My number one dream for this road trip was to experience a sunrise over Stelvio Pass. That is also the reason why I booked a hotel directly on that road. One night might not be enough as you can never predict the weather, but I had to take a chance and hope for the best. […]

The Grand Hotel Lienz (website) is one of the hotels used for a driving tour, so it made sense to go and have a look at the hotel when I was driving in that area. When my colleague heard that this became the first five star hotel I have stayed in he was shocked. “You […]

A couple of days ago I flew to Frankfurt over one day, invited by Nissan Switzerland, to test drive the type of cars I do not drive very often… The 2015 Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Juke. If I worked as a full-time paid car journalist, I would definitely drive all kinds of cars. Just because […]

I recently spent one week in Helsinki visiting my family. Because holiday without a car is not fun, I booked a Subaru WRX STI press car for my stay. I expected a blue WRX STI with a big wing, just the way I like it, and this is what was also booked for me… …but […]

The morning of day three I woke up to amazing sunshine at Tenuta Contarini. The weather there was so perfect that I was not very tempted to leave, but journey had to continue and end destination for this day was Stelvio Pass. Weather forecast for the Dolomiti mountain passes on route? Rain… Rain we also got. […]

From Grossglockner my journey continued to my next overnight stop – Tenuta Contarini a bit south from Belluno, in the Treviso region of Italy (known for their “green hills of Prosecco”). After Grossglockner I could have turned left to Felbertauern Straße (road 108) and take that route back, but because I drove it on the […]

Because the weather of day one ruined my Grossglockner High Alpine Road plans I was happy to wake up to sunshine the next day. I could have left Grossglockner to the last day also, as I was anyway coming back to this area of Austria later. But sunshine was here and now, and the road […]

A long day started in Zürich from where I had a 235 km drive to Stuttgart with the MINI JCW. They say that Swiss people, when they cross the border to Germany and get on that autobahn, go crazy… Pedal to the metal. Now I also know what it feels like. Now I remember again […]