video by Elisa Mohr
Here's another video clip taken as the Mestrina was approaching Burano.
I'm told that with the headwind, reaching the island seemed to take forever.
In the audio you can hear my wife, daughter, and another guest talking.
Those "hospitality" seats have hosted many passengers over the years - some more well-known than others.
One time at the club, president Bepi Penzo showed me a photo of the same boat in a procession, with none other than Mikhail Gorbachev - former head of the USSR - sitting in one of those seats.
Indeed Mr. Gorbachev was there, the photo of him aboard the Mestrina is available online in this article.
The image alone
I was suprised how much he has grown old.
Here is something else, the Mestrina in Prague
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