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Meanwhile in the Super RoRobunker, hidden in a discrete forested location, another part of trip prep proceeds.
Bruce, What was the problem here? Spec of dirt on the crossmember in an impossible to reach with a toothbrush location, or? She looks immaculate. J.
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Question for Northern Italy experts: we are staying around Lago d'Orta below Domodossola for several days.
1. Sites around there?
2. Assuming they are either/both open in late-May, which pass is nicer the Simplon Pass via Domodossola or the Furka pass via Andermatt. Heading to Zermatt. The former is half as long (96 vs 201 miles) and half as much time (2.5 vs. 5.0 hrs.) but both are doable. Been up Furka and down the Oberalpen Pass many years ago, like 1978. I recall it was breathtaking. Never have done Simplon. Thought eating lunch at the Belvedere by the Rhone Glacier (Furka) would, be cool (Bond, James Bond, that is, just not in a DB2).
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Hey EUro experts, advice please, where is the crowd-source to the above?

1. Leaving Lago d'Orta - Simplon pass via Domodossola or Furka pass via Andermat to Zermatt??

2. Leaving Zermatt - Motreux to Spiez via Juanpass or Obergoms to Spiez via Grimsel pass??

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He's baaacckkk! Yea, Sponge Bob. Found him stowed away in the luggage when we unpacked on the other side of the pond. He was our juvenile 3rd wheel on the 2010 & 2011 trips also.

Been here a week now today and busy, busy, busy. First off Roland and Sven did a wonderful job getting Piper (Dijonnaise) ready for the trip. Nice to have a great pit crew. Thorough going over on brakes, diff, engine (pulled), auxiliaries, fluids, belts, hoses, lights and a new radio/speakers and more. Thanks guys for the great trip prep. Peace of mind. But still an old car.

Roland had me exploring with him at various Alfa resto shops and what a nice bevy of cars we saw: 5 Montreals at one shop alone, one at another. Too many GT's to count, a couple of duettos, Touring spider, etc.. And a rare 1900 Zagato and rare Sprint SZ coda tronca and 2000 Touring spider and GTA at a friends. See the Google pics link here for ALL the gory and grand details.

WARNING - car porn: https://goo.gl/photos/rhkzBSYNWozGi6oM8

After 3 full days in Belgium oogling cars with Roland, visiting, eating, partying and getting time adjusted it, was off to Normandy the 1st. After an overnight in Le Touquet we are at St. Malo for a few days now taking some down time. Have already put on over 1600 km (1000 miles). The car is running perfectly and looks great. Gets lots of oogling and thumbs up along the route. Cruising at 120kph and had her up to 150 to make a point to a Clio.

So more to follow as we progress. See ya vacation voyeurs . . . .

PS: wondering if I should continue this here or start another thread.
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In and around Lommel Belgium with friends and food.
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Trips Out of Lommel Area

Day trip to visit two Alfisti friends. Very nice cars.
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Question for Northern Italy experts: we are staying around Lago d'Orta below Domodossola for several days.
1. Sites around there?
2. Assuming they are either/both open in late-May, which pass is nicer the Simplon Pass via Domodossola or the Furka pass via Andermatt. Heading to Zermatt. The former is half as long (96 vs 201 miles) and half as much time (2.5 vs. 5.0 hrs.) but both are doable. Been up Furka and down the Oberalpen Pass many years ago, like 1978. I recall it was breathtaking. Never have done Simplon. Thought eating lunch at the Belvedere by the Rhone Glacier (Furka) would, be cool (Bond, James Bond, that is, just not in a DB2).
I have a house over the hill by Lake Maggiore. I rag my GTA or Spider over and around the lanes of Mottarone to go and have a coffee by Orta often. Orta is pretty residential with not a lot happening but it is possible to hike all the way round it. Rather than staying at Rho, which is dump, it is worth noting that Arese (Alfa museum) is only half an hour away by autostrada (enter at Borgomanero/Arona).

BTW You can download a free app from the iTunes store (or whatever it's called) onto an iPhone as a museum guide to give you an idea but I'd budget at least half a day. Parking is free. The bookshop is ruinous and the cafe/restaurant very pleasant.

Orta is gorgeous. Omegna is the main town and nothing much to write home about. Mottarone is the big mountain and is worth a visit driving and or walking. There are cafes at the top and a funicular up/down to Stresa on the shore of Maggiore. The villages in the hills around Orta are pretty.

By Maggiore, an easy drive, there is more of interest: you will find Arona (very pretty town esp the old quarter), Meina, Solcio, Lesa (worth lunch/ice cream), Belgirate, Stresa and the Baveno (the Ristorante La Posta is good value) before the road bifurcates between Gravellona Toce (and then Omegna) and Verbania (the sub provincial capital and a pleasant place) and on to some very pretty towns (e.g Cannobio - great place for lunch by the water) up towards Lugano. From Stresa and Baveno you can get ferries to other places around Maggiore and the Borromean Islands (which are well worth a visit).

The other way (West) are the Colline Novarese (horses and vineyards) and Val Sesia which includes a natural park endowed by the Zegna (garments) family. A great drive on roads made for driving 60s/70s Alfas.

The Simplon Pass is OK - pretty enough - but dominated by trucks and nasty Swiss policemen who want to fine people for driving too fast. I'd say do the Furka again - much more striking. On the other hand, an advantage of doing the Simplon is the option to do the Kandersteg railway ferry and come out near Reichenbach (if you like your Sherlock Holmes).

I'd be astonished if either pass were shut at the end of May. The Italian requirement for snow tyres is over by 15 April.

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I am in the gray sweater, Roland is in the brown jacket. Brothers by another mother. The pic is placed in front of the B&B we stayed at at but we were in the little yellow cottage shown above in the rear. The blue 1900 Zagato coupe above is pretty special and the SZ coda tronca is one of 30 SZ's made in coda tronca. The fellow has a 1946 6C2500 Touring Coupe in the Touring shop in Italy being restoed now and another 60's Touring 2000 Spider. The other fellow we visited has 5 GTA's and 2 GTAm's among many other delights. In three days Roland arranged an Alfa feast including the two fabulous resto shops.
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To Normandy 5/1

Left Lommel Belgium Monday 5/1 for Normandy & Brittany for several days. Two 400+km days on a mix of roads. Tried the pre-planned coast route but not much of it was on the seacoast but was on slow "D" roads slightly inland with tractors, bicycles, road work/diversions, slow cars and delivery trucks, slow speeds, many villages, etc. So we switched off and onto larger/quicker "N" and "A" roads since this wojld have made for a very long day. First overnight at Le Touquet and then to St Malo (an old acquaintance and fave several times now). The nav setup compliments of LOTS of coachng from Fred Frey is pre-planned routes done on G+ MyMaps, convertd to GPX and saved onto the small tablet device utilizing OsmAnd+ for GPS satnav. Also using GoogleMaps or WAZE for real-time road info on a mobile phone with data.

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Stopped in Honfleur (coastal seaport) for lunch, a gelato and a look. Very picturesque and touristy village. Into St Malo and checked into a "dike-front" hotel, Les Charmettes. St Malo is an old walled fortress city. Love walking the ramparts. Excellent seafood, apple tarts and calvados.
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Peter, thanks for the great input. Will review and digest. Here is the MyMaps map for that segment through Tuscany and to Lago d'Orta, at Orta San Guilo. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Vm..._8&usp=sharing

The next segment map has the route(s) from there back "home".
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Peter, thanks for the great input. Will review and digest. Here is the MyMaps map for that segment through Tuscany and to Lago d'Orta, at Orta San Guilo.

The next segment map has the route(s) from there back "home".
Bruce, my, that's a tough gig! I think it looks perfectly reasonable and feasible but as I suggest, Rho might be worth avoiding.

Rather, I'd consider staying outside Varese (which is attractive). I'd suggest you look at the Hotel Al Borducan on the Holy Mountain outside Varese. It is on a hill overlooking the town and the surrounding countryside, it has a wonderful restaurant and you can hear the owls hooting at night from your balcony. The staff are great and it is as far from an impersonal chain as it is possible to be. Also, the road up there is a hoot to drive if you are using the Alfa's momentum properly to take you round bends.

Orta SG is very nice. If you want a classy but not unreasonably priced restaurant recommendation, try the tasting menu at Pinoccchio's. The restaurant looks rather modest but the Piedmontese cuisine and wines are to die for and I imagine that your desire to see another menu with the normal Italian fare will be much diminished - I'm not yet allowed to post links but google ristorantepinocchio. It's been there forever. About 7-8 miles from Orta SG on easy (largely flat) roads in a roughly straight line, not that I'm encouraging oversampling of the local brews, but the designated driver might not be the regular driver.

BTW, I spent a happy fortnight a few years on a ranch outside Bandera, just down the road from you, and loved driving the Hill Country in a very Orange rental Camaro

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