giovedì 15 novembre 2007

Vespas de Valencia

Verso la fine di ottobre sono stato a Valencia per un giro di tre giorni e mi e' capitato di notare qualche buffa Vespa in giro per la citta'; non erano marcate "Piaggio" ma "Motovespa" ed ho scoperto presto che nel passato la Motovespa non era che il nome della Piaggio in Spagna. Le Vespe moderne sono marcate "Piaggio" proprio come in Italia.
Sembra che la Vespa sia stata diffusa in passato, ma oggi, a parte alcune Vespe piuttosto recenti che si trovano anche da noi, e' uno strano ibrido tra uno scooter ed un vecchio chopper che domina la strada. Sono disgustosamente rumorosi, vagamente stilosi e deco' e semplicemente non mi piacciono. Principalmente chiamati "Havana", "Compay" o con altri nomi caraibici simili, le cromature dei loro manubri esagerati risplendono per le strade e sembra che stiano attraversando una fase di boom, li'.
Fortunatamente ci sono alcuni bravi ragazzi che amano le proprie Vespe; mi e' capitato di incontrarne una celeste chiamata "Caro Vespone", scritto in caratteri della Coca Cola su una fiancata e gli ho lasciato un bigliettino sulla sella (dovro' parlare anche di questo, qualche giorno) perche' lo leggesse Carlos "Vespaciano", ovvero il nickname del proprietario, in vista sull'altra fiancata. Mi ha contattato un paio di giorni dopo e mi ha fatto vedere che in Spagna ci sono dei bei Vespa club che - proprio come facciamo in Italia - si ritrovano per andare in giro e per farsi una mangiata!
Eccovi quindi la breve galleria, godetevela!
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In late October I was in Valencia, Spain, for a three-days trip, and I happened to notice some funny Vespas all around the town; they weren't labeled "Piaggio" but "Motovespa", and I soon discovered that in the past Motovespa was simply Piaggio's brand name in Spain. Modern Vespas are labeled "Piaggio" just like in Italy.
Vespa seems to have been widespread in the past, but nowadays, apart from very recent Vespas one may find even there, a sort of strange hybrid between a scooter and a vintage chopper rules the road. They make an awful noise, are vaguely stylish and deco' and I simply dislike them. Mainly named "Havana", "Compay" or similar caribbean names, their oversize handlebars' chrome shines through the streets and it seems they're into a boom phase, there.
Fourtunately, there are some nice guys who love their Vespas; I happened to find a light blue one named "Caro Vespone", written in Coca Cola characters on one side, and I left a card on its saddle (gotta talk about these, someday) to be read by Carlos "Vespaciano" that's the nickname of her owner, shown on the other side. He contacted me a couple of days later and showed me that in Spain there are nice Vespa clubs who - just as we do in Italy - go out for a ride and for very good lunches!
So, this is the short gallery, enjoy it!

3 commenti:

  1. I have to say, strictly as a metaphor regarding these spanish rides, is it like Antonio Banderas vs. Raol Bova? I mean, they are kinda cute...like cute little bugs! :-)

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  2. We always enjoy your blog and your photos and the music is very nice too. Your trip to Valencia sounded quite nice. Here is South Florida we also have many different kinds of scooters. Lots of plastic ones that are cheap and made in China or Tiawan. Vespas are more expensive so one does not see as many. But Vespas rules in the Class Dept. They are so classy. Thanks for sharing your Valencia trip with us.

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  3. rowena: eheh, you bad chick! you're married, how can you think of Raoul Bova or Antonio Banderas? ;-P
    heinz&frenchie: I'm proud of having you in my readers' crowd! Yes, Vespas are definitely cool, be them new ones or older ones.
    My Valencia trip was just a short trip,did you read about the Sardinian trip of last summer? That was my first two wheeled trip and, oh, it was delightful!

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