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The Unofficially Official 2nd AO Europe Trip

On the somewhat tenuous basis that our little group (Firecracker, guiliasuper & partner, and myself & partner) was the 1st AO Europe Trip, , we're going to lay claim to the above title for our next foray into mainland Europe for the centenary celebrations in Milan. As you may already have read elsewhere, we still have a vacancy for 1 car and 2/3 persons on this adventure, so just to whet the appetite of any possible 'maybes' out there who are still considering a jaunt to this event, here is the first part of our itinerary.

DAY 1 Saturday 19 June :

Depart Folkestone Eurotunnel on the 08.20 crossing and down the motorway towards Saint Quentin, then on to Ambleny for a lunch stop here : Les relais routiers (point B on the map). Suitably fed and watered, it's on to Troyes (Welcome on website Office of Tourism of Troyes and its Region) to spend the rest of the day indulging in a variety of 'cultural' visits in and around the cathedral and the medieval quarter (there's a handily-located and inexpensive underground car park right next to the cathedral, TROYES PARC AUTO ) before the short drive to our evening meal and overnight stop in Laubressel - Gites de France

Route for Day 1 : Eurotunnel to Rue du Paty, 10270 Laubressel, France - Google Maps
Road Tolls : approx 24€

DAY 2 Sunday 20 June :

Depart Laubressel and head via a mixture of cross-country roads and motorway towards Lyons, with a cultural diversion via the medieval villages of Brancion Brancion est un village médievale avec son château, l'auberge du vieux Brancion et son association : La mémoire médievale (lunch stop here :Charming place to stay in Brancion - Review of Auberge du Vieux, Martailly-les-Brancion, France - TripAdvisor ) and Cluny Cluny France - Burgundy - IndigoGuide Cluny then towards Bourg-en-Bresse for a visit to the monastery (Bourg-en-Bresse France Travel Information, Places to Visit, Gites and Bourg-en-Bresse Hotels). From here, it's on via the Dombes Dombes France Travel Information, Places to Visit, Gites and Dombes Hotels to visit another medieval village, Perouges Perouges France Travel Information, Places to Visit, Gites and Perouges Hotels , then to our evening meal and overnight stop here - Hôtel les Campanules - in the shadow of Mont Blanc.

Route for Day 2 :Rue du Paty, 10270 Laubressel, France to chalet hotel les campanules - Google Maps
Road Tolls : approx 10€

DAY 3 Monday 21 June :

Most of the morning will be occupied either by taking the rack and pinion railway then the cablecar to visit the glacier and ice cave here : Chamonix - Lifts - Montenvers (cost 24€) or simply taking some R & R time to enjoy the fresh alpine air with a forest walk close to the hotel. Once on the road, it's through the Mont Blanc Tunnel (Mont Blanc Tunnel information from chamonix.net) then depending upon the remaining time available we will either be heading straight to our base for the next 7 days - Casa amici del Bosco - Home - or we may be able to divert and visit one of the locations used in the original "The Italian Job" (the cliff where the bus was left hanging at the end of the film, see below).

Route for Day 3 (direct) : chalet hotel les campanules to Via dei Colli, 24030 Mapello BG, Italy - Google Maps
Route for Day 3 (Italian Job) : chalet hotel les campanules to Via dei Colli, 24030 Mapello BG, Italy - Google Maps
Road Tolls : approx 35€

Please Note - Should you be making your own way to Italy but are still looking for accommodation in something other than a city-centre hotel, we can offer the 'spare' twin/double room in our villa at a cost of 350€ for the week (21 - 28 June). A 3rd bed is available but certain 'criteria' would have to be met as that person would be sharing a twin room with Firecracker (Patricia), .

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A 3rd bed is available but certain 'criteria' would have to be met as that person would be sharing a twin room with Firecracker (Patricia), .


...........and my criteria are extremely strict!!!!!









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:BANGHEAD: no on a superb run like this for me this year

Looks superb though David.. enjoy (whilst i'm stuck in the office )
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:BANGHEAD: no on a superb run like this for me this year

Looks superb though David.. enjoy (whilst i'm stuck in the office )


Such a shame Jon, we were so hoping that the old gang could get together again for a repeat of last year........

........we started out as complete strangers and are now firm friends!


we'll raise a glass or 2 to you - frequently
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:BANGHEAD: no on a superb run like this for me this year

Looks superb though David.. enjoy (whilst i'm stuck in the office )
Just pull a major sickie.... I hear there is a contagious rabies outbreak going around
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After a mixed week of 'activity-days' and 'non-activity-days' (details of which will be revealed later), we are now on the return leg:

DAY 10 Monday 28 June

Departing Mapello early morning, we head west then north into Switzerland to give our steering, suspension and brakes a good work-out by tackling the Simplon Pass, followed by the Nufenen and old St Gotthard Passes, then on to the Furka http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n.../FurkaPass.jpg (used as a location in the James Bond film 'Goldfinger) with a stop at the Hotel Belvedere (point E on the map) for a late lunch and a visit the Rhone Glacier Homepage Belvédère, then the Grimsel and Susten Passes before heading for a night in jail in Luzern WELCOME TO JAILHOTEL LÖWENGRABEN - WILLKOMMEN IM GEFÄNGNISHOTEL LÖWENGRABEN - that's if the Swiss authorities haven't already arrested the lot of us for terrorising other motorists, .

Route for Day 10 : http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&so...1,8.432007&z=8
Road Tolls : 5€ in Italy / Switzerland covered by vignette (available here : https://www.swisstravelsystem.co.uk/...e.php?passid=5 , cost £30.50)

***** Edit : See post #14 below for a change to the above *****

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DAY 11 Tuesday 29 June

With time off for good behaviour, we should be able to persuade the parole board to let us out by mid-morning. Departing Luzern we navigate northwards, around Zurich, towards the German border and the River Rhein for our first stop of the day, at Europe's answer to Niagara : Switzerland: Rheinfall / Rheinfall - Home. Suitably awe-struck (and most likely, soaked ), we now head west across the Naturpark Südschwarzwald (Welcome to the Southern Black Forest Nature Park!) to Mulhouse for a late lunch and the rest of the afternoon here : Cité de l'Automobile - Car Museum, Alsace France : before heading up to our overnight stop, ruhlmann-schutz viticulteur à dambach-la-ville. After unloading our overnight gear we'll head back to Colmar for our evening meal and some entertainment, Tourisme Alsace - Office de tourisme de Colmar - Les soirées folkloriques alsaciennes.

Route for Day 11 : Jailhotel Löwengraben to 34 Rue du Maréchal Foch, 67650 Dambach-la-Ville, France - Google Maps
Road Tolls : Covered by vignette in Switzerland / France 0€

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DAY 12 Wednesday 30 June

Departing Dambach-la-Ville, hopefully not too worse for wear after the previous evening's inevitable sampling of our hosts' products (ruhlmann-schutz viticulteur à dambach-la-ville) we travel a short distance southward to visit the medieval village of Riquewihr, parking outside the ramparts, (ViaMichelin Travel. Riquewihr: The Michelin Green Guide: a tourist guide for organising made-to-measure travel) before continuing a few miles further south to spend a few hours (and find lunch) in Colmar (ViaMichelin Travel. Colmar: Tourist sites, restaurants, hotels, routes and travel tips) where there seems to be plenty of parking within a short walk of the historic centre (Les parkings de Colmar en Alsace, trouver où se garer.) .

We then follow the 'wine-route' westwards and time permitting, we may be able to make a brief stop in Kaysersberg (ViaMichelin Travel. Kaysersberg: The Michelin Green Guide: a tourist guide for organising made-to-measure travel) - you just can't get enough of those old half-timbered buildings, . From here, it's on through the hills of Alsace and on towards Champagne and our final overnight stop in Europe, as it was on last year's trip, here : Bienvenue sur le site du Moulin d'Eguebaude.

Route for Day 12 : 34 Rue du Maréchal Foch, 67650 Dambach-la-Ville, France to Rue Pierre Brossolette, 10190 Estissac, France - Google Maps
Road Tolls : 12€

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DAY 13 Thursday 1 July

Our final day 'abroad', , sees us departing Estissac mid-morning for a quick blast up the motorway towards Reims before diverting off into the small village of Ecuiel, home to some of the best small champagne houses. 2 in particular are well worth going out of our way to visit, and hopefully we'll have enough time to visit them both : Champagne LACOURTE-GODBILLON - Montagne de Reims - Premier Cru - Pinot Noir et Chardonnay and Champagne viticulteur reims Leclère Pointillart champagne d'Ecueil - Champagne , no doubt coming away with several bottles of their produce to add yet more liquid ballast to our bellas, .

It's then back to the motorway and on to Calais for a late lunch here : restaurant calais, cote d'argent, restaurant panoramique, restauarnt gastronomique calais (with thanks to Andrew - guiliasuper - for finding that little gem, ) before hitting the hypermarkets for some last-minute discounted retail therapy. It's then just a few minutes drive back to the Eurotunnel and the end of our European foray for this year, , although it does see us back in good old 'Blighty' in nice time to attend the Goodwood Festival of Alfas Speed for those of us that are that way inclined, .

Route for Day 13 : Rue Pierre Brossolette, 10190 Estissac, France to Eurotunnel, 62185 Fréthun, France - Google Maps
Road Tolls : 30€
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I'll be in the Chamonix are a day or two after you.
We're heading to France on the 16th June, Route Napolean on the 17th, followed by Uzes then onto the Cote d'Azur for the Grand Corniche and Monaco
Then up to Turnin (Staying at La Lingotto (the former Fiat factory)

After that (on the 22nd we head back to France (nr Dijon) via Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Tunnel

Sounds like we'll be there around the same time, but unfortunately not on the same days
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Enjoy your trip - we did some of your route last year ( https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/meets...un-2009-a.html ). If you're on the Route Napolean then you just have to do the Gorges du Verdon ( Verdon Country ) - just give yourself plenty of time as you'll want to stop at every twist and turn, . Pity you're not going to be in Milan for the big celebration though, .
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Here's a little 'taster' (literally in this case) of how we'll be amusing ourselves during the run-up to the official celebration weekend. On one of our 'day trips' out from our base in Mapello, our first stop will be to sample the products here :Alprose - Museum which should help boost our blood-sugar levels before heading off to tackle a nice string of Swiss mountain passes (including the San Bernardino old road, the Splugen, and the Maloja), then back into Italy and a descent of the Stelvio and Gavia to 'home' in Mapello for thoroughly deserved tea and medals after a long, challenging and epic day,

Route (with many thanks to AndreasM for helping with the 'fine-tuning', ) : Via dei Colli, 24030 Mapello BG, Italy to Via dei Colli, 24030 Mapello BG, Italy - Google Maps
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Another possible day out could be to retrace the route of the opening scenes to 'Quantum of Solace' (where the 159s gave Bond's Aston a good run for its money around the shores of Lake Garda) before heading back 'home' through the Tre Termini Pass.

Route : Via dei Colli, 24030 Mapello BG, Italy to Via dei Colli, 24030 Mapello BG, Italy - Google Maps

So many things to try and do - so little time to do them. Wonder if the boss will let me have a 4th week off???? Answers on the back of a P45 please!
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Itinerary Change

One big advantage of working within the travel industry is that it gives you access to 'behind the scenes' reviews by industry professionals of destinations and establishments - the kind of info that is seldom (but really should be) passed on to the general public, . As a result of several instances of negative feedback on the Jailhotel, I've now cancelled our booking here and moved it to here : Willkommen im Schloss-Hotel - much more in keeping with our standing as well-seasoned and mature travellers, compared to my original choice which turned out to have a night club open to 4am in the basement, , and what they (the hotel) described as parking "conveniently nearby" is actually 1.2km away, .

New Route for Day 10 : Via dei Colli, 24030 Mapello BG, Italy to Schloss-Hotel Swiss-Chalet - Google Maps
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Ha! Found the thread, saved and ready to take notes.

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