2016 WINNER - TRIP TO ROME
John Jeffcoate won the 'Lucky Owner's" trip at the 2015-2016 NSW Standardbred Owners Association, Annual Awards night - the destination was Rome.
Thanks to everyone in the association for the wonderful prize. To Peter and Marie thank you both for the help in organizing our wonderful trip. Thanks to John Jeffcoate for donating his prize so we could celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Italy is truly a beautiful country and I urge everyone to visit.
John & Maxine Brannelly
"We arrived in Rome after a long flight and a marathon stopover in Dubai to be greeted by this fantastic city. The temperature soared to the high 30 degrees as we started our Rome adventure with a tour of the mighty Colosseum . The stories told by the guides were outrageous but true. Around every corner was a new history lesson and the Colosseum is a must see on everyone bucket list. The Roman Forum and ruins tour, with its 40 metre high columns and temples was a breath taking way to finish off our first day.
On day two we had a tour of the Vatican,The Vatican Museums and St Peters Basilica. The art work, paintings, tapestries and statues are unbelievable .We found ourselves in oar of the the size and grandeur of the entire complex. It's hard to believe half a million people can easily fit into the square to see the Pope. The crowds were huge but the way they get tourist around and through the attractions is very well organised . It should be another tick on all bucket lists.
Day three was a little more relaxing but we still managed a trip to the beautiful Trevi Fountain where we tossed a coin in as tradition suggests and walked to the Spanish Steps for some people watching and some tasty gelato. We explored the cobblestone streets and alleyways in search of bargains and had some very funny pizza restaurant experiences, where our lack of Italian and their lack of English resulted in some interesting meal selections. Rome is a wonderful city with friendly locals and with many more attraction still to be seen. We vowed to return one day.
The next day we traveled to Florence by rail, it was the fast train which traveled at 300km per hour. Florence is a more compact city and very easy to walk around. We visited the magnificent Duomo with its huge dome that can be seen from miles ways. It's staggering construction of pink, white and green marble makes it one of the most amazing buildings we have ever seen. We stood and stared at it for ages wondering how on earth it was made. The following day we went to the Galleria dell Accademia and had a look at Michelangelos Statue of David. It is hard to believe this huge 5 metre statue was carved out of one single block of marble. Florence was also a city of many leather bargains and we went wild buying wallets, belts and handbags.
The following day we again travelled by fast train to Venice and what a wonderful way to finish our adventure. We did what all tourist do and had a Gondola ride which was still fun. Venice is amazing with hundreds of little alleyways and shops to explore. The food in Venice was easily the best in Italy with many dishes based around fish. We ventured by ferry out to the island of Murano and Burano where the glass blowing industry is huge. Keeping the horse theme going we purchased a glass statue of a magnificent horse".