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Words and pictures By Mark Elliott


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’ve been a fan of touring Europe for many years now having done two trips in the early 80’s on motorbikes and another in a rag top escort in the early 90’s. Having bought my XKR two years ago I decided to go again as Karen, my partner, hadn’t seen Europe on a driving holiday before.


The difference this time around was I could now Google the planned route and work out which roads we wanted to drive with the help of a few driving forums and a Sat Nav! There were three main driving routes taken from the website “The Ten Best Driving Roads in Europe” that we could do easily on our planned trip, these being:


First stop: Le Chateau de Namur at Namur, Belgium


Karen’s first Eu


1. The Schwaelderhocstrasse (The Black Forest Route), 2. The susten pass 3. The Route Napoleon. We decided to cross the Channel by boat rather than the tunnel and despite getting to Dover two hours early, we still missed our crossing due to French border control. But given the current times we live in and what has happened since, we had nothing to moan about.


First stop was overnight at Namur in Belgium, a fine Chateau on the top of a hill (Pic 1)


Next day was Namur to Baden-Baden (via Luxemburg) to pick up the B500, the Black Forest road. The road is very good but the weather on this occasion, not so. The weather did improve in the afernoon and we eventually joined the Autobahn to Freiburg only to find this bit was a derestricted section (Audis, BMs and Mercs coming past at 130mph +) so we did the honorable thing and got the XK on the 155 limit! Freiburg is a lovely university city and well worth a stopover and we were blessed with


42 GROWLER SEPTEMBER 2016


Mark’s boat is the light blue one: Monaco Harbour, main picture and below from left, Freiburg, Southern Germany, in front of the Eiger, Interlaken, Switzerland, Mennagio, Lake Como, and our hotel and pool in GraveDona, Lake Como


glorious weather. Freiburg to Interlaken was only a three hour trip so we decided to stop at Bern for lunch. Neither of us had ever been before and was greatly impressed with the old town, quite superb, even though it was a wet day! Two full days in Interlaken and the sun shone the whole time. Fab place. If you have never been and want to see


Switzerland as most people perceive it, then go to Interlaken, take the venicular railway up to Harder Kulm and the views are just WOW! Whilst there you must visit the 007 themed revolving restaurant Piz Gloria. It does take four cable cars to get there but with a good days weather – Fantastic!


Left Interlaken for Lake Como and the


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