Reality Check

Should you find yourself on the shore of Lake Como be sure to look up the Villa d’Este. It has been home to cardinals, queens and— during the Italian Grand Prix— drivers for the Ferrari team. With rooms starting around a grand per night it truly is an address of distinction.
 
But every April a showing of exquisite cars steals the limelight, and the villa is transformed into an automotive shrine. The Concorza d’Eleganza Villla d’Este is one of the most incredible car shows in the world.
Enjoy these photos from Petrolicious: The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Is A Gorgeous Glitch Of Reality 

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About 24 Hours in Milan

Had to share this blogger’s visit to Milano. Their photo of the Galleria Vitorio Manuelle II (the world’s first shopping mall?) brought back memories of my visit there over 30 years ago.

How we got there We took the Frecciarossa 1000 from Roma Termini to Milan. We traveled in economy plus/premium economy and it was so worth it! This was by far our best train experience. The service is similar to flying in international premium economy or perhaps domestic business? Aside from some graffiti, Milano Centrale is […]

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A Seaplane in the Desert

A few years ago I attended a conference in Albuquerque. I arrived at ABQ late in the evening and headed toward baggage claim. Walking through the terminal I made my usual scan of the airport’s amenities. I like to know what the airport offers just in case my return trip becomes a campout. Food court, check; sports bar, check; news stand, several; wooden propeller…  what?!?

sm55-prop-albuquerqueA small exhibit with a wooden propeller hanging on the wall above it caught my eye. As I got closer I was surprised to see an unmistakable silhouette. Inside the display case was a scale miniature of the wacky flying catamaran from Italy known as the Savoia-Marchetti SM.55. An unusual flying boat–or more accurately two boats–joined by a massive wing.

The story of this propeller and how it ended up in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a tale of international intrigue– and an overlooked bit of aviation history. Continue reading A Seaplane in the Desert