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Driving on the "Right" side of the road

Monte Carlo here we come!!

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Today was an interesting experience for both Neal and I. We hired a Peugeot, hopped in it and just drove towards Monte Carlo direction, 5 hour drive from Ferrara. It was a scream watching Neal get used to driving on the "right" side of the road. He mistakenly kept clicking the wipers when he was supposed to hit the indicator. He even went to rest his arm on his right side thinking there was a window there. Going round the roundabouts was tricky and stressful at times. It was also funny as the radio stations were all in Italian however, some music they were playing was in english. Nearly all traffic signs are in Italian.

We noticed that the majority of the cars were mainly Peugeots, BMW, Citreons, Mercedes, Mini Cooper S, Volkswagon and Audis which makes a lot of sense of course. We also noticed prices of new cars are a lot cheaper in Italy than Australia. We have never seen so many trucks on the highway, literally convoys of trucks. They are limited to the slower lane of course and Otello told us that after 12pm Saturdays, they are not allowed on the highway. They are allowed to drive Monday to Saturday up to 12pm only. We noticed that vehicles from England had steering wheels on the right side of the car, just like Australia.

Otello told us there are at least 3 types of police in Italy. I remember the name of one Carabinieri (high-way police), Vigilli (local police) and the National police and all three have the power to arrest or give fines anywhere, anytime.

We saw the fast train that exists in Italy "flash" by our eyes.

After about one hour of driving we noticed that traffic became heavier and heavier and then came to a halt. One hour of waiting in the car was not pleasant in a stream of traffic. After surfing the net we found out there had been a horrible accident on the A1 super highway. This delayed our trip to Monte Carlo and so we stopped for an overnight stay at Savona, 1 hour from Nice. What a beautiful area in the mountains and right along the Mediterranean coast, nice and green and lots and lots of tunnels going through the mountains, one after the other.

We rented a room with a beach view at Savona. It was awesome. Comes with a bidet and all. I will take photos and post them. The places we have stayed at so far have no tea and coffee facilities like we do in Australia and they have snake eye small lights attached to walls and no irons with ironing boards. This one at Savona has a shower head in the ceiling. Most come with small blue or green lights which highlight the showers and this one also comes with a cool sink where there is a blue light where the water comes running out of the tap.

We have not seen any Lamborghini's or Ferrari's to date, but maybe we will at Monte Carlo. Here's hoping!!!!! (Rose has a BIG smile on her face)

Posted by ktime 22:40 Archived in Italy

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Enjoyed catching up on your travels so far. Terrific that Otello was able to spend some time with you and show you around Ferrara and explain the history. Verona sounds nice too.
Now the adventure starts. Look forward to seeing photos and more stories.

by Scott and Margaret

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