Gentlemen, start your engines!!!
Trip Start Aug 29, 2007
13Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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The next day dawned and I realised that I was completely alone in this world and I had to survive. I remember sitting on the bed in my room after breakfast with my head in hands wondering why I was doing this - I wanted to sit in the room and watch tv the whole day.So I made a deal with myself - I would go out to one place and if I didn't like it or if I didn't feel comfortable, I would go back to the hotel and to watch tv. I started walking and I never came to the hotel to watch tv. I walked along the streets of Milan and marvelled at the beauty of the place. Not a skyscraper in sight. It was so - well Italian!!!! I thought that I would go to see "The Last Supper" at the Santa Maria delle Grazie but to my dismay I had to make a booking to view the painting 3 months in advance. I hoped that there would be a no show but no luck.!!I guess it just means that I have a reason to go back
Spent time at the Duomo which is an eclectic mix of architectural styles. The result is in my opinion a wonderful combination.I then wandered down the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele - it was just as much an exhibition of architecture as it is shopping arcade. The Galleria is the link to the Piazza della Scala with the Leonardo da Vinci memorial sculpture. Leonardo da Vinci was truly a man of vision..we don't find men like him anymore: artist, sculptor, engineer,mathematician, architect, writer. The personification of renaissance man.I guess like him many of us are striving for knowledge - maybe not the same grand scale but we do it in our own way. As I was going to the F1 grand prix at Monza the following day, I decided to pop into the Ferrari shop. Ferrari supporters would love Italy for obvious reasons. The Scuderia are in full force in Italy which creates an atmosphere that is unique to Italy. Then I was off to the Castello Sforzesco. That was fun - visions of knights saving their ladies from a bygone filled my mind as I wandered through the castle. Afterward I ate my first gelato - my legs went week from the pure pleasure. Have I mentioned that I love Italy.
I spent the following day at the F1 grand Prix. It was extremely well organised event at Monza with a free train service that operated from Milan central station. I had great seats at the end of the start - finish straight before the first corner.It was my second grand prix but my first at Monza. I truly enjoyed the day. Met interesting people and learned another good lesson: Sometimes it causes more trouble to helpful than it does good. The less said about that the better.
Well I seem to be doing well - I think its time to have a holiday.So I am now off to my next destination :)