The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

‘One of the things that hap­pens when you get older is that you dis­cover lots of new ways to hurt your­self. Re­cently, in France, I was hit square on the head by an au­to­matic park­ing bar­rier, some­thing I don’t think I could have man­aged in my younger, more alert years … Let me say right now that this was a se­ri­ous bar­rier — like a scaf­fold­ing pole with mo­men­tum — and it didn’t so much fall as crash back in its cra­dle. The venue for this ad­ven­ture in cra­nial trauma was an open-air car park in a pleas­ant coastal re­sort in Nor­mandy called Etre­tat, not far from Deauville.’

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