The children woke at 7:30 which would normally be fine but this place is in the middle of nowhere.
The previous night I had looked across the fields and trees for a sign of civilisation. I spotted two lights in the distance, close to the horizon. In such peace and tranquility children can sound like a group of hyenas, and ours do, especially Ethan. Dave tried gently to ask Ethan to use his quiet voice whereas I veer towards the "Shhhh!". Neither has any impact for more than five seconds.
So at 7:30am I'm very conscious that the only noises I can hear come from my overly loud children.
We readied ourselves for a trip to the bakery van and, on the walk through the village, I prepare Ethan and Hannah to ask for "deux baguette et quatre pain au chocolat" and to say good morning with "Bonjour Madame." and to say thankyou with either a "Merci Madame" or a "Merci beaucoup".
She had no pain au chocolat. We hadn't arrived in time. We'd failed. Brunch or "coffee time" as it's known in our house, was doomed. The only thing that could save us was a trip to the shops.
The lady at reception, when asked, had explained that the best supermarket to head for was in Bergerac. Being independent British people armed with technology we knew better. Had I not specifically downloaded all Carrefour locations into my TomTom? It was obvious to one and all that we were equipped for this challenge.
I asked the in-car SatNav where the nearest Shopping Centre was. I asked the TomTom where the nearest Carrefour was. They agreed. Off we went.
Except we didn't go anywhere near Bergerac. In fact we went in the opposite direction. For 46 kilometres. Is anywhere in France further than 46 kilometres from the nearest Carrefour? Really?
Once committed we couldn't admit that the lady, who lived locally and knew the area well, knew better than our technology, so we forged on knowing secretly that we were making a mistake.
Eventually we arrived, we shopped, we bought pain au chocolat and we ate pain au chocolat. We have an inkling there may be a better way. We might freestyle it next time and follow the signs saying Bergerac.