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Ultimate European Road Trip, Part 9: Italy's Lago di Garda

We began this adventure by purchasing a Porsche Macan S and picking the car up at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen Germany. This is our “official” inaugural road trip, and this segment of the series is dedicated to our adventures while touring the Lago di Garda area in the lake country of northern Italy.



The Drive from Bolzano to Lago di…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on January 14, 2016 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip, Part 8: Bolzano, Italy

 

We began this adventure by purchasing a Porsche Macan S and picking the car up at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany... this was our “official” road trip.

This segment of the series is dedicated to our adventures…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on January 4, 2016 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip, Part 7: Innsbruck, Austria

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We began this adventure by purchasing a Porsche Macan S and picking the car (which we named Max) up at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen Germany... we're now on our official maiden road trip. This segment of the series is dedicated to our adventures while touring the Innsbruck, Austria area. …



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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on December 4, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip, Part 6: Salzburg, Austria

We began this adventure by purchasing a Porsche Macan S and picking the car up at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany... this road trip is now “official”. This segment of the series is dedicated to our adventures while touring the Salzburg area.

Salzburg Arrival



The drive took about…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on November 24, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip Series, Part 5: The Driving Experience

We began this adventure by purchasing a Porsche Macan S and picking the car up at the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany, near Stuttgart... and now our first post-purchase road trip is now officially…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on November 8, 2015 at 9:11am — No Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip Series, Part 3: The Lead-up in Stuttgart to the Big Day

   

“Inspiration 911” Sculpture – Porscheplatz Stuttgart Germany

We began…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on October 19, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip, Part 2: The Itinerary

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We began this adventure in part 1 of this series by selecting and purchasing…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on August 22, 2015 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Buying a Car Abroad/Ultimate Road Trip: the Car & the Plan

Macan Photo: Porsche Collection

Planning a return trip to Europe in 2015, it was also time for us to purchase a new car. We narrowed the field of possible manufacturers down to four, and coincidentally all of them in Germany.  So we thought, how cool would it be to actually order a car from a local dealer and pick it up in Europe for an extended road…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on August 10, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Independent Travelers – Spoleto, Italy: More Than a Festival

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We selected Spoleto as our base camp for the exploration of the Umbria region because of its central location, short drive from Rome, and easy access to surrounding major cities such as Perugia, Orvieto, and Assisi. But as we discovered during our one week stay that there is a lot more to Spoleto…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on July 29, 2015 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Independent Travelers – A Rome Area Trip to Grottaferrata & Ostia Antica

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on July 9, 2015 at 11:33am — No Comments

Independent Travelers – The Surprises of Heidelberg, Germany

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Two independent travelers with an inspired itinerary were on a road trip from Munich to Alsace, France and selected the university town of Heidelberg as a stopping point to keep their drive time reasonable.

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We begin planning our road trips well in advance of the actual journey and strongly recommend using the free app from Michelin (viamichelin).  Getting familiar with the tool…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on June 19, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Independent Travelers – Driving a Vintage Alfa to Tuscany's Fabulous Hotel La Chiusa

A pair of independent travelers with an inspired itinerary decided to satisfy two proverbial “bucket list” adventures… driving a vintage Italian car through Tuscany and returning to one of our favorite hotels and its exquisite restaurant. When you have the…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on June 9, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Independent Traveler: Why Book a Vacation Rental in Venice, Italy?

We have visited this diverse and wonderful collection of islands known as Venice numerous times, but felt we'd never really “seen” this fascinating city until we rented an apartment for one week for an independent, slow travel experience. As luck would have it, our “street” (left) turned…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on May 27, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

An Independent Traveler’s Approach – Exceptional Dining in Pulignano a Mare, Puglia, Italy

“Honey, I still don’t see any action in the restaurant!”  



We were sitting on the balcony of our hotel high above the Adriatic with a view directly into a large, empty, open-air restaurant built in a cave which was also high above the crashing surf. For experienced independent travelers we were getting a little concerned. Did we just make a big leap of faith on a…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on May 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Going Local in Dubrovnik, Croatia - Pearl of the Adriatic

The best way to actually “see” Dubrovnik is to take your time and spend a few days exploring this remarkable destination, at your own pace, as an independent traveler with an inspired itinerary.



Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on May 14, 2015 at 9:03am — 2 Comments

San Gimignano, Tuscany - the City of Beautiful Towers

San Gimignano is a classic medieval walled hill town in Tuscany with a history dating back to 63 BC. During the Middle Ages, the town was an important center for trade and for pilgrims traveling to or from Rome. 



“Tower envy” was the name of the game back in the 11th century, when the original San Gimignano had 72 towers, built by patrician families probably to…

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Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on May 4, 2015 at 9:58am — No Comments

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