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Old 06-01-2005, 10:43 AM
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Hi Folks,

Just got back from 3 weeks of utter bliss driving my new Interlagos Blue M3 around Europe.
Flew in to Munich on Lufthansa (my wonderful and gracious wife treated us to Business Class tickets ).
BTW, although it doesn't have any charm whatsoever, I heartily recommend Le Meridien in Munich.
You will get plenty of charm on the road, so if you want to relax after your flight, and recover for the big day (delivery) at the spa, you can't go wrong with this hotel.
Whole trip was winged for the most part, but if you stick to Relais & Chateaux's in France and Italy and the Parador chain in Spain, you are in for a treat. A deserved special mention also for the Hotel Reconquista in Oviedo and Hotel de Londres in San Sebastián.
If anybody has any questions or needs recommendations, feel free to drop me a line.

Our itinerary took us through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain.
Total mileage: 3500. The first 1200 were hell because of the break in. After that,
a quick pit stop for an oil change, sport button activated and, well, you can imagine...
I must be on several radar camera shots in each of these countries.
I hope I don't receive anything in the mail...

Car was dropped off in Madrid. I filled out the paperwork on a Friday and had somebody drop it off for me on Monday (our plane left at 6:00 a.m.)
so that I could keep the car for the weekend. Everything went smoothly and without a hitch.
Mrs. Grueso (who runs the office) was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with.

And now, without further , here are some pics to wet your appetite.
I can post more if there's any interest (I took over 800...). I'll be putting up a site to document the whole thing in the near future.
Truly a trip of a lifetime. There is really no other way to buy a car...

Now it's time to wait for my car. It's just been three days and it's already killing me.
I have my E36 M3 and All Road to drive around, but frankly, they just don't compare.
I am truly amazed at the E46 M3. I knew it was good. Just not *that* good...

You know you've come to the right place when the first thing you see at the airport is...



Plenty of this in Munich. Non stop as a matter of fact...



The big day. I was hung over and feeling ill. But I quickly recovered...



All right, brother. I know how everything works. Let me drive the damn thing!



Car in front of the hotel Le Meridien in Munich



The pic speaks for itself...



Lake Cuomo and Villa d'Este.



All I can say is that them Cardinals knew how to live.



In my humble opinion, this little town is far more beautiful than Bellagio.



Lake Maggiore.



Ah, the Italian Alps...



If you're into cycling, you know what this is...


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This is where you want to stay in San Sebastián.





The beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar. The whole town is a pearl.
This is an obligated stop in the north of Spain. Period.



One of the most beautiful hotels in the north of Spain.
Hotel de la Reconquista in Oviedo. Stunning.

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Old 06-01-2005, 10:45 AM
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View from our hotel room in the Asturian countryside.
Asturias is beautiful. Of course I'm biased. That's where I'm from.



This, believe it or not, is just average cruising speed in Spain.



The most beautiful Parador in Spain. Right across from the Cathedral in Santiago.





That's all for now, folks. Hope you enjoy these.
If you're on the fence about Euro Delivery, go for it. You won't regret it.
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:51 AM
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Just another Relais & Chateaux in Provence.



Well, wouldn't you know it. We were in Monaco and the Grand Prix was running.
What a coincidence I actually ran several laps (have them on video), stormed through the tunnel
(80 was the max I could do because of the rain). It was great fun.
If you're into F1, you know what a treat this was...





A truly magnificent building. The Palais des Papes in Avignon.



France is just beautiful. I can't say it enough times.
Here's Provence.



The great Tourmalet. I just had to ride this one to the top.
Unfortunately the last leg was closed because of the snow.
Still, a very impressive col.



Is she hot or what???



Had to stop at Lourdes and ask for our own miracles...



First car wash before entering Navarra (Spain). The car was a real mess.

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Old 06-01-2005, 10:58 AM
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Sweet ride, sweet vacation. I was in Como last week. Stayed in Moltrasio also. I can't agree with you more about Vila Balbianello & the town of Leno-it was my favourite. Keep posting more pics man.
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Excellent pics and preliminary write-up. Please do post when you have your real write-up and website up, I'd like to take a look.

Saturday morning I sold my e36 M3 and took re-delivery of my e46 M3. I agree with everything you said about the difference. It is an amazingly superior car. Far more edgy in every way. Absolutely amazing when just cruising at 125 mph.

Otherwise, I was actually glad to say goodbye to my e36 in the end. It was a great car, and I can only hope the e46 is as reliable, but certainly not in the same league for driving. But true to its near perfect character, it sold itself the same day my new car arrived!

edit: BTW: What town is "In my humble opinion, this little town is far more beautiful than Bellagio."
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Great pics! Looks like a perfect trip. Spain is my favourite country on earth!
Oh...do you want to sell those wheels?
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Old 06-01-2005, 12:35 PM
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Old 06-01-2005, 01:19 PM
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You got to drive the F1 course in Monaco? You suck!

Interlagos is beautiful.
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Great post!

3500 miles? I've completed 3 ED's within the past 4 years and I racked up about that same amount combined. Way to really milk it for all it's worth in one go!

Oh, and the color combo doesn't reek either.

If you've got anymore pics of the Cinnamon and IB exterior together (or even just the interior exclusively) you can post in this thread it would be appreciated. I think my buddy, and old pal TD330ci would also be much obliged, too.
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You got to drive the F1 course in Monaco? You suck!

Interlagos is beautiful.
That's impressive that you can drive the course with all the barriers up, but give the layout of the country, I guess they don't have much of a choice. My drive around the course took a little more imagination as only the curbing was visible at that time. 80 in the tunnel? I don't think I broke 25mph in the entire time in Monaco due to traffic. Still, awesome pics and I want to go again asap.
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Old 06-01-2005, 07:43 PM
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Thank you all very much for the kind words. And I also have to thank this forum in particular for the many informative threads I read up on in the last couple of months.
Seeing many of the pics and all the words of encouragement in general really made it a no brainer for me.

The track at Monaco was fully set up- barriers, curbs, ads, banners, pits, etc. We got there on the Thursday before the race. I think the Porsche GT2 cup was runing that day (practice?). Yes, traffic was atrocious. The first lap was bumper to bumper.
It always clears out a bit before the tunnel. On the second lap, His Emminence I guess was on my side and the three cars I had in front all of a sudden cleared out before the 180 downhill turn before the tunnel. Since I had no traffic behind me either, I slowed down to a crawl to leave as much free space as possible and then gunned it into the tunnel. I did hit 80 briefly.
Seriously, it was slippery as hell and I could feel the car squirming.
Another fun thing was riding the race curbs.
It really felt like the car was going to fall apart. I can only imagine what it must feel like in an F1.

E36M3r: I'll have to ask my wife the name of the town. I'll let you know.
It truly was colorful and beautiful. There was a small hotel there (Hotel du Lac, I think)
that was charming. Unfortunately it was sold out.
BTW, if you can give me any tips on how to follow the progress of my car to US shores I'd really appreciate it since you seem to be the redelivery guru... I'll try the search function for now.

IndyMike: I'll try to dig up anymore pics that I might have, of the interior but honestly, I don't know if I have that many. I really was only thinking of getting in and driving. Then the scenery took over.
I will however take full shots of the car upon its return and I'll be sure to post them.

MARCUS330: Being from Spain, I appreciate your words.
If you need any tips or suggestions for any future trips to Spain, especially the north or Castilla in general, just drop me a line.

I'll try to have more pics up by tomorrow.
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Don't know why, but I am getting no pictures in this thread. Sounds like other readers are???
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Old 06-01-2005, 08:55 PM
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Beautiful car and great photos... Looking forward to more.

Now I really can't wait for my ED date!
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All right, a bunch more from the Munich/part of Germany leg of the trip...

An anti Nazi demonstration at the Marienplatz.
Apparently, the Nazis were having a political rally there later in the day.
We hung around to see the action, but hords of policemen starting showing up
with anti riot gear, and we thought it was best to move along.



The Olympiapark, site of the 72 Munich Olympics.
Those are BMW's headquarters in the bottom left hand corner...



The olympic pool and platform diving hall. This is a public pool now.
You pay and swim in these (as you can see) unbelievable facilities. Awesome.
Who needs a private pool with this? I'm moving to Germany...



Ah, if you're into soccer you know what this is. The Munich Olympic Stadium,
where one of the greats of soccer, Bayern Munchen, plays. For 1 Euro you can tour the whole stadium at will. For 3 Euros you can actually walk the catwalk along the roof
if you're not afraid of heights. Unbelievable. The stadium is also surrounded by beer gardens, that are actually built into the stadium itself. Can't thimk of a better way to watch a game...





The BMW museum is closed due to renovations until 2007. There is a smaller hall housing a couple of interesting cars for the time being...







Inside an old beer hall in fron of the Opera. Why can't we have beer halls like this in the US instead of the ever present sports bars?



Me signing my life away...



A couple of shots of the interior for those that were interested.



Will you look at that steering wheel? Nice and small, and THICK!
And the suede... Yummy.



Car is loaded up, one last look at the map, and we are ready to go.
I really hated leaving Munich though. I've fallen in love with this city
and can't wait to go back. As a matter of fact I've fallen in love with Germany-
or at least Bavaria. The people are incredibly friendly and nice, but also reserved
wich is something I really appreciate. And the beer...


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The view from our hotel room in Neuschwanstein.
From the other window we had an unobstructed view of the other castle- Hohenschwangau.
If you want views and want to see the castles, this is the place to stay.





Some pics from the walk up to Ludwig's folly.
Again, Bavaria is stunningly beautiful.
I will dedicate my next Euro Delivery solely to this region.
While the rest of Europe was not new to me, Germany was.
And I can't wait to go back...







That tiny bridge in the background hangs over the abyss,
but the views are incredible from there.



An alpine lake. The color was simply magical...



St. Moritz lake. This is quite the resort.
There's a street there that puts Rodeo Dr. to shame. Pretty funny, actually.



Ah, the horror! The four rings... Actually, I own an Audi and like Audis so all is good.



Sunset over St. Moritz- view from our hotel room.



And we make it to Italy. First night on the lake. The cheapest place we stayed at in all our trip. This villa was just OK accomodations wise.
But the views were magnificent. And the restaurant was a little pearl.
You really felt like a house guest at a private villa.
Treat your wife or SO to a candlelit dinner under the stars on that terrace overlooking the lake and she'll be OK spending 10 hours the next day on the road.
That's really how it works...





That's all for now, folks.

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edit: BTW: What town is "In my humble opinion, this little town is far more beautiful than Bellagio."
I'm not the OP, but I believe that is the town of "Varenna." I have an almost identical picture taken from the ferry from our recent X3 ED adventure. The part of the town pictured is to the right of the ferry terminal.

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Bingo! You are correct. Varenna it is... There are two charming hotels there.
Hotel du Lac and Villa Cipressi. Villa Monastero is also spectacular, but I thinks it's a museum.

It really is a small and delightful little town. And far less crowded than Bellagio,
which had tourists swarming everywhere. Maybe we just got lucky with Varenna and were there at the right time of day...
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Bingo! You are correct. Varenna it is... There are two charming hotels there.
Hotel du Lac and Villa Cipressi. Villa Monastero is also spectacular, but I thinks it's a museum.

It really is a small and delightful little town. And far less crowded than Bellagio,
which had tourists swarming everywhere. Maybe we just got lucky with Varenna and were there at the right time of day...
We stayed in Bellagio at the Hotel Metropole, right on the lake. We had no issues whatever with tourists, although we were there 6 weeks ago now (Apr 18-21). I think that every town on the lake has a "Hotel du Lac," as there was one in Bellagio, too. When we went to Varenna, it was basically deserted. We were there right at siesta time, though.

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I believe that is the town of "Varenna."
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