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Old 04-24-2019, 05:42 PM
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Weather this day was supposed to be rainy. One thing we noticed was that the accuracy of our weather app just wasn't good. Out of the three weeks, it predicted rain about 50% of the time. We went there with rain gear and only used it for the three days that it actually "rained" with two days that were more like showers and not sustained. Even then, a light hardshell doesn't take up much space or weight!



Porsche and Europe goes together like bacon and eggs or Congress and gridlock. There's something about perfect weather and old world photo ops that bring out the smartphones and DSLRs! In the three weeks we were there, we took a combine 3,000-ish pics and videos, so make sure your CF/SD cards and phones have capacity!



Street parking is an absolute nightmare. Most European cars are small to tiny. Vehicle tax is based on engine displacement and probably size. Cars will be squeezed into spots you'd never think they could get out of, and circling around for an ideal spot will take up some of your time, so budget time accordingly! The hips on the GT3 make for some nerve wracking moments...



Villa Balbianello is free to visit the grounds, but we paid about 90 Euro for a private tour that takes you inside to learn a bit about the history. The two most famous recent movies to be shot here were Star Wars episode 2 and Casino Royale.







Bellagio is probably the most famous town on Lake Como and expectedly, the most touristy. We ferried there, spent 45 minutes finding a parking spot, walked around for an hour, and left.

The most productive moment was meeting the owner of a beautiful 1955 Mercedes 220 Cabriolet, a local resident. He gave us some insight to a restaurant that was off the beaten path on some hillside village. The...best...risotto...ever (and we're risotto fans!). Amazing views of Bellagio, hanging with the locals, and just a breathtaking experience.














Morning view from the terrace. No rain!



Retail therapy in Milan



One of only two GT3's we saw. In the US, we take for granted large groups of GT cars or exotics...at meets, the track, or just on PCH during any nice weekend. We could probably count the number of GTs, Ferraris or Lambos on two hands during the entire time we were there. No McLarens.



The scope and scale of the Duomo in Milan is beyond words.









Milan, day 2, but before that, bringing some SoCal casual to the hotel!



Yes...they do like their anchovies and Parmesan cheese. I'd advise this as early as possible in the day and not the evening





The 23 gallon extended range tank was pretty nice for trips, but reality hits when you pay $169 for 3/4 tank of fuel



One of the gates in the wall that used to surround and protect Milan.



During the planning phase, I had researched parking garages (parcheggo) and saved them on Google Maps (with offline content). The maps take up a fair amount of space, but come in handy with spotty cell service.



This may look like a white jacket, but it's actually 3 tanks of fuel. I never understand how women's clothes can cost as much as they do, but every time I bring this up, she reminds me of the GT3 we just picked up.



Pasta, espresso, pizza...the holy trifecta of all that is good in Italy.



Oh yeah...the gelato! Never had one bad scoop!



Tomorrow...Lugano and Como!
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Villa D'este at Lake Como. Doesn't get any better than that. Did you get down to Maranello for a Ferrari factory tour? Did this last September. Cannot recommend it highly enough! Amazing!
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What a fantastic adventure!
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GT3, food, style, coffee, views, hotels, Lake Como (driven around the time of the Concorso D'Eleganza, and it was insane). This thread doesn't get any better. Thanks for sharing.

PS - wait, where's the wine?
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My wife and I cycle with friends in Europe often. We are so disappointed that we didn't think to organize picking up our T in Europe last May. We were in Spain three weeks before our car left the factory for NA. These pictures by C5driver bring back memories of our cycling trip in the mountains surrounding Lake Como. Maybe we need to order another P car so we can experience European delivery :-)





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great photos and details, drive safe
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Old 04-26-2019, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SB27 View Post
Villa D'este at Lake Como. Doesn't get any better than that. Did you get down to Maranello for a Ferrari factory tour? Did this last September. Cannot recommend it highly enough! Amazing!
No...We're going to save that for another trip. I'm sure it'll be worth it! We wanted to head west to Monaco and Provence.


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What a fantastic adventure!


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GT3, food, style, coffee, views, hotels, Lake Como (driven around the time of the Concorso D'Eleganza, and it was insane). This thread doesn't get any better. Thanks for sharing.

PS - wait, where's the wine?
Wine was cheaper than water...well, it seemed like that!

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My wife and I cycle with friends in Europe often. We are so disappointed that we didn't think to organize picking up our T in Europe last May. We were in Spain three weeks before our car left the factory for NA. These pictures by C5driver bring back memories of our cycling trip in the mountains surrounding Lake Como. Maybe we need to order another P car so we can experience European delivery :-)

This...is an amazing shot and desktop worthy! Gorgeous! Cycling on some of those back roads takes some serious courage. When cars are side by side, there's not much room, let alone enough for bikes!

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We're back and we made it safe, although there were some heart stopping moments! Thank you!
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:42 PM
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Villa d'Este opened about a week before we arrived and it often felt like we were the only ones there. However, gauging the size of the entrance and the number of rooms, I don't think this will ever feel like Disneyland!





With as many people crossing borders in Europe, it was relatively easy (except for entering Switzerland from Germany!). This is the Italian/Swiss border. No controls to speak of...just drive through.



The short drive to Lugano, Switzerland was incredible! We drove the other direction heading into Italy, but it was at the end of a 6 hour drive and we couldn't appreciate it like we did this time.



Ninja-like parking skills I don't get worked up over a bump or a scrape, especially since the GT4 is so low that the front lip catches on everything. It's a consumable and just like I have a spare lip for the GT4, I'll be getting one for the GT3, which I believe is cheaper.



Remember that laser dance scene at the end of Oceans 12? That was me getting out of the passenger side



Lugano is a very Italian Swiss town!



Of course, not speaking the language can have its moments like this. We grabbed ticket coming in, but I thought we paid on the way out, either at the gate or with an attendant. There are actually validation meters a few floors down, which we have to use to get out. Parked the car...ran down...ran up...wallah! There were a LOT of moments like this, where we'd be in the wrong lane or not knowing what a sign says, in spite of having a copy of all the major local signs. We winged it and didn't sweat the occasional hiccup which may have otherwise spoiled our limited time there.

Uscita - Italian for exit
Sortie - French for exit
Ausfahrt - German for exit.



Back to Italy. I had no idea why I picked this lane, but it worked and I just drove through!



The town of Como.



Dinner was a pizza, frutti di mare, fries, and the best damn frito misto that I've ever had!



This is the road that bisects Cernobbio. The entrance to the hotel is about a couple hundred yards down. Traffic was nil and I took the opportunity to be a tourist!



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Beautiful car, I love the color. Also, looks like an epic trip. Everytime I buy a car I talk about a Euro delivery but for whatever reason I dont make it happen. Next one for sure.
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by 360MVA View Post
Beautiful car, I love the color. Also, looks like an epic trip. Everytime I buy a car I talk about a Euro delivery but for whatever reason I dont make it happen. Next one for sure.
Thank you. Our biggest challenge was timing/scheduling. Finding a three week meeting-free gap as well as balancing her schedule, weather, availability for each property we stayed at and a date that was available with Porsche...well, that was a huge task, but so well worth it!
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Old 04-29-2019, 05:50 PM
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Last day in Cernobbio and it was a wet one. Timing was good, since it was a travel day!





This was about 9:30 in the morning at the peak of breakfast!





They had given us some peonys, champagne, and fruit, but we don't drink champagne. It was a shame to leave the flowers though.



Amazing stay and the property lives up to its reputation!



The car was a little bit heaver from a few days of shopping and miscellaneous stuff we accumulated along the way. There was plenty of room in the back, but it just took a while longer to load up.



Toll roads...holy cow. There are basically two types in Italy...the ones you pay as you go and the ones where you take a ticket and pay when you exit. We always chose the carte lane and bring at least one Visa/Mastercard. There were a number of places, including toll roads, that didn't like AMEX. Also, if the magnetic strip on the card is hosed, it'll be good to whip out the spare. Helps when you have three impatient Italians behind you



Italian motorways were generally in great condition. Maybe not as pretty as German or Swiss, but well maintained.



The nerdy/obligatory ODO shot



Santa Margherita Ligure was as close as we could be to Portofino. In October 2018, a storm hit the Ligurian coast and washed away the only road into the town, essentially closing off any tourist or business traffic. After several months of rebuilding, they reopened the road the day we left Timing is everything, however, we lucked out, since Portofino and the surrounding region is a two day trip at most and Portofino itself is probably a half day visit. It's bigger in name only.



Local wine and dishes are the order of the day. We didn't want prime rib or steaks, but to try whatever regional specialties or native dishes we could find, including local wines. Out of all the dishes we had, one of the top three had to have been a simple spaghetti and clams. There was literally nothing that could have been improved on this dish. The most simple selections are the most transparent, since there's no heavy sauces or textures to mask imperfections and this one was just perfect.







Clear skies for the next day...Portofino and Cinque Terre, a series of five colorful coastal towns in a protected region. This is a must see for anyone visiting the Ligurian Coast. They live up to the hype and probably worth a two day visit. The colors on screen didn't come out well, but it was amazing in person! You could hike from town to town or take a train or boat. We took the train, since we were there only for the day.











Dinner at a small mom and pop restaurant in Rapallo with mom taking orders and serving, was good, but we were shocked at how good the home made bread was. It came in a nondescript bread bag, but after five of these bread bags, we were convinced it was the best bread we have ever tried. Again...simple, but the execution, including temperature and pairing it with a local produced olive oil, was near perfect.



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what a beautiful car and story, thank you for posting all of it.
can't wait to get back there this September for Monza
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Great thread! Keep the pics coming.

We've been fortunate enough to take many trips, rent cars and visit most of the places you've posted. I agree with most of your comments - especially those about Switzerland being uptight and always pricy... We just did a spring break trip there in mid-March - flying into Stuttgart, renting an S-class (LWB), driving with many stops through Strasbourg, Alsace, Freiburg, Black Forest, Fribourg, Gruyères, Montreux, Lausanne, Bern, Interlaken, Berner Oberland, Lucerne, Zurich and back to Stuttgart for Porsche and MB museums. A week after we returned home, our new GT3T arrived. So it was like a delayed "souvenir" so to speak...

Speaking of souvenirs, I hope you are keeping the Swiss Vignette decal on your windshield!
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Must spend more time in Europe! Thanks for taking us along.
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Originally Posted by IORR View Post
what a beautiful car and story, thank you for posting all of it.
can't wait to get back there this September for Monza
Monza was on the schedule for us, since we arrived Como on a Saturday and Sunday was their track day (tourist). However, the weather was too nice that day and there was a possibility of rain the other days, which altered our schedule (AKA...travelling with a significant other )

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Great thread! Keep the pics coming.

We've been fortunate enough to take many trips, rent cars and visit most of the places you've posted. I agree with most of your comments - especially those about Switzerland being uptight and always pricy... We just did a spring break trip there in mid-March - flying into Stuttgart, renting an S-class (LWB), driving with many stops through Strasbourg, Alsace, Freiburg, Black Forest, Fribourg, Gruyères, Montreux, Lausanne, Bern, Interlaken, Berner Oberland, Lucerne, Zurich and back to Stuttgart for Porsche and MB museums. A week after we returned home, our new GT3T arrived. So it was like a delayed "souvenir" so to speak...

Speaking of souvenirs, I hope you are keeping the Swiss Vignette decal on your windshield!
That's a nice souvenir to come home to! Congratulations! There seems to be an inverse relationship between freedom and structure, and the Swiss have nailed the latter. Beautiful country though.

Funny you mentioned the vignette. When I first put it on, I was thinking to just gently apply one corner of it so I wouldn't need a razor blade and alcohol to remove it once we were out of CH, but upon applying it in the lower left corner, it looked too good to remove. It's probably chemically bonded to the glass now


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Must spend more time in Europe! Thanks for taking us along.
Returning the favor!
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