John's Euro Car blog
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
21Trip End Oct 23, 2009
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But first, a little commentary on our observations. As I mentioned from Germany, the European people love station wagons. We have all seen them at times in the states but they are everywhere in Europe. We saw the German versions right off, but through the rest of the countries we visited it is also clear that the wagon is the car of choice. All sizes, all makes. In Italy, Fiat, Lancia, and especially Alfa appear to be wagons bringing home the wine and sausage
Another interesting car trend was present throughout the journey. That would be the brand of choice for police cars, taxis and buses. Predictably, the police cars are manufactured by the companies that reside in that particular country. So, in Germany police cars are BMW, in Italy they are Alfas, and in France, it's the Renault that pulls you over.
But interestingly, in all the countries (including the little ones we went through) the taxis and the buses are all manufactured by Mercedes Benz. Well, I am not sure that this fact is something my boss & buddy Gary will be happy about..? or not..? I guess you could say that the Mercedes Benz is the "Work Horse" of Europe, but I think I would kinda like having the quarter horse of Europe instead. Wouldn't you..?
After being through Florence and Rome, it is understandable that small cars are a big hit. Many of these are featured in the quiz below. City streets and even small town roads are so tight and thin that parking is nuts and spots are few. This requires small cars and creative techniques
Oddly, we haven't seen as many sports/exotics over here as you might think. There are a few Porches here and there. Big deal.. Some Ferraris but again not as many as I thought I would see. Oh and a couple of "greasers" in Lambos (Good God..! This could be a blog topic all on it's own, so I'll discuss in person over a glass of wine with the quiz winner)... So, what was the most spotted and prevalent exotic car we have seen on our journey thus far...? Answer: The Maserati..! Well, this makes Mrs. Moore very happy as she is quite a fan of the Maser.
So thats about it. Take a look at the quiz and let me know your thoughts. It has been an amazing trip with the greatest lady, the best travel partner and the most fabulous wife in the whole world. We are ready to come home. See you all soon.