Monday, November 25, 2013

A 200,000 Lire Fine

Whenever Dachshund Daddy goes on a bike ride, he always meets a lot of fur friends. Here's Melchiorre, a resident of the sleepy border town of Cremenaga, Italy. Despite his cuddle bunny looks, he actually growled at DD.

Here's Aristide, Melchiorre's neighbor, who knows Dante's Divine Comedy by heart.

Aristide has a fur-sister by the name of Flippa, who's writing a novel about James Joyce.

For some reason, the dogs on their "Beware of the Dogs" sign don't look like them at all.

Signage in this area of the Swiss-Italian border is generally odd. The town of Arvigo, pronounced RV-Go (although the vomit road into town is way too narrow for RVs), is home to this "No Littering" sign that threatens violators with a 200,000 Lire fine. That's about $135 with today's exchange rate.

A blast from the past! Italy stopped using Lire in 2002, but apparently the township of Viconago-Cadegliano doesn't have enough Euros to update their signage. Maybe they should start charging for the view, which is truly spectacular.

In the photo above you can see the location of last week's International Pee Spot by the Strait of Lavena. The pretty hill called Monte Sassalto is where we usually go for our walkies. We either go around it, three miles along the water, or over to the top, which requires a 1000+ foot climb. No wonder I'm such a fit little sausage!


  1. Thanks for sharing your friends - love that last photo.

  2. Great photos. I love the last one that shows all those places. I would love to visit there some day.

  3. Chocolate versus pizza - oh my dog! The choices!

  4. Pawesome post! Very cool that you have International Pee Spots. Thanks for sharing those cool photos! from

  5. Tootsie, what cultured neighbours you have. Too busy being high minded and intellectual to worry about baser matters like changing currencies. Pups after my own heart in fact...
    Toodle pip!

  6. I love this post more than Cocco this time. Love the culture and the fact that the fine was still L. 200000 :-)

  7. What a beautiful view! Ma loves how you marked the Land of Pizza and the Land of Chocolate for her!
    *Cairn cuddles*

  8. I still have somet of this old lire. Shall I send it to you, just in case you have to pay this fine once?

  9. That sure is a great view, it's priceless! :)

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  10. Thank you for your beautiful posts! I am getting a world class education thanks to you!


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