A day of Driving
07.10.2014 24 °C
A day of four trains, and we arrived in Lugano, just over the Swiss border. We hired a car and spent a day circumnavigating Lake Como, back over in Italy. Truly beautiful scenery and lived up to its well known reputation. But the ROAD! it's the tightest road we've ever been on, and not just a small section, but a few hours of driving with rear view mirrors millimetres apart on one side, and stone walls on the other. No road markings, local residents casually walking along, cars pulled over with their hazard lights on. This seems to be the thing to do in Italy. If you can't find a park, you just pull over any old place and put on your hazard lights and leave the car. Multiple times we had to stop to edge past the oncoming cars. Poor Jim didn't get to see much of the view. He's seems to have adjusted well to left side driving, but I still feel pretty weird sitting on the right hand side driving along with no wheel in front of me. When I get out of the car, I pull the handbrake on, because that's what I usually do when I get out of the right hand side of a car.
Italy has a reputation for crazy driving and it is totally true. The quality of the roads does not help at all. Crossing back over to Switzerland, the change is dramatic and instant, with wide, well marked roads, good signage, everything has been thought of. A big sigh of relief as the stress pours out of your body.