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Unusual vacation happenings

Posted Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 4:01 PM

What is the most unusual thing that ever happened to you while on vacation?

I guess my most unusual was on a vacation with my wonderful wife in Paris.

All had gone extremely well until we arrived at Orly Airport for our return flight to New York. We arrived with time to spare...and immediately noticed our flight had been cancelled.

American Airlines offered other options such as a flight into Canada, free overnight accomodations and a return flight the next day. We only lost an hour or two and were put on a return flight at Raleigh, N.C., and were given a magnificent meal for our inconvenience.

We had noticed signs all over Orly not to leave baggage unattended. There had been a bad terrorist attack there maybe a couple of years earlier.

Suddenly there was a loud explosion with everything shaking and windows rattling. It turned out some unattended luggage had been blown up as a safety precaution. Clothes were scattered all over the place.

It was a scary moment but only served as another memory of a wonderful week in Paris.

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Considering that Jeremy also proposed to me on that trip, I'd say it turned out fine. :)

-- Posted by cfrich on Sun, Apr 27, 2008, at 12:42 AM

Wow! Happy it all turned out well for you fine lady.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 10:39 PM

When my husband and I were first dating he had received a Fulbright to go to Gabon (in central west Africa) for a year. We decided that I should come out at the halfway point for a visit. I was pretty excited, mostly because I had never flown anywhere before.

I was supposed to arrive in Gabon on Christmas Eve, but Just as my plane was preparing to land in the Ivory Coast, for my layover, the pilot came on the speakers and said "There's been a coup in the Ovory Coast. There are reports that the military is shooting down planes at the airport. We are trying to find a safe country to land in." I wanted to panic, but since no one else on my plane seemed fazed, I just went along with it.

We landed in Senegal. Long story, made very short - The good parts are that Senegal is an amazingly beautiful country and my hotel room was about 5 feet from pristine beaches. The bad part was that I did not get to Gabon to see Jeremy for at least another week - there were no flights leaving at all to go anywhere during that time.

It was kind of scary at the time because I was alone, but thankfully I spoke French, so I could understand what everyone was saying. And now, almost ten years later, we joke about it because it's a great story.

-- Posted by cfrich on Sat, Apr 26, 2008, at 3:24 PM

I should have mentioned a couple of things about our Paris vacation. We got a surprisingly good deal at minimal cost in a program American Airlines had just opened.

One of the many perks included was a trip all about Paris, a great dinner and the night was topped off by a late show at the Moulin Rouge.

We stopped by to pick up a couple at the famous, and extremely expensive, Ritz Hotel. He was head of the Japanese Red Cross.

But getting back to the point, the Ritz is the hotel Princess Diana left shortly before her death in the car crash in the tunnel. Our trip was prior to that tragic accident. We've traveled through that tunnel two or three times.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 10:33 PM

OH ....I forgot to also tell you on the day we were leaving that camp ground to head to the Outer Banks to another campground ...We had everything packed up and were on our way...My son rode in the front and I rode on the second seat with our wonderful little dogs and the van door slides shut...I was going to shut it after i got in and got straight ..BUT my son thought I was all staright and he said i will shut the door and before I could open my mouth he SHUT the door on my finger.. Shut it all the way and there was part of my finger sticking out on the outside...It mashed it flat....He was so scared he broke it and he opened the door real fast and my husband came running around there and I took off running around and around the van cring and holding my hand...So I was running around the van and my husband and son were running behind me tring to catch me to see how bad it was and the dogs were in the van barking their heads off...Finally I sat down on the ground and we were all out of breath...It swelled up and bruised very bad but was not broke....At least I did not have to wash anymore camp side dishes the rest of our vacation....

-- Posted by rebelrose on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 1:07 PM

Well I do not know how unusual this is but my son seems to think it is funny and just last nite when we were at the Bell Buckle Cafe eating and listening to a friend play and sing my son was talking about this..We go camping on our vacation and it is always on the coast of North Carolina cause it is were 90% of our family is at. Anyway we got to the campground around 2am. My son and husband was putting up the tent by Flashlight and I stayed in the van with our 2 little dogs..I laid back on the 3rd seat of the van and one dog was lying on my side and the other across my head..Well they forgot about me and about 4:30 in the morning I woke up very hot and a hurting neck and back..I went to get out and I could not cause they had locked the doors and they had the keys...I had the back window open and if you know anything about vans the back window only opens a smal crack...I stayed there until the sun came up and I started yelling out that little crack for my son..about 10 minutes later I see his head stick out of the tent door and I want say what I yelled out that little crack...But he was up and running to get me and the dog's out..I was a very un-happy camper at that time...I still wonder how they forgot me and left me locked in the van...

-- Posted by rebelrose on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 12:51 PM

While in New York City many years ago, I left my purse in a taxi. It had all the travelers checks in it and it was a Holiday, so the banks weren't open. We had made a last minute trip to the top of the World Trade Center before going to the airport to come home. When we arrived in Nashville, my parents were waiting for us with a number to call in New York. A lady that had gotten into the cab after us had found my purse and called the "in case of emergency" number. She mailed the purse back to me with all money and everything in it. I had told her to keep the cash, but she didn't. Needless to say, I was very lucky a Christian and honest woman go into the cab ater us.

-- Posted by mindyg on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 11:33 AM

I had something happen on the first day of my honeymoon, but it wasn't really unusual. It was just scary and had really bad timing! My new husband and I were driving down the interstate in our SUV. We were running about 70 mph. Ahead maybe 2 miles, there was a wreck and traffic had began to back up. So my husband started braking and we heard a loud "pop" sound. Our front passenger tire locked up and we skidded into the grass a bit! We didn't know what had happened. We had to have it towed back to my job--it was the closest place with a mechanic--and found out that the caliper had fallen out of the brake and busted a hole in the rim. It was upsetting for me! Any other day would have been ok to deal with it, but it had to happen on our honeymoon! After we got it fixed, we traded vehicles and took my wonderful car and ended up having a great honeymoon--aside from our little misadventure!

-- Posted by candasons07 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 8:47 AM


I just love to read your stories. I know that you have an upcoming surgery and I will keep you in my prayers. Keep writing the great lines for us to read and enjoy. Hope that all goes well for you. Will miss your stories while you are out.

-- Posted by justawalkn on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 8:42 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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