Friday, October 03, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things

I just *love* the old style Vespa. You know the one, like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn tooled around Rome with in the gorgeous scenes of Roman Holiday. The new ones are pretty cute, too. They come in vibrant colors and look hip and breezy. But there is something about the old original that makes me smile whenever I see one. Maybe because they're such an enduring presence; or maybe its the pretty pastel colors. Perhaps it is because I am hopelessly addicted to Roman Holiday. Either way, sighting them is one of my favorite things.

Are you a Roman Holiday fan? Stay tuned for details about a new release of the classic film, due out soon. It contains new special features, including one that I consulted on. ::proud grin::


nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

si. I love that movie. Look forward to hearing your details.

Anonymous said...

i love vespa so much too. esp the older ones. although i do drool over the new juicy colors.

my friend even gave me a vespa charm!

nice pic!

Beatriz Macias said...

I have a vespa! a small one, a model one that I got for my boy the first time we came to Italy, and that he does not really care for, so it sits on my desk, inspiring me. I will love to own the real one.

Judith in Umbria said...

I keep thinking I may buy one of the old ones when I move into the city, but I may be a bit old by then!

LOVE Roman holiday and LOVE Vacanze Romane the song, too.

janie said...

You look so cute on that Vespa! I love Roman Holiday and look forward to the new release.

Anonymous said...

You really look adorable :)

Valerie said...

Ragazza - Not as exciting as your movie screenplay by any means, but it's a start! :)

Eryn - maybe the charm will bring you luck and a real vespa!

Beatriz - I wanted a model one from Autogrill but they only had pink. Ugh.

Judith - you, too old? Never!

Janie and anonymous - thanks :))

Chandi said...

Hi Valerie,
I can relate to your story about the bad service and trying to find a restaurant while wandering (starving) around an Italian hill town or round about the Italian country roads... and finding restaurants closed, or not finding them, and getting more hungry and getting lost... all of that has happened to me on many occasions during my travels or my times living in Italy.

Anyway, I wanted to ask you why you guys chose Ascoli Piceno? I have lived in Italy a few times but always in Florence.

This summer I had a crazy situation in an Italian hospital. You can check it out here:

I look forward to reading more of your blog. I love reading about the expat life in Italy!


Anonymous said...

Ciao Valerie,
I heard from my friend Marybeth that she met you and Bryan.
How neat is that! The world keeps getting piu' piccolo.

Carole in Kansas City

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

Huge fan of the old Vespa here too. P's dad has one tucked away in the cantina that I'm trying to convince them to let me at....

Valerie said...

Hi Chandi - I think all of us who venture even a little off the beaten path find ourselves in that "hungry and hopeless" situation now and then! But then sometimes you have experiences like this that make up for them :) I'll have to check out your blog. And stay tuned, I'll answer your question in a post since you're not the only one asking.

Carole - We did meet Marybeth and had a great time together. She's a neat lady! Un piccolo mondo, indeed!

Michelle - oooh, if you convince him, can I come ride it?

FlavoursofItaly said...

The old style vespa's are the best thing about Italy - there sound always brings back memories to me! I'm really interested in your story - how you moved to Italy, perhaps it would make a good feature for our blog!

Valerie said...

Flavours of Italy - the sound is so special...not like the whiny ones today. I'd be happy to share my story; send me an email and we'll talk! thetravelchick AT hotmail DOT com

Lost in Sicily said...

you would be so jealous of my vespa (or vespone as my husband calls it). A 1970 125cc vespa that first belonged to my brother in law and was then passed down to the younger siblings and then sat in the garage until my husband got it fixed up to fulfill my dream of being a vespa rider. It is the best to ride around italy in an old vespa. When I lived in Rome, I would get stopped by old guys saying that the vespa was a 'mito' and that they used to have one the same. Anyway, I don't know if you read comments on you old postings, but thought I would share my vespa story. I am recently back in italy and living in Sicily now and VERY NEW to blogging, but really like yours. I saw your list of expat bloggers and am thrilled and love reading the experiences other bloggers have to share. There is a real community out there! My blog is Sorry for this long posting but you do have a great story to tell! Ciao!