A day of Mishaps

I think Steinbeck said it like this, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  After this day of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I totally agree!  I thought I had organized a good travel plan for leaving Barcelona and arriving in the remote village of Carcassonne, France, but instead, I ended up with a day of misfortune.

My first mistake was not making an advanced reservation on the train from Barcelona to Narbonne, France.  Now, this was not because of poor planning, for I had visited the train station the day before my travel to get information and a schedule.  However, to book the ticket for the next day, I would have had to wait in a que for two hours or more.  The “same day of travel que” was only a few minutes.  I reasoned that it made no sense to waste two hours now, when in the morning, I could get the same ticket in ten minutes.

As it turned out, there were no seats available on the first leg of my journey, so I had to wait three hours in the Barcelona train station in order to catch the next train to France.

I hung around in the McDonald’s, located in Barcelona’s train station, for three hours.  HA! I even bought a Coke Light and french fries, just so I could take advantage of the free WiFi!

Finally, at 1:00 p.m., I boarded my train and was on my way to France.  We had to change trains at the Spain/France border, which was a major upgrade from the slow “Spain Train” to a sleek and fast TGV Train.

I arrived in Narbonne, France at 5:00 p.m.  I had had enough foresight to prebook a rental car at the Narbonne station, but upon arrival, the rental car office had closed early this Saturday afternoon!  Ughhh! I found the Hertz rental office was still open and was able to secure the only car remaining, a tin-can Ford Fiesta.  No worries, so I headed off on the superhighway toward Carcassonne.

About forty-five minutes later, I was safely tucked into my hotel in Carcassonne.  Nestled between the hill and vineyard, I was ready to do some exploring.

About the Author
David McGuffin established David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc. in 2001 to formally offer European tours. Since then, he has taken several thousand satisfied customers on memorable and educational tours to Europe.
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