Best laid plans and the need for flexibility!

August 3rd, 2011

You know how I said that our starting point was Santander? Well a four-hour traffic jam in Newport scuppered that one and we missed our ferry. So some rapid re-planning took place and after an extra night in Portsmouth we took the next available ferry to Caen.

With nowhere now pre-booked I contacted a good friend of mine who has a house near Cognac. We ended up staying for four nights at my friend’s house and caught up more in France than we have managed to do so in the UK for some time. A great, albeit unexpected, start to our trip.

Lessons learnt so far:-

  • Flexibility and the ability to revise the best laid plans pretty quickly is vital.
  • Something positive always comes out of what seems like a bad situation.
  • Don’t underestimate the ability of others; with a bit of coaching my eldest son handled the call to the ferry company very well to explain the situation and suss out our options.

It was quite hard to leave the comfort of our friends house, particularly as we were all having such a good time and everyone was getting on so well, but we have lots to see and do and a long way to go,mine next stop the Pyrenees.

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