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Italy & Corruption: the more things change...

Rome's new mayor, Virginia Raggi, was elected in June on promises to clear out corruption and clean up the city. Today, less than six months later, comes word that Raffaele Marra, a close advisor considered her right hand man, has been arrested on corruption charges. Just a few days ago the mayor's environmental advisor resigned, after revealing that she was the subject of an investigation (unrelated to Mr Marra's case).

Ah, Roma...

Where did you learn to drive...?

How's this for a Throwback Thursday?

The subject clients comment about most frequently during my tours is my driving – in a good way! From the very first tour I did in 1995, tour participants consistently praise my smooth driving, and say how safe they feel with me at the wheel. "How did you learn to drive so well?" Well, let me tell you...

That's me, circa 1988. Long before I started driving my tour minibus around Europe I drove race cars professionally, at circuits like Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway, Willow Springs, and Riverside (before it became a shopping mall).

Deftly negotiating the traffic circle around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the narrow, cobblestone alleys of the historic core in Rome, or the Autobahns in Germany all seem pretty easy in comparison.

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