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Trip cut short – A sad ending.

The courtyard of the castle.

Sadly out trip has been cut short. For the last few weeks we have been in contact with Jenny’s family when her mother became ill. It was decided on the Sunday that Jenny and Lori should return to Australia as the situation rapidly declined. We were up at 3.00am calling the travel agent to arrange tickets home. The earliest flights available were on Wednesday thanks to the efforts of Chris and his fellow workers at the Burnside Flight Centre.

Part of the old walls. I waited forever to try and get a photo without a car in it, but they just kept coming.

Part of the old walls. I waited forever to try and get a photo without a car in it, but they just kept coming.

This used to be a hardware type shop. Look at the giant key on the wall.

This used to be a hardware type shop. Look at the giant key on the wall.

The Scottish influence was everywhere. This was on a butcher shop.

The Scottish influence was everywhere. This was on a butcher shop.

The roundabout as we drove in has a metalwork piper player. Everywhere you look there is a sottish theme.

The roundabout as we drove in has a metalwork piper player. Everywhere you look there is a sottish theme.

A real phone box and it even works.

A real phone box and it even works.

This door is interesting because of the surrounds and also the tapered step.

This door is interesting because of the surrounds and also the tapered step.

View down a small street to the castle.

View down a small street to the castle.

Interesting tower on a building in the main street.

Interesting tower on a building in the main street.

The castle looking from the front.

The castle looking from the front.

The courtyard of the castle.

The courtyard of the castle.

Walking through the back streets of Aubigny-sur-Nere. Jenny and Lori.

Walking through the back streets of Aubigny-sur-Nere. Jenny and Lori.

Poster on the walls of the tourist information office.

Poster on the walls of the tourist information office.

We spent the next two days travelling to Paris where they were to leave from. It was a pleasant drive and we stopped at the town of Aubigny-sur-Nere where we explored the town centre and the castle before spending the night in the aire. On the next day we drove towards Paris stopping at the Town of Fontainebleau where we walked around the chateau and the town centre. Overnight we stopped at a campsite close to Paris about 30 kilometres from the Airport.

The courtyard taken from the private lake.

The courtyard taken from the private lake.

Impressive gate.

Impressive gate.

The statue looks overwhelmed. Was it something we said??

The statue looks overwhelmed. Was it something we said??

That evening a phone call came with the dreaded news that Jenny’s mother had passed away in her sleep. It was not the ending to our trip that we expected and it was a very sad evening before Jenny and her sister Lori returned. I have just received a message that they have arrived safely and are now with their family.

An old style motorhome. We saw it in the aire at Aubigny-sur-Nere.

An old style motorhome. We saw it in the aire at Aubigny-sur-Nere.

After dropping them off at the airport I drove back to Holland taking me a day and a half, stopping at an aire overnight at the half way point. It was a strange experience driving without someone beside me in the passenger seat. I will be getting the motorhome unpacked and ready for winter storage then returning back to Australia when I can confirm a return flight. The photos shown in this blog were taken before we heard the bad news and we still hoped for the best.

I don’t want to leave the blog on a sad note and will write a further blog with the highlights of our trip. We did have an amazing time and visited places that few people have travelled to, meeting some great people and seeing sights that we will never forget.

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Mark and Mireille says:

    We are so sorry to hear your sad news. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Safe trip home.

  2. Very sorry to hear the sad news about Jenny’s mother – I hope she is ok. Thinking of you all. Camo and I have really enjoyed reading your blog and seeing all the pictures. We hope you both get home safely. All the best x

  3. kclune2 says:

    So sorry to hear such news. Ver best regards to J and L and their family. X

  4. Chris Poole says:

    Hello, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog, very interesting, inspiring and well written. We’ve just sold our caravan and are looking for a motorhome to travel around Europe , if we visit a fraction of the places you’ve been to we’ll be doing well !
    Very sad your travels were cut short, please accept our condolences.

    All the best,
    Chris and Jane

  5. Catherine Tranmer says:

    Really enjoyed your trip especially the stuff about eastern countries. Gave us a lot to think about!
    Catherine

  6. Colin says:

    Have enjoyed following your travels,sorry to hear about the reason for having to cut your trip short,Colin

  7. very nice post , really superb . Thanks for your sharing .

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