Driving through the looking glass

This amusing article about driving in France has been moved to The Fog Watch where Jerry has reposted the article Driving Through the Looking Glass

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24 Responses to Driving through the looking glass

  1. Anneliese says:

    Oh, I am terribly amused reading your experiences on the road in France. It is about the same as when we drive our car in England. But this does not happen so often. But now in France our main problem is after lunch not to encounter a guy who had a good meal with wine. Please take care. It is a real danger. And please don’t drive faster than allowed. The fine is painfully high …once bitten, twice shy….

    • Thanks Anneliese – I can well imagine it would be the same going the other way. Don’t worry I was very careful to stay within the speed limits – it was more a comment on how I observed other drivers 🙂 We enjoyed the freedom to find places spontaneously with the car and I quickly became used to driving both in style and technique 🙂

    • sharonb says:

      Anneliese Jerry has a way with words and wacky sense of humour. I am pleased you enjoyed reading it as when Jerry wrote it I said people would laugh and they have! I win!

  2. Wendy says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh Sharon I am so loving your tales. Keep it up.

  3. Beth in IL says:

    Are you going to Italy? It is an even more exciting place to drive. Those little white lines? They are just suggestions. And how many people fit on a Vespa?

  4. Juno says:

    Jerry, this made me laugh so much that I could hardly read the last two paragraphs. Your description is so vivid. Thank you.

  5. Allie Aller says:

    I can just imagine Sharon escalating to piercing shriek! What a fun account. 😉

  6. Maureen says:

    Between chortles of laughter, my DH said ‘It sounds like a ball of fun”! He seems to think he already has one of those audible warning devices.
    I just loved the commentary myself, Jerry.
    I have experienced Canberra roundabouts and no lucid directions, as a passenger and was grateful I didn’t have to take the wheel.
    Keep enjoying your holiday.

  7. Barbara says:

    Aaah! The joys of motoring in France. I so enjoyed this post, Jerry, I felt I was back there!
    My husband says to double the fun – try these manouvers in a Motorhome 🙂
    P.S. Sharon, I know you are much to lady-like to shriek 🙂

    • Thanks Barbara – yes we wondered how people get motorhomes around some of those roads! We also saw some pretty large buses getting around too 🙂

      As for the shriek – I wonder if that makes Sharon a shrieking violet 😉 Just kidding – Sharon was great at keeping us well navigated 🙂

  8. Beth N says:

    I so very much enjoyed reading this article. It had me wheezing and howling with laughter. Having just survived being a passenger in Istanbul so much struck close to home. It reminded me of all the times I gave thanks for not having been the one behind the wheel

    • Hi Beth – thanks for the comment 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it – it certainly was a challenge driving in France but also very enjoyable. It was great to have the spontaneity to be able to see something on the road and go: “that looks interesting” and be able to check it out 🙂

  9. Miss-Apple says:

    I tested the audible warning device twice when driving in UK (I’m French): last year i (hopefully) just brushed the side mirror 2min after i took the car out of the rental parking lot (i hadn’t figured out that the other half of the car is on the left on UK and did not consider this extra space!) , and this year, i almost brushed it all along a parked bus that I was passing, being more concerned about cars that might have come in front on me. My sister saved the side mirror and realized that driving “on the wrong side of the road” (the opposite one you’re used to) is not THAT easy-peasy and that she would definitely not switch her passenger sit with mine as a driver. Anyway, i took full insurance coverage each time, thinking “whatever, i can wreck the car!” 😀

    • Salut Miss Apple! Yes indeed it works both ways – I too have seen American friends struggle with where to put the rest of the car here in Australia – I’m pleased it worked out for you and that the expendible mirrors survived 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story 🙂


  10. Miss-Apple says:

    Yup! And appart from screaming when feeling endangered, the passenger is very useful as a copilot to read the roadsigns and help with directions so that you can fully focus on the road even with a GPS. I think I would have panicked both times if I had been alone. [I re-read my message above and spotted some mistakes. Dang I hate that!] Are you used to automatic cars in Oz or manual ones like in Europe? Because that is also a big challenge! (for Americans for instance)

    • Yes definitely good to have a passenger to read directions and signs. More and more are driving automatic cars in Australia, but I have always preferred manual cars – especially my citroen C3 that I drive in Oz 🙂 And I find European cars very easy to drive – they turn so much better!

      It did take me a little while to get used to the gear lever being on the other side, in France, but I have no problem with using the clutch 🙂

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