I dislike the ugliness of a asphalt drive and the heat it produces. In this part of the country, what are called Boston pavers are popular, particularly in the lower drive.
But, this drive is fairly level . . . and I am thinking of rather large blocks, like the sandstone one sees in southern France or northern Italy.
My father lived in that house from 1951 until 1985 with only two driveways and there was no shifting. The only reason the ribbons were replaced was they felt a need for a wider drive.
I would find black top much more aggravating. The generation of heat is just one of the reasons. That it would remind me of my ex is another. The ugliness is the clincher.
BTW, although the realtor advised the former owners replace their old blacktop and they chose cinders over asphalt because the cinders were cheaper, according to my next door neighbor. The realty of the situation is that the cinder drive was a negative factor in the sale. Several people cited it as a reason not to buy the house.
I, frankly, want to get rid of it. The cinders are everywhere and they allow weeds to sprout yet they don't seem biodegradable.