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    Since the 22 April we've been wandering around in central Europe. Picked up a C4 Picasso, through Rod and Michelle at Eurocars, on arrival at Frankfurt. Then drove to Hamburg, Liepzig, Prague, Berlin, Posnan, Oscwiecm (with Auschwitz and A-Birchenau), Zakopane, Miskolc, Budapest, Vienna, Salsburg, Legoland, Fussen, Zurich, Lucerne, Engadin, CX-Basis and Wiesbaden where we are resting up for a few days before our flight out.

    The C4 has the latest diesel engine and prefers the top grade fuel. A couple of times we've only been able to get standard diesel and the lower cetane rating has caused the engine to be very sluggish. Now up to 6700+km and on board computer has us at around 5.3l/100km at an average speed of 55kph. Climbing through mountain passes to altitudes of 2200+m and wandering through towns and villages with 30kph limits drags it down. Have touched 140kph on some autobahn sections.

    Have seen plenty of 'frogs' with a couple of noticeable ones.
    1. A large poster near checkpoint Charlie in Berlin with a DS
    2. A Twizy parking in a space only it could fit in
    3. A 2CV trundling along at 100kph with a Contiki bus behind and us just catching up as they left the autobahn at Bad !!! out of Zurich

    Plenty of Peugeot 107s, C4s, Meganes etc Even a couple of 607s and C6s. Heaps of vans of differing sizes of the three marques.

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    Called in to CX-Basis where my wife asked for my credit card before I got out of the car. Over twenty CX's around in various states. Some were in 'showroom' condition and at 15,000 euro looked like good buys - LHD though, and my wife said NO! NO! No!
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    Awesome trip. And you made it to Zakopane too! The Tatras are wonderful.

    Good to see a Twizy being used.

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    Highlight of the trip would have to be the drive in the Swiss Alps - Engadin

    We struck a fine day with a bright sky and very little cloud until later in the day. Spectacular scenery above and below the snow line.

    Walking through Zurich's old section with a local as guide just topped strolling in the old city of Prague.

    Warning: be aware that some countries now have no toll booths. Instead they have computerised monitoring of all traffic. They check your windscreen for a current 'vignette' - a pass for the toll roads. These you buy at the border and can be for a day, three days or in the case of Switzerland only annual passes can be bought. These are for a calendar year and cost a flat rate no matter how much of the year has passed. In Austria we bought a ten day pass as we went through it several times over that period.

    A driving first was travelling through around sixty kms of tunnels in a day. Nineteen kms were on a train. To speed up the return to Zurich after our day up to the Bernina Pass we took the train. 31euro. Train arrived at platform. Metal plates lowered to bridge gap to platform. Cars and trucks drove off. Once unloaded we drove onto the train and through the waggons until we were at the front. The train had a loco at each end. You remain in your car with seat belts on, hand brake on and in first gear. Nineteen kms later the ramps go down on the front carriage and everyone drives through and off the train. Very slick and efficient. Saved us the drain of a late afternoon drive over very narrow and winding alpine roads with a sun slowly sinking in the west and casting longs shadows.
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    1991 Mazda E2200
    1924 Citroen 'la petit citron'

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