Driving to Paris – and nearly dying!
“Wake up, Danny!” I screamed as the car hit the
central strip of the motorway and veered out of control. The front of
the car bounced as it landed back on the road and Danny opened his eyes
just in time to get the car back under control and avoid a serious, and
possibly fatal, accident.
We were driving back to the UK after spending a long weekend Paris. A
weekend of heavy drinking and little sleep. I knew it would be a mistake
to let Danny drive, but my eyes were closing at the wheel and it seemed
the only option. Luckily, there were no cars immediately behind us and
we were able to pull into a service station so that I could take the
The reason for our tiredness was two-nights and three days of non-stop
partying in the French capital. I was working in a College at the time,
and my mum had given me her car to use while I was there. Danny came to
visit me from the US for a week and we had decided to do a road trip to
We’d left the car on the outskirts of Paris and took the metro into the
centre to avoid dealing with the traffic. We checked into a cheap hostel
and immediately hit the bars and the night clubs with some girls who
were staying at the same hostel.
It was an unforgettable weekend. Not only because of the wonderful time
we had in Paris, but also because of our good fortune on the way home.
The trip could have ended in disaster if luck hadn’t been on our side.
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