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giulia Tue 23-Jul-19 21:58:54

many years ago, my husband and I drove to and around England from Rome, where we lived. in our car. At that time, Italian numberplates contained the name of the region where the owner resided - so ours showed "Roma".

On our way back, we decided we'd pass the night in Fontainebleu, then toddle down to the Cote d'Azur for a couple of days. We were booked to stay in Venice for four nights before cruising back down to Rome. In other
words, we were in no hurry to get back.

While detouring Paris on its ring road, I noticed my husband was behaving very oddly: accelerating then slowing down while peering anxiously into the rearview mirror. "We're being followed!" he exclaimed and, sure enough, right on our tail was a large grey car, full of people and with a weird, long-haired moustached guy at the wheel. Very bravely, my husband drew over to the side of the road and got out of the car. So did the weird, sallow-faced little guy from the other car.

"Excuse me," he said to my husband, "Is this the way to Rome?"

It turned out he was was from the consulate of some minor Latin American country, transferred with all his family from the Paris Consulate to the one in Rome. He hadn't a clue how to get there so when he saw our Rome numberplate he decided to simply follow us!

Tangerine Tue 23-Jul-19 22:04:23

That is a very funny story.

Italy is such a lovely country.

Keeper1 Tue 23-Jul-19 22:08:53

Brilliant but see why your husband was worried.

BradfordLass72 Wed 24-Jul-19 02:45:35

How exciting to be followed by what your husband thought were bandits, or Roma people, ('gypsy' rather than Italian, who are, sadly, much hated in Paris)

The only thing that happened to me on the Périphérique was that I nearly fell out of the car when the back door flew open! grin

Coolgran65 Wed 24-Jul-19 04:00:03

On the Paris periphery road some guy kept haunting us from behind. We weren't going fast enough for him.

sodapop Wed 24-Jul-19 08:08:57

That's French driving coolgran65 tailgating is the normal way of driving here.

Great story giulia your husband was brave to confront him like that.

harrigran Wed 24-Jul-19 08:52:12

I would prefer the Peripherique, for some unfathomable reason we once drove through the suburbs of Paris and I was wetting myself at every set of traffic lights where shady characters were approaching traffic at the red lights.

annodomini Wed 24-Jul-19 09:31:02

In 1996, driving solo from Chartes to Amiens, I negotiated the Paris Périferique amazingly easily. At least, I think that's what it was!

NotSpaghetti Wed 24-Jul-19 11:32:14

Driving in Naples as a stranger to the city is interesting!
😳

Foxyferret Wed 24-Jul-19 12:00:51

I lived in Naples for 3 years and drove a battered little Fiat. Three rules, never take your eyes off the road for one second, expect the unexpected, there is no “right of way, if my wheel is in front of your wheel, I have right of way. Do not stop at red traffic lights if the road is clear. That got some getting used to when I came back to the UK. It was great fun though, seeing the crazy things drivers did.

moggie57 Wed 24-Jul-19 12:13:41

scary.... maybe he could have flashed his lights ...to get you to stop....

Joelise Wed 24-Jul-19 15:26:32

A few years ago , we were staying overnight, in what we thought was Rambouillet , south of Paris , it was actually in a rather dodgy area just north of there .we stopped to get directions from a garage , and I stayed in the car . As DH was in said garage, a car drew up next to us , and a group of young men got out , immediate reaction was to lock doors! They moved of quite quickly, but when DH returned, he said to get allowed into the garage, he had tress a buzzer !

Joelise Wed 24-Jul-19 15:27:29

PRESS buzzer !

Purplepoppies Wed 24-Jul-19 16:15:40

I was in Italy a few years ago with friends. Only one of us drove. She had a terrible time. It was a veritable free for all. Very very scary!! The motorways were littered with car and lorry detritus 😱 we almost killed a cyclist when he shot off the pavement in front of our car from infront of a parked car! He didn't look!! I lived on my nerves.

petra Wed 24-Jul-19 16:37:16

We've had a couple of nasty situations in Albania and Macedonia with people following us.
But we always kept a telescopic truncheon and pepper spray in the motohome and we were prepared to use them.
On one occasion the car following us started to overtake the smart car (we were towing) so OH opened his drivers door
( we had a left hand drive motohome) they soon backed off.

ayokunmi1 Wed 24-Jul-19 18:24:49

Naples yes back in the days before the use of Euro .
My suitcase was stolen from our hotel lobby hateful memory .
Every car we noticed had a dent
Sort of felt it was a badge of honour.
First and last time hopefully I was approaced and asked if I was a prostitute.
The amount of animal crap on the roads and pavements oh my gosh
Never again.

NotSpaghetti Wed 24-Jul-19 23:12:55

Ha ha! We LOVED Naples - once we'd given in to it!
Were only once followed though - by an obvious pick-pocket on a local bus!

Bijou Wed 24-Jul-19 23:50:07

Once when driving back from the south of France via Paris we missed the entrance to the Periferique and ended up driving through the middle of Paris towing the caravan on Saturday night when it seemed all of Paris was out celebrating. Fortunately when we got to the Arc de Triumph I knew which road to take to get out of the melee.

Bijou Wed 24-Jul-19 23:54:22

Once when driving back from the south of France via Paris we missed the entrance to the Periferique and ended up driving through the middle of Paris towing the caravan on Saturday night when it seemed all of Paris was out celebrating. Fortunately when we got to the Arc de Triumph I knew which road to take to get out of the melee.