Every two years, members of Europe’s Private Driving Club gather for a two-day drive through the countryside, punctuated by sherry stops, elegant picnics, visits to private castles and estates, and festive dinners. The club’s goal is to celebrate their common love of horses and fine antique vehicles.

The drives are typically held in Belgium, but this year’s (back in June) took place in the lower-Rhine countryside of far western Germany. CAA members Penny and John Hunt were invited to join the drive and rode as guests of Consuelo de Grunne, on her Siamese Phaeton, hitched to a team made up of two Halflingers and two Highland Ponies. For Penny’s account of the two-day drive, watch for the October issue of The Carriage Journal.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy these photos of PDC members and guests enjoying their picnic lunches.

Penny & John Hunt's hostess, Consuelo de Grunne, setting up a picnic suitable for her Siamese Phaeton (photo by Penny Hunt)

Penny & John Hunt’s hostess, Consuelo de Grunne, setting up a picnic suitable for her Siamese Phaeton

one of the many lovely picnics at Kalbeck Castle (photo by Penny Hunt)

one of the many lovely picnics at Kalbeck Castle

... and another (photo by Penny Hunt)

… and another

... and one more (photo by Penny Hunt)

… and one more