09 Sep Jaguar out of the Jungle: A look at the all-new 2016 Jaguar F-Pace First Edition, Car Review – Tourist View
Many moons ago when I worked in the travel and tourism industry, one definition of a tourist was someone who traveled over 80km from their home to reach any given destination.While living in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, one could consider me a tourist when I frequented Whistler, BC for a weekend snowboarding rendezvous; a mere 130km drive.Or when I went to hit the motocross track at Popkum Motor Park in Bridal Falls, BC! Again, about 130km from my residence. While I wouldn’t look at myself with that title, other sources would.Though over the years, the word “tourist” has bread somewhat of a negative connotation. Perhaps it’s attached to a stigma that visitors are ignorant. They’re only there for a short amount of time so what do they care about the area anyway?I’d argue against that and say, where a tourist’s depth of knowledge on a certain area might not be huge – or anything at all – the purpose of travel is to expand that database, and get to explore just another sliver of the amazing world we live in.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel from a very young age. And my vocation has amplified that. Though the decision to move to Europe wasn’t an easy one, it gives me yet another perspective on culture and diversity. With a home base in The Netherlands, I feel like a tourist all the time. Each day is another opportunity to check out something new and get out of my comfort zone. And what better way to do that than in the comfort of the all-new 2016 Jaguar F-Pace First Edition? Furthermore, to do it with my family. My mom and stepdad came to visit me and I was in full tour guide/tourist mode. Though I couldn’t answer a lot of the questions they asked me about where I live, I was still able to give some insight into the land around me and what makes it special. And show them around in style in a fantastic test vehicle. With four adults comfortably strapped into the body-embracing seats, we set the GPS to take us to one of the country’s 12 provinces called Zeeland. Zeeland is the westernmost province of the Netherlands located in the southwest of the country. Here you’ll find a number of islands and peninsulas and a strip bordering Belgium. Not to mention soft, sandy because, cute as a button towns, and engineering wonderments. Sure, every beach community has its perks, but in order to keep the sand where it needs to be and the land where it needs to be, The Netherlands has diked most of the country, and been able to control the water flow that ends up in the North Sea and in the river systems.
In 1953, a disastrous flood devastated the area, leaving much of it under water, thousands killed and even more homeless. The Delta Works project was something that my family was excited to see, not only because it’s surrounded by pristine coastline, but it’s the reason I can still breath in a country that is, for the most part, below sea level! The massive structures sit atop the North Sea and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car, on a bicycle, or even by foot. But be warned, it’s usually windy so hold on to your hat, literally.As the link to the article says, “The main attraction of the Delta Works is the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier, a unique flood protection construction of 8 kilometers in length, that can shut off the entire Eastern Scheldt in 75 minutes.” But you could also argue the main attractions could be the seemingly endless coastlines of the southern section of the North Sea. Dombug is one seaside resort that hosts countless tourists on its beaches year round. Of course, the weather is far more pleasant in the summer, but the storms in the winter still attract explorers and surfers!
Whether you like long walks on the beach, or you enjoy the nature preserve or you stay for your summer vacation, it’s a quaint yet wonderful place to visit.The almost 2-hour drive each direction left me tired, but not uninspired, behind the wheel of the F-Pace. Jaguar’s luxurious SUV has a lot to offer its passengers and driver. First and foremost, its design. I couldn’t help but be impressed with its exterior. When matched with the Caesium Blue exterior colour, 22-inch alloy wheels, and sexy body kit, it’s an all around win for this vehicle. Slip inside and the luxury continues. The seats are heavenly to the touch, great to sit in for long drives, and the infotainment system is much, MUCH better than previous Jaguar models I’ve tested. Though it did freeze up a couple of times, so there are still quirks to work through. Nevertheless, the rumble of its 3.0L, supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque is nothing to scoff at. Unless you’re filling up its tank and you’re paying upwards of $2.00 CAD per litre! Then again, that’s the price you pay for a beast that seats five and has an AWD system. I digress. The limited edition First Edition will only see 2,000 units worldwide, with only a couple handfuls slated for Canada. But whether it’s a Jaguar taking you for the ride, or another vehicle, being a tourist is a great thing. Get out, explore, learn and come back nourished with thought, or even local cuisine!
– Alexandra Straub
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