Blogging from A to Z Challenge
My last topic for Week One of the Challenge is an item from my Bucket List: the iconic sports car by Italian car maker Ferrari.
It's a little strange because I'm not a car aficionado, but when I was planning a trip to France last summer I came across a company that provides tours on the French Riviera by Ferrari and I just had to add it to my Bucket List.
Liven Up Driving Experience allows you to drive or be driven in a Ferrari F430 or F360 Spider, for 15, 30 or 60-minute tours, with departures from Monaco, Nice and Eze Village. Prices start at 59 Euros for the 15-minute co-pilot experience.
The driver picked me up at my hotel and before setting out on the tour he gave me time to get behind the wheel for photos (no way I was going to drive this expensive, powerful car).
Then we headed for the Grand Corniche and the hilltop towns of Eze and La Turbie.
I didn't buy the DVD of my tour (an additional 49 Euros) but European tour guide author Rick Steves has a good film clip of the area French Riviera: The Corniches and Eze which approximates the drive.
We pulled off the road a couple of times for photos. This looks like the same spot where Cary Grant and Grace Kelly stopped to admire the view in the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief.
|View of Monaco from the Grand Corniche|
All too soon my ride was over and it was time to return to the hotel.
The gift shops in Monaco sell lots of Ferrari souvenirs including t-shirts, ball caps and key chains. But I came home with the best souvenir of all – the thrill of racing up a hill on the Grand Corniche, with the engine roaring and and my hand clutching the armrest as we passed another car. I'll never forget it.
And the world's largest indoor theme park? Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.
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