Driv­ing abroad is only slightly less stress­ful


Llanelli Star - - FAMILY MATTERS - Richard IRVINE

FEAR can hold us back from ex­plor­ing far flung des­ti­na­tions.

Al­though, it never stopped Cap­tain James Cook and it’s thanks to his bravado, we had some­where nice and sunny with good beaches to send crim­i­nals.

Hav­ing said that, a lit­tle bit of fear might have stopped him from be­ing mur­dered by the lo­cals. This is ex­actly why we took the twins to Spain rather than trekking through the foothills of Ever­est.

We know Spain has hos­pi­tals, friendly na­tives and paella

but it’s still trav­el­ling for the twins and there­fore still a challenge for us.

The drama started when we dis­cov­ered we had to col­lect and fit baby seats to the car in a dark multi-storey at a sul­try 30°C, while the twins screamed.

Even­tu­ally, the shout­ing and swear­ing died down and we left the car park, with lit­tle or no con­fi­dence the seats had been fit­ted cor­rectly.

Fi­nally, it was time to re­lax in a car I’d never driven with po­ten­tially un­se­cured chil­dren on a five-lane mo­tor­way.

Vic­to­ria helped by bark­ing ‘RIGHT, STAY ON THE RIGHT’ al­ter­nated with ‘LEFT, LOOK TO THE LEFT’, on any round­about. Fi­nally, we ar­rived at the villa and it was beau­ti­ful with mar­ble floors, mar­ble steps, two bal­conies with views to the sea, a sun ter­race on the first floor and a pa­tio door lead­ing to a pool. ‘This is great’ I said to Vic­to­ria, while my in­ner

There was no guar­an­tee the car seats were se­cure

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