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Vroom With A View: In Search Of Italy's Dolce Vita On A '61 Vespa Paperback – 2 May 2005
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"'Its punning title sets the tone for this off-beat travel book...touched by romance and haunted by the glamour of Sophia Loren, it's a larky, laddish tale of roadside picnics, bad behaviour and attempting to re-enact 'Roman Holiday''" (YOU magazine)
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Peter Moore turns 40 and goes in search of Italy's celebrated dolce vita in the company of a 1960s Vespa.See all Product description
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Vroom with a View in no different.
Taking a suitably sleepy route through Tuscany, Moore sees the countryside at a pace that suits his narrative. His observations are all the more sharp on a vespa that barely and rarely moves.
For those who need a trip away from their desk at lunch time, this book will put you in the Italian countryside, the smell of the wheat, the sight of sunflowers and the conversation of strangers.
Perhaps better to read after his earlier books, it's good to see Moore is still up to scratch as the self styled 'voice of independent travel'. Make sure to visit his website to see the photos that prove it's a true story! (This is a review of the Australian edition.)
Peter Moore goes out & does it, and I found his story both inspiring and heart-warming. It brought back wonderful memories of Italy & travelling in Europe, and made me want to do it all over again.
Peter has a humorous outlook on life and sees all the "little" things that many people miss.
This is a great read, and wil be enjoyed by anone who likes to be entertained and get a flavour of travel in another country.
If you want a factual travel book, this is not it - buy your own Lonely Planet. This book makes you feel as if you are there, and if not, you should be.
Failing that, you'll be eating Kinder Surprises in search of the elusive green vespa.
I have now read "The Wrong way Home" and will continue reading & recommending Peter's books to all those who have a sense of humour & a love of life.
Without a twinge of malice ( apart from one obnoxious hotel owner) he describes the joys and tribulations of his journey. Anybody who has ever owned an elderly but beloved car, motorbike or scooter will sympathise with Sophias internal machinations and others will be delighted by the descriptions of places he visits at a leisurely putter.
Nice to think he collected a wife on the strength of his journey. A good book for dipping into or an all out read on a rainy day with a bottle of port. Up to the usual standard Peter. Keep them coming.
P S the slide shows worth a look.
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