Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > The Best of Bimmerfest! > European Delivery

European Delivery
The place to share your experiences and tips related to "ED"... View the ED Wiki -- View the Pick-Up Date Calendar -- Add Your Pick-Up Date to the Calendar

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-29-2007, 08:31 PM
4tune81 4tune81 is offline
Registered User
Location: SF Bay Area
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 36
Mein Auto: 07 335i E92 coupe
ED Report: June 1 pickup and 19 day trip

12 hour rule? What’s that? Hey, if I can post within the 12-days-after-I-return, I’m happy.

My wife and I recently returned from picking up our Montego blue, 335i coupe and 19-day European vacation, with a few additional days tacked on at the end to visit relatives in NY state. Our itinerary was previously outlined in http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=4tune81 and we ended up sticking quite closely to plan.

As we traveled, I kept a journal and posted it to a personal blog http://vernhardtsvoyages.blogspot.com. You are welcome to read it, though (warning!) it contains a level of detail that goes beyond most bimmerfest trip journals. Since it served as both a trip journal and a blog for family and friends, there’s a lot of chronicling of exactly what was eaten and other trivia that may bore the average reader but will serve as mnemonic triggers for my wife and me. If you want day-to-days (and then some), that’s where to find it…I’m not going to re-post here or attempt to edit it down, but will just summarize a few highlights and take-aways.

In general, it was a fantastic trip, and almost without exception turned out as well or better than we had hoped. The car was a dream, food was fantastic, climate was usually our friend and our luck held throughout. We were fortunate enough to have carved out almost three weeks for the European travel portion, and I would encourage anyone doing an ED to stay as long as their career or personal life will allow. I know that there are circumstances for many people that dictate a quick trip to pick up a car and return to the USA, but if it’s an option, I highly recommend sticking around and seeing a few things!

My wife and I have traveled in Europe before, so our itinerary was keyed off two main principles: A) see new things; B) experience variety. For this reason, we opted for a relatively aggressive schedule, and wanted to mix it up with cities, smaller towns, alpine scenery, island resort relaxation and a variety of accommodations that ranged from small local inns to Marriotts.

We visited Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. It was a small taste of many places, and left us with a bit list of “we’ve gotta to back to see”s. But in retrospect, I’m not sure we would have changed the schedule much, if at all.

Here is a random list of 10 Take Aways. Some bullet points are advice, some are observations, some (like point #4), may only be justifications for our behavior:
  1. Research & Plan (or know your options) – there have been several threads about the advantages of the “plan it out” vs. “go with the flow” approaches to travel. I’ve done both, and personally think that what fits best may be a function of age. When I was in college and backpacking around Europe with a Eurail Pass and a few bucks, I was all about the improvisation. Now that I’m 50 with a limited time for vacation, I’m much more into planning it out (imagine that!). Either way, I think that research is a great tool. Whether you have all your hotels pre-booked or go from day to day, it helps to have a good sense of your options are and do a bit of pre-reading, movie watching, map studying, internet surfing, etc. In general, we enjoyed the Eyewitness Guide series of books, with exploded drawings and multiple maps, though we found the Vienna books frustrating in how it divided the city into sectors that were hard to cross-reference.

  2. Pack light. Even for travel with a car, we were really happy that we had gotten everything into a couple of small roller suitcases, a small backpack, carry-on shoulder bag and a computer briefcase. We checked our rollers, rather than carry them on, because of the whole business with liquids these days. Nonetheless, packing and dragging bags to and from hotels takes a lot of time, and the less one drags, the faster it is. We also followed the advice to not pack any item that wouldn’t be worn several times and had underwear, socks, and clothes that could be hand washed and were quick drying for “in-room self-serve laundry.”

  3. Have a GPS. We have a Garmin Nüvi, and were able to “borrow” a SD card with European maps which made our lives much simpler (as has been commented upon a length in other threads). Unfortunately, we learned when we were there that the v.8 version of the Garmin/Navteq maps does not include Hungary, Croatia or Slovenia.

  4. Beer is good nutrition. We drank wonderful beers in all of the countries, and my wife became a big fan of Radler, the mixture of beer and fizzy lemonade (or in some cases, 7-Up). Sounded terrible, but drank much better!

  5. Breakfast buffets rock! We made the best of the fantastic buffets that were available in most of the hotels. After a while, my greed dissipated and I mellowed out to a few choices, but I continued to enjoy the variety and quantity.

  6. Keep enough cash on hand. ATMs are usually readily available, and VISA, M/C or other plastic can be used for many things, but always have enough cash for a couple of masses of beer and a pretzel. You’ll probably need cash for that. Additionally, now that the credit card companies are charging an additional fee on top of each transaction for performing the currency conversion, traditional traveler checks are looking good again.

  7. Germany was not as expensive as we thought it would be, and Czech Republic and Hungary were not as inexpensive as we'd expected.

  8. Public restrooms in Europe have changed. First, they were almost invariably clean, and secondly, unlike I had experienced in past decades, they were generally free, or only occasionally had the “tip obligatory” dish and scowling cleaning person.

  9. Capri pants look bad on 95% of men. Capris on men is a fashion trend that has mercifully stayed mostly outside the continental 48. The older the guy, the worse it looks…like baseball caps worn backward.

  10. Relax and enjoy. In one of his books about European travel, Rick Steves mentions how important it is to stay relaxed and not let stress, expectations or temper get in the way of enjoyment. This was good advice to keep in mind, and on a couple of occasions when I began to get annoyed at something, I reminded myself to chill out, go with the flow, etc. That’s why they call it “vacation!”

The car was great, and lots of fun to drive. Both my wife and I are new to BMW ownership (don’t know how we made it this far without owning one yet considering all the other brands in the garages over the years!). Loved the handling, and the twin-turbo power is sweet!

I’m also a big fan of the Steptronic with paddles. I know there are many die-hard manual-shift fanatics out there, and I don’t want to re-open that useless debate, but for our money, the automatic was quick and responsive and the paddle shifters gave us the manual control we desired in certain conditions (e.g. Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse).

Now the long wait for the car to be re-delivered. Here are a few pix of the car. All the photos of us and the beautiful sights have been eliminated, leaving only the shots where the car is the star. Some of the others can be found for those interested on our blog or will be posted later when we upload to a photo site.

1) picking up the car
2) Croatia - coming over a pass toward the Dalmatian coast
3) Vienna - with the Riesenrad in background
4) On the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse
5) On the banks of Chiemsee
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 004.jpg
Views:	260
Size:	136.3 KB
ID:	113481   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 323.jpg
Views:	151
Size:	162.5 KB
ID:	113482   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 241.jpg
Views:	104
Size:	90.4 KB
ID:	113483   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 430.jpg
Views:	148
Size:	148.8 KB
ID:	113484   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 499.jpg
Views:	231
Size:	243.6 KB
ID:	113485  

Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 06-30-2007, 06:35 AM
X3 Skier's Avatar
X3 Skier X3 Skier is offline
Powder Days
Location: Ohio and Colorado
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,950
Mein Auto: 2005 X3 2.5i (ED 2004)
1) Nice report.

2) Love the color.

3) Planning ahead is good but being flexible is better.

4) Capri Pants on Geezers like me? Sounds like spandex on women over 70.

Cheers
__________________
Just Some Consultant

"I never understood the dread term "terminal illness" until I saw Heathrow for myself." Dennis Hopper
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-30-2007, 09:51 AM
cvb cvb is offline
Love the 'Fest
Location: Seattle,WA
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 728
Mein Auto: 2011 M3 Convertible
Very nice write up.
Congratulations!
__________________

Current Ride: 2011 M3 Convertible
Silverstone/Fox Red. DCT, ZCV, ZCW, ZP2, EDC, 19", Premium Sound and Satellite Radio

Coming Soon:
2000 E38 740iL

Recent Former BMWs:
2008 E60 535xi (via European Delivery)
ED Trip Report Link
2003½
E46 M3 6-Speed
2004 E53 X5

BMWCCA Member since 2002
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-30-2007, 12:45 PM
bimmer_fam's Avatar
bimmer_fam bimmer_fam is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: San Francisco
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,023
Mein Auto: '13 328i, '13 Chevy Volt
Congrats on the car! Looks like you enjoyed your trip.

Sorry we missed you at EDC on 06/01(we've picked up our car early the same morning).
__________________
Chevy Volt (600+ MPG to date)
MY2013 328i (wife's new ride)
Retired:
ED2010 - MY11 328i SpaceGray/ChestnutBrwn, Premium, 6MT 05/06/10, re-delivered 07/24/2010
2010 Audi A4 Quattro
ED2007 - MY07 328i SparklingGraphite/Blk, ZSP, 6MT, 6FL 06/01/07, re-delivered 07/23/07
2007 X3si
2004 325i
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-30-2007, 02:20 PM
tjgolden tjgolden is offline
tjgolden
Location: San Diego
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 130
Mein Auto: 2007 Lexus LS460
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4tune81 View Post
[*]Capri pants look bad on 95% of men. Capris on men is a fashion trend that has mercifully stayed mostly outside the continental 48. The older the guy, the worse it looks…like baseball caps worn backward.
+1
__________________

2007 Lexus LS460
2008 BMW 535i
tjgolden@san.rr.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-30-2007, 07:29 PM
dencoop's Avatar
dencoop dencoop is offline
'Fest Sponsor
Location: 2351 Hylan Blvd Staten Island NY
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,752
Mein Auto: F80 and F01
Congrats on the new toy, love the color
__________________
ExoticMotorWorld@gmail.com
www.ExoticMotorWorld.com

On Order:15 Ferrari Cali T
Current:15 M3,15 F01
Previous:15 M4'14 Quotroporte V8tt'14 F33 EB2,14 Ferrari Cali,14 F15 N63tu,13 991 C4S Cab,14 F15 N63tu,11 W212W4d,13 Chrysler T&C,13 E92 M3 Lime Rock Park,13 F12,13 W212W4,12 E70d,12 F01 hybrid,12 MDX, '11 LS3 Camaro Cab,12 E70d,11 E89,11 GLK350,11 E70,11 C300,10 MDX,09 E93, 09 Civic,07 E70,06 E90,05CR-V SE,04Accord EXLV6, 01Accord EXLV6,00 Maxima,93 E190,91Accord,88Accord,86Accord
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-02-2007, 08:02 PM
4tune81 4tune81 is offline
Registered User
Location: SF Bay Area
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 36
Mein Auto: 07 335i E92 coupe
more pix

Finally got around to posting the rest of the photos online. For anyone interested, they're at: http://picasaweb.google.com/vernhardt . Below is a small sample of "non-car" shots. There are about 490 others on the picasaweb album.

I also forgot to thank the members of this forum in my previous post. Without all the advice, tips and trip reports, I'm sure our trip -- and the whole ED process --would not have been as smooth. I'm sure we would have missed some cool sites (Melk Abbey and Durnstein come to mind) or wasted time and/or money just from being uninformed.

My biggest regret was not remembering the stuff about the car wash near MADA. We had gotten the car cleaned part way thru the trip, but there were still a lot of bug corpses decorating the grill when we dropped it off.

1) Cesky Krumlov
2) Self portrait
3) My wife overlooking the Danube valley from Melk Abbey
4) The town of Sepurin on Prvic Island off Dalmatian Coast
5) Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
6) Bottoms up at Kloster Andechs
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 121.jpg
Views:	71
Size:	126.8 KB
ID:	113852   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 125.jpg
Views:	87
Size:	133.6 KB
ID:	113853   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 162.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	88.3 KB
ID:	113854   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 332.jpg
Views:	69
Size:	116.3 KB
ID:	113855   Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 370.jpg
Views:	70
Size:	213.4 KB
ID:	113856  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Reload-Eurovacation 564.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	145.1 KB
ID:	113857  
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-02-2007, 08:32 PM
JSpira's Avatar
JSpira JSpira is offline
Freude am Fahren
Location: New York, München, Wien
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 19,575
Mein Auto: Fünfer und Dreier
Quote:
Originally Posted by 4tune81 View Post

I also forgot to thank the members of this forum in my previous post. Without all the advice, tips and trip reports, I'm sure our trip -- and the whole ED process --would not have been as smooth. I'm sure we would have missed some cool sites (Melk Abbey and Durnstein come to mind) or wasted time and/or money just from being uninformed.
Glad you made it to Stift Melk and Dürnstein. The Wachau is one of my favorite regions in Europe.
__________________
Freude am Fahren.
-Jonathan





F10 2014 535d M Sport Mondstein Metallic
F10 2012 ActiveHybrid 5 Azuritschwarz Metallic
MB 2011 E350 BlueTec
E70 2011 X5 xDrive35d*
E90 2010 335d*
E60 2008 550i*

E90 2006 330xi*
E90 2006 325i
E90 2006 330xi*
E39 2003 530i*
E46 2000 328Ci*
E36 1996 328iS*
E36 1992 325i*
E30 1991 318is*
E21 1982 320iS*
E21 1979 320 (6-Zyl)*
*retired
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-02-2007, 09:43 PM
joe321mrk's Avatar
joe321mrk joe321mrk is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: PA
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 184
Mein Auto: 328I
Oh my. I am tired from just reading about it. I max out at about 3 days away from home. Congratulations!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-02-2007, 11:13 PM
emdreiSMG's Avatar
emdreiSMG emdreiSMG is offline
weissbiermeister
Location: Orange County, Calif.
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 1,255
Mein Auto: F355 GTS, '11&'14 535Mspt
Capris=stupid GAY
I don't care about looking like a Californian, wearing Tommy B. shorts when I'm in Europe.

Glad you had fun and stayed away from their goofy styles when it didn't suit you or your body type!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > The Best of Bimmerfest! > European Delivery
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms