Europe, 1963



Before I could leave Zermatt, however, I had to pay a large fine. On my way to the village, I had missed seeing a sign saying that the road to Zermatt was closed to all but local traffic. The Zermatt police, however, had spotted my car in the residentsí parking lot on the outskirts of the village, and I was fined 47 Swiss Francs. It was the equivalent of $US11:00, and it blew an uncomfortably large hole in my budget. It was also the first of a not inconsiderable number of encounters Bill, Dave, Gary, and I were to have with the police as we continued to tour Europe.