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Old 03-05-2008, 04:25 PM
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I'm finally going!

Ok, I'm really super excited... and nervous. So I won't be an ED virgin anymore. I've been with the BMW family since May 2000 when I first started working for BMW of San Francisco and I remember wondering how amazing the concept was of being able to pick up a BMW in Munich and really make a wonderful driving adventure. I thought- one of these days, I gotta do that.

So I'll be picking up a 335i Convertible and I'm confirmed for May 2nd. I thought that picking up a vert in Spring would be most enjoyable. ChrisCheung, Calif65GM, and ajranft- I'll be hoping to see you guys there.

My wife, Kim, and I will be going for vacation. I'm blessed and grateful that my center is sending us over to experience Welt delivery firsthand. While I would've liked to have gone to the grand opening to the Welt, I felt that Spring delivery would be a perfect time for us and I didn't want to take up an ED slot from anyone who wanted to pick up during those early days of the Welt opening.

Now, I'd love to say that I'm picking up my very own 335i Convertible, I must confess that this will be our dealership's promotional European Delivery BMW that will ultimately be made available for sale at redelivery. Consider this an experiential learing experience on behalf of those who have never done ED and for those who are ED veterans.

I sent Jspira a pm last month letting him know- he was the first to know actually- and I can't thank him enough for his suggestions. I let the cat out of the bag in another thread and loved the ribbing about itinerary suggestions from you guys. I'll get to that momentarily.

The plane tickets have been reserved with Lufthansa using the 2 for 1 program. I figured since BMW has a partnership with them, I gotta give them the business. Why not?

I'll be leaving on April 30 and arriving on May 1. I'd really like to know if anybody has any art museum suggestions since my wife and I are avid art lovers.

Since we'll be picking up on May 2nd, we'll be heading to Nice for departure back to the States on May 7 in the am, so we'll be dropping off on May 6th. Any and all suggestions between Munich and Nice are welcome although I'm very inclined to visit Milan in between. I think Monaco would be cool, too. Again, any art museums or gallery suggestions would be welcome as that's what we'd like to check out during our stay.

While I'll be checking out the hotel links, I truly trust any of your recommendations and suggestions.

Thanks without end to all of you and particularly to those who I've assisted with your European Deliveries. It's an honor to be in your ED shoes.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:30 PM
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Congrats Adrian! Its about time. i enjoyed meeting your wife and especially the beer you bought for me last time we mey

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Old 03-05-2008, 04:33 PM
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You have just about 4 days with the car for all intents and purposes and you are thinking of four destinations.

Nein.

We need to rein this in a bit.

Things to consider.
1.) Monaco is not on BMW NA´s approved list of countries
2.) Milan is a big chaotic Italian city - unless you have tickets for La Scala that night, I can´t recommend just driving through


You might consider Verona, in fact I think you and Kim would love Villa Quaranta

For art, München has many great museums, Neue Pinakothek, Alte Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, just to name three.

Anyway, dinner time but I´ll keep thinking.
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Congrats on your future ED!

With all the plethora of valuable information you give on the board, I would've swore you were going on like your tenth one!

Truly though, enjoy it to the fullest! You know that you will be required to give a long and detailed ED report.
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Congrats Adrian! Its about time. i enjoyed meeting your wife and especially the beer you bought for me last time we mey

So who is your CA how much over ED Invoice
Thanks, bro.

Yeah, that was a cool hang especially at Bimmerfest last year. That reminds me. It was a tough decision to pass on Bimmerfest this year. I really wanted to go. Next year for sure. I think Phillipek will be going. I told him it'd be great if he could go. Yeah, you heard me PK!

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Adrian, I am planning a route very much the same as you. Going to Monaco and staying 3 days and dropping the car off in Nice. The only problem is what to do if the car cannot go as part of not being covered by the insurance. JSpira may be able to shed more light on this. I had realized this to just now. If you are, in fact able to do it, I recommend the Vista Palace Hotel outside Monaco. I got pretty good rates and looks gorgeous....
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Hey Adrian, need anyone to carry your luggage? If the weather is nice, enjoy a nice drive through the Alps and into northern Italy. If you like art, you can't beat Florence. Enjoy your trip! Hope you have weather like I had last April, I drove with my top down the entire time I was there. I can assure you 140 mph with the top down is a blast!!
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You have just about 4 days with the car for all intents and purposes and you are thinking of four destinations.

Nein.

We need to rein this in a bit.

Things to consider.
1.) Monaco is not on BMW NA´s approved list of countries
2.) Milan is a big chaotic Italian city - unless you have tickets for La Scala that night, I can´t recommend just driving through


You might consider Verona, in fact I think you and Kim would love Villa Quaranta

For art, München has many great museums, Neue Pinakothek, Alte Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne, just to name three.

Anyway, dinner time but I´ll keep thinking.
I love how you're treating my itinerary like a custom suit. Sweet!

Okay, scratch Monaco. Duly noted.

I figured Milan was crazy, and I've only been to Malpensa Airport which doesn't count.

Thanks for the museum suggestions, btw.

Verona is definitely noted.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:11 PM
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Adrian- As your dealership will be stuck with a used car from your upcoming boondoggle, let me put in the first bid at taking it off your hands for 50% off. If my bid is acceptable, let me know so I can tell you what colors and options to order before it hits production status. Oh yeah, I'd appreciate it if you and your wife be careful to not spill your gellato on my new leather seats- otherwise enjoy the trip and be sure to follow break-in speeds with my new baby.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:13 PM
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If the weather is nice, enjoy a nice drive through the Alps and into northern Italy. If you like art, you can't beat Florence. Enjoy your trip! Hope you have weather like I had last April, I drove with my top down the entire time I was there. I can assure you 140 mph with the top down is a blast!!
Wow, Florence, huh? Good call.

If I'm gonna go 140mph, I'm gonna have to buy my wife a blindfold and keep a barf bag handy.
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Congrats Adrian's BMW.. I am going to . Pick up on May 3. Probably return on May 12 at Nice. Still working on that itenerary..I hope our paths cross., and for you that the weather holds up. It looks like it will be in the 60s during the day and 40s at night.. brrr..

Why would insurance not cover in Monaco? May be it s small country and they just left it off? Shoot. I was planning to go there too.
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Adrian,
Congratulations! Pretty exciting for you and your wife. I can understand now why you've been a little distracted lately. Just make sure you get my deal done before you go, OK.
Oh, I guess that trip out to Steamboat will have to wait until next year. Too bad, it's been a record year for them.
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Adrian- As your dealership will be stuck with a used car from your upcoming boondoggle, let me put in the first bid at taking it off your hands for 50% off. If my bid is acceptable, let me know so I can tell you what colors and options to order before it hits production status. Oh yeah, I'd appreciate it if you and your wife be careful to not spill your gellato on my new leather seats- otherwise enjoy the trip and be sure to follow break-in speeds with my new baby.

You shall be the among the first I call. I won't put too many miles on her.

Oh, and I'm not one to eat in cars, so no worries about the gellato.

Thankfully, this car won't be titled, so you'll be in good shape to lease it, too.
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Old 03-05-2008, 05:21 PM
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Adrian,
Congratulations! Pretty exciting for you and your wife. I can understand now why you've been a little distracted lately. Just make sure you get my deal done before you go, OK.
Oh, I guess that trip out to Steamboat will have to wait until next year. Too bad, it's been a record year for them.
Yeah, no snowboarding trip this winter. I gave up Bimmerfest and a snowboarding trip to do this, but I know it'll be worth it. Next year though.

Got your email, btw. Thanks.
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I found that Villa Ephrussi de Rothscild to be amazing. Lots of art, sculptures, beautiful gardens, and spectacular views of the Med. and Nice. Highly recommend!!!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_E..._de_Rothschild

Many other places in and around Nice:
Avignon: Pope palace
Aix en Provence
Grand Canyon Du Verdon
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Hey!! Finally, man... All talk & no action, now you're going.

Congratulations.

In agreement with Herr Spira -- there's nothing to do in Milan. Except shopping.

Coming down to Nice -- make sure you see

Gorges du Verdon:

http://www.provenceweb.fr/e/groupes/verdon/gorges.htm

I've done a lot of research on this these past 2 weeks (I'll be non-ED driving this itinerary fall 08). The best routed recommended seems to be from Castellane down to D71, then going WEST.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...=12&iwloc=addr
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Thanks, bro.

Yeah, that was a cool hang especially at Bimmerfest last year. That reminds me. It was a tough decision to pass on Bimmerfest this year. I really wanted to go. Next year for sure. I think Phillipek will be going. I told him it'd be great if he could go. Yeah, you heard me PK!

Who's my CA and how much over?? Answer: Me and no comment.
How about***********: How much under?

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Congratulations Adrian!

You may consider Munich to Cernobbio on Lake Como via the San. Bernardino pass. Spend a full day there, taking the Vaporetto Ferry to Bellagio and Como itself. A nice relatively affordable hotel is Hotel Miralago right in Cernobbio only a few steps from the Ferry dock.

The following day drive to Nice. Don't bother stopping in Milan. There are a number of Museums displaying the French Impressionist Masters and that will make for an enjoyable day in Nice, while also enjoying the Cote d'Azur. I also would recommend a day in Provence and possibly spending a night in the country, then meander back to Nice for the drop-off.

Have a great time!
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Great news Adrian! We may cross paths.

BTW, the factories are closed on May 2, due to the May 1 holiday, and weekend following. So, you may want to see if you can fit a factory tour in somewhere on your itinerary, if that's important to you. It certainly was for me!
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Hey Adrian, that's great news! If you don't mind my minor threadjack...

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1.) Monaco is not on BMW NA´s approved list of countries
Jonathan, I was planning on driving through there and seeing the Casino. What is the implication of it not being 'approved'. Is it really worth me driving around it, to go to Nice, only to take the train back to Monaco?
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Jonathan, I was planning on driving through there and seeing the Casino. What is the implication of it not being 'approved'. Is it really worth me driving around it, to go to Nice, only to take the train back to Monaco?
Great question. It means that BMW has published a list of countries (all Eu nations plus CH) to which one is permitted to drive your car and all others are verboten. They are working on issues such as Monaco and other countries.
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Great question. It means that BMW has published a list of countries (all Eu nations plus CH) to which one is permitted to drive your car and all others are verboten. They are working on issues such as Monaco and other countries.
The way to get around this is to stay in France and just walk into Monaco.
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