Saturday, January 06, 2007

Hotel Heaven and Hell Competition

The Indy this morning has a fun competition for readers; to email the editor
with their best or worst hotel experiences in no more than 100 words.
The winners appropriately enough receive
a free week-end at one of the 50 (supposedly) best hotels in Britain.

I am in an HCPT mood at present as we have a full day of preparation
tomorrow - the Epiphany - for the 2007 pilgrimage so my entry reads:

"We arrrived at the Hotel Ste Suzanne in Lourdes one March in the 1980s, with an HCPT family group of disabled children and helpers, following an exhausting overnight (couchette) train journey down from Calais. The hotel had just opened for the new pilgrimage season. We were all dying for steaming hot breakfast coffees/chocolat chauds and croissants. Upon opening the hotel doors we were greeted by madame holding a huge umbrella and saying sadly; "Je suis desolee". Water was cascading down everywhere, bar foyer and dining rooms were flooded and the French plumbers had yet to come. Yet the welcome and the breakfast under brollies, were magnificent. That year's pilgimage was a vintage one for HCPT Group 35 during our stay at the Ste Suzanne."

I will post any news on the entry next month if it is a winner.

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