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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:04 pm    Post subject: Recent Drive to Italy and Switzerland Reply with quote

Last month I and 10 other 911 (991) car owners had an amazing week driving to Italy, stopping at Stuttgart en route as we had pre-booked the Porsche 911 factory tour. It was amazing to see the whole process from engine build to leather upholstery assembly, the marriage of the body to the engine, and final assembly. We had to hand in our phones and cameras as no photography is permitted whilst on the factory tour! Then we headed off for 3 days at Arabba. We used Arabba as our base for excursions on the various Dolomite passes. We then went our separate ways, some starting on the way back to the UK via Munich and some continuing their driving tour to other destinations. I decided to do some sight-seeing in the Jungfrau region using Interlaken as my base for the next 3 days, visiting Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, and Harder Kulm. First, and the highlight of the trip, was visiting the Sphinx Observatory which is also known as the ‘Top of Europe’ on Jungfraujoch mountain. I returned to the via UK Metz in France.

As you can appreciate a convoy of 911's created a bit of interest, especially when parked up! Frequently people took selfies of themselves next to our cars! Generally other drivers were very courteous and saw that we were in a convoy and let is pass. Finding suitable parking was another matter!

A few pics!













































More pics here!

Day 1 & 2 https://www.flickr.com/photos/182842252@N05/albums/72157709875184707

Day 3 Stuttgart drive to Arabba (Italy) https://www.flickr.com/photos/182842252@N05/albums/72157709873413261

Day 4 https://www.flickr.com/photos/182842252@N05/albums/72157709874453416

Day 5 Driving on: Passo Pordo, Passo Sella Dolomiti, Passo Campolongo, Passo Falzarego https://www.flickr.com/photos/182842252@N05/albums/72157709874742926

Day 6 Driving to Lago di Fedaia and Tre Cime Di Lavaredo and return
https://www.flickr.com/photos/182842252@N05/albums/72157709874742926

Day 7 Drive to Passo Stelvio and return https://www.flickr.com/photos/182842252@N05/albums/72157709883865782

Day 8 Drive to Switzerland https://www.flickr.com/photos/182842252@N05/albums/72157709877153036
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing matey! Awesome pics. Thanks for posting.
That’s a proper road trip you’ll never forget.

I went up Yungfrau in 2012. Great day out.
We are back in Interlaken on our upcoming trip. Think we’ll do Harder Kulm this time.

Anyway, again thanks for posting, it has only added to my growing excitement. Cool
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marky911 wrote:

We are back in Interlaken on our upcoming trip. Think we’ll do Harder Kulm this time.


Defiantly recommend Harder Kulm via the Funicular, which operate quite late in the evening so I had my evening meal at the restaurant over looking the amazing view of Interlarken and the Jungfrau region.

Harder Kulm Restaurant



Looking towards Jungfrau region from Harder Kulm Restaurant



View from the Sphinx Observatory!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info and yes that’s exactly what I’ll be looking to do as I was just reading a blog last night from someone who went up and stayed for sunset. Cool

Great to see those cars being used as intended. I love the UK but you haven’t lived until you’ve driven through the Alps. It’s what life is all about isn’t it. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning pictures and brings back great memories from when we just used to take 911's, I think we had 10 together on one trip.

I have an urge to get back to the Dolomite's, some of the scenery is totally amazing and the passes are also to die for, I might have to make it happen after seeing your trip.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As others have said, thank you for sharing, its definitely wet my appetite for a road trip, just need to find a space in the calendar! Have always fancied the factory tour, last time I was in Stuttgart it was during summer hols so it was on shut down. Had to make do with the BMW museum at Munich which is worth a coffee and cake break !

Ps love the ‘ fun ‘ number plate on the red cabriolet !

All the best

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics and write up Thumb
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These pictures are fantastic - what camera (phone? surely not?) did you use out of interest?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those pictures are utterly ridiculous! worship
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pierrebear wrote:
These pictures are fantastic - what camera (phone? surely not?) did you use out of interest?


I used a Sony A7iii with with a Sony FE 16-35mm zoom lens. If you go to the Flickr photo album and select the individual photo you can see the setting I used, such as aperture and speed etc.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

worship re the trip and especially the photos.

In September I'm doing a trip through Germany ending up in the Swiss Alps (Grimsel/Furka etc). Your story sets me up nicely for 2020 and beyond. Thumb
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds and looks like a superb trip. Great photography. Out of interest, what was the total mileage?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome trip of a lifetime, thanks for showing those fab pictures, I want to go to some of those places one day soon. worship
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, amazing pictures, thank you for sharing Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

worship

AMAZING pics Surprised

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning photography worship
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing photos, and the cars aren’t bad either.... Grin

Was this a tour organised between friends, a club tour or part of an organised package tour?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wowsers Thumb

Thanks for sharing.

On my bucket list Grin
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Millomboy wrote:
Sounds and looks like a superb trip. Great photography. Out of interest, what was the total mileage?


Apologies for the delay responding, The total mileage was 2788 miles! round trip!

Over £700 on fuel and over £200 in road tolls and vignettes.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soooooper pics...and it looks like a great trip..
Kenny (854 KR) told some of us about it but you really don't get the sense of it until you see the photos. That's generated more enthusiasm for me to organise a trip for next year with our local PCGB and 911 members Thumb
Thanks for sharing..
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