Sunday, 4 November 2012

Ferrari Museum and Beautiful Venice

We got off to a racing start today by stopping at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello on our journey to Venice. Red was certainly the colour of the day! The museum was filled with Ferraris from all eras, plus a Ferrari store, memorabilia and next door....the opportunity to test drive one!

Brett Snr could not pass up such an opportunity, so we hired 2 Ferraris ( red, of course) for about 10 minutes. Brett and I , with a professional also in the front, went in one car. The children were driven by a professional driver in the other. We sped through the back streets and highway of Maranello, dreaming of what life must be like for those on the 2 year waiting list!

Fast forward and we were on the road again, this time to Marco Polo airport. We parked the car and, without a hitch,  caught a water taxi into Venice. The 20 minute ride was choppy but very exciting. Arriving a few minutes walk from our hotel, after settling in we headed to the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square.We couldn't help but visit "Hard RockCafe" for dinner - the most unique "Hard Rock" we had ever seen. Gondolas were lined up two metres from the front door, venetian chandeliers decorated the ceilings and staff sang and joined in with the music clips. It was great fun.

Sean, Brett and Eloise at the Ferrari Museum, Maranello

A step back in time - Ferrrari Museum

A chronology of Ferrari

The need for speed - Ferrari

Brett at the Ferrari Museum

Brett Snr dreams of being on the Ferrari waiting list

Sean gets ready for his Ferrari Test Drive

Eloise ready for speed

Brett at the Ferrari wheel

Seconds before take-off.....

Brett, Sean and Eloise on the road in Maranello

Eloise, Sean and Brett enjoy the water taxi ride into Venice

Arriving in Venice

The canal route into Venice

View from Rialto Bridge, Venice

Beautiful Venetian masks

Sean and Brett at "Hard Rock Cafe", Venice

Haircut anyone?.....local Venice hairdresser
Luckily we DO have wifi in our room, which is an unexpected bonus. We're hoping the weather stays fine. Apparently this time last week Venice flooded and our hotel's reception was 45cm under water!! Tomorrow will no doubt be fabulous as we explore this breathtaking city.                  Tricia

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