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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » La Alpujarra January 17th 2013

The most awe-inspiring, spine-tingling, and hair-raising roads of Andalusian, in my opinion, is the A-4130 in Las Alpujarras. To find thisroad, look for a village named Travelez in Las Alpujarras. Head east from that village on the only main road, A-4129. The A-4130 will be on the right hand side not too far from the village.If you are a roller coaster junkie, you know about the Boulder Dash, Raven, ShiveringTimbers, GhostRider, and Cyclone. Those are in the top 10 best roller coasters list compiled by the junkies. I am no... read more
the road and the thrill
Driving in Las Alpujarra
Driving in Las Alpujarra

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Marbella January 17th 2013

Marbella has the remains of the old Muslim walls, Marbella's casco antiguo. The old town has a maze of picturesque winding streets and charming little plazas, with plenty of outdoor bars where you can sampletypical Andalusian cuisine. At the center of this intricate pattern of alleyways is Plaza de los Naranjos, with the 3 to 4 century old town hall and fountain. Getting lost in this maze is the best way to experience this historic town. Marbella also has the modern and opulent section c... read more
Historic Marbella
Historic Marbella
Historic Marbella

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Ronda January 17th 2013

A couple years ago, I drove on route A-376 leaving Sevilla, aiming towards Ronda in theSerrania de Ronda region. The road is twisty 2-lane 2-way undivided highway with ample emergency lanes on both sides. The mountain tops in this region reach around 1500 meter. When the climb is long, the climbing side has an additional 2 to 5 km, that would be my guess, passing lane, plenty of road to pass many turtles I come across. I am soaking in the mesmerizing panoramic view of the mountains and valleys before me.... read more
Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema
Serrania de Ronda and Sierra de Grazalema

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 4th 2012

Versailles While it has been very fun to drive in crowded urban setting, we are curious on how this car will play in open roads. We pick Versailles as our next destination. Located about 20 km southwest of Paris, this affluent suburb was a prosperous country village in the 11 th century. Its location, on the way from Paris to Deux and Normandy, brought thriving commerce to the village. Arriving in town, we go directly to The Chateau de Versailles, the principal residence of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI. Thousands of masons, gilders, painters, tapestry weavers, architects, sculptors, decorators, and landscapers throughout centuries poured their passions in making this place one of a kind in the world. Eiffel Tower A visit to Paris will not be complete without climbing the most iconic metal structure in Paris. ... read more
Eiffel Tower
Versailles
Eiffel Tower

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 4th 2012

Opera Palais Garnier The day after, we decided to head northwest towards Opera Palais Garnier. The Baroque and Neo-Renaisance architectures blend of the building embodies the original building purpose very well. Established in 19th century, this building was dedicated to art, luxury, and entertainment. Opera Palais Garnier neighborhood features many department stores, theaters, galleries, and cafes. It is not only crowded with people rushing to get from one place to another, but also with cars and mini trucks carrying supplies to the businesses here. Rue Bonaparte We enter a coordinate somewhere on Rue Bonaparte into the navigation system. We read from a guide book that this neighborhood is whole heartedly the characteristic and allure of Paris. Since we are on the hunt for more labyrinths of narrow s... read more
Rue Bonaparte
Fontaine Saint-Michel
Notre Dame de Paris

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 4th 2012

Le Grand Palais and Alexandre III Bridge The day after, we decided to go to Le Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Both are Art museums. The most notable exterior features of the Le Grand Palais are the arched glass roof, the row of large columns, and ornate stone facades.Beyond the palaces, this street leads to another popular Paris sight that is often featured in Hollywood romantic and spy movies: Alexandre III Bridge. Golden statues of celestial beings, winged horses, and Art Nouveau lamps adorn the entrances of the bridge. At the far end of the bridge, the golden dome of Les Invalides glows radiantly. Today, Les Invalides complex hosts France military history museums and monuments, hospital, and war veteran retirement home. Lourve Museum ... read more
Lourve Museum
Rue Saint-Honore, Paris Downtown

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris September 4th 2012

Driving in Paris! Additionally, visitors can easily take subway trains, buses, and boats on river Seine to enjoy Paris. So, there is no reason to rent a car. We almost bought into this belief. But then, we learned that we could rent an Audi A1 in Paris from eliterent.com. We stay at Le Meridien Étoile hotel located at the beginning of Le Defense “new” business district that extends to the west. Modern skyscrapers are filling the Le Defense city skyline. We chose this modern contemporary hotel because of its proximity to many tourist attractions in Paris, and more importantly it has an underground parking garage. Located just a-stone-throw-away in the southeast direction from the hotel, the 19 th century Arc de Tri... read more
Le Meridien Étoile Hotel
The beauty of city
The 19 th century Arc de Triomphe

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Nuremberg May 5th 2012

We start our morning with a tour of the ancient walled town. An outer wall, a moat, and another defensive brick wall guarded by 46 fortified towers surrounded the original city. Four out five original gates into the city are still standing today. Königstor (King’s gate) greets most visitors arriving by train as it is located across from Nuremberg main train station. Our first stop is Weißgerbergasse. It is one of the treasured old-town cobblestone streets in Nuremberg. Medieval half-timbered houses feature colorful exposed wooden beams and white walls. Ambrosial and lush flower beds adorn most windows. In the past, animal skin tanners occupied this neighborhood and they produced light color leathers. Today, restaurants, bars, and shops entertain visitors and locals. At the north section of this historic town, sitting magnificently at the high sandstone rock ... read more
Nuremberg Ancient Town
Nuremberg Ancient Town
Nuremberg Ancient Town

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Nuremberg May 4th 2012

At dusk, we head to the famous Norisring track located just a stone throw away from the old town in the southeast corner of Nuremberg. This temporary city track is the second shortest circuit in DTM, measuring only 2.3 km long. With today’s technologies, one lap is shorter than 50 seconds. From start to finish, Audi DTM drivers will pass the grandstand 82 times. Despite the fact that Norisring has only four corners, this city track has attributes that are not found in a regular race tracks, and the track gives serious challenges to drivers and mechanics. The very short track requires drivers to be in constant change between maximum acceleration and maximum braking. Audi mechanics must tune the car suspension with little camber and weigh distribution with rear bias to optimize acceleration after slow negotiation ... read more
DTM Norisring Track
DTM Norisring Track
DTM Norisring Track

Europe » Spain » District of Madrid July 18th 2011

We have to go back to Madrid, Spain to return this beloved TT and to catch our flight back to Frankfurt. We add one more stop to our driving vacation; one-night stop at Salamanca, Spain. As we cross the ancient Roman Bridge and enter the University campus, our spirit of adventure wakes up. Founded in 1218, University of Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain. The city itself was founded in the pre-Ancient Roman time. Today, Salamanca is youthful and un-touristy. The Flamboyant Gothic university buildings are definite eye candies displaying mighty monuments and clusters of cloisters with pride. The ornately decoration on many building walls are known as Plateresque. The minute intricacy of masonry is comparable to silverwork. Getting lost here is the best way to soak Salamanca’s beauty and experience the relaxing effect on ... read more
Salamanca
Salamanca
Salamanca




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