27 novembre 2009

Details for the Art on Wheels tour's arrival in Paris !

The Art on Wheels Tour is presently in Florence where we received a warm welcome from Dr. Lawrence who is working with PIMS and the Cure2Children Foundation and has established several Bone Marrow Transplant facilities for Thalassemic children in Pakistan. We are grateful for the great hospitality Lawrence and his wife Laura have extended to the Art on Wheels Tour team.   We will arrive in Paris on Sunday 29th November at 2PM. The meeting point for those who want to welcome Foxy Shahzadi on the Champs Elysées is at the... [Lire la suite]
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25 novembre 2009

November 24, 2009: Shahzadi in Athina

Today we drove from Thessaloniki (our first stop in Greece) to Athina. We started out early in the morning after breakfast with the hope that we will reach Athina by 2:00 PM in the afternoon. But, as all road trips go - we finally reached Athina around 5:30 PM. The people in Greece love shahzadi's colors and the culture that it projects. While on the motor-way, a whole bunch of people gave Shahzadi the credit that it so truly deserves. Again, for the team it was a source of great pleasure. The hype did not end just there as we noticed... [Lire la suite]
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25 novembre 2009

Greeks love Foxy Shahzadi

Again the response from the people on the streets in Greece was very enthusiastic: They have been taking photographs and asking questions about the car, where it has come from and so on. Today in the morning in Thessaloniki we had breakfast at a bakery right next to the hotel that we were staying at and Miss Olga who works at the bakery seemed quite proud to pose with Foxy Shahzadi. Thanks for your welcome Greece. Σε ευχαριστώ Olga
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24 novembre 2009

23rd November: Gule, Gule Turkey !

We start the day with few photos of "Foxy Shahzadi" in front of the Blue Mosque and then another photo shooting at Total petrol pump in Altunezade on the asian side of Istambul (this car is getting photographed more than a model !). We say goodbye to Julien who is going back to Islamabad: thank you for your perseverance on the difficult roads of Iran and Turkey ! We then start our drive towards the Greece border where we get through quite easily, the only bad surprise was the price of the insurance for 1 month: 180 euros !... [Lire la suite]
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23 novembre 2009

22nd November: fixing Foxy Shahzadi before the european part of the trip

We spend most of the day fixing various problems: changing the battery, having some denting work done after damage done to the front bumper and body in the container, changing whippers... By that time, Salman and Julien go to Istambul by bus, because Julien needs to catch his flight back to Islamabad on the next morning. Haroon and Vincent meet the Pakstan Ambassador, Mr Tariq Azzizuddin who praises Foxy Shahzadi and recall his own trip from London to Lahore in 1975 in a Jaguar ! We then greet Mr Khalid Jamali who has been of... [Lire la suite]
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23 novembre 2009

21st November: the art on wheels tour team all together !

After the bad experience in the night, we decide to purchaise chains for the wheels: none of them can be fixed, the tyres are too big and the space separating them from the body of the car is too narrow. However, the weather is better, so we attempt again and Foxy Shahzadi makes proudly her way in the snow among fellow trucks and cars. At the top, it is however still snowing. We go up to Rifaye and discuss with some locals who tell us that the road to Shivas is very bad. We decide in consequence to divert our itinerary through Amasya:... [Lire la suite]
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23 novembre 2009

20th November: Iran - Turkey border

We got early morning to reach as soon as possible the border. We have to start the car with the jumping kit, as the battery is failing. Then we drive the 40km from Maku to the border: on the way we enjoy the wonderfull landscapes of the Mount Ararat and make few photos of Foxy Shazadi. When we arrive at the border, we are surprised to see a huge queue of buses and vans: theseare pilgrims from Dagestan going for Haj by road. They are there since the day before 1PM. There are problems with the turkish authorities for their transit so... [Lire la suite]
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