We tried the snazziest and newest of the hotel’s restaurants, L’Accademia. It was right on the lakeside, just a short stroll through the sweet mountain air. The Italian menu featured classic dishes bursting with local ingredients; I’ll never forget the perfect al dente pasta with fresh pesto and wild garlic flowers.
Our waiter recommended a local white wine as a perfect dancing partner, and it was absolutely delicious. I couldn’t decide which dessert to have, so I opted for a café gourmand while my gorgeous wife-to-be went for the cheeseboard. The selections – in both cases – were delicious and extremely indulgent.
I’ve stayed in some pretty cool places in my time, including the grandiose and ostentatious, and if I’m honest a beach hut in Goa is where I’m happiest. But this suite was pretty special; as I watched Katie lounge on the sofa sipping the last of the champagne we both agreed we could get used to this!
Rush hour in Lausanne
An early rise to a glorious sunny day and breakfast on the famous terrace. Now, if Carling made breakfasts… We sat for hours grazing and feeding the birds, gazing out at those snow capped hills and feeling very happy indeed. We knew we had the bulk of the drive to do today, but the 336-mile journey ahead – plus the one-hour stop for a charge along the way – wasn’t enough to move us from the poolside before 5pm.
With hindsight we might have left a little earlier, but we were high from the fresh air – and still full from breakfast – so we didn’t stop to think that this could be rush hour.
We sat in traffic for nearly two hours on our way out of Lausanne, but in this Tesla nothing mattered – we just sang, danced and drove. I got to open this baby out on the wide and fast roads through France: 150mph feels like driving at 60 in my Nissan LEAF – just with blurred lines.
This P85 had upgraded tech features compared with the last Tesla I drove, and scarily it nearly drives itself on the motorway. It keeps its distance from the car in front, tells you – with a modest shudder of the steering wheel – if you come out of your lane and speeds up when you indicate and overtake.
I love how cars are evolving; some say it will make us lazy and this may be true, but the new driverless technologies that will stop simple accidents from happening must be a good thing. Let’s not stop to consider computer hackers at this point, we’re having too much fun!
Just after midnight we reached our last European stop on the road: the rapid charging station at the Ibis Senlis hotel, just outside Paris. We had a decent room in an extremely convenient location, making this a perfect place to recharge (ourselves and the car!) before the final 127 miles to Le Havre the following morning.
The way to travel
The ferry crossing to Portsmouth and the last leg of the journey – from the coast to Gatwick – were both great. Alongside walking, cycling and EV driving, Brittany Ferries offers one of my favourite ways to travel. It was a smooth crossing and we had a cabin to stretch out in after we’d enjoyed a coffee on the deck.
With a feast for all the senses, this journey was what living is all about. I don’t think humans were ever meant to travel at the speeds reached in planes – why do you think we get jet lag?
Some say it’s the time difference, but I beg to differ. If energy and matter are not travelling together we get out of sync and it can take us a few days to reunite spirit with body.
If this resonates and you know what I’m talking about, the P85 is the mode of transport for you.
If it doesn’t, you might be convinced by the fact that this beast of a machine looked just as at home as those Ferraris as it wound through the streets of Milan.
Crossing the Channel by boat is one of the most convenient ways to get to mainland Europe – and you don’t need to be driving a Tesla P85.
We took our Nissan LEAF on the Pont Aven to visit family in Névez, and have also driven a LWB VW Crafter on the Armorique in a hunt for antique Breton furniture – covering an unbelievable 700 miles on less than £80 of diesel.
Crossing prices with Brittany Ferries start at £165 for a car in August and September. Visit brittany-ferries.co.uk for the full schedule and prices.
Both the LEAF and VW Crafter were courtesy of the brilliant Greenhous Leasing group. Find out
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