The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

My Dream Machine

Hello everyone. I am back. It seems like I have been away for ages – which goes to prove just how much I enjoy blogging and especially catching up with the rest of you. We have had 3 weeks of family gatherings: meals, outings, a wedding – and even managed to squeeze in a 3 day trip to Sicily. There were days when I felt like I was chasing my tail and days when I would gladly have hidden my head under the bed linen and slept for a whole day. But somehow, we made it to every event. I will be telling you more about our trip to Sicily in the coming weeks. But for today, I wanted to show you something that I fell in love with in Taormina. Ladies (and any gentlemen that  occasionally pop by) here is my Dream Machine.
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Isn’t she cute? I love the vintage-style Vespa scooters and this one has such a striking, feminine colour that it immediately caught my eye and captured my heart. It would be perfect for running errands to the nearest town in this traffic-congested island. I stood there, with people of all nationalities milling around me, dreaming of easy parking, five-minute journeys and the wind blowing in my hair (well the hair that would not be covered by the oh-so-trendy helmet that came with the bike). Pure and utter bliss. I guess I am now on the hunt for an old(ish) Vespa so that I can spray it this perfect shade of purple. Or maybe pink. Or turquoise. Tough decision …
In all honesty I do not know if I am brave enough to ride a Vespa when we have so many careless drivers on the island. It’s not always exactly safe. But a girl can dream, can’t she? And by now, you should all know me well enough to realize that I do that very well.
Vespa Star
Photographed in Taormina, Sicily
May 2012


  1. She is a pretty one indeed, Loree! Oh yes, and I can see you ride it with a joy on your face..

  2. Wow, I love the color and I think it would look nice in turquoise also.!

  3. I can just see you zipping around on that vespa. But we have the same problem of careless drivers here :(

  4. Fabulous!! OOh la la...I love it..the color is sublime..yes it would also be soo nice in pink or turquoise..any color really!! Gorgeous photo..definately conjures the mind with fun and a day of adventures...beautiful Loree..i hope you find your dream machine one day!

  5. i wish i could ride that...i looks so cute.

  6. Ah, Loree -- I love Vespas, too! In fact, one of my narrators ends up driving one. :)

    So glad you made it through your journey and back, with stories to tell.

  7. The picture is not loading for me :-( But yes Vespas can be fun. Welcome "back" Loree :-)

  8. Dreams come true sometimes and I wish yours will too!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Loree - wow - it is truly lovely - I am not sure we have Vespas here but scooters and I think how cool to have one. Have a lovely week-end and welcome back.

  10. Americans love that about Europe. The adorable Vespas that go toodling around the European cities and small villages. It was be crazy dangerous to drive one here in Houston. Our highways can be 12 lanes wide. That one is definitely adorable and dreaming is free for the taking!! Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Ok Loree..You and me...we are going to do it!
    My heart goes pitter patter for Vespa's too!
    Jeanne xx

  12. can't wait to hear all about your trip to sicilia!

    with a paint job like that, i'd want to buy a scooter too - i saw one here the other day in pink - maybe they are banking on women as the riders of the future!


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