As I have posted before, Harald von Langsdorff and I recently competed in the 2018 Baden Classic car rally. The Sunday after the rally Harald and I along with some friends from Germany went for a very nice Sunday afternoon drive through the German countryside near Baden-Baden.
Harald is a member of a “time share for cars” type of organization that allows him to rent various classic cars during visits to Germany. This time Harald was able to rent a 1974 Jaguar XKE roadster with the V12 engine. This rental car is shown below.
Nice Rental Car!
This was a great day for driving a roadster. The weather was sunny and warm and the leaves had just came out. The design of the Jaguar XKE was exactly the type of car that matched the day.
The Jaguar XKE With The V12 Engine Was Very Impressive!
We went for a drive through some of the vineyards near Baden-Baden. Some of these roads were roads that we had traversed the day before while taking part in the 2018 Baden Classic car rally. In the photo Harald is explaining some issue to Klaus and Thomas about the Jaguar XKE V12.
When You Come To A Fork, Take It!
The most of the local vineyards are on the side of hills which provides a great deal of light and sun for the grape vines.
Most of the villages and small towns in Germany have a very sharp divide between the farm land and the village area. In North America, the developed area of a village or town gradually gives way to the rural or farm land as you leave town with the houses becoming fewer and farther apart. Not in many areas of Germany. Farm land is farm land and villages are very well defined.
The Vineyards Came Up The The Edge Of The Village
We went to a castle located on a major hill overlooking the Baden area countryside. The view below is looking toward the Rhine Valley with France in the background.
View Of The German Villages And Vineyards From The Top Of A Castle
From the top of the same castle, when I looked in the other direction, I got a look at the famous Black Forest. In the far distance we could see people paragliding above the Black Forest. We could also see another castle where we have stayed at many times during past versions of the Baden Classic.
The Black Forest
Later that day we went into Baden-Baden to look around and enjoy some “spaghetti ice cream” and a coffee in a street cafe. Baden-Baden has a long history of being a European playground. There is a major casino in Baden-Baden that is only second to the casino in Monaco in the European casino scene. It is a very elegant casino where in some of the years that I have competed in the Baden Classic we had a very enjoyable rally dinner in the casino.
The Casino In Baden-Baden
This day was a nice relaxing day after the Baden Classic. The next day I got up early to go to Frankfurt and return home.
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