaque via Germany!  Mug, or what?  Gullible?  Maybe, but it was certainly exciting! 

  

From struggling down the M6/M5 in heavy traffic, to the early morning dash from Bristol to Dover to catch the ferry, to heavy loss of oil through France and Belgium, to the traffic chaos around Brussels and our late arrival at our first port of call in Jülich, Germany, to the breakdown 25km from our subsequent destination in Talheim, southern Germany, to the three-hour wait for a tow,  to the 2,500 euro bill for fixing my five-year-old Vauxhall Vivaro, to the two separate mad French drivers who tried to “assassinate” us at high speed with ridiculous overtaking manoeuvres, to no hotel rooms free in Montélimar, France, to just missing getting drowned in the flash floods in the South of France, to a big row with the hausfrau over something I can’t quite remember now in Cambrils, Costa Dorada, to the final 10 hour push back to Montejaque, there was certainly never a dull moment!

On the positive side, we enjoyed the company of my 92-year-old mum and my brother and his wife for an overnight stay on the edge of the Cotswolds, a calm Channel crossing on a bright sunny day, the relative peace and quiet of the motorways on the continent, a super overnight stay with the family of the younger sister of the hausfrau, a really enjoyable four-night stay with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren near the Black Forest, celebrating the hausfrau’s birthday with her family, bumping into folk from Montejaque at the Faustfest in Knittlingen (see also: What a coincidence!), a fabulous meal in a French auberge in Montélimar (we found a hotel in the end, by the way), a quick visit to the impressive French medieval fortress town of Carcassonne, a detour along the stunning coastline from the Pyrenees border to Cadaqués, tasty fish at a Basque-run restaurant in Cambrils, singing along to Simon and Garfunkel, Londonbeat, Simply Red et al on the cassette player in the van (must get a CD player fitted...), eventually arriving back via a quick shop at Aldi in Ronda (van won’t fit in Mercadona car park!) for a relaxing meal back in our little old house up the mountain.

Gullible’s travels?  Not at all.  A thoroughly enjoyable nine-day break.

© Paul Whitelock

 


 

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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