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Paying homage to Enzo Ferrari’s Prancing Horse

Enzo Ferrari developed one of the most recognisable and prestigious brands in the motoring world. I pay homage by visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum.

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Visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum

“Death will destroy my body, but my creatures will keep on living ever after, in the years to come.”

– Enzo Ferrari

There are few brands in the world that everyone can recognise.

Ferrari’s prancing horse happens to be one of those brands. And it is not recognisable because it is commonplace. Quite the opposite. It is rare. It is largely unattainable. It is extraordinary.

It is recognisable because it is an object of beauty.

Enzo Ferrari Museum Maranello

“I don’t sell cars; I sell engines. The cars I throw in for free since something has to hold the engines in.” 

– Enzo Ferrari

Visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum

Stepping through the swinging doors out of the scorching Italian summer sun into the gloom my eyes blink furiously to adjust. Dust motes glitter from the artificial lights before blinking out of sight.

A faint trace of fresh paint hangs in the air where the stench of oil and grease should have been. The steady hum of the air conditioning breaks the deepening silence.

Standing in Enzo Ferrari’s old factory, and birthplace, I am struck by a sense of longing for days gone by. A time that I never even lived.

A time when there were no such things as traction control, power steering or even seatbelts. Racing car drivers seemed reckless with their lives and cars were only just becoming mainstream.

Enzo Ferrari Museum

As I wander through the old workshop examining Enzo Ferrari’s life in minute detail, I wonder what it must have been like 60+ years ago. Working away in this tiny shed in the middle of the Italian countryside developing a car and a brand that what would become a legacy.

He was the first to believe that cars could be a luxury object. Cars could be a work of art. To him, cars had to be a mix of power and style. A combination of speed and elegance.

Enzo Ferrari Museum Maranello

“Everyone dreams of driving a Ferrari, it was my intent from the start.” 

– Enzo Ferrari

These are words I can relate to.

As a boy, and still to this day, I often dream of driving a racing car. And not just any racing car. It would have to be the best. A Formula One racing car.

They represent everything that is extravagant and excessive about motor racing.

The Formula One car that I would choose to drive? Ferrari.

Why? Because there has been no other team that has dominated the Formula One World Series over the course of history. Even though they have had rocky periods with no wins for, they have also had a grip on the trophy more times than any other team.

Formula One cars Ferrari museum

“Second is the first of the losers.”

– Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari’s passion for success has pushed Ferrari to be the best in the racing world. And for that, everyone that has ever owned or driven a car, should be thankful.

Because not only are Ferrari’s considered some of the best racing cars in the world. But Formula One cars are the reason most road cars have been developed to where they are today. Nearly every technological advancement in speed, safety, aerodynamics and handling has been developed during testing and racing Formula One cars.

It is why I felt such an honour to stand where the best have stood before.

Whether you like Ferrari or not, visiting the Museo casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena to pay homage to one of the greatest Italian’s that ever lived is a must for any motoring enthusiast or if you ever win the lottery.

Enzo Ferrari

18th February 1898 – 14th August 1988. 

Enzo Ferrari Museum

“The most important victory is the one which has to arrive.”

– Enzo Ferrari

Extra Travel Tips:

The Enzo Ferrari Museum is located in Modena in the heart of Motor Valley in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

Opening hours: 9.30am – 6pm (1st October – 30th April) and 9.30am – 7pm (1st May – 30th September)

Cost: €13 per adult. Also available is a discount to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello if you combine the two museums for €22 per adult.

Disclaimer: I was invited to visit the Enzo Ferrari museum as a guest of the Emilia-Romagna tourism board as part of the #Blogville project. As always, our thoughts and dreams, are our own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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33 Comments

  1. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    August 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Not necessarily a car person, but these look beautiful! Would definitely go just to learn more about Ferraris!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      You don’t have to be a car person to appreciate how beautiful they are 🙂

  2. Cynthia Scarborough

    August 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Pretty impressive museum. Ferraris always seem to conjure up images of deep pockets and speed. Beautiful cars! Good article.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Thanks Cynthia. We definitely don’t have deep enough pockets haha.

  3. Laurence

    August 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    This looks like a funky adventure. The closest I’ve come to something like this harks back to my student days, when a friend decided we were going to go visit our local Ferrari dealer. We drove down to the garage, me not even wearing any shoes (I was a classic student, long hair, scruffy clothes, the works), and we rocked up at this incredible Ferrari showroom, clearly without a penny to our name. They were so nice to us it was amazing, even taking us on a tour of the back garage where no-one usually gets to go, which was just wall to wall Ferrari’s. Good times 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      That is brilliant that they even let you in. Must have been a slow day, as I can imagine what they would be like if someone in a suit was there at the same time as you haha.

  4. Jennifer

    August 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Now THIS is a museum my husband could get behind.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Adela didn’t want to come with me but was plenty of fun just by myself 🙂

  5. Micki

    August 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    These are just as much art as car, I think. I’m definitely not a car person (as evidenced by the number of 10 year old beaters I’ve driven in my lifetime), but I can really appreciate the beauty of these Ferraris.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Don’t get me wrong, I only drive 10 year old beaters! But don’t mind dreaming every now and then 😉

  6. gabi klaf

    August 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    love it. what amazing photos. really really cool, and i never had an interest in cars and such. but now, i’m curious… that says tons. thank you… keep up your travels. so very inspirational guys. gabi

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Thanks Gabi! These are beautiful cars so no wonder they are amazing photos 🙂

  7. Cheryl

    August 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Looks like an offbeat museum to visit. I love how cool Enzo looks in the last photo! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Apparently he never took off those glasses. I can’t remember if it was a condition he had or not now…

  8. Pete

    August 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    As an avid enthusiast, I am disappointed I missed this when I was in the area. I use the “second is the first loser” quote all the time, one of my favorites.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      That quote just makes me think of Talladega Nights haha.

  9. D.J. - The World of Deej

    August 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I’m not really a car guy, but it’s hard not to marvel at this…

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Would fit right in driving up to Pebbles Beach in a car like this!

  10. Angela

    August 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I’m not a car person, but a Ferrari never passes by unnoticed.

  11. Jeremy Branham

    August 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I have to admit that I don’t care much about cars. I am not an adrenaline junkie at all. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had no interest in cars or racing. However, I can appreciate what Enzo Ferrari did. He built a brand which is well known and the cars are beautiful. I would definitely take the tour if it was on my way 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Like you say, even if you don’t like cars, it is pretty amazing just finding out about Enzo Ferrari’s life. He built an empire from absolutely nothing apart from dreams and aspirations.

  12. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    August 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    LOVE Enzo’s quotes! He was a wit as well as a design genius! He’s definitely on my list of dream dinner party guests.

  13. Ali

    August 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I’ve never been a car person, but I can imagine how cool it would be to visit this museum!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      He actually succeeded in building a business out of his passion, which so many of us try to do as bloggers, so he is definitely a bit of an idol.

  14. LeX @ LeX Paradise

    August 26, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Man! one day I want to be there!

    Real great quote!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      He was a genius with cars and words it seems 🙂

  15. Terry at Overnight New York

    August 27, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    “Second is the first of losers’ — love the quote (and all those spiffy red cars). Cool post!

  16. Karun

    September 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    The brand he is built speaks. Tribute to the greatest mind in automobile industry who revolutionized ferrari and its logo.

  17. Donna Hull

    November 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    You can also visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. And, if you have the funds, schedule a test drive in a Ferrari. My husband still talks about his time behind the wheel.

  18. Charles

    February 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Like Donna said, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello is a must see. As for the test drive, try calling in advance and see if you can book one. This way you can avoid being disappointed when you get there.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Great point about pre-booking the driving Charles.

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Amsterdam Food Guide

If you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of food. However if you try the food here in our Amsterdam food guide you might get lucky.

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Amsterdam Food Waffles

We are total foodies and our travelling has allowed our passion for food to grow considerably (not to mention our waist lines)!  We love trying new food when we visit foreign countries and always make a huge effort to eat the local cuisine. Check out some of the food we ate below in our cheap and delicious Amsterdam Food Guide.

Amsterdam Food Waffles

We had heard from a number of people that the Amsterdam food was nothing to rave about. To be honest food was not really our main interest in visiting but then again neither was an Amsterdam Peep show and we ended up enjoying that!

However we were pleasantly surprised. I think the people whom we had talked to had it wrong. Sure Holland doesn’t really have a local cuisine but once we got over this fact we realised there is still some damn good food to be had from the various Amsterdam Restaurants.

Amsterdam Food

The best meal we had was actually next door to the Red Light district in Chinatown. Crossing the canal to the east away from the neon lights your nostrils are attacked and your mouth begins salivating from the delicious smells wafting along the narrow cobbled streets.

As we walked into Bird Thai restaurant the enticing aroma hit us instantly leaving us drooling in anticipation. It was definitely up there with some of the best Thai food we have had. We went for the classic Green curry, fried rice and duck combo.

The Green curry was so flavoursome with the richness of the coconut milk blending perfectly with the traditional spices.  The duck was cooked to perfection and for the first few minutes of the meal all you could hear was the crunching of the crispy outside layer as we devoured the duck in minutes. Needless to say the fried rice was a taste explosion too!

Cheap and delicious Amsterdam food is easy to come by. With hangovers and munchies affecting your hunger it is no surprise that there are an abundance of Fast Food chains and takeaways in Amsterdam. In fact it was actually more the way that the fast food was served that surprised us as you could buy it out of massive vending machines at Febo!

Amsterdam Food Febo

Hidden workers stand behind the vending machines churning out burgers, fries and sausage rolls so all you has to do is insert a Euro and “hey presto” you have a hot meal in your hungry hands.

Then there were the frites stores which seemed to be on every corner. The first thing you noticed about these was the tantalising smell. There is nothing like the smell of chips straight out of the fryer and covered in salt to get you tummy rumbling. Served in a triangle cardboard carton and covered in mayo which meant that that you couldn’t reach the chips at the bottom without covering your greedy fingers in sauce. Just a tad annoying!

But there is nothing like hot chips to warm you up on a cold day.

Finally, while hot chocolates are not typically food I feel they still deserve a mention especially because the usually come paired with waffles! Ahhhh the perfect breakfast.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate

We loved nipping into a cafe or bar like Cafe Bar Eddy in Amsterdam to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate. It literally tasted like they had melted chocolate down and added cream. Heaven in a cup. And the choice of waffles was daunting as you could have whatever you wanted. Fruit, chocolate, syrups, cream or all of the above!

If you are heading here then don’t expect to find an array of traditional Amsterdam food. Instead treat yourself to a hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast, grab a quick bite from a vending machine and sample some of the different cuisines found near the Red Light District.

If you stick to this Amsterdam food guide then your taste buds will have a great holiday too!

If you have visited before then what did you think of Amsterdam food?

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Check out our guide for the first timer in Amsterdam visiting a coffeeshop.

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Before getting started I just want to clarify that we are not drug users. We don’t condone using illegal drugs. And we are not telling you to go and smoke weed in Amsterdam. BUT, our goal of this travel blog is to help advise, educate and provide travel tips for ALL situations. So if you are headed to Amsterdam then we hope our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam will help you out.

And check out this smoker friendly accommodation for your next trip.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam Coffeeshop

When you tell people that you are visiting Amsterdam then they immediately think of one thing and one thing only. Weed. Dope. Herb. Buds. Spliff. Whacky Tobbacky. Pot. Marijuana. Cannabis. 

Call it what you will but just know that the biggest name for it is “ILLEGAL”.

Yes it is actually illegal to smoke weed in Amsterdam. But for now the Netherlands government do tolerate smoking in designated “coffeeshops”. This is slowly changing as the Government tries to moderate the tourism drug trade and in 2013 there will be new laws which we won’t go in to now as they are continuously changing.

In the meantime if you obey the rules, are not a moron and use our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam then you are going to be fine.

Smoke weed in Amsterdam

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t smoke weed in Amsterdam in public such as on the streets. There are over 300 designated coffee shops where you are tolerated to smoke weed. These places are regulated and everything is done in the open.

Don’t get confused and try to smoke in a koffiehuis (coffee house) which sells coffee and light meals or a café that is a casual restaurant and/or bar.

The coffeeshops are super easy to spot with marijuana leaves in the windows and Bob Marley paintings on the doors. Not to mention the smell wafting through the cold breeze. There will also be the usual tourists that have stupidly over-indulged and are glassy eyed.

We visited one of the five Bulldog coffeeshops when we were in Amsterdam and had no complaints. We even enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate while we were there!

Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Buying weed in Amsterdam

As long as you are over 18 then you will be allowed to buy up to 5 grams of weed in the regulated coffeeshops. Plus you have the added security knowing that your marijuana is not going to be laced with anything else if you are attempting to buy it off someone on the street. And who knows, they might be setting you up to get busted.

We were (and are) total amateurs and had no idea what to do once we actually stepped foot in the coffeeshop. But quickly sussed it out. There will generally be a “dealer bar” with full menu’s and everything for you to choose. So if you are an expert you will probably know what to order! Prices will of course vary by quantity (grams, bags, individual joints) and quality.

For a beginner ask lots of questions. Don’t be shy like we were. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. They will know then that you are a newbie and will guide you. Just know that they are very accustomed to tourists who don’t know exactly how to go about the whole process.

What we found out is that it is actually perfectly fine for you to visit other coffeeshops and smoke weed that you have already purchased somewhere else. However, it is considered rude not to at least buy a hot chocolate or coffee if you do this. Coffeeshops do also have some of the best coffee in Amsterdam.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t be an idiot

Number 1 rule: Don’t smoke too much weed in Amsterdam! Even if you are a pot loving hippie from a commune you are probably going to find the marijuana really strong in Amsterdam. Just take it slow.

If you are enjoying a drink as well then again take it easy with the booze. All the coffeshops won’t sell you beer as well as cannabis.

EAT! Don’t go drinking and smoking on an empty stomach as cannabis lowers your blood sugar level and this can turn a fun day into a disaster if you haven’t eaten recently. Check out our Amsterdam Food Guide for some quick eating tips here.

A final word of warning, please watch out for the spacecake! Eating cannabis will knock you on your ass and is much stronger than when smoked.

Finally, enjoy yourselves and for goodness sake obey the rules, laws and customs while you are smoking weed in Amsterdam.

If you have an addiction to drugs then reach out and seek some help.

Check out these Weed Products for your next travel adventure.

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Four Jandals Visits an Amsterdam Peep Show

Have you ever wanted to visit an Amsterdam peep show? We had the chance to go and embraced it with open arms. Check out our experience here

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Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

An Amsterdam peep show is a must, just like visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Okay slightly different. But you have got to go!

And if you have ever wanted to visit Amsterdam then more than likely you are going to be interested in checking out a peep show in the red light district. It might be worthwhile checking out this Amsterdam’s Red Light District – The ultimate guide.

Amsterdam Moulin Rouge Red Light District

There is something about the red light district that draws the punters and tourists alike in. Maybe it is the bright red neon lights that illuminate the darkened alleyways that pull them in like moths to a flame. Or the bars and coffee shops that let a certain smell waft lazily across the glistening canals.

Or maybe it is just the fact that sex really does sell.

When we visited Amsterdam with a couple of friends we actually spent what I now consider an embarrassingly long time in that same area. The fact is that we seriously could not get enough.

Not like that of course!

We just couldn’t believe that everyone is so open and carefree about what is for all intents and purposes, window shopping for sex. The number of guys knocking on windows and being ushered behind the curtains of every room were staggering.

However, we were not enticed ourselves to fork over $50 euros but were intrigued enough to want to check out an Amsterdam peep show. I just want to clarify here that it was actually Adela that was the most keen. I just didn’t want to let her down so went along with it…

Amsterdam Red Light District

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Visiting the Amsterdam peep show

Much to our surprise, there is only one Amsterdam peep show left in the whole city back in 2012!

The very originally named “Sex Palace” is situated on the banks of one of the main canals in the heart of the red light district on Oudezijds Achterburgwal street. Walking under the neon flashing lights into the entrance way your senses are assaulted by sights, sounds and disturbingly smell.

All around the walls are posters and screens showing ladies in various states of undress and positions. A white board lists the movies that you can rent out for your viewing pleasure in one of the many private booths. But we were only there for one thing:

The circular structure sitting slightly to the left of the entrance with a dozen small doors along it’s walls. 

Each of those small doors lead into equally small rooms no larger than a traditional UK phone box. A small covered viewing window blocks your view forward.

The money box clinging to the wall to operate the viewing window only accepts coins. But don’t worry if you only have notes as they handily have a large coin machine dishing out $2 euro coins for ease of watching.

Once you close the door and chuck in your money, the viewing window pops open for 2 minutes and allows you to view the large, slowly-rotating stage on which a scantily-dressed woman displays herself. With her flexibility she could have represented any country in the upcoming Olympics!

Amsterdam peep show Sex Palace

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I was cracking up laughing the entire time I was in there because you can actually just make out the rest of the “audience” in the opposite booths. I even got a little wave and smile as the girl slowly revolved past my window.

The Amsterdam peep show was a little bit creepy. But even though we were there late on a Saturday night the booths were doing a roaring trade. Obviously nearly everyone else, from the hens parties to the couples, were there for the same reason as us. To check out one or two rounds before heading back into the night giggling like school girls at a sleepover at what we had just done.

The shifty eyed single men on the other hand skulked away to their respective viewing windows again and again with pockets full of coins.

If you ever get the chance then we actually do highly recommend taking the plunge and visiting an Amsterdam peep show. Just make sure that you are always respectful of the women in the shows and the ones on the streets!

Have you ever been to an Amsterdam Peep Show or Sex show? Tell us about your experience below.

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