UK, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary
- The good: best roads of the Rally, driving fast on the Autobahn, Porsche Museum, and Red Bull showroom
- The bad: moving so fast through Western Europe
- The ugly: the many French highway (pricey) toll machines
*Pro tip: skip the Frenchy tolls by taking the backroads
Looking back, I'd go to the first party and skip the second one. I would have stopped by the Czech Republic and then maybe southwards along the Croatian coast and skip Hungary. It's a hard balance to strike between covering distance, keeping costs low, and being part of the herd.
Good bye, England. Hello, France.
Dover to Calais ferry. There was nothing alarming with all warnings we got about refugees there but we didn't stick around to find out otherwise. I remember reading about Allied Forces unloading tons of foil in the ocean at Calais to trick the German radars in thinking their invasion would be here, instead of Normandy. If we had more time to spare, I definitely would drive south to Normandy for the history.
Reims, France: Taittinger Estate
Champagne makers since 1734. We paid a few Euros for a tour in English and a glass of their champagne. Their average bottle is stored for 4 years in this cellar and sell ~6 million bottles per year. Afterwards, I kept thinking about a family legacy of perfecting a single craft that is handed down generation to generation.
*Pro tip: buy a bottle to save for the finish line
Hello, Hungary. Arriving at night for the Budapest party...