Wednesday, 28 September 2011

A Day in France

We were supposed to meet Mum and Dad, who were on their way home from a six week holiday in Spain.  However, on Sunday we got a phone call to say they wouldn't be meeting us as they had been involved in an accident and had written off both the car and the caravan.  Thankfully they are both okay and the Caravan Club have been great and have arranged a chaffeur driven car to get them home.  I have told them that I think I am going to book them into a 'Home' so that I know where they are, what they are doing and that they are safe.  Also holidays are now confined to a day trip to the seaside!!  I won't tell you what their reply was, but I think I have been disinherited!!!!

Anyway, once we had established that they were okay, we decided not to waste the ferry and have a day in Calais, 'we' being my favourite eldest son and my brother and his wife.  The weather was glorious and the crossing was so smooth.  We had a wander around old Calais and then found a lovely restaurant on the beach to have lunch.

How French is this?  We  headed off to Cite Europe to stock up on some wine, beer and food from Carrefour.  I haven't been there for a couple of years and I was quite shocked by the way prices have risen.  But at least the booze was still cheaper.  We had some time before the ferry home and the sun was still very warm, so we headed back down to the beach for the obligatory frites and mayonnaise.  So much for my diet!

It was a great day out and such a shame that Mum and Dad couldn't join us, but we have saved them the bill for the lunch, so that'll teach 'em!

P.S.  To Mike (mum's brother) - I assure you they are okay and didn't want us to go down and get them or help in any other way.  They will be back Friday.


  1. Dis-inherited yes for about ten minutes !
    It is as well to remember when dealing with senior family members, that what goes around comes around :)

  2. Mel- my boys are very fond of reminding me of that!

  3. So glad your parents are ok.

    Did you get the day off school. You lucky thing!

    Sft x

  4. I'm glad your parents are okay. It is always scary to get that call about an accident. What a nice thought to vacation in Spain. My husband visited Benidorm Spain when he was in the Navy about twenty years ago. He also had ports of call in England and somewhere in Italy.

  5. So sorry to hear about your parent's accident and damage to their vehicles, but also the good news that they are fine. I know what you mean about the role reversal feelings. Sounds like it is pretty easy to travel between the countries in Europe. Is it a bit like going from the States to Canada? - Margy

  6. SFT - Although I am an English teacher, I actually work in a sort of prison/detention centre and we have classes 51 weeks of the year! To be honest, I don't teach that often these days (only on a one to one basis) as I have a management role x
    Diane - I don't think your husband would recognise Benidorm these days as it is very very built up for tourists. But there are still some lovely places to stay in Spain. Where did he come to in the UK - Plymouth perhaps? x
    Margy - It is easy for us to travel around Europe, France is actually only an hour and a half away by Ferry, so easy to get to for the day x