ON THE ROAD TO MOROCCO
Got on well. Crossed
Slovenian border at same spot we crossed into Croatia
on way down. Visited duty free again. Bought more Brandy
despite misgivings, and Underbergs to solve Heather’s
stomach problems. Cure anything they will. What misgivings
about Brandy? I hear you ask. I drink my brandy neat
whilst Heather drinks hers with hot water as a digestif.
I banned Heather from using the plastic drinking glasses
for her brandy drinks because the heat was cracking
the glasses. To my horror as I drank my brandy that
night, the glass started cracking across the bottom.
It’s the brandy not the hot water that’s dangerous !
If the brandy eats the plastic !!! What is it doing
to the lining of my stomach ?? Crossed over into
Italy, noticed lunatic drivers immediately. Parked up
on motorway service station on the approach to Venice.
Heather slept very badly due to noisy refrigerated artic
also parked in car park.
That's the spirit
made with Croatian smoked pork. Short of Parmesan. The
local food shop attached to the service area café, (everywhere
in Italy), sold lumps of Parmesan but humungous lumps
at about £15 a time, along with salamis, smoked hams
and other big lumps of cheese. This weeks budget won’t
stretch to it due to lots of driving and expenditure
on fuel and tolls. In fact we are spending next weeks
money now, but have bought most of next weeks food already.
18 October Saturday
Drove past Venice
to Verona and turned off to have a look at Lake Garda.
Stopped at nice little town and promenaded along the
lake front. Very expensive. Main pastime must be showing
off your Gucci and Armani. Set off again past major
tourist attractions in south lake Garda area and two
prostitutes provocatively dressed overtly seeking custom
on Saturday afternoon. Imagine girls working the main
approach to Keswick, on a sunny Saturday in the season.
I bet that the Lake District Special Planning Board
would have something to say ! Headed to Brescia to visit
motor caravan dealer. Arrived in rush hour. Another
manic Italian city. Finally found dealership up narrow
back street to find that they moved in January 2002.
Garda's answer to Windermere
Back spending Euros
rather than Croatian Krns or Slovenian Sits. The very
small cent coins are almost worthless but very necessary
to go to the loo to appease the house proud toilet cleaning
ladies. 10 cents normally enough. Have renamed them
Europoos. 10 europoos to the Euro !!
Set off on motorway
and drove towards Genova. Parked up for the night on
service station. Ate humungous Chicken salad.
Started reading the
Alchemist by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Should be
renamed Jonathan Livingstone Shepherd for all you ageing
hippies, but its message is “whatever you need to do
in life, you can do it if you want to.”