HELLO FROM MARSEILLES DAY 1 REPORT

And what a day it was!! First leg of the journey was Easyjet flight from Edinburgh to Charles De Gaulle which due to industrial action in France was cancelled! This meant we would miss our train connection in Paris to Marseilles and all sorts of problems. We took a gamble and switched to a Spanish Airline but they flew to Orly not Charles De Gaulle. Hiccup at Edinburgh as they could not find the sedan chair to get Allan on to the plane and in Orly more delay, which upset the pilot, as they forgot to bring the lift vehicle to the plane.

Before leaving Edinburgh we telephoned Yoola, an agency based in Paris who arrange accessible travel to see what they could do to help us as they had made all our hotel and train reservations. This is were the owner of the company, Malik Padsi, was brilliant. He arranged for an accessible taxi to meet us at Orly and he also drove to the airport to give the driver new train tickets as by now they had found out another train left Gard de Lyons at 820pm. We arrived at the station at 8pm where Malik was waiting for us to make sure all was ok on a very busy train full of French and Albanian football fans. The station staff were very helpful in getting Allan on to the train and with it being such a rush Malik was only able to book two standard seats in different coaches and not a wheelchair space for Allan. However with his intervention we were given a wheelchair space and a seat in a first class coach! We finally arrived in Marseilles at midnight with a very helpful taxi driver taking us to our hotel and you can see the view from our room in the picture!