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VIII Meeting Club Panerai - my personal report, part 2: La Spezia

May 20 2008 at 6:09 AM

Volker Wiegmann  (Login VolkerWiegmann)
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Hi all,

I continue with the activities of last friday.
After the breakfast we decided to take a walk on
the promenade in Viareggio, before we had our
meeting point to travel to La Spezia.

Asi and Jens were comparing their watches - with sunglasses they look even more cool!

Of course also this year the biff was back in Tuscany...! Carrying our mate in spirit with us. Always. Everywhere.

Jens was still attracted by Asi's 292 - seems like he kinda liked it very much

Passing some old palm trees on the promenade...

...first Espresso stop. Graham and Asi enjoyed the good stuff for sure.

Shortly after the guys were taking up successfully the scent for Rolex watches

We went back to the hotel (nothing purchased by the way ) and started
with 3 cars to the Italian Navy Commandos Com.Sub.In. in the gulf of La Spezia.

The weather went bad and it started to rain. At the Commandos we were kindly
welcomed by Admiral Marzano where we exchanged some gifts. A pity that I did not
took the camera with me, maybe some others can add the photos of the Com.Sub.In.
which were taken quite lot (?)... argh!

After we left the Com.Sub.In. we went to another entrance of the La Spezia
harbour / Arsenale to ask for a permission to see the sailing ship "Amerigo Vespucci" which was "at home".
Sadly the vice commander told us that it's not possible for us to come aboard the ship,
maybe next time - we'll try for sure.

Piero, Umberto and the vice commander of the Amerigo Vespucci.

We arrived at the Museo Navale, which carries sine 1958 historic objects
of the italian navy.

Ernesto Notari's Radiomir Panerai watch in top conditions!

We got a guided tour by Capitano di Vascello Camaiora, the director of the museum.
Also Alberto Menichetti, a journalist and expert in the italian navy, joined the tour. Next to the director was a kind lady which was translating for us.

Menichetti was sporting a vintage 6152/1 which got the attraction of Ralf and Jens.

Outside we saw an SLC transporter which was placed on the Submarine Sciré to
bring the commandos to their mission sites.

At the memorial site for the fallen submariners I found the "Ambra", which was commanded by Mario Arillo.

Back inside we got an "instruction" of the explosive boats.

...also the SLC and torpedo was introduced to us.

Before we left La Spezia to visit Porto Venere, we were complete for a group shot:
Ralf, Simona, Asi, Diego, me, Piero, Hagen, Umberto, Jens, Graham, Ron, Mike and Marc.

To be continued...

representin' the DNA of Panerai

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