European Summer Tour 2004, part 5
By Peter Korn on Jul 15, 2004
As mentioned earlier, I'm in Coventry, UK for a few days. At the rental car agency, the car I'd asked for wasn't available, so I wound up with this car instead. Driving on the left side of the road - with the gear shift in my left hand, the rear-view mirror on the left, and cars wizzing by me on the right - is a somewhat mind-bending experience for this Yank. Add to it trying to read a fax of a screenshot of a JPG map image while coming off a round-about onto the motorway with the trumpet allegro of the William Tell Overture playing on BBC 3, and you have the making of a truly surreal experience!
Having successfully managed to find my hotel, I was able to do a bit of sightseeing before my meetings. There is a lot to see in the beautiful English countryside. I spent the day at Warwick Castle. They have a massive gate which, as can be seen in cross-section is unlikely to yield to medieval weaponry. Inside the castle grounds is a peacock garden, whose occupants are only too happy to show off.