One thing Roy and I have in common is an instinctive, and ingrained healthy distrust of received wisdom.
I think we particularly enjoyed our week in Rome because we ignored the guidebook’s advice on driving in Rome: Don’t dream of it.
Jamie, a friend of ours who is a confident driver, drove in Rome and said it was surprisingly compact.
And so we found it. With the satnav we got Roy for his birthday, we were able to get to places in far less time than we would have spent figuring out public transportation , walking to it, and walking from it to our destination.
Another pleasant surprise was parking. Spots outside the Vatican Museums, 4 euros for 8 hours. Wow! Free spots just outside the Colosseum, and indeed every church we visited.
Given that I have a whole lot less energy that I should, I was pleased that I was able to conserve it for seeing Rome’s wondrous sights.
In fact, we drive everywhere, Oxford, London, Paris, and Athen when we went there, and are generally lucky in finding parking (though not in Athens, where we were always leaving our car where we shouldn’t, and were always told off in voluble Greek. No tickets though!
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