A Violet Vespa

A violet vespa parked at the end of a dead end street in Rome. Photo by Trisha Thomas

Today I was late for parent-teacher meetings at my daughter’s school and I came flying out of the office and down to Piazza Colleggio Romano and was heading to the bus stop on Rome’s Via del Corso when this violet vespa stopped me short.  I pass that corner several times a day, coming and going from work, or heading to the coffee bar for my morning cappuccino, but in all these years of passing that corner, I have never seen a violet vespa.  What struck me even more than the fact that it was violet, was that it was parked right under the sign that said “Strada Senza Uscita”, Dead End.

Somehow that violet vespa  conjured up for me an image of a carefree, frivolous young woman on her violet vespa, who ran into a dead end and just stopped right there, parked the vespa in a cobblestone patch and walked on without a worry.  I almost expected to see some Audrey Hepburn type flitting around nearby.

Ah, just give me a violet vespa, and maybe all my worries will disappear.

 

Trisha Thomas
Trisha is a TV journalist working for AP TV News in Rome. She is married to an Italian and is a Mamma of three.

11 Comments

  1. Alan
    2012/12/04

    . . the stuff of dreams!

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    • Trisha Thomas
      Trisha Thomas
      2012/12/04

      I agree. I would like to buy myself a violet vespa and ride off into the sunset.

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  2. JWThomas
    2012/12/04

    Ahh such is the romantic interpretation, but maybe it was a poor messenger who could only afford to buy a 2nd hand Vespa that was lavender and had belonged to a newly married woman whose new husband had demanded she get rid of her Vespa. Perhaps the messenger had run down the dead end street to deliver his package as quickly as possible. Oh there are many stories, happy and sad that we could build up starting with the violent Vespa!!

    What a great start!!

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  3. JWThomas
    2012/12/04

    Ahh now you’ve got me started…what is the story behind the dented rear fender? Dented but no chipped paint. Maybe it was repainted because??? Why is there so much dirt on the foot rest? Mud like that is not likely to have been aquired in Rome unless…..???

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    • Trisha Thomas
      Trisha Thomas
      2012/12/04

      It is a mystery….I suppose we could build a whole story around the woman with the violet vespa.

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  4. tomaso
    2012/12/04

    What a lovely ride, the violet Vespa…
    and where has she gone?

    t

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    • Trisha Thomas
      Trisha Thomas
      2012/12/04

      Isn’t that a beautiful violet vespa, and I am wondering too where has she gone? When I passed by that corner this morning going to the office the violet vespa was not there. It made me wonder if it all had been a figment of my imagination.

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  5. Francesca Muir
    2012/12/05

    The Mystery of Violet Vespa – now is that her name, or the name of her Vespa? Could make a good book! Ciao F x

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    • Trisha Thomas
      Trisha Thomas
      2012/12/05

      Oh, you are right, maybe I should just adjust my Mozzarella Mamma manuscript to become “The Adventures of Violet Vespa”, except that Violet Vespa has to be so much more romantic, and mysterious than the Mozzarella Mamma, and yes that would be unromantic, unmysterious me, Trisha Thomas.

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  6. Lisa | Renovating Italy
    2012/12/06

    Dear Trisha I wish you violet vespa’s….multitudes of violet vespa’s….much like those ladybirds! That waif like Audrey Hepburn skipped away from her cares and left them all behind….don’t say you are unromantic…who else would have stopped to capture this mystery if not you my friend!!!
    xxx

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    • Trisha Thomas
      Trisha Thomas
      2012/12/07

      Thank you Lisa! I could definitely use multitudes of violet vespas!

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