Driving through France
It was such a change from driving in Indonesia not just because it is on the same side, but for many other things.
As my car is British registered it drives on the right similar to Indonesia.
Here are some things the car has to carry/have that is different than in the UK.
– Luminous Jacket, the kind of ones men at work would have – I am not sure what for.
– Breathaliser, what? yes weird right, to carry your own breathaliser. You can buy this at any French supermarket.
– GB sticker
– Covered up some part of the light so it does not blind people- I wasn’t sure which one, I just covered some up with tapes. You can buy a special thing for it.
The shock was the road are empty, that is an obvious, before this holiday I was my mum’s chauffer for 2 weeks in Indonesia. There were several occasions where I missed the automatic car we had in Indonesia, because it took literally 2 hours to get somewhere that should take 10 minutes. My knees were hurting. Bad.
Anyway back to France, there were plentyful of toll roads, which is not different to Indonesia, but the machine allows you to pay with coins or card. There was no man in a window. In the UK hardly any toll roads. We just pay motor tax. Man in a window returns when you drive in toll roads in Spain. The roads are less maintained in Spain. Less maintained but look at these beautiful views of the Pyrennes.
There are plenty of stopping place a long the toll road, only a few have shops. Unlike in the UK the stopping places are in some distance to each other but always have shops and fast food.
In France you can’t just drive out in to the toll road, where in Indonesia people just don’t look and slide out, in the UK, where the merge is long enough, and people are considerate to move to another lane. In France, Cedez les Passage!
Driving on the side roads are better though, if you have time, you get to see those quaint little houses and villages, vineyard, churches, and if you on the right times crop.
Sunflower are all over the trip I was on. Had to stop in a tiny road to take pictures.
Pretty isn’t it?
Have you driven in a different country lately? What did you find different from where you regularly drive in? Have you driven in other Asian countries?