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Old 01-16-2007, 11:53 AM
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ED Trip Report: Munich to Paris & Back

Hi, folks still in the middle of our trip, but wanted to post what we have expricened thus far. Didn't make the 12-hour rule, but had trouble with internet access. Hopefully not too long

Day 1:
Day1 was smooth and uneventful as we started our overnight flight from Charlotte, NC to Munich, Germany. Left just before 8PM. Lufthansa was definitely a step up from the US carriers we have flown. Hot meals (similar to what the US carriers use to give) and complimentary alcoholic beverages, which I have never seen before in coach class. The flight was very smooth, but itís still hard for me to sleep sitting upright.

Day 2:
Nice smooth landing and on time, not bad for an 8-hour flight. We met Rolf just after 10AM (now Munich time) with his BMW sign right where he said he would be. I was a little unsure as we were getting our luggage where in the process we would see his described location. But after finding him, I immediately realized there is no other way to go with your luggage. For those of you meeting him in the future, just remember that itís after luggage pickup and through another set of doors on the same side as the massive BMW grill.

What can I say about Rolf that hasnít been said before. He really made a great start in the experience and after an all night journey, he made it easy for us to get to our hotel. With luggage cart waiting, he took us to his private car just outside the terminal. Great tour guide during the drive and gave us several nice tips. Upon arriving to our hotel, Rolf, even went inside with us and set down in the lobby to give us more sightseeing suggestions and ED tips. Must have spent another 20 minutes with us in the lobby. If there is anyone on the fence trying to decide to use his services, just do it as you want regret it.

Our hotel, the Arabella Sheraton Westpark, was very nice and modern with a U-Bahn station a few feet from the front door. The hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. After our all night journey, we had massive jet lag and against most travel advice, decided to take a nap. We had planned to only take about an hour, but it ended up being 3 hours. Decided to go for an early German dinner and walk around Marienplatz area. A nice ice skating ring was setup nearby and they had a stage with some famous German actors being interviewed/photographed. The German public transportation system (U-Bahn) worked great to get around the city. Didnít stay out to long as we wanted an early start tomorrow.

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Picture 1: Meeting Rolf at the airport
Picture 2: Ice Skating at Marienplatz Square
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Okay, here some more from our trip. Day 3 was rather long, so I separated it between our excellent ED delivery and our later journey to Paris.


Day 3:
We decided to take the U-Bahn to the European Delivery Center. We checked out of our hotel and transported all our luggage to avoid having to drive back into Munich just for luggage pickup. This worked out fine, as the train wasnít that crowded and the walk to the ED center not far. Of course our larger bags have wheels. If you have to carry your bags, take a taxi or get Rolf to transport you.

It was so exciting arriving at the ED Center. Although it was also somewhat familiar thanks to the posters here. We posed in front of the gate and doors for pics just as others have done. Although I canít recall her name, a young blonde women greeted us at the gate and showed us inside as I have seen in other trip reports here. She explained it would be an hour wait. Wasnít that surprised, since we slept in a little longer than I would have liked. I think we arrived sometime after 10AM, so there were already a few folks in front of us. They said they had 12 deliveries that day. Waited in the cafť and was served a few refreshments as we eagerly waited.

A ED rep, Ernst, finally called us to get our new car. Very nice and professional. Gave us the paperwork before we went inside the garage to pickup our car. Was such a cool moment to walk through the doors and see it for the first time after the long wait. More beautiful than we imagined and we were very pleased with our options. Ernst took many of the photos for us with our cameras as we went over the car for the first time, and then went over most of the car functions. Even programmed three of our destinations in the Navigation unit. Before we left, we grabbed a couple of sandwiches at the ED cafť for our long drive to Paris. They were very generous!

Before leaving for Paris, we immediately drove to the Munich Drop Off point (Harms) to fill out the shipping papers in advance. This worked out great, since our flight back is scheduled the following Monday, giving us two more days to keep the car (since they are closed over the weekend). The drive to the drop off center is very easy, however, once you get to the road the center is on, be sure to drive to the dead end and make a left up the ramp. This didnít seem well indicated.

Pic 1: Carrying our luggage to the ED center gate!
Pic 2: Awaiting for car at ED Center cafe
Pic 3: ED Center garage and our car in background
Pic 4: Exploring
Pic 5: Wife at the wheel
Pic 6: Odometer


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Congrats! Looking forward to reading your wirte-up on the rest of the trip.
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That's a very nice ride Your pictures bring back fond memories of my own trip I love pic 3 with the "panzer" in the background
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Thanks for all the comments. The weather is fine this week. But we are lucky as this is not the norm. Calling for rain some this week, but the temps are in the low 40s!

More of our ED trip of Day 3 (a little long):

A little ambitious, but our plan was to drive to Paris the first day so we could have more time to see the sights driving back to Munich. Our late start didnít help, but with reservations already in place, we really had no choice. I was excited about the Autobahn, but started out conservative on our speed and performance as I got use to the roads and car features. Was also a little worried about break-in. I regret this now, as our best weather was around Munich and the electronic speed signs were allowing some short stretches of no speed zones. I did get to drive some stretches of 105 to 110 mph and it felt like I was going 55mph! I couldnít believe how well the car handles. Itís definitely made for the German autobahn, it just want be the same in the states. Anyway, as we traveled north toward Stuttgart, fog started to increase and the well engineered and controlled autobahn was only allowing speeds of 120 km/hour. The Germans really have their speed limits down to a science with their electronic signs. You have to really pay attention to the various speed changes. Also, the German trucks generally stay to the far right lane and all travel the same speed with no sudden lane changes (unlike here). And there are no left lane road hogs in Germany. Slower traffic keeps to the right! The I-drive Navigation was wonderful too and made our journey so much easier, as I didnít have to open a map the entire time on our journey and the German (and French) road names arenít the easiest for us to understand. No need to worry about that with Navigation.

I was looking forward to comparing the German Autobahn to the French A highways. I have to say that I was also impressed with the French system. Very smooth and the roads we traveled on had less traffic. The French approach traffic control a little differently than the Germans. They generally use a dual maximum speed limit sign that states 130 km/hr in good weather and 100 or 90 km/hr in bad weather, with much fewer limit changes than in Germany. Since the weather was good, we still made excellent time with 130 km/hr speed zones (around 80 mph). I like the way the BMW cruise works with the choice of 5 mph increments or 1 mph increments. Very precise. I well say the car feels right at home at 80 mph and you donít realize you are traveling that fast. Good in France and Germany J, but not in the USA L. Another thing worth noting is I didnít get tired the entire 8-hour drive, which I was very surprised. The sport seats are very adjustable and quite comfortable for extended periods.

Okay, now for some negative experiences. Upon exiting the first French toll (which they toll you to death, unlike Germany), a French customs agent approached us on foot and told us to pull over. I think he singled us out because of our red-labeled German tags, which I know arenít standard, even in Germany. Three agents started questioning us, but only one could speak English. He asked us where we were going, our business, if this was our car, if we had drugs, etc! I tried to explain the ED process to him and he just couldnít understand. He then wanted to search our car. I said fine as I didnít have anything to hide. He also mistook us for British (which we seem to get often in Europe) and seemed a little friendlier when he realized we were American. He then wanted to know how much we paid for the car and what I did back in the states! After he realized we were legit and had a better understanding of the ED process, he and his two colleagues were friendly and jovial. Still donít know why custom agents were at a toll station, but as I said, it was the first station after crossing the border, but probably 80 km in.

The A roads remained nice, but thatís where it ended, as soon as we got to the Paris city streets, it was mayhem. Keep in mind this is 10PM traffic. At least the A-roads get you within 10 miles of the city (very little urban sprawl was evident). A comparable U.S. city would have had an hour of urban congestion before entering the city.

Back to Paris, I couldnít help think of my old friend Gregís advice of not driving into Paris. All I could say was I should have listened to Greg. Our hotelís address was in the I-Drive Navigation unit and was just north of the River Seine. This is where the navigation unit really shined, as all I had to do was focus on the vehicles around us. Because of traffic congestion, I wasnít able to make every left or right turn, but the Nav unit quickly reestimated a new route along one way streets without input from us. Itís almost like the car new we were in trouble! And you can forget about reading the French road signs. They were much to small to see while driving and were only mounted on buildings (I had a hard time seeing them on foot too). Once again, Nav made this not a big deal. Okay, maybe Iím just not use to it, but driving on city streets with intersections in all directions and turnabouts with no marked lanes and traffic signals is not my idea of fun. Unlike Germany and the French A-roads, there just seemed to be no rules! I got the impression that many of the drivers there with their Peugeots and Citroens didnít care about their car as much as we did! I will never drive to Paris again in my new BMW or a cheap rental and donít recommend it for a newbie either. Another warning, if one books a hotel in Paris (and probably in most any large city) double check where there promised parking is. I had reserved covered secure parking at our hotel, only to discover the entrance was on another road that was difficult to get to due to the one-way streets. Even though parking was one block over, it still took us 10 minutes to drive there in no mans land.

Day 4
Day 4 was spent on foot with our car safely in the secure garage. Seemed so weird leaving it there after spending the entire day with it on the first day of ownership! My wife and I spent the entire day walking and seeing the sights in Paris. Unlike driving a car, Paris is very pedestrian friendly and we were able to walk from our hotel to visit Notre Dame, Musee du Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, etc. But hard to cover Paris in one day. One day we want to return and spend 2 or 3 days in here.

Pic#1: Crossing the border into France
Pic#2: Our hotel in Paris in background
Pic#3: Notre Dame
Pic#4: Musee du Louvre (art museum where DaVinci Code was filmed)
Pic#5: Arc de Triomphe
Pic#6: Eiffel Tower

More to post later as we are planning on leaving for Belgium and Luxemburg before reentering GermanyÖ.
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Thanks for the pics. It sounds like a great trip, but a bit rushed. The one at the Charles de Gaulle - Etoile (where the Arc de Triomphe is) reminds me of my 2003 ED. I dropped the car in Paris and, at the time, the Harms office was on Avenue Foch a very short distance from the famous roundabout at the Etoile. I was not looking forward to navigating around that in new bimmer and managed to get to it from the other direction.

If I am not mistaken (any Paris drivers here?) that particular roundabout has different "rules" from other ones, where the traffic in the circle has to sometimes give way to traffic entering, but I never did figure it out. You can get a good view of the whole thing from the top of the Arc.
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Still donít know why custom agents were at a toll station, but as I said, it was the first station after crossing the border, but probably 80 km in.
You've almost answered it yourself: Since the border checkpoints have been removed within the EU according to the Schengen Agreement, the customs patrols are now obviously making their random checks at the first opportunity where vehicles need to slow down anyway. This avoids unnecessary traffic congestions caused by setting up their own checkpoint closer to the border.
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If I am not mistaken (any Paris drivers here?) that particular roundabout has different "rules" from other ones, where the traffic in the circle has to sometimes give way to traffic entering, but I never did figure it out. You can get a good view of the whole thing from the top of the Arc.
if Europe unless otherwise stated you must always give way to traffic coming from the right, most roundabouts have priority, meaning the cars inside the roundabout have priority over cars coming into it, the old way of roundabouts is like Place de L'etoiles, the problem is that the roundabout is so big that it becomes chaos the farther inside you are, there are lines painted on the ground and flashing yellow lights on the side indicating at what point you must give way

another interesting rule in Paris, on the Peripherique (ring highway) traffic entering from the onramp has the right of way, so the right lane is the worse lane to be in, if there is 50 cars coming in from the onramp, you have to give way to all of em, unless you can beat them...and that's driving in Paris, second in my book after Rome as the worst place to be behind the wheel!
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Yes, and I had to learn the hardway on the Paris roundabouts! But all is good now as we have traveled east to Belgium. Ate lunch at a French rest stop. There rest stops usually have gas, food, and even restaurants. This one had a covered bridge to allow both sides of the highway access to the restaurant. Food actually wasnít bad.

Tonight we are in Bastogne and looking forward to seeing some of the war memorials. Belgium appears to have really dedicated some nice memorials and museums to many of the WWII battles that took place here (Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Ardennes).

Its nice being in a smaller town too and learning a new culture. Weather was actually over 50 degrees in some parts today, but getting a little more wet and windy.

Car is handling great and I am still learning new features. Today I used the I-drive to locate the Bastogne visitor center and hotels while still a couple of hours away. Can't get any better than that! Especially when driving in a new country and city for the first time.

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Pic#1: Belgium border (blue sign)
Pic#2: Visitor Center in Bastogne
Pic#3: French rest stop with connecting bridge for both sides to use restaurant.
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I did the Munich to Paris (no return) in Dec and dropped off the car before venturing into Parisian traffic. You've got cajones taking your new baby into the city.

I agree that the French A roads are excellent and low traffic. Reallly a great way to get to know the new BMW.

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Excellent posting of your trip. I will be doing almost the exact same trip in April.

Please keep us posted as often as you can. This detail will benefit us all...

Are you traveling with a laptop? Are you having any problems connecting with wifi?

I plan on taking my laptop and digital camera in order to have a similar thread about my trip.

Great work, enjoy the rest of your trip, and be safe.

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Hi, I will try and keep you posted as much as possible, as I am traveling with a laptop. I have had no problem with wi-fi, although everywhere I have been (except Bastogne) I have had to pay for it. The biggest problem I have had are the adapters. I have a power converter (220 to 110 volt), but it doesnt fit in all the plugs in the various hotels I have been to. For example, here in Bastogne, I have had to use battery power and I am down to 8%! I would get one of those multipack adapters I have seen. That way you guys will be covered as you enter the various contries.
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The biggest problem I have had are the adapters. I have a power converter (220 to 110 volt), but it doesnt fit in all the plugs in the various hotels I have been to. For example, here in Bastogne, I have had to use battery power and I am down to 8%! I would get one of those multipack adapters I have seen.
The power cords on most laptops will take 220V or 110V. You just need the right sized plug. In my experience, the plugs are the same size all over continental Europe (UK is different and I'm not sure about former Eastern bloc countries). But, something like this should work just about anywhere. If all you need is the Europe plug (2 cylindrical prongs) it is a $3 thing at Radio Shack.

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If I am not mistaken (any Paris drivers here?) that particular roundabout has different "rules" from other ones, where the traffic in the circle has to sometimes give way to traffic entering, but I never did figure it out.
It's quite simple. Whenever the paths of two cars cross, both honk. The one with the louder horn wins the right of way. Sort of like a duel, just more annoying. It's crucial not to make eye-contact with the other driver, though, because acknowledging his presence would mean forfeiting your right of way.
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It's quite simple. Whenever the paths of two cars cross, both honk. The one with the louder horn wins the right of way. Sort of like a duel, just more annoying. It's crucial not to make eye-contact with the other driver, though, because acknowledging his presence would mean forfeiting your right of way.
You got it right for sure! We stayed at CDG, got rid of the BMW and then took the Air France bus into town which dropped us off at the Arc de Triomph. Got a middle eastern cab driver to take us to the hotel, he made a pass around the Arc and it was so much fun I told him to do it again...which he thought was wierd but did it. Best theme ride I've ever been on!
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The power cords on most laptops will take 220V or 110V. You just need the right sized plug. In my experience, the plugs are the same size all over continental Europe (UK is different and I'm not sure about former Eastern bloc countries). But, something like this should work just about anywhere. If all you need is the Europe plug (2 cylindrical prongs) it is a $3 thing at Radio Shack.
If you forget to buy it before you go, an adaptor can be bought at most electrical outlets in main European towns and cities as well as at airports and railway stations. Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary have the same two-pinned plug as Western Europe, not sure about Poland but I expect it's the same.

In the UK, a 3-pin plug is used. If you can't get an adaptor and just have the European plug, usually everything works just fine when you take a ballpoint pen and stick it in the top hole before inserting the two pin plug in the lower two - I have never found it to be a problem or got a shock but when I do it I always wonder whether I should be wearing rubber-boots!
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