We had intended leaving beautiful Provence on the Saturday but as Richard and Francoise were heading back to Paris the following day we decided to wait and leave with them. This meant we could drop them off at the TGV station in Avignon before heading back home.
Unfortunately the car had other ideas...after loading up the car which by now had a full tank of petrol,all our wine purchases,an extra couple of passengers and their luggage - we headed off. We only got as far as their front gate. The car's underbelly was now just low enough to catch the middle of the exhaust on the gate stop and do a fair bit of damage.
This meant a quick change of plan and car then a round trip to Avignon. We also now had to try and get it repaired so as we could return home. Francoise's dad was kind enough to get the local garage on the job and we got the car back with a patched up exhaust by the Tuesday - there are worse places to be stuck but it was good to know we would be able to return. We planned our return trip for Wednesday.