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the time we got kicked out of a french b&b
Our trip to France began with us getting kicked out of a B&B in Provence — before we even left the States.
We were so excited about our Viking River Cruise through the South of France and we spent a lot of time figuring out where to go first. You see, we always like to extend our trips so we immediately signed up for the post-cruise tour to Paris (Michael’s favorite city in the world) but decided not to do the pre-tour to the French Riviera because we had been there years ago and wanted to visit someplace new.
We thought about staying in Marseille — where we would be picked up for our cruise — but the consensus in my Facebook travel groups was that, although there were some great museums and restaurants, it was more of a port city and we should check out Aix-en-Provence.
Everything we read about it sounded fantastic and it was only a 20 minute cab ride from the Marseille Airport, so we started researching hotels. We had visions in our head of an intimate little B&B in Provence like La Gracette, which we discovered on TripAdvisor.
I had a lovely correspondence with the wife and we paid the deposit through PayPal. I had explained that we weren’t going to have a car so we would need to figure out how to get taxis into town.
Then I received this email from the husband:
My jaw dropped.
“Oh my God, Michael,” I screamed, adding a few choice words for which you’d have to pardon my French. “You’re not going to believe this.”
He took a look and his jaw dropped, too.
“We got kicked out before we even got there?” he asked, incredulous.
“Yes, and it’s because of my blog!” I was pissed. And confused. What had he possibly seen on my sweet, positive blog that would make him refund our money without even discussing it first?
I wrote back and asked him but I never received a response.
Ultimately, of course, it was the best thing that could have happened because we ended up staying in what turned out to be one of our favorite places ever.
And we find it kind of hilarious that we got kicked out of a French B&B without even leaving home.
So I thought I’d use this experience as a kind of research tool. What do you think he saw on my blog that made him think we would not be happy in his B&B?
P.S. That gorgeous photo above is absolutely not from that B&B.