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What to Do and Whom to Watch at the Monaco Grand Prix

What to Do and Whom to Watch at the Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco's Grand Prix, So Much More than Just a Race

The world's wealthiest and most glamorous gather every year because it's much, much more than just a Formula 1 race.

Everyone is in Europe right now.

Between the Cannes Film Festival, AmfAR Gala, the Mille Miglia, and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, it seems as if every star investor, Hollywood ingénue, It Girl model, and party monster seems to have decamped for the 35-mile, sun-drenched stretch between Cannes and Monaco.

The long month abroad swells to its highest point next weekend, when those with true globe-hopping bona fides will converge on the palatial terraces of Monte Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix. Preliminary rounds start on Thursday; the race runs through the city streets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
This is the premier race on the Formula 1 calendar. It has been held in one form or another since 1929 and in modern form since 1950. With its 78 laps and 19 aggressive chicanes, it is the most technically demanding of any F1 race of the season. And barring possibly the night race in Singapore, it is the most exciting to watch, since Monte Carlo’s race emphasizes chassis nimbleness and driver skill more than the engine power. The fastest cars will complete the two-mile lap around the Monte Carlo circuit in about 75 seconds.

Grace Kelly, Aristotle Onassis, and Elizabeth Taylor spent years attending. More recently, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Mark Ronson, and Cristiano Ronaldo have turned into racing fans over the event.

Tickets, of course, aren’t cheap. But they aren’t prohibitively expensive, either. Adults can set foot in the peanut-gallery bleachers that rise high above the far turns of the race for as little as €71 ($79.52; children cost €24). Otherwise, pay as much as you can possibly afford, since you will get the view you pay for.

The top tickets cost €2,799: That places you in a balcony suite above the main straightaway, with views of the entire racing grid as far as the Sainte-Dévote Chapel. The Formula 1 cars will be racing past just a few meters below the balcony ledge, as will be the starting line and Prince Albert II's private box, where the podium ceremony takes place. Champagne and amuses-bouches are included, but of course.
Hotel rooms sell out a year in advance—most attendants have standing reservations year to year—so if you’re late to the game on this, try staying in Nice (13 miles away) and arriving extremely early the morning of the race. (If you arrive later than 7 a.m. or so, the roads will be closed, and you’ll find yourself walking for miles and very likely missing the race.) Airbnb condos in Monaco are another viable option. I’ve done both, with success on each. Better yet, charter a small yacht to park in the water that weekend. Those boats have the prime view, and you can watch the race from your chaise lounge, if you want.

If you do stay in Monaco, leave your car parked somewhere else and rent a Vespa. It’s at least three times faster to get around that weekend, and parking is never an issue. And it’s very attractive to the more adventurous, fun people you hope you meet and befriend during events like this.

It will also help you make friends if you can speak—for a minute or two, at least—about the actual race. This year, everyone will be watching Red Bull Racing, which took the Spanish Grand Prix last week in an upset win. Renault, with a new engine upgrade, and Mercedes, which seems always to do well in Monaco, will also be strong contenders. Ferrari has not won Monaco since 2001, so it’s a bit of a long shot for the top prize, but it has a massive and rabidly loyal following and always makes a big presence at these events.

In individual standings, Nico Rosberg won last year for Mercedes. Mark Webber and Red Bull Racing won in 2012; Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing won in 2011. Look out for 18-year-old Max Verstappen, who last week at the Spanish Grand Prix became the youngest F1 winner in history, the first Dutch driver ever to win a grand prix, and the youngest F1 driver to lead a grand prix—all in his debut for Red Bull Racing.

Table talk in Milan last week among auto executives at a very old, very prestigious Italian automotive brand had him placing fifth or so this week, but you never know. In Monaco, anything can happen. That’s what makes it magic.

Source: Bloomberg L.P.

Aeroflot expands fleet with two new Airbus A320s

May 18, 2016, Moscow. – Aeroflot has taken delivery of two new A320s equipped with aerodynamic wing-tips known as Sharklets. Both A320 aircraft are named in honour of outstanding Russian poets. VP-BEO bears the name of Afanasy Fet, and VP-BET has been named Andrey Voznesenskiy. All A320 aircraft family are delivered to Aeroflot directly from the manufacturer. The airliner is equipped with CFM56 engines and can accommodate 158 passengers in a spacious two-class configuration (8 seats in business and 150 in economy). Aeroflot operates А320 aircraft across its European and domestic routes network. Aeroflot is one of the world’s leading airlines in terms of operational reliability and actual hours flown per A320 aircraft. A320 airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are considered one of the best for mid-range flights.

Source: Aeroflot News

Jet Airways caters daily flights from Singapore – Bombay – Bhuj

Jet Airways caters daily flights from Singapore – Bombay – Bhuj

Bhuj is an ideal springboard for visits to the surrounding villages, and textile tourism is attracting visitors from around the world.

In a walk around Bhuj, you can see the Hall of Mirrors at the Aina Mahal; climb the bell tower of the Prag Mahal next door; stroll through the produce market; have a famous Kutchi pau bhaji for lunch; examine the 2000-year-old Kshatrapa inscriptions in the Kutch Museum; admire the sculptures of Ramayana characters at the Ramakund stepwell; walk around Hamirsar Lake and watch children jumping into it from the lake walls as the hot afternoon sun subsides; and catch the sunset among the chhatardis of the Kutchi royal family in a peaceful field outside the center of town.

Jet Airways caters daily flights from Singapore – Bombay – Bhuj.

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Domestic Destinations in India via Bombay
 Aurangabad, Goa, Pune, Indore, Raipur, Rajkot, Vadodara

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Flying From The Heart Of London To The Heart Of Milan

Flying From The Heart Of London To The Heart Of Milan

More flights to choose from when you fly to Milan, 6 new weekly direct flights from London City to Milan Linate.

Alitalia offers up to 28 weekly flights from London City and Heathrow to Milan Linate, with the earliest departure from London City at 6.40, arriving in Milan at 9.35 local time, and the last return from Milan at 20.30 local time, landing at London City at 21.25.

Make the most of your day in Italy!

Source: Alitalia News