What’s not to love?!

Everyone knows how much I like to complain about cars– how they’re smelly, how they’re a waste of space, how they try to run me over…. But that hasn’t managed to put a damper on the love affair I’ve been having with all the cute little cars to be seen here in London. One of my favorite activities is Mini Cooper counting: How many are parked on one block? How many drive by in one minute? How many are parked directly in front of our building? (On a recent afternoon, the answer to this last one was four.)

Here is a sampling:

The Fiat 500 is absolutely the cutest. It looks rather like a fat little rabbit (I mean the animal, not the car). But its gotta be the vintage one-- the new models you see around are just not the same.

The Fiat 500 is absolutely the cutest. It looks rather like a fat little rabbit (I mean the animal, not the car). But it's gotta be the vintage one-- the new models just don't have that chubbiness!

Im also a fan of the Figaro. It seems to come only in pastels-- blue, pink, and beige. I am not nearly stylish enough to have this car.

I'm also a fan of the Figaro. It seems to come only in pastels-- blue, pink, and beige. I am not nearly stylish enough to own a car such as this one.

Smart Cars, on the other hand, are starting to get on my nerves. Look how this one insists on making a point of how it can park perpendicular to the curb-- even though it totally sticks out, and theres loads of room to park parallelly! Thats just obnoxious.

Smart Cars, on the other hand, are starting to get on my nerves. Look how this one insists on making a point of how it can park perpendicular to the curb-- even though it totally sticks out, and there's loads of room to park parallelly! That's just obnoxious.

The afore-mentioned Mini convention on Elsham Road.

The afore-mentioned Mini convention on Elsham Road.

But of course, the old ones are still cuter.

We think the old Mini is even smaller than the young whippersnappers you see around.

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4 Responses to “What’s not to love?!”

  1. AJ Burke Says:

    Is parallelly really a word?? I think you are blatantly ignoring the English language because of your ire over this parking job. I can just hear you thinking, “If they don’t follow the rules, neither will I!” 🙂

  2. Megan Says:

    I totally agree about Smart cars. They annoy me. Oh, I’m so tiny, I don’t have to park normally or follow traffic rules! I have observed this in Austin too. They are going on my hate list, right after big ugly 4-door pickup trucks.

    I could totally see you in a cute little car, especially that last mini cooper! the first 2 cars are adorable.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I love the little Fiat. I moved to Los Angeles last month so I am getting used to cars being a big part of my life. I am learning how to do things like use drive-through ATMs. I see lots of Smart Cars here and I agree that there is something irritating about them.

  4. John Says:

    It seems that being in London has been a good experience for both of you. This certainly is a lot more interesting and pleasing to read than most blogs, where the writers consider themselves experts in almost everything. I sense enjoyment and a bit of curiosity. Miss you.

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