La Scary One does all the driving from Chez Murty.
She grabs hold of the inside lever on the door as soon as I turn the ignition on.
So as not to hurt my feelings she says it’s because she taught me how to drive.
The owner of the French Fiat 501 firm in Mandelieu-La-Napoule was less diplomatic The Boat D’Azur.
Does this car look big in me?
And after I’d stalled his car in the car park for the third time, with its gearstick on the dashboard, he put his hand out for the keys.
There was a frosty drive around the French Riviera until we met up with our hosts again.
All of which circuitous route from A to B brings me round to Airelles’ three and seven-night road trips in the South of France https://www.france.fr/en.
Where you’ll stay at Airelles Gordes, La Bastide in the hilltop village of Gordes, Château d’Estoublon, a stone’s throw from Les Baux de Provence and Château de la Messardière, a stone’s throw from Les Baux de Provence and Chateau de La Messardiere in St Tropez.
Airelles is naturally flagging up the culinary delights of France and its spas which Le Scary One would be all over.
A week to remember
But as thoughts during lockdown turned to dream trips she did put in a request for lavender fields which is just what Airelles is offering.
The seven-night road trip breaks down into:
Two nights in a Superior Valley Room at La Bastide, Gordes,
And a further two nights in a Residence at Chateau d’Estoublon, Les Baux-de-Provence.
And three nights in a Superior Seaview Room at Chateau de la Messardiere, St Tropez.
From €7,000 (£6,250) based on two sharing. Full board (excluding drinks).
The three-night road trip includes:
Enjoy one night in a Superior Valley Room at Ka Bastide, Gordes.
One night in a Residence at Chateau d’Estoublon, Les Baux-de-Provence.
And another night in a Superior Seaview Room at Chateau de la Messardiere, St Tropez.
From €3,000 (£3,125). Full board (excluding drinks).
And they’ll throw in daily picnic baskets with lots of goodies in them. The trip is flexible around your needs and dates. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org.