Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Home already ...


Today I was home from work before 11 a.m. Not because I took the afternoon off, or because I felt poorly ...

When I arrived this morning at 6:50 a.m. there was a long queue of at least thirty cars waiting to be let into the underground parking garage. This has happened in the past because it officially opens at 6:45 a.m. and people tend to come in early to have a good spot, especially as there aren’t enough places to accommodate the complete office population. Parking in the streets around the building has become a problem since - two years ago - the local council instituted a ‘blue’ parking zone in the area. Changing your parking disc every two hours is a tricky and dangerous option. You can’t rush out every two hours to change your ‘time of arrival’. Moreover, the police often uses a primitive, yet efficient trick, to check whether your car has moved since the last time of control.

Using an ordinary piece of chalk, they draw a line on one of the tyres, and on the asphalt. If after two hours you haven’t taken the trouble of moving your car, they will see that the lines on the tyre and on the asphalt still match and that the car has been sitting there for longer than the authorized parking time.

But back to our ‘crisis situation’. When by ten past seven the gates were still closed, people in the queue, which by then was beginning to cause traffic problems on the nearby boulevard, were beginning to get nervous. I guess most of them were longing for their morning coffee … a daily routine most can’t do without. Everybody kept the motor running though, as it was freezing cold outside and the temperature in the car quickly became uncomfortable when you turned the engine off.

Finally, a sturdy man came walking down the line of cars, stopping and chatting to each driver. When he arrived at my car, I lowered the window to listen to what he had to say …

Being short of ‘exciting’ topics to write about lately, and because I know you like cliff-hangers … I’ll be back later with the rest of the story! Care to take a guess?


P.S. No photo today, because I didn’t have my camera on me and it was too dark anyway to take a decent shot showing the line of cars waiting to be let in.

12 comments:

Craig said...

I'm guessing a power cut. Or it could be a diamond heist of course...

Susan said...

Flood?

Niall & Antoinette said...

Lost keys? Anyway enjoy your day at home :-)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Probably one of the ones guessed but I cannot come up with anything better. Maybe a bomb scare :-)

GaynorB said...

No idea! I'll be patient and wait to learn about the reasons.

quilterliz said...

G'day. They use the chalk trick here in Australia also. At least in my part of it they do. Hope you enjoyed your day at home. Take care. Liz...

Autolycus said...

The roof's fallen in?

The night watchman's guard dog had a fit of over-enthusiasm, ran away with the keys and no-one knows where it's buried them?

Someone's parked a gigantic lorry in front of the entrance and no-one can find the driver?

The person with the keys went out the night before, met the love of their life and has eloped to South America, forgetting they had the keys on them?

I'm all agog.....

VirginiaC said...

Oh Martine, these cliffhangers are more than I can bear....is it either the water supply was off, or the electrical supply was off due to some construction nearby?

The Beaver said...

They found the Black Audi involved in the diamond heist parked inside the garage

Bob said...

the ticket meter in not operating or the police are investigating some type of incident in the garage.

Louise said...

I remember my French friend being astonished when he saw my car being chalked here in Australia!! As for the garage problem...I am guessing an electricity problem...

ladybird said...

Craig, Often the most obvious answer is the right one ;) Ahhh, you've heard about the diamonds!!

Susan, A possibility considering the rain and snow we've been having.

N&A, Good one! LOL. And it was a fun day at home ...

Diane, Never crossed my mind, but plausible guess indeed.

Gaynor, They say patience is a virtue. Wish I had more of it.

Hi Liz, Welcome and thank you for posting a comment. I didn't know the chalk trick was an international thing. Must be in the 'Interpol' manual.

Patrick, Wow, you should be Barnaby's assistant!

Virginia, No construction work in the area. But ...

TB, You really are a keen follower of the international news. But no, no diamonds were found ...

Bob, No, but the fire fighters were on the premises when I arrived.

Louise, Next time when I'm in France, I'll check whether they use the chalk trick too. But you'll be there well before me, won't you?