Jill buys 😆 a Ferrai in Milan and visits La Scala, while Russell 😟 just looks at old Italian cars in Brescia.
Enzo Ferrai on cars etc.
"To build a car… that flies without leaving the ground…"
"Aerodynamics is for those who cannot manufacture good engines."
"I married the 12 cylinder engine and I never divorced it."
On the Mille Miglia: "It is the race of the people. One may say that the whole of Italy leans forward with her eyes on the tarred strip of road somewhere along the course on Mille Miglia day. It is a day when I feel my life is useful."
Our (Russell's) pre trip planning had identified the Museo Mille Miglia as a must visit. Mille Miglia = one thousand miles. The MM was a race for one thousand miles around the roads of northern and central Italy, way before there were any serious rules about saftey. Crowds thronged about the cars as they still do at the Tour de France!
Getting to Brescia proved no simple task, all due to human error. Our GPS was mistakenly set to a avoid the Autostradas. Yes we had some lovely country driving and it seemed to take forever. And, after getting to the Museo we were a bit disappointed, great information about the event but no so many cars on display. A paucity of cars from the 1950's races. Anyway it was great to see some of the magnicient older cars that looked to be still in running order, just cleaned up after their last race!
On Sunday we drove into Milan and used the Molino Dorino park and ride station to travel into the city. Our main objective was to see the famous shopping centre, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This alone was worth the trip but there was so much more, not the least of which was a big crowd getting excited about the local derby final, AC Milan v Inter Milan, being played later in the day. First, some shots of the Galleria. As you can see a bit like shops in a Cathederal!
Now here's where Jill bought the Ferrai, a birthday present for a 4yo boy!
Some more shots about the Galleria and one of Jill window shopping at Louis Vuitton! Yes that is Maccas. No we have not, so far . .
Then it was on to look over La Scala, Milan's very famous Opera House. Spectacular with a marvellous museum attached. Including the piano of Hungarian composer Franz Litz. We were rhapsodic about it. ?
Now a few shots of the famous Piazza del Duomo, for the Milanese it was all about the "game".
Today, Monday, is a lay up day before driving up to Amsterdam, via Passeo di Stalvio. Assuming it is possible. "One of the world's great drives" ?