Most, if not all the vehicles, taxis and transfer vehicles, we used when away were Mercedes. Our final transport trip was in a Mercedes mini van. The speed limit on the freeway from the Rome port of Civitavecchia to the airport at Fiumicino was generally 100 km/h. I craned my neck to look at the speedo and it was reading 155 km/h. But you know, the nicest car we travelled in was the one back in Australia when we returned home from the airport. I meant to check when we got out but I forgot. I think it must have been a Toyota Camry Hybrid. It was dead silent when stationary, and thanks to works on Tullamarine Freeway, it was stationary a few times. Our Australian built cars
Movies seen on the ship: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I had not seen the movie since it first came out and I was surprised at how risque it was. The Doctor was having 'sex' with the lost Brad after 'sex' with Janet. Butler, Riff Raff, calls on the video system to tell the Doctor that Rocky had escaped. The Doctor says, I'm coming, and then the audience calls out, so is Brad.
Jackie, about Jackie Kennedy Onassis was tedious. I tortured myself by watching three quarters of it, but gave up. I kind of knew the ending, if there was ever going to be one.
A Royal Night Out was very entertaining. I think it is true that our Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, and Princess Margaret went out in public incognito on VE day, Victory Europe in England, but I suspect the rest was pretty much fiction.
The planes we flew on had the ICE entertainment back of the seat systems. There is something like 2,500 entertainment tv shows and movies, along with live news. The I stands for information, about the flight, its progress, speed.........all sorts of details including external plane web cams. The E stands for entertainment and there was something for everyone. I can't remember what the C stood for.
On the older planes, it is not so great, with poor screens, bad audio and clunky controls. On newer planes, it was great.
On the journey home I watched one episode of Modern Family and the old movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World. I quite enjoyed the latter, though I had seen it in pre teen years. Talk about a star cast, with Ethel Merman even!!!
I got through a lot of movies on the journey outbound. Bad Moms was as bad as it sounds. I couldn't help remembering the song. Harper Valley PTA. The Carer was quite good, about an old actor in his decline. I watched most of The Castle, a rather classic Australian movie, which I had not seen since I first saw it at its release. The Boat Builder was almost watchable, about a bullied black lad with white parents who was a bit lost in his family situation and helped an old man build a boat. (Warning, flashing lights and possible drug use) I recommend Dancer, about a Ukrainian male ballet dancer, who at his peak at the age of 21 resigned from London's Royal Ballet company. I had not heard of him and the movie was so interesting. The pace de la resistance was seeing Witness for the Prosecution again. I had forgotten the ending and already I have forgotten the ending again, and so must watch it again in the future. It was originally in black and white, now coloured and Marlene Dietrich was superb.
C'mon. You know you want to hear Harper Valley PTA again.