Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Motoring fines put tourists off return visits


Guide to Provence

The quirky Chemins de Fer de Provence from Nice to Digne is a marvellous way to get out of the heat of the coast and up into the hills. The trains today are rather more swish than when I first travelled on the line, when my train waited at the summit station to have cold water run over the engine through a hosepipe. And there's a steam train, which they did not have in 1970.

Maurice Billingsley



Cuban health treatment

We spent two weeks in Cuba in December. My husband needed medical treatment which was provided free of charge we weren't asked to show any insurance documents. I just hope that as Cuba modernises, which it obviously has to do, it doesn't forget what it already has and what many in the world just dream of free good health care and education.

Helen Webster

'Fine time in Monaco'

I have a lot of sympathy for Richard Sharpe and his wife, who were fined by police in Monaco for inadvertently breaking a traffic rule. I stayed in Alghero, Sardinia, last June, hired a car and drove to many beautiful places on the island.

Apparently, while driving in Alghero, I took a wrong turn and drove in a prohibited area. Ten months later, I received a computer-generated letter, informing me of the alleged offence and asking me to pay 110.

One can't help feeling that the whole operation has been set up to try to extract as much money as possible from the hapless tourist. Like Richard, I enjoyed my holiday, and would recommend that people go there, but the letter I received in April has left me now with a different feeling.

As far as millionaires' playgrounds go, Alghero is clearly not far behind Monte Carlo.

Steve Humphrey



A friend and I had the exact same thing happen to us in Monaco. We spent the weekend watching the Grand Prix and left to go to Nice. We came to a roundabout and, confused by the road signs, ended up going down a one-way street. The police immediately pounced and issued us with a 60 fine.

Craig Brand



Wales by train

An issue not mentioned in your story on the Welsh Highland Railway into Porthmadog is the fact that Caernarfon was cut off from the national rail network around 1970. This town has fantastic potential as a tourist destination and base for exploring Snowdonia. Reconnecting it with the rail network would make public transport a more viable option for visitors.

Rob Sawyer

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Guru Careers: International Project Coordinator / Account Coordinator

    Circa £26,500 DOE: Guru Careers: An International Project Coordinator / Accoun...

    Guru Careers: Plumber / Maintenance Operator

    £25k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Plumber / Mainten...

    Recruitment Genius: Travel Customer Service and Experience Manager

    £14000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing travel comp...

    Recruitment Genius: Network Executive - Adrenalin Sports - OTE £21,000

    £19000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking for an exciting...

    Day In a Page

    Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

    US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

    Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
    VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

    'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

    VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
    Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

    Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
    The male menopause and intimations of mortality

    Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

    So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
    Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

    'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

    Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
    Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

    Bettany Hughes interview

    The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
    Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

    Art of the state

    Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
    Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

    Vegetarian food gets a makeover

    Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
    The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

    The haunting of Shirley Jackson

    Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
    Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

    Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

    These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
    Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

    Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

    A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

    Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

    Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
    HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

    Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
    Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

    'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

    Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
    Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

    The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

    Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen