Saturday, December 22, 2007

Why Brits don't travel...

Wrong country' sat-nav blunder
Sat-nav unit
The driver programmed the wrong Lille into the navigation system

Shoppers on a Christmas trip to France were taken to the wrong country after a satellite navigation blunder diverted their coach seven hours off course.

Instead of arriving in Lille, France, 50 members of Cheltenham and Gloucester (C&G) Social Club were taken 98 miles (157km) away to Lille, Belgium.

When they finally arrived, they had two hours to shop before the stores closed.

The detour happened during a weekend coach trip from Gloucester to Ostend, Belgium, costing staff £150.

Tim Knight, manager of Travelscope, the company which arranged the trip, said: "Part of the weekend trip was an afternoon shopping in Lille.

"Unfortunately the driver from the coach company we commissioned made a blunder on his satellite navigation."

On the trip back to their hotel, the coach driver unplugged the navigation system and, with the help of a passenger and an atlas, made it back to Ostend.

C&G spokeswoman Melinda Russell, said: "We're very sorry that our staff and their families have been let down, especially as we have enjoyed so many successful trips through the course of the year.

"Unfortunately, even the best laid plans can go awry, especially when relying on sat-nav."

(From BBC news)


At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Have a safe, expertly-chauffered and/or -driven holiday!


At 10:16 PM, Blogger STAG said...

I am finally getting around to posting my Prague pics on my blog.
I don't think you are in any of them!!!!

Which is a dreadful pity.

Lille Belgium is pretty tiny, a lot smaller than Lille France. Maybe you can't get as many different cheeses there, but hey, in two hours, I could find enough waffles and chocolates to justify the trip!


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