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    GVZ Euro Tour 2017 commenced yesterday. We have a brand-spankin'-new Range Rover Evoque convertible (red color; photos soon) and drove yesterday from Munich to Bolzano, Italy, in the South Tyrol region.

    Today we continue south to Maranello to visit Museo Ferrari and then on to Florence, where we will be for the next few days.

    A few views of Bolzano and the surrounding hills (covered with vineyards) from our hotel, as we prepare to hit the road.

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    A europe road trip is definitely on my bucket list.

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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    A europe road trip is definitely on my bucket list.
    Been there done that. You would love it. Probably running your own business? puts a kink in planning but even 2 weeks is enough to get your feet wet. Don't wait until your to old to enjoy it. Europe requires lots is stamina because you will be walking everywhere even with a car. It's not for "Sissies". The older I get the more time it takes to recover from a rough day of enjoying the sites. Driving is a challenge with signage and the nutty Italian drivers. Germany and France not so bad.

    In Sept - Oct of 2013 my wife a I spent 5 days in Rome walking and the next 40 day touring thru Italy and Austria with a 2 day stop in Munich. I rented Ford Focus Estate Wagon. A 6 speed diesel which was a lot of fun to drive. It's tough living out of luggage that long but you get into a rythem after a while but I'm ready to do it again maybe in Spain the next time.

    I still envy Gerry because he gets to drive great cars not rentals. He also speaks German and does it with friends. We on the other hand knew no one, speak only English but you make a lot of friends as you go.

    I would bet Gerry is somewhere in the Bremmer Pass headed towards Italy and Maranello and the Ferrari Factory. I know I really enjoyed both the pass and the factory museum tour.

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    Anyway gotta go the 24 hour Le Manns race is starting on Fox1.
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    Agree with TerryA, dont delay...
    I bracketed a trip to SE Asia with 5 days on way out and back in Germany and was enough of a taste to get the bug. Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Dresdin... some tourist stuff, Porsche & BMW factory/museum tours (timing was off for MB factory tour).
    Rentals only unfortunately, but was fun to see see average speed from Munich to Berlin well above US speeds
    Can't wait to go back (and yes tougher now that I work for someone else )
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    And if you have the chance, come to Scandinavia! This is where the Germans go for their vacation... Most people speak English really well (no dubbing on TV, and early English studies in school).

    In mainland Europe, I'd go for the French coasts, German cities, the Alps, and of course Italy.

    And the Autobahn, of course. It's always fun to have a car coming up fast in your rear view mirror, move back to the right lane, glance down at your speedo showing 250 km/h as the car from behind swoosh past you And it's all legal!!
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    Made it to Florence, with the stop at Maranello to the Ferrari HQ along the way. Plenty of top-down motoring with the Range Rover. Today was about 90-91F.

    We have an apartment in the old town Florence, just a few blocks from the Duomo (cathedral).

    Here's a quick snap from Ferrari....

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    Laura & I are renting an apartment in central (Old Town) Florence for the next couple of days. It's a very old building, but the apartment is quite modern. IMG_7498.JPGIMG_7500.JPGIMG_7501.JPGIMG_7502.JPGIMG_7503.JPGIMG_7504.JPG


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    A couple of nice days in Florence, an old and very walkable city. Visited a couple of museums and many sights, and are plenty of good Italian food. Probably too much!! Here are a few highlights & random/fun sights that we saw over the weekend...

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    On Monday, we wrapped up our last day of sightseeing & shopping in Florence and drove to the town of Portovenere, which is the end of the Italian Riviera on the Mediterranean. Plenty of top-down driving in the Range Rover on a hot 34C day.

    We stopped along the way in the city of Pisa, where we saw the famous "Leaning Tower" which was very beautiful (but also a bit touristy).
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    We arrived in Portovenere about 7:30 PM and checked into our hotel. It's a picturesque little town on the coast with a small, protected harbor.

    Here's the view from our hotel window.
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    If you're interested to know where Portovenere is, below are a couple of map captures that show it.
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    Today (Tuesday) and for the next couple of days, we'll explore the beautiful Cinque Terre just north of us. The Cinque Terre are 5 picturesque small towns built into the rocky coastline of the Italian Riviera. You can't get to them by car -- only by boat, train or walking in.
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    We had a great couple of days in Portovenere and thoroughly enjoyed the time at Cinque Terre. We took the local train and visited three of the five villages on the rocky coastline, on Tuesday.

    Wednesday (yesterday) we chartered a boat to ourselves, and did a tour of all five towns from the water. Here are a few views of each one, from the Mediterranean side.

    First of all, our town of Portovenere, which is not one of the Cinque Terre towns:
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    Next are the five towns, starting with the southern-most one called Riomaggiore.

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    And lastly, coming back down to Portovenere, here's a water view of the hotel we stayed at.

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    After lunching in Portovenere, we said good-bye and drove up past Milan to Lugano, Switzerland where we bedded down for the night. Lugano is on the large Lake Lugano and is just inside Switzerland.

    We ate dinner outside last night at a delicious restaurant in the Lugano town square; it was about 84F and quite humid (much like Houston).

    Here are a few views of Lugano and Lake Lugano as seen when we walked along the lake-shore last night before dinner.

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    If you're interested, here's where Lake Lugano is located.


    Just getting up now. We'll continue our trek back to Munich and turn in the rental Range Rover and exchange it for the 1970 280SL Pagoda that we'll be driving on the Alpentour -- my 12th Alpentour in 14 years.

    Cheers,
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Beautiful sights, almost looks like Lake Como in Milan. Enjoy your vacation.


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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Lake Lugano is very close to Lake Como -- maybe 30-40 minutes' drive. Como is better, but Lugano is no slouch. Part of Lake Lugano is in Italy but most of it is in Switzerland.


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    Preparing to head southward with the Pagoda & the 6.3......
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    A few views from today's driving. We drove over six mountain passes, all of them 5,000 feet or higher.

    Tonight and tomorrow night we are in San Martino, Italy, in the South Tyrol region (Dolomites).

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    The last photo is a view from our hotel.

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    Be careful back thru Switzerland.. "spate-of-beaver-attacks-puts-swimmers-on-high-alert-in-switzerland'
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    Re: PWNER - gerryvz

    Only Louis would bring up a "Beaver Attack" ha!

    Just take a couple of 2x4s for food or weapons.
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