I don’t like unexpected things… this is my face when something unplanned happened. 😉

Just like Julius Caesar said “No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected”.

Thinking what “surprises” have been in my life I have remembered the vacations of 2016… We have planned a wonderful trip to Austria with some friends, Spanish and French. We all had to meet in Feldkirch, a very nice village near the lake Constance.

Four of us decided to rent a big Mercedes from Spain and to go there to join with the rest and later being able to make all the excursions in one vehicle. It was a good idea even if it didn’t work out.

I don’t want to spend too long but the vehicle got broken when we were going eight hours of trip and then ditched us near Nîmes (France) during FOUR days. 😦

The first photography I took in that holidays…

We spent ten hours in the workshop of the service of assistance in highway.

We had to find a hotel by ourself in Nîmes, although we had paid for full insurance and should have been Europcar who find accommodation for us.

That’s me the first day in Nîmes then I still thought that it was going to be a small stop in the way…

The rent company Europcar took four days in giving us a solution and finally we had to take two cars instead of the big Mercedes we had rent. We lost some hotels we had paid, our French friends waiting us in Austria and, the worst… we had tickets to see Turandot in the wonderful floating stage in Bregenz and we couldn’t arrive in time….

Escenario de Turandot

I’m still crying… 😦

Certainly when we return to home, we put it in attorneys’ hands and after one year, Europcar returned the money we had paid for the vehicle to us and compensated the expenses extra that we had had, but all this was not sufficient for this “Unexpected Days”, was not only money what we lost.

Posted as part of Lens-Artists: Unexpected

14 thoughts on “Unexpected

  1. Well…not what I would have wanted for unexpected…When you have a wonderful goal ahead and tickets bought, this is a frustrating story. Glad you finally got your money back, even if it cannot cover what you really lost. Have you ever returned for another performance in Bregenz?

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  2. Oh dear, what a terrible experience you had. We had an issue with our car in Italy – not what was promised, too small and much more expensive than agreed to but fortunately we didn’t miss any of our trip and the money was later refunded. But you got some beautiful images at least!

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    1. Despite the situation, we manage to recover and to spend a marvellous days. The companions was wonderful and it helped.

      Thanks Tina 🙂


    1. I took many photos those days, we had to document well the situation to convey to our lawyers… hahaha

      Thanks Amy 🙂


  3. Thanks for your post, Ana: that’s the kind of surprise nobody wants. Not happy with the way the rental car company took a long time in compensating you with the money, and seemed in no hurry to provide a timely solution when the car broke down and didn’t compensate for the time lost. As for the “other” side of Lake Constance, I’d love to visit Lindau and Bregenz.

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