Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Parking in Europe

With narrow roads and sky-high gas prices, Europeans naturally gravitate towards smaller cars than Americans. See the "pint-sized" vehicle below ("Smart"). Note that, when the car gets small enough, new vistas in parking opportunity become accessible. I took the picture below on the streets of Lisbon this month, but I've seen similar cars in France.Lisbon Car
In fact in France you can own and drive an even smaller car with a tiny engine, a voiture sans permis ("car without license") without even having a driver's license. This one, for example, has a 505 cc, 5.4 hp diesel engine, bigger than a lawnmower or small motorcycle, but not by much.

Update: A really tiny voiture sans permis:
Voiture Sans Permis

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