Just need to let off steam. Waited in all morning for a parcel which Chronopost emailed me to say would be delivered before 13.00 today. Then at 12.44, I received a second email advising that the driver did not have enough information to be able to deliver ! This was a french email and also an English email suggesting I telephone a certain number to advise them when I would be in for this delivery. As suggested I went into the 'follow your colis' space only to find that there was a message saying that I was not in and there was nowhere to put an 'avis de passage'. (in FRENCH and ENGLISH
I was livid - there was no way the driver had called as it is a small house with a bell as well as the ability to tap on the glass of the front door - I was sitting no more than 3 yards from the front door. I also have a post box attached to the front fence of the house by the gate. The house is on the main thoroughfare through the village and has a number beside the front door which can be seen from the road.
I telephoned the said number and was told in FRENCH and then in ENGLISH that no lines were free and call back later. I kept pressing repeat number and just after 2pm (how fortunate as they had probably swallowed the last piece of their bagette) I got a sorry to keep you waiting message - trying to connect you, again in both FRENCH and ENGLISH. After almost 11 minutes a frenchman answered - he could not speak English and he was not able to offer me anyone who could - by this time I was exhasperated. I proceeded in my best (or worst) french and I think he understood BUT I could not hear him - I asked him to speak up but I still could not hear him. The sound problem was their end not mine....his voice was muffled. I eventually put the phone down and now I have received an email telling me they will try and deliver the parcel tomorrow.
My main reason for getting so uptight was the fact that all roads leading to my frenchman had been offered in English, then suddenly....the carpet was whipped from under me......... why ?????? You know how hard it is trying to sound really annoyed in French.......