Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons: Travels in Sicily on a Vespa


Matthew Fort continues the travels he began on a Vespa in “Eating Up Italy” in this new book:

(Scooter Swag Post on “Eating Up Italy”)

Here’s a book review:
“Attention lavished on Tuscany and the north of Italy has sometimes left Sicily languishing in travel literature’s backwaters. Sicily’s role as cradle of the Mafia and its separateness from the rest of the peninsula have also worked against it. On the other hand, the island’s rich history and unique amalgamation of African and European elements in its cultural patrimony make it perfect for the curious tourist. Aiming to give the place its proper due, Fort’s intimate portrait of modern Sicily introduces readers to the characters that enliven the place. Fort describes two journeys aboard his Vespa: one in spring, bisecting the isle from west to east; another in autumn, circumnavigating the coast. His narrative finds unity in the fabulous varieties of the foods he consumes along his way. Intensely proud and partisan, Sicilians argue the relative merits of sausages produced in towns just a few miles apart. Recipes conclude each chapter. –Mark Knoblauch”

It’s available at Amazon for $18:

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons at Amazon.com

Spotted in France

Spotted in France: A Dog\'s Life...On the Road
I have read this and for dog-scooter owners, it’s a pip. I have a hard time believing a dog would sit in front of an owner’s legs just behind the legshield but there are photos to prove it. Here’s the description from Amazon:
“Gregory Edmont, an American living in Paris, and his precocious Dalmatian Jamy-Prince du Bois-deTanagra (JP) undertake a delightfully quirky journey to the south of France, where JP has been summoned by a desperate dog breeder to provide stud services. Hopping aboard a vintage Vespa scooter, these unlikely traveling companions turn heads and charm locals as they meander through a series of colorful towns and villages. A canine prodigy accorded a great deal of respect by the dog-loving French, JP provides a unique entree into provincial French society for his seemingly less worldly master. No ordinary tourists, Gregory and JP encounter all manner of memorable adventures along the road, including a run-in with gendarmes, a fortuitous encounter with a coven of mechanically able witches, and a hilarious assortment of eclectic dining experiences. Both travel enthusiasts and dog lovers will be charmed by this breezy odyssey as man and dog stray off the beaten path.”

“Spotted in France” at Amazon.com

Vroom with a View

Vroom With a View
Just started this book and it seems pretty interesting. Here’s the description from Amazon:
“Readers will fall for a side of Italy rarely seen with the just-turned-forty Peter Moore rattling around the country on the back of an ageing Vespa scooter — like himself, a little rough around the edges, and a bit slow in the mornings perhaps, but basically still OK.”

“Vroom With A View” at Amazon.com

Eating up Italy: Voyages from a Vespa

Eating Up Italy

A book with a Vespa AND food. The mind reels. But here’s another’s review:
“If you seek to understand the minute subtleties and regional differences of Italian food, this is a wonderful, lovingly written book. But if your head is turned by the subtitle, “Voyages on a Vespa,” save your money. You will be disppointed that the two Vespas he uses for months and thousands of miles barely get mentioned. There is one small, generic photo of a scooter at the beginning of the book, and one of an odometer towards the end. When he returns the rental scooter at the end of his journey, he sums it up by saying, “It was a brisk, unsentimental parting.” As a Vespa enthusiast, that will also sum up how I react to my parting with this book.”

“Eating Up Italy” at Amazon.com