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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

October/November

Since I was a little busy lately, I thought I post at least a handful of photos. In the last two months, I was very busy and could not take my time for shooting my Panda. So, the selection of photos was quite small. 
These were the five that I liked most.





Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Panda roadtrip: Part III (Croatia and the way back home)

So we started in the early morning towards Croatia. Our route was going through north Italy and Slovenia. The weather and the traffic were good so we had no problems to get to Slovenia. Near the Croatian border we got in a typical holiday traffic jam. We needed 1,5 hour for 40 km. But after the border we got on the croatian highway. You've got to pay for the highway but they are in a very good condition. Our holiday destination in Croatia was Poreč, a beautiful small city in Istria. We booked there a four star hotel named Valamar Zagreb. I had booked it for a good price and after all the long road trippin we wanted a little bit of luxury :-)
As we arrived the weather was very good, 30 degrees and a blue sky. The hotel was very nice, we had a room with ocean view. After unpacking, we went down to the beach and had a really cool day in the cristal clear water. Back in the hotel we took a look at the weather for the next days, and we were very disappointed. Rain and 20 degrees! So in the next days instead of lying at the beach we were sightseeing in some cities near Porec. There is a lot of beautiful old architecture in Croatia. When it was raining we chilled at the hotel.
We just had bad luck. Normally you have a sun guarantee in Croatia. But you can*t buy good weather :-(

After six days in Poreč we had to go back home. We started in the morning, our destination was Chiemsee in Germany. We booked a idyllic hotel near the highway for the night. I had planned to drive through Slovenia and Austria, but our navigation has decided to make a detour through Italy. I think it was the right decision, because we had not much traffic. After hours of driving, we had a big traffic jam 50 kilometers before our destination. After nine hours of driving we were very lucky to get in our hotel, take a shower and some good Bavarian food and beer :-)

On the next day, we left the hotel straight after breakfast.We had to drive the last 700KM. The whole route was on german highway so it was quite boring after a while. For such cases, we had bought us an audiobook. You should only make sure that it is a thrilling one, so you do not fall asleep while driving ;-) After a few breaks we arrived at home by 18 o'clock.
After 3609 kilometers we were tired and exhausted, but happy that everything has gone well.


 Before the trip I had doubts. Should I really drive 3600KM in a small city car? Would the Panda  make a long journey without any problems? Or should I take the Audi A4 station wagon from my parents?
Now, after I made it, I'm glad I did it with the Panda. I had the Panda well prepared, and I had not a single problem. It was partly hard and uncomfortable, but it was a great adventure!




Look what we have here :-)

Another german 100HP on the italian highway.
Average fuel consumption after the whole trip was  6,5L.
Finally we arrived at our hotel in Porec, the "Valamar Zagreb"

The weather sucked.

I just had to take a picture with it. One of my favorite cars, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9.

Maybe one day I have enough money for this beast.


A rainy day in Croatia.

The view from our beach at the old town of Porec.
Porec has a beautiful old town. Unfortunately, the yacht is not mine ;-)

A beautifully restored Citroen Cv2
Amphittheater of Pula. Looks a little bit like Rome :-)

Renault 4.

A stop in Austria, on our way back home.


Our hotel for the last night, near the Chiemsee in Bavaria, Germany.

Seven o'clock in the morning, time for the last 700 km back home.





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Panda roadtrip: Part II (Italy)

After Austria we got to Italy, the home of Fiat :-) We both have never been there, so we were very excited. For the first stop, we chose the sunken bell tower at Lago di Resia. I have seen a photo of it when planning the trip, and I had to see it. It was busy with tourists but still a unique view.  
Then we went across the regional roads through northern Italy, passing Merano and Bolzano. From there we went on the Italian highway in the direction of Lake Garda. When we arrived in Riva del Garda in the evening, after a nine hour drive, it was already dark and it was raining. 

Luckily in the next four days, we had  sunny, summer weatherRiva del Garda, and the whole Garda area is beautiful. The mountains, the lake, the nature and beautiful architecture make it to one of the most beautiful places in Europe. As a petrolhead I naturally loved the curvy roads around the lake. I think my Panda liked it too ;-). I never saw so many Pandas. You see one on every corner. Old ones, new ones, 4x4s, Cross Pandas... but a 100Hp is still something special here. On the whole roadtrip I just saw two 100HPs! One italian and a white one from Germany, driving on the italian highway. I had to laugh when I saw him. I was not the only idiot with this idea. ;-D
 
We also spent one day in Venice. We parked the Panda right next to Venice in the Tronchetto parking garage. It was about 20€ a day. After a short walk you get to the boats to Venice. Venice is a very beautiful and unique place you have to see once in your live. I would have liked to stay longer to see more than the typical tourist spots but we had just one day. So in the evening we've got to go back to our hotel.

In Riva del Garda we stayed in the "Hotel Deva". A small hotel run by a very nice family. Not the most modern hotel but we felt good there. It is a little above the city, so we had a nice view on Riva. They also have a great restaurant. The food was very delicious, especially the pizza. :-D
 
After four wonderful days,
we were honestly sad to go away from there! But we had to move on. The next destination was Croatia
More about that, in the third part coming soon...


The sunken bell tower at Lago di Resia

Ferrari 456
Good morning Riva del Garda! The view from our Hotel "Deva" was awesome!

Riva del Garda, a beatiful place.
Audi doing some promotion at the habor of Riva. The RS6 is a sick family car ;-)

Nice parking.

One of many tunnels on the east side of Lake Garda.
I love the mountain roards around Lake Garda.

At night you have a great view from the Hotel Deva.


On the bridge to Venice.

Two classics at the Tronchetto parking garage.

Italian double.
Ciao, Venecia!


Nice view at Lake Garda.

Look what we've got here, another german 100HP :-) More of this one in the third part coming soon.









Sunday, September 21, 2014

Panda roadtrip: Part I (Germany & Austria)

This year my girlfriend and I decided to make a road trip in our holiday. Like last year, when we went to Poland to the Baltic Sea coast in my Panda 100HP. But this time our trip should be slightly longer, and lead us to the south of Europe.  
We decided that Italy and Lake Garda, should be our first destination. We both have never been to Italy, and we heard that Lake Garda is a real beautiful place there. After a few days in Riva del Garda, we wanted to make a daytrip to Venice, a must see in Italy. The final destination of our trip was Porec in Croatia. That should be our beach vacation.
 
Honestly, I often had doubts if my Panda 100HP is the right car for such a long trip. Afterwards, I can say that I do not regret it. It was partially exhausting, but also a little adventure with lots of memories. Now I can show you a few of them. In the first part, I show you a few photos from Germany and Austria.
 
 
Our route, we planed 3000km, in the end it were 3600km in 11 days.

The Panda trunk
I bought a seat cover for more comfort
Also the rear seat has been fully used to fit everything.
A short brake.
Another brake.
German Autobahn.

Finally we made it to Munich. The Allianz Arena is the stadium of 2013 champions league winner , FC Bayern München
Munich is a beautiful city with a lot of tradition. But also very international with the tourists from all over the world. The famous Oktoberfest takes place here.
Its not the Oktoberfest but also famous: The "Hofbräuhaus" Beer, food and folk music. Jummy :-)

Hotelparking

Traffic jam somewhere in Bavaria, on the way to the Alps.

Wow, what a panorama. Too bad the weather was not good.




Lunch brake on our way through the Alps.


Some of the beautiful views in Austria.
This was a real highlight, the view at the Inntal was amazing. We took a mountain road there, which gave us a nice "Monte Carlo Rally" feeling. One of the coolest roads on our trip. And super fun to drive with the Panda.


Coming soon:
ITALY, Part 2 of our Roadtrip.