Getting into Gear
Sundays lately have been opened with me sleeping in embarrassingly late and coming into the sitting room to see Andrew ensconced in front of the TV watching Grand Prix.
Apart from knowing that Lewis Hamilton was kind of a big deal my interest and my knowledge ended there. It impressed me but to be honest I didn't really get it.
As it happened when we were in Italy last week for my friends wedding the Italian Grand Prix was taking place on the Sunday, after all the festivities, in Monza about an hours drive away.
Given that the timing was mystically perfect as a day or two later we couldn't have stayed on as we would have needed to get back to work it seemed we had to go.
By the time Sunday came after being dressed up for two days I was ready to relax and be comfy above all else.
I bought these sandals in H&M when I had the misfortune of the pair of shoes I wore into the shop literally snapping. I was really cranky and moaned about quality and other grumble worthy things all the way to the shoe display. I picked these up probably complained more and then more all the way to the till. I assumed I would never wear them again. I was very, very wrong. I love and live in them.
The Grand Prix required parking ages away and tons of walking. Throughout all of the walking in a Lewis Hamilton pilgrimage they never once pinched.
I teamed them with a simple off the shoulder top from H&M Trend that I got recently, a skirt from Juicy Couture (bought at discount in Kildare Village) and my Prada Sunglasses.
Upon entry you can expect over-priced memorabilia and clothing, a Ferrari Jacket for over €200, a Lewis Hamilton cap with an extra wide flat peak for €40 and so on.
When we finally took to our seats I didn't know what to expect. What first hit me is how incredibly fast they actually go. I know that sounds really naive but legitimately it has to be seen to be believed. two hundred miles per hour seen for the first time is mind blowing.
People had warned me about the noise and when it hits you, it's pretty full on. The race was to be 53 laps, which are 3 miles each and they did them in about a minute each.
It all felt like a blur as they whizzed by but there's an energy, an intensity that's ever present throughout.
Being in Italy the crowd were vocal and vibrant throughout. This added to the atmosphere.
When the race ended with Lewis winning you could see him doing the requisite spraying champagne all over the place on a podium but what blew my mind is how quickly the 80,000 people poured onto the track.
It took 15 minutes of pushing through people to get onto it, even longer to get the photos but a dedicated blogger would go the distance!
Once there you can feel such incredible energy.
It was a perfect end to the weekend.
I can't say I in anyway understand Formula One but what I will say is that being on a racetrack moments after a race like that feels very special.
Top- H&M Trend. Skirt - Juicy Couture. Sandals- H&M. Sunglasses - Prada.
Crossover bag - Parfois.
Photos - ARW.