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Flaky farm, change of destination

Posted: July 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: France, Unexpected Adventure | 6 Comments »

Halbe and I were in a rented car on Saturday, finishing a three-day road trip through the Loir Valley. The plan was to drive to Caen, spend the night, return the car, then on Sunday be picked up to begin a three week stay in a beautiful cider farm in Normandy.

We’re a few hours outside Caen when we receive a mysterious text message from our host at the cider farm, something about “sorry it didn’t work out” and could he help find “someplace more hospitable.” We get our host on the phone, who tells us there was a “miscommunication” and that he did not believe we were actually confirmed. In addition, his father had recently passed away and this was not a good time to come. The whole thing didn’t sit quite right with us, as we had confirmed our stay with him via email a month or so previous. But, what can you do? The man said no.

The cost of a hotel/hostel in France for three weeks would cripple us financially. We took him up on his offer to help find another place. More calls are exchanged, us drawing closer to Caen by the moment. The now non-host connects us to his neighbor who needed help with their curtains. As in, making and hanging curtains, possibly for three weeks. We weren’t sure.

And then we received a call from a cheerful woman named Dorothea. She had been expecting a helper for her B&B but fell through, and was “keen” to find a replacement. It’s a little further down the road, she said, but she could pick us up. She said the main house was full, but we could stay in the farmhouse, and she could take us all three weeks. She gave us her web site to check once we arrived in Caen. We said we’d let her know.

We get to Caen, get a hotel, and load up her site. Here’s the place:

Wow. Alright, looks great. But what about that farmhouse?

We were sold. We called her back and set up a time to meet later today (Sunday). So, goodbye cider farm, hello magical island in Normandy.  We really hope it works out.

And to everyone in the States, happy Fourth of July!

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6 Comments on “Flaky farm, change of destination”

  1. 1 Alex said at 10:24 am on July 4th, 2010:

    I love that a world exists in which that lovely manor is a farmhouse.

    Is that a little island in a lake, or on the coast?

    Glad to hear it worked out, Happy 4th to you too!

  2. 2 Jeanne said at 12:03 am on July 5th, 2010:

    You gotta be kidding me! I think this is where the movie begins.

  3. 3 DonnaAnn said at 6:55 am on July 5th, 2010:

    I dunno, I would definitely ask for some cash to be thrown your way for being forced to stay in such cramped accommodations. I mean seriously, does she expect you and Halbe to be comfortable jammed in that inky dinky little house?

    PS Please take pictures of the lovely young Normandy girls in their famous white head dresses. Hoorah for you!!!!

  4. 4 Jennifer said at 8:41 am on July 5th, 2010:

    OMG! Living proof that when one door closes, another is opened. Dang! Please post some inside photos. All the best.

  5. 5 Sarah said at 7:20 pm on July 5th, 2010:

    go fate. have fun and take loads of pictures!

  6. 6 Cathy said at 9:52 pm on July 6th, 2010:

    Dying to hear if the reality lives up to those photos – welcome to the Princess Diaries.

    Love following your trip – meanwhile, we have four interns here weeding and working the lavender 🙂

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