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2017 WWII Return to the Front Nostalgic Tour

Return to the Front -14 Day Tour of Three Countries.

Not to be missed, an interesting and far ranging small group tour, providing history, excitement, involvement; all packaged in a mobile cross country trip, staying at Luxury hotels while visiting the following:-

D-Day Beaches; Omaha, Sword, Juno, Arromanaches, Dunkirk, Batterie Longues, Saint – Lo, Duxford Aerodrome, Bletchley Park, British War Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, YOU Tank Driving, Buckingham Palace Guards, 2 days-War & Peace Extravaganza, Dover Castle, Leeds Castle, Tangmere Aerodrome, French and Belgium battle grounds, Portsmouth Docks, Ardennes Forrest, Bouillon Castle, D-Day Museum, Caen, Cherbourg Docks, St Malo, Bayeux, Folkestone, Capel le Ferne and London

WWII military vehicles from Britain, Germany, USA, Italy, France, Russia and others. Second hand or classic parts, memorabilia, uniforms and equipment, stores and munitions. WWII Fighter Aircraft, bombers and reconnaissance, you will see all there is to see.

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Book now to be part of the 2017 Return to the Front tour through England, France and Belgium filled with optional extras.

For details talk to – (www.EuropeDriving.com)

Travelers Tour From £2,930.00 p/p

 

WW2 Sun Light

Sun light to Moon light

 Uncover and feel each City with out rush.

Road travel through country back roads in the sun light provides that unique ability to visit the villages, Towns and Cities without the whirlwind speed of bus trips, timetables and crowds.

Whether you wish to just sit in the sun light a while or stay awhile and people watch, take a pedal taxi from point to point, get out your easel and paint or just walk the paths, trails and roadways while taking in the local cultural and ambiance, scenic sights or architectural history is only provided by personalized Europe Driving Holidays. Discovering locations such as Paris, Lille, Auxurre, Maussane, Verbannia, Portofino, Kirkcudbright, Kiev, Bratislava or Stockholm the list is endless as we drive through quant hamlets talk to locals and enjoy a glass of wine watching the moon light across Swiss and Italian lakes.

Car holidays unlike the past, are these days the high end of holidays, as most other forms of high movement trips are bulk carriers, set to timetables, narrow routes and mass catering. Europe Driving Holidays is for the discerning traveler looking sun light and that the personal feeling of freedom yet having 5 star comfort, meals of choice, personally designed activities, stopping and starting at will without the queuing and hassle of being herded to dinner or onto a bus.

Talk to our team about your next holiday and compare the difference. 

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perfect luggage

PERFECT LUGGAGE FOR HOLIDAYS ON THE ROAD?

GIRL’S CORNER; Thoughts on travel packing.

Is anyone spending their holidays on the road with perfect luggage? Well, here is sharing the drama of packing! As you may know, when prepping the suitcase for a road trip, there is one rule: less is more. Small spaces force us to reduce to a minimum to make the perfect luggage container. So much sacrifice (taming the inner monster that takes possession of all women at the crucial moment, the one that makes us pour our closet in a small suitcase because “You never know, I might need that, let’s say I go dating /meet someone …” is a difficult task) will be rewarded with infinite spaces, silence, interesting readings and amazing views across the country, away from the crowds of Summer.

Following are a few points to keep in mind while packing (If you usually pack at 2 am the day before departure, then these tips may be worthy of review …).

1-A soft bag is the perfect luggage, there is little room in a car for rigid suitcases. Remember, space is limited.

2-Swimsuit, bikini or one piece. You will have access to swimming pools most days.

3-Heels for evening, low heels and a pair of flat sandals. They will be your best friends, along with skirt, belts and tops to mix and match.

4-Deniums and shorts, comfortable in car or enjoying country stops, will allow you to move around in and protect you from the sun and wind.

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5- A bunch of nice dresses to wear in the evening for dinners in town.

6-No need for jewellery and accessories, just stick to the basics: one pair of your favourite piece of jewellery, one large bag to use for sightseeing and a small clutch for the evening.

7-All bathrobe and a set of towels are provided at each hotel during the trip, laundry can be carried out by hotel or local laundry outlet if preferred.

8-Essential beauty products, include your favourite shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, sunscreen, after sun lotion. Please note that most hotels provide a high class range of products in house for your use, washing your hair and using hair dryers is a function open to you daily.

9-A pair of sunglasses will be enough for the whole holiday.

10-A panama hat to shade you from the sun.

11-A windproof jacket.

12-A sweatshirt and a scarf for the cooler evenings spent on the road or patio.

13-If you are a reader then remember your favourite book to cap off your perfect luggage!

What else, have we forgotten something? Oh yes, happy holidays! With Europe Driving Holidays.

French garden and Chateau

French garden at Versailles

Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette’s playground.

A day’s walk through this outstanding garden on the edge of Paris is a must and in 1661 saw Louis XIV commission André Le Nôtre with the design and laying out of the French garden which, in his view, were just as important as the Château. The works were undertaken at the same time as those for the palace and took forty years to complete.

The laying out of the French garden required enormous work, vast amounts of earth had to be shifted to lay out the flower beds, the Orangerie, the fountains and the Canal, where previously only woods, grasslands and marshes dominated the landscape. Soil was transported in wheelbarrows, the trees were conveyed by cart from all the provinces of France and thousands of men, sometimes whole regiments, took part in this vast enterprise.

Since 1992, the French garden have been gradually replanted, and after the devastating storm of recent years. From the central window of the Hall of mirrors in the Chateau you look down on the grand perspective that leads the gaze from the Water Parterre to the horizon.

There are small but quant café’s in the gardens offering a nice rest point under the shade of the magnificent trees. At one café the paper mats that are given freely make excellent BBQ mats in Australia if laminated on both sides.

Wandering from the Petit Trianon to the Queen’s Gardens, passing by the Hamlet. The Estate, opened in 2006, reveals Marie-Antoinette’s private life. Louis XVI’s wife loved this place where she could return to the pleasures of simple, rural pursuits, away from the pomp of Versailles.

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Even though some 100 coaches arrive each day with visitors for the Chateau and French garden, we are pleased to say there is always a quiet corner for those who wish to lie in the shade. There are buggies available for those that find walking a difficulty.

Gardener or not this estate needs to be experienced at least once in your life, Europe Driving Holidays takes you directly to the front of the Chateau at times with the least number of visitors and shielding you from that feeling of being in a cattle run.

Some thanks should also go to the French tax payers of yesteryear.

Mediterranean

Secrets of the Mediterranean

EuropeDriving Holidays along the Mediterranean Sea; visit past meccas like Portofino, Menton, Port Grimaud or Murica off the beaten track but abounds with history:-

Portofino; in the past it was a port of call to Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, and Ava Gardner. Hotel Splendido still providing local cuisine. One of the best seaside towns on the planet due to its premiere location and unbelievable beauty and worthy of a visit.

Grimaud; retains the same canals and islands of its Italian inspiration, but with a decidedly more exotic atmosphere. Visit Relaise & Chateau Hotel, relic of the 1950s glitz that dominated the area on the way to St. Tropez. A quintessential stopover for those who have docked their yachts in Port Grimaud.

Cassis; retaining the purity of southern France without the glitz and glamour of neighbouring Nice, Cannes and St. Tropez. Since the early 1950s it has become something of a hideaway for wealthy Europeans. Cassis is also home to some good white wine and rose, the town’s cosmopolitan air has made Cassis a quiet but enjoyable Mediterranean beach town. The Michelin-star rated La Villa Madie on the cliffs of Cassis is the type of restaurant designed to cater to the cabals of wealthy aristocrats and actors that call Cassis home.

These and many other hidden gems are for you to explore when traveling the Mediterranean coast with EuropeDriving Holidays. Make your enquiry now and see how the team can offer you a cost effective personalized tour travelling in style and comfort.

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Italian Fashion always finds the perfect car and perfect road.

Italian Fashion & Fabrics

Italian fashion Textiles and Fabrics Manufacturers

There is no doubt that there is something special about a well made Italian fashion clothing product it is said it is in the way in which a product falls, following the natural shapes of the body is determined by the quality of the fashion textile used. Italy holds the unquestionable supremacy of the textile market worldwide. Italian fashion textiles and fabrics are famous all over the world for their high quality obtained through innovative machinery, techniques and processes that lead to the introduction of always-new Italian fashion fabrics and textiles. Fabric producers in Italy supply the worldwide market of fashion, home textiles and accessories with their refined materials. The made-in-Italy label is a guarantee of quality recognized by everyone all over the globe, and we would like to present to you a list of Italian textile producers that are estimated to be the leaders in their sector.

It is often those quality garments are just out of our financial reach however make the effort, look and stand out in a crowd, this is followed by longivity and self confidence.

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Natural pearls bracelets, silk tuft and natural stones by Labò di Giò with above Models by Vintage Model Snyc. highlights Italian fashion.

Taste for cheeses

A cheese tour or a day or two tasting on your European holiday.

Cheese is a food derived from milk that is produced in a wide range of flavours, textures, and forms by coagulation of the milk protein.

We pick three different cheeses to consider to taste; visit their region of Europe, sit under the shady tree while accompanied by crusty bread and a fine glass of the local wine…

As it used to be and As it shall be!

Pasturo Cheese Italy

Mauri Cave Ripened Taleggio   Cow’s Milk

The mould on the outer rind is developed during maturation in natural caves high in the Alps. The interior is balanced with a smooth nutty, buttery and teasty flavour. Considered to be one of the finest DOC cheeses made in Italy.

Normandy France

Pont l’ Eveque   Cow’s Milk

One of the oldest cheeses of Normandy and is said to have originated during the fifteenth century. The cheese is regularly washed, brushed and turned to encourage the special bacteria to grow on the rind. Farmyard aroma, the flavour is savoury and piquant, with a trace of sweetness and a robust tang on the finish.

Murcia, Spain

Queso de Muria Al Vino    Goat’s Milk

Produced using milk from Murciano-granadina goats, which graze in the hot and arid Murino region on the south eastern coast of Spain. The rind forms naturally and is washed in high tannin red wine. After three month maturation, the result is a smooth buttery texture and slightly fruity flavoured centre.

Hundreds of types of cheese from various countries are produced. Their styles, textures and flavours depend on the origin of the milk (including the animal’s diet), whether they have been pasteurized, the butterfat content, the bacteria and mold, the processing, and aging. Herbs, spices, or wood smoke may be used as flavouring agents.

The experience watching these local cheese manufactures at work and enjoying the local ambience and country side is just part of your memorable holiday with EuropeDriving.com

Road Energy

Eating while driving

Banana’s! great energy source and easy to eat for most, I have eaten these potassium filled bomb shells for years, yet surprised by the added benefits found in an article recently that is worthy of sharing:-

“Did you know that the nutritional properties of those bananas hanging in your kitchen change as they grow riper. As they ripen, they become sweeter. Why? Because there are enzymes in the banana that begin to break down starches, which aren’t generally sweet, into sugar. This also makes the banana easier to digest for your gut.

Additionally, Japanese researchers recently discovered something fascinating about bananas; as a banana ripens, it produces more antioxidants than its fresher brethren contain. When the banana has dark spots on the peel, it produces what’s called TNF, or Tumor Necrosis Factor, a substance that combats cancer and abnormal cells. The darker the spots, the more powerful the banana at killing cancer cells. A ripe banana is eight times more effective in boosting the body’s immune system than a fresh banana is.

So the best time to eat a banana? When it’s fully ripe. But it’s worth noting, if you suffer type 2 diabetes, you may want to eat a ripe banana with nut butter. The fats in the nut butter will slow down sugar absorption in your blood stream so it doesn’t hit you all at once, making it easier for your body to break down.”

Well if that does not stir you into taking banana’s on your next trip, probably nothing will.

Keep fit on the inside as you are what you eat, travel well with Europe Driving Holidays.

Helmet needed

Helmet Needed

Twelve Days with Helmet to “The Green Hell’ and back.

Come and experience with Helmet – race circuits of Europe while being driven by race car driver in one of our super sports cars – TVR, Porsche, Aston, BMW or similar. Arriving and collected from London we travel to Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, where we spend two day, one of which driving the world renowned short track.

Watching the rev counter as we speed along the banana shaped start finish straight with Helmet tightly gripped before dipping the nose over the lip before diving down Paddock Hill bend, up and around Druids before the back straight and rounding Clearways… this exhilarating track will test the car and give you a taste and flavour of this 1.2ml English track.

Putting Helmet to one side, we then drive to and under the English Channel into France, heading for Cologne in Germany and the circuit sometimes called the “The Green Hell” – Nurburg ring, this old race circuit which is a mecca includes elevations of some 300 mtrs over its 20.8km Nordschleife road circuit. Staying two days we spend one day driving the circuit at speed enjoying the atmosphere of this magic race track.

From Nurburg we arrive at the Hockenheimring followed by the Belgium gem circuit – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, testing the tracks and visiting the museums at each port of call.

Leaving Spa we track back to London via Bouillon and Bouillon Castle set on the banks of the Semois River, making this round trip based on race track tests, vehicle museums, luxury accommodation and country driving a driver’s dream trip.

If this is your style of holiday request details on trip No.2015010 on www.EuropeDriving.com

Sports Car Wine and Cheese

Wine Trip & Country Roads!

French wine and the country feelings without the rush of bus groups.

Road travel through country back roads provides that unique ability to visit the villages, Towns and Cities without the whirlwind speed of bus trips, timetables and crowds. The comfort of knowing that we can turn off and visit that hill top Castle, stop for that photo shoot or continue on a wine tour without issue.

Should you wish to just sit awhile, with a glass of wine while people watching, or take a pedal taxi from point to point in the city then again just walk the many paths, trails and roadways, these options are yours. Taking in the local cultural ambiance, scenic sights or architectural history, this is only provided by personalized Europe Driving Holidays, tailor your trip to suit you.

Discovering locations such as Yvoire, Lille, Auxurre, Maussane les Alpilles, Versailles, Verbannia, Portofino, Kirkcudbright, Rye, Lviv, Bratislava, Barden Barden, Siena or Stockholm the list is endless as we drive through quant hamlets, towns and cities stopping to enjoy sights and places that suit you.

Enjoy the back roads of France with the wooded enclaves, fields of crops and flowers, local cattle, cheese factories, wineries, old stone masons, olive plantations amongst the never ending list of country activities which can include bull running, horse riding, white water rafting to name a few. The ability of sitting on the hotel patio with a glass of wine recalling the days events as the cool breeze rustles the shady Plane Trees is restful and enjoyable. However whether we are in Scotland, Belgium, France or England there are many optional activies including kayaking, horse riding or hot air ballooning amongst numerous other activities to tailor your holiday to you.

So raise your glass of wine as our sports or classic cars are waiting to take you on your personalised holiday of a life time.

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