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Journeys : August September 2009
Destinations Equisheim, Alsace Corsican coast garden when I became trapped while turning around to avoid backing out onto a major road. My little Renault Clio was just a trifle bigger than I estimated. The car sustained no damage although the hotel owner was not overjoyed. I am not fluent in French but I doubt that he was congratulating me on my driving skills. France has a fine network of secondary roads. When the toll roads were built, the French citizens, never backward in demanding their rights (remember the Revolution) ensured that the secondary roads were maintained to a high standard and not neglected in favour of the toll roads, as happens in Victoria, for example. Most intersections are controlled with lights that provide signals for vehicles turning, not the ‘go if it’s clear’ Australian approach for making turns at intersections. The French Alps Roundabouts are numerous in France and the ‘give way to the right’ rule is standard throughout Europe. So as long as you go around anticlockwise, roundabouts pose no bigger problem than they do in Australia. Adapting to driving on the right is usually not a problem. Someone gave me this advice – when you are driving anywhere in the world, make sure you are nearer the centre of the road than your passenger. It seems to work – unless you’re driving a left-hand drive car in Australia! And in all the beautiful regions of France (my favourite is Alsace, with its scenery, food and wine) there are wonderful gîtes (holiday homes) and friendly B&Bs – the ideal way to end a pleasant day on the road. Corsica All photographs Richard Davoren Crossing the Seine August / September 09 15
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