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uropean drive!


The drive down from Lake Como to Monaco was at 35 degrees and full sun all the way, so proper rag top territory! Monaco is like?. . . Well Monaco. Even St


Tropez doesn’t come close. If ever you go, two days is all you’ll need as it’s less than three quarters of mile square but do spend a good few hours in the evening, people watching from the Café de Paris, it’s like nowhere else on earth. We drove the F1 circuit on the morning we left, but the weather was poor and coupled with road works and diversions it was all a bit of a flop but suffice to say we have driven 90% of the circuit. Leaving Monaco and the sun came out,


so roof off and heading for the Napoleon route. Our destination that night was Grenoble which we made by 6pm. It was perhaps the best seven hours drive of my life, fantastic roads with very little traffic and


Dizzy heights: Karen in front of the Eiger at the “Piz Gloria” revolving restaurant


great scenery all the way. Grenoble is probably not a tourist hot spot but it does have a great Italian area to eat down by the river and proved to be a good two night stop over on the way home. Our last night was again in the Ardennes at a place called Mazy, a golf and spa place and possibly the best food of the trip. The ferry terminal at Dunkerque is


probably the most uninteresting place in the world to be, let alone after a trip like ours, but hey! It’s how it is!


weather was still very good so we took the Susten Pass from Brienz to Wasson. The Susten pass is probably the best pass I have driven with just the right amount of switchbacks and views to die for and not a lot of traffic (I did film it).


I had been to both Lake Maggorie and


Garda on previous trips but never Como, so I was looking forward to getting there.


Whist it was beautiful, do not think you can drive next to the lake with great views, we drove for two thirds of the west side and all of the east side and I’d say that 75% of the time we were in tunnels.


That said, we stopped at Mennagio for lunch – Beautiful. You can see why the Monte Carlo Rally stops overnight here every time.


Dover might not have been very good going in, but coming out? Sunshine and 26 degrees all the way back to Bicester. Even the M25 wasn’t too bad. We booked all our hotels ourselves and I planned all the routes, but a word of warning here, despite booking nearly 12 months in advance both Lake Como and Monaco were hard to find free hotel rooms so plan well in advance particularly if you want to stay in Menagio ●


■ If anyone wants the route details of any part of this trip just contact me on the club forum.


2016 SEPTEMBER GROWLER 43


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