Flash Fiction #48

Belgium

PHOTO PROMPT – © Dee Lovering

IF IT’S TUESDAY, THIS MUST BE BELGIUM

You know, they made a movie about this, back in the ‘60s.  We scrimped and saved for years to afford our only European Vacation.  I suggested France, but you booked us on this 12-night, 13-day, whirlwind nine-country tour.

I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, Pei’s crystal pyramid at the Louvre, the Versailles Palace, perhaps the Cote d’azur.  Instead, I’ve seen cows, and sheep, and oats, and potatoes – all streaming by the other side of the dirty windows of this bus.  I’ve seen smelly harbors and – and….What’s this?  The shrine of Saint Shania Twain?

I wanna go to Disneyland!  😥

Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

#451

 

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31 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #48

  1. wildbilbo says:

    Bus tour holiday… I’ve never done one, but I’m not inclined to either.

    Nice work, you can feel the disappointment:)

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  2. BrainRants says:

    Another comic take. Never pegged you as a “Vacation” fan.

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  3. gahlearner says:

    I’ve met many tourists like this during my own travels. Funny, but tragic for those who travel. Always such a hurry… Great take on the prompt.

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  4. ansumani says:

    Been there…done that. Funny take on the prompt.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Monetary and medical restrictions keep us close to Southern Ontario. I’ve never been to Europe, and had no idea that the photo was of Spain. I could say that I was reliving my youth, but I was married, with a child, when the title movie was released. 😯

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      • ansumani says:

        Maybe one day the god of travel will smile on you …Let’s hope 🙂

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      • Archon's Den says:

        Even a Lottery win by the generous son would not eliminate allergies/breathing problems. The wife cannot fly. We are restricted to wherever we can drive….although, I could hire a chauffeur. Let’s see – Calgary, B.C. California, Florida, Carolinas, Virginia, blog friends in Newfoundland. RVs-R-Us. 😉

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  5. Hilarious, Archon. I have a good friend who went on a European trip like that years ago. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • Archon's Den says:

      My condolences to him/her, although, sometimes even failures can be fun, if you don’t dwell on the negatives, and go with the flow. We’ve been lost, and found things that were prettier and more interesting than what we started out looking for. 😆

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  6. I felt like I was on the bus with everything buzzing by me. Please donut make me watch the slide show of this vaca.
    Tracey

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  7. Jim Wheeler says:

    Tourist travel:
    packing
    leaving house unguarded
    remembering (forgetting) stuff like meds
    deep-vein thrombosis from cramped seats
    germs, germs and more germs
    flight delays
    jet lag
    EXPENSES
    endless gift shops
    roaming charges
    overeating

    Computer travel:
    click and type

    “Oh Auntie Em, there’s no place like home!” 🙂

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Thank God (or any un-named deity) for the internet. Old bones and old car are keeping us close to home. The Blog Fellowship trip will probably be the last one outside Canada until after September next year, when I turn 72, and get an RRSP payout to afford something newer and more reliable. 🙄

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  8. First rule of vacationing: book the trip yourself! Great story–clever and funny! I can feel the frustration. 🙂

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  9. draliman says:

    Trying to fit too much into a holiday generally means you never get to enjoy any of it. Great story!

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  10. The shrine of Saint Shania Twain?
    This was a 12-night, 13-day, whirlwind nine-county tour (not country tour) of Tennessee beginning in Nashville at the grand old Opry, the Paris of country music.

    Randy

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Yeehaw! I ain’t watched the Opry since before Minnie Pearl hung up her hat.
      As fer Shania the liar, y’all or the Frogs can keep her, as long as she don’t come north again. 👿

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  11. Ah.. Too much in too few days.. I did interrail when I was young, but finding your way through Europe by train was another thing,

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Yes, many Americans have no idea how ‘dense’ Europe is. On a tour like this, time spent getting there is stolen from time being there. 😦 Thanx for taking the tour through my site again. 🙂

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  12. Bad trip by the sound of it. Sheep? Potatoes?
    Fun. Where to next?

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  13. Margaret says:

    Solo travel is sounding better and better. Funny.

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