Friday, September 2, 2011

Vespas and Italy

There is a reason Vespas are so popular in Italy. Many towns still have their medieval street plan intact. First came the carriages, and they widened, famously for instance, the roads in Paris to help the carriage traffic; then of course came the car. Vienna still has its tight cobblestone streets, designed for the carriage and not the automobile. Italy seems to have somehow avoided the modernization project for carriages, so the streets can be pathetically narrow. Hence the Vespa to zip around town. Practical really.

The photos are of Pascal in front of the cathedral in Sienna. BTW the cathedral is really a wedding cake sort of building. The ornamentation is great, but maybe a little thick, just like on a cake, the frosting looks good, but maybe it's just a little bit too much of a good thing. Funny the Italians are usually so more restraint in their architecture, as compared to the baroque stuff typical in Wien.

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