Col De La Bonette – the highest alp street in Europe
Left: Balcony at Hotel Fairmont in Montreux Lake Geneva, Right: Hotel Azteca in Barcelonnette
Left: Mont Blanc, Right: Navigating analog and digital always
View from our room at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock
Janessa Leone straw hat, Marysia bathing suit, Céline sunglasses and Musq facial spray
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock
Left: Restaurant Le Plongoir, Right: Cannes city centre
Plage de L’Escalet
View from our hotel room at Hotel Les Roches Rouges
Hotel Les Roches Rouges
Plage de L’Escalet
Hotel Les Roches Rouges
Left: Private boat tour with the vintage 30 year old Aman boat to Burano, Right: Aman Venice
Aman Venice dining area
View over the Canale Grande from Aman Venice
Burger House in Munich
“Make memories” – that’s what they say. And oh boy we did.
But let’s start from the beginning….
1 super sports car aka the Porsche 911 GT3RS, 4 bags and 1 straw hat as big as an umbrella (and several other hats but let’s talk about something else).
Berlin Germany to Montreux Switzerland with a short stop in my hometown in Bavaria. 1151km. That’s manageable in two days and driving out the car on the German Autobahn was probably the most fun (check my IG stories)
Montreux Switzerland to Nice in France. Aka the Route des Grandes Alpes. And it really was grandes. Over 14 alpine passes and one of the most beautiful routes in the world. We planned in 3 days for the crossing of the alps and those 3 days were pure magic. The high alps scenery, changing autumn colours, the car itself and how it performs in such circumstances and all the other likeminded car enthusiasts we met on our way down to the South of France…
Relaxing time at the Cote d’Azur. First days we stayed at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock where once Marlene Dietrich and Romy Schneider sipped cocktails at the famous pool by the see. Book a table in the near the sea in the hotel restaurant when the sun goes down (and try the beetroot cooked in rye bread with thyme crust). The other days we spent at the super hyped Les Roches Rouges Hotel and it really is one of a kind. Nestled in one of the coves near Saint Tropez this hotel has everything the modern travel hipster needs. Vintage De Sede sofa, light and breezy interior, friendly staff and live music in the evening (but the good kind).
PS book early as the hotel rooms sell out as fast as buttery croissants right after fashion week in Paris.
South of France to Venice in Italy. The route itself is quite boring (speed limits in whole Italy and no curvy alpine streets) but when we arrived in Venice, parked our baby and the friendly staff of the Aman hotel picked us up in a 30 year old vintage boat I almost couldn’t believe my eyes.
Venice is like out of a movie. The colours, the architecture and of course the food. The Aman hotel itself (George Clooney married his Amal here and now I know why) is one of a kind. Built 1560 and restored a few years ago they tried to keep everything original (hello frescoes, Murano chandeliers and hundreds of years old wooden floors) and added some modern interior. The view over the Canale Grande is priceless itself.
The next days were all about pizza, pasta, vino rosso and the typical must sees in Venice and we also took a boat tour to Burano to see how they make the world famous glass sculptures.
PS try the honey melon salad in the Aman garden restaurant just next to the Canale Grande and listen to the gondoliers sing ‘O sole mio’ while sipping a glass of red.
Venice Italy to Munich and back to Berlin. Well this was nervwrecking. I’m from Munich so I know the legendary route from Laggo di Garda to Munich very well and it was no fun kiddos. Speed limits and traffic that had almost LA rush hour quality.
But well, we turned up the music and arrived in my old hometown just in time for dinner (best burger ww I swear). After a good night sleep we got up early to drive the last stage back to Berlin. Did you know the GT3RS is originally made to go on the race track? Now I know why. 319km/m somewhere near Munich.
Just a little bit slower than Sebastian Vettel on a good day trying to beat Lewis Hamilton.
Back in Germanys capital city the baby is safely parked in our garage and ready for the next trip coming year. Skandinavia? Toscana?
PS for behind the scenes pics check my Instagram mija_mija and IG stories
HOTELS: MONTREUX Fairmont Le Montreux Palace // BARCELONETTE Hotel Azteca // SOUTH OF FRANCE Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Rock & Hotel Les Roches Rouges // VENICE ITALY Aman Hotel // MUNICH Louis Hotel
RESTAURANTS: SOUTH OF FRANCE Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Rock restaurant, Le Plongeoir (book a table near the water), Le Club 55, Hotel Les Roches Rouges restaurant
VENICE ITALY Aman Hotel restaurant, Al Gatto Nero Burano, Caffe Centrale Venezia
MUNICH Burger House, Theresa Grill, Die Waldmeisterei, Fei Scho, Daddy Longlegs, LAX Eatery, LeDu Happy Dumplings, Stereo Cafe, Bite Delite
ROUTE: Berlin – South of Bavaria – Montreux – Route des Grandes Alpes (we did the Curves Magazine route) – South of France – Venice – Munich – Berlin