Katie Lockhart | July 6th, 2010
Usually the flight from London to Milan and then Milan to London is the easiest part of my route to the Furniture Fair which begins in New Zealand. This year, however, the volcano in Iceland with the unpronouceable name changed that. Initially we were all a little bit blase about the impact of the ‘dust cloud’ on our plans but by Saturday morning (we were due to fly back to London on Sunday) the panic was setting in.. no available hire cars from Milan, car ferries were fully booked for both cars and passengers, the Eurostar site was crashing, obviously there were no flights & the volcano was still errupting…hmmm.
In an amazing stroke of luck we bumped into Marc Newson who gave us the hottest tip - the phone number of a car company that offered Mercedes hire cars that come with a driver (for a small fortune of course). Perfecto! But to be driven where? So standing on a street corner in Milan all 3 of us got on our mobiles and called friends in Paris and London to see if they could get onto the Eurostar site. Hours later the Parisian succeeded to get us tickets (1st class as that was all there was left) from Lille to London. Lille? Where is that?!
A 12 hour car trip, a night in Lille & a Eurostar got us back to London safely and somewhat poorer.. Our driver was of course detoured to the new Vitra House by Herzog & De Meuron & the petrol station by Jean Prouve!
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