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Pegman – Second Time Lucky

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw which this week takes us to Bristol, England.

This week sees the return of our hapless, newly divorced traveller (though don’t worry, this is a self-contained story). Let’s see how he gets on!


“So, here I am, my suitcase filled with bikinis and sandals.”


“No, not lovely. I have a selection of sunhats. Litres of sun tan cream.”

“It’s best to be safe.”

“Days on the beach, I thought. A trip to Marseilles, maybe even Barcelona, I thought.”

“Hmm, I’m not sure that’s really on the cards.”

“No, it’s not, is it. We’re standing here in the pouring rain. And it’s freezing.”

“The weather is somewhat disappointing, I’ll give you that.”

“No, I’ll tell you what’s disappointing. Come with me to Montpellier, you said. Don’t worry, I’ll take care of everything, you said. I’ll book the lot, you said. You seem to have lost an ‘l’.”

“An ‘l’, darling?”

“Oh, we’re in Montpelier, all right. Montpelier, BRISTOL! With ONLY ONE ‘L’!”

“I had a similar mishap when I was holidaying with my ex.”

“Goodbye forever. Don’t call.”


  1. January 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    On the bright side, he didn’t wind up in Montpelier, Iowa. Entertaining as always!

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Oh boy, there’s a third one?
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 29, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        Google says there are a number of them, from Canada to France, and at least twelve in the US. The one in North Dakota has a population of 87! There’s all kinds of ways this could go wrong for him.


  2. January 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Your poor traveller! I fear he’s going to collect a lot of exes before he learns how to spell.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 30, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Yeah, poor guy. It’s always a magical mystery tour when he’s in charge!


  3. Merbear74
    January 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    “Goodbye forever. Don’t call.”
    Brilliant, I say. 🙂


  4. January 29, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    love the mishap! and I had no idea the L’s mattered – now I need to know more.
    and I also had a sort of mishap – because we have two Bristol (one L) cities on the east coast of US and so I played with that.

    anyhow, your piece here was a nice with the mix up – but I also really felt the low of expecting to use the sandals and suntan lotion and not getting to….
    well done


    • January 30, 2018 at 8:17 am

      I also always feel disappointed when I buy sun tan lotion ready for the summer and the sun never comes out. I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. January 29, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I don’t know what the L he was thinking of!


  6. Dale
    January 29, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Lordy… talk about miscommunication. That said, if she should have booked the trip herself!
    My grandmother lived in Namur, Quebec, Canada and constantly got mail from Namur, Belgium… sigh…


    • January 30, 2018 at 8:18 am

      All these places with the same name. The nearest town to me is Truro, and there’s another one in Novia Scotia. Even has a cathedral very like the one here.

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      • Dale
        January 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Probably founded by people originally from “yours”!


        • January 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

          I like to think there’s a little bit of the West Country over there 🙂

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  7. January 29, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Goodbye forever. Don’t call! Hilarious! This poor guy! He really needs to change travel agents. 😀


    • January 30, 2018 at 8:18 am

      He’s never going to learn, I don’t think 😦
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. January 29, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    He never learns, does he? I think it would do him some good to stay single for a while. 😉


  9. January 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    How I love your stories. You crack me up (every time).


  10. January 29, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Dear Ali,

    There’s a lot to be said for travel agents. I think he could use one. Ah well…perhaps he’ll find a woman who has a better sense of direction than his. Good one.




    • January 30, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      He definitely needs to get himself a good travel agent or leave the booking to his other half. I’m glad you like it!


  11. January 30, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Oh my! My guess would be that relationship had been one dreadful mishap after another until that final mishap.


    • January 30, 2018 at 8:21 am

      And more than just that relationship, sadly. It’s all fine until he suggests a holiday 🙂


  12. January 30, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Love that last line


    • January 30, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Thanks! No room for misunderstandings.


  13. January 30, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Well, as an adopted Bristolian, I don’t see much wrong with spending the day in Montpeiler – it’s rather fashionable I believe. Though, if you’re seeking sand and sun you might want to pop to Weston Super Mare on the train 🙂
    Nicely done. Big smiles from me


    • January 30, 2018 at 8:26 am

      I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever actually been to Bristol. Bath, yes. Unfortunately Bristol’s too far up country for a day trip.
      I’m glad you liked my story 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. January 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Hahaha! That seems to be the end of a good friendship!


  15. January 30, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    OK, I will admit to having never heard of Montpellier before (I had to look up where it was to get the gag). I’m not sure about those other Montpeliers the commenter near the top discovered, but every American should know the Montpelier that is the capital of Vermont. No cold rain, but maybe a foot or two of lake effect snow this time of the year…


    • January 30, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      I didn’t realise there were so many around the place. The only one I’d heard of was the one in France.


  16. January 31, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Good story, well crafted, with a neat twist at the end.


    • January 31, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  17. February 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I think he ought to just give up trying to book holidays!


    • February 6, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      At least from now on he’s likely to be going on his own 🙂


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