A 20 Year Old’s Notes on Driving on the Continent:

My guest blogger this week is my son, Joe

In June, one of my friends (who can’t drive) and I took off on a big road trip around Western Europe, hitting France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. As the only driver, going 2500 miles in a little over 2 weeks was a little daunting as my first time driving outside of England, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. Here’s what I learned, country by country:
• France – the French are all mental drivers and I’m glad we chose to stay outside of Paris, taking the train into the city instead. From trying to kill us by slowly moving into our lane, to overtaking at 70mph on winding Alpine roads, we had our fair share of close calls. France did have the most fun roads to drive on; having got lost looking for our camp site by the Swiss border, we got to spend an hour driving in circles in a beautiful valley.

There are worse places to get lost!
There are worse places to get lost!

• Italy – We entered Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel (not intentional, we just couldn’t navigate well) into the Aosta Valley, just in time to see a fleet of supercars heading in the opposite direction. After grabbing a bite to eat, we headed for Milan and straight into a huge thunderstorm that brought everything to a standstill up in the mountains – at times we couldn’t see anything at all due to the torrential rain.

• Germany – Our journey to Germany went via the Austrian Alps, late in the evening so the roads were empty, which was an awesome little experience on the way.

Snow in June?
Snow in June?

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