Driving Around Europe

I was pretty nervous renting a car and driving in Portugal, Spain and particularly in Italy having heard about some emotional outbursts by some impatient motorists. However, with my brother’s encouragement and experience, it turned out to be a very pleasant time, though it was quite expensive. Gas was about $10/gallon. Toll fees were pricey too. Parking was just like in the states- hard to find in downtown areas and about $25/day. 
But what I REALLY liked about driving was everyone properly stayed in the right lane except to pass. And they were going the correct speed in the right lane too!
I occasionally found myself carelessly driving in the left lane without returning to the right and sure enough, pretty soon someone came zooming up on me, blinking their lights, prodding me to move over. I quickly moved to the right and off they went. I loved it. I didn’t mind being moved back to the right. It’s so nice! Pass, then move back to the right lane. It was so nice! 
The highways were modern and well maintained. They used a modern EZ Tag system for the tolls too. Gas stations were convenient and clean with multiple pumps. People were friendly and very pleasant.
The final obstacle was navigation. My brother bought a $10/day data package added in to his phone and it served us well. We used Google maps everywhere we went. It knew the roads, the roundabouts and construction reroutes. It was worth every penny. 
I’m getting braver. 🙂

About Wayne to the Max

Active writer, dancer, traveler, Christian and father, aviation enthusiast, photographer, music lover and a DJ, hiker, Harley driver and fine wine drinker. My digital photo artist page: www.WayneToTheMax.com
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