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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Off to Paris I spent a bit of time in the hotel sorting out a hostel in Paris, after the experience in Rome there was no way I was going to another capital city without accommodation booked. I’d been using a couple of hostel booking websites and it appeared, on this occasion, that […]

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Millau Viaduct and Clermant-Ferrand I was up and about bright and breezy as I didn’t know how long it would take to find a pair of tyres and, after the Formule 1 all you can eat breakfast, I headed for the local McDonalds just round the corner to find a tyre fitting specialist. […]

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Gorge Du Verdon I packed up early, preparing to do battle with the gorge, I was almost chased off the camp site by a French guy who wanted the spot I had had with the spectacular view. Looking at my GPS map it was difficult to work out where the Top Gear challenge […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart The hills around Monte Carlo Before leaving, I researched the Gorge Du Verdon, an area where Top Gear filmed a race between the RS4 and the speed climber and after the obligatory signing of the Mini by people I’d met in the hostel, I headed for the mountains North of Monte Carlo, knowing […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart A day round Cannes and Antibes I had no plans for the day but, after chatting with a girl that I shared the room with, I decided to stay in Nice for another night so we headed to Cannes for a look. The coast road was very busy and slow. but the views […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Capers around Turin I planned a trip round Turin to visit a few places from the original Italian Job and tried to discuss this with the owner of the hostel, who spoke very little English. He knew nothing of the movie, as many Turinians, and was amazed to see scenes from the city in […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Lake Iseo to Turin I managed to book a hostel in Turin on the intermittent WiFi connection in the campsite and decided to head for Lake Maggiore which is where I stayed for a short while whilst working in Italy a good few years ago. The reason for my return to there was […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Messing around on the Stelvio I left the campsite about 10 and headed for Livigno for some cheap fuel ( about 85c/l) and then headed for the west (more gentle) side of Stelvio pass. At the bottom I fixed my hard disk camcorder to my home made seat mount to record the shenanagins […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Lake Iseo During the night I heard waves on the lake lapping against the wall and thought I ought to get up and retrieve the beer so it didn’t get washed away, but I thought better of it and went back to sleep. I had a real long lie in and when I […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Maranello Had a bit of a lie in after the stresses of last night and left the hotel about 10.30 I went for a quick drive around town and headed to the front gate of the Ferrari factory, while I parked up one of the employees was leaving to go to his car […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Bit of a subdued start I was up early to put a ticket on the car so I didn’t get clamped/towed as they seemed to be pretty sharp on that in Viterbo, after a quick breakfast, where I met up with the three mad guys from Edinburgh I’d met the night before, I […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart More wiggly bits In the morning I had a quick blast around Rome, complete with Jim, who I’d met the night before and shared a room with. We headed to the Colloseum where the car was almost photographed as much as the old stuff the Romans had left behind. I then headed out […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 28: Heading for Rome I had thought the ferry was due to dock at about 6am but, as it was, we didn’t dock ’til just after 9am, then, after a little faffing around, we eventually got on the go about 10am. I had breakfast in a really beautiful little cafe on the […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 27: Heading South With a fairly early start, I headed south for Greece intending to stay in Thessaloniki over night. As I left the city, the road conditions were appalling and I spotted a pothole at the last second and braked hard and let off just before the front wheels hit it, […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 26: Sofia After a relaxed start, with a simple but wholesome breakfast in the hostel, I wandered into Sofia itself. I had heard mixed reviews of town – one in particular from an Aussie bloke who said it was crap and didn’t seem to move from his bed watching movies for the whole […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 25: Heading back west I had been toying with the idea of popping into the Ukraine on this trip, but decided against it as I think it’s probably somewhere to go at least 2 up so I set off for Sophia, via the Black Sea coast. I took a quick blast down […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 24: Working for my keep again Another late start, and today we went to the beach. We spuddled around looking at other villages that Gramy had considered when choosing their house.  I think that, of those we saw, they chose well. The site of their house has great views that can’t be built […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 23: Touristy stuff Waking up at another strange angle, we had a relaxing morning and decided to do some touristy stuff. Fairly close to Nevsha is a village called Vetrino which was a nuclear missile operating base during the cold war – this was still evident from strange concrete entrances to underground facilities […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 22: The case of the incredibly disorientating bed The bed in the guest room at Gramy’s was circular, which I found a very strange experience, there being no straight edge reference. I awoke at a different angle across the bed every morning. In the morning we were in the garden and some […]

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Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Adventures in the marvellous Mini of doom!

Dave Smart Day 21: To the Black Sea Coast I was up early for a quick tour round Bucharest then off to visit some friends near the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. On going to get the car from the overnight parking, this morning’s parking attendant also decided he wanted a slice of the cake […]

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