Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Roman Holiday With Asta

My friend, Asta, has her very own red vespa, so I thought it would be fun to invite her for a vespa tour of Rome. She graciously accepted my invitation and agreed to meet me a noon in front the Colosseum. I asked Opus if he would like to come along, but he told me he had "other plans".
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Asta was at the Colosseum promptly at noon with her faithful red vespa at her side. After exchanging greetings and taking a few snaps shots, we decided it was time to get going.

Asta was ready with a beautiful red coat to match our red vespas. We decided it would be more fun to share a scooter, so she hopped on the back of mine and we took off!

The first place I took her was the "Bocca della verita", the mouth of truth. Legend has it that if you stick your paw inside and have told lies, it will bite your paw off! But if you are an honest animal, your paw will come out unscathed. I was too afraid to stick my paw inside because of little, white lie I MIGHT have told about a certain hairball on the living room rug. But honest Asta stuck her paw right in and it came out in one piece! What an honest doggy!

We drove all over Rome making stops at St. Peter's square, Castle St. Angelo, and the Pantheon where a man from my town is buried. Archangelo Corelli, the great musician and composer was born in our little town of Fusignano. He was such an important man of his time that they honored him by placing him in a tomb inside the Pantheon. Asta was very impressed by this

I wanted to be sure that Asta saw the famous Spanish Steps. Go there any time of the day and you will find all kinds of people sitting and walking on the steps. Asta dared me to drive down the steps and so I did. It was a little more bumpy than we had planed and Asta almost fell off the vespa! There were some local police waiting for us at the bottom of the steps, but lucky for us they couldn't out run the power of the vespa!

It was starting to get late and Miss Asta had to get heading back to New York. There was one more place we HAD to stop before she left. I took her to the Trevi Fountain. Legend says that if you throw a coin into the beautiful fountain, it will guarantee your return to Rome one day. Asta and I threw in a couple of coins just to be on the safe side.

I took Asta back her vespa where we said our good byes and took one last photo. It had been a wonderful day full of adventure and friendship. It was so nice to spend the day with a friend who loves vespas as much me.

I started back toward home when I noticed a flashy, red car speed by me. I didn't get a good look, but swear I saw Opus driving a Ferrari with Momo the dog, Momo the cat and Sassy along for the ride.

I blinked twice, to get a better look, but by then the fast Ferrari was long gone.


Asta said...

Ciao Roscoe!!!
Whewe do I begin? That was the best Woman Holiday Evew! I felt like Audwey Hepbuwn to youw Gwegowy pek..sighh!
Thank you so much fow showing me the gowgeous sights of Wome..what a magnificent place,aand the tumble down the Spanish Steps was a hoot,hehehe,we wewe fastew than the elegant cawabiniewi chasing us heheh!
That gelato was vewy wefweshing aftew! and I'm so glad I thwew all those coins in the fountain, cause I weally want to come back!!Tell Opus,we had mowe fun o ouw Vespa tha he could possibly have in his Fewwawi(although they did all look pwetty cool)
Gwacie !!!!!my sweet fwiend..it was the best!
smoochie bacis

Sassy Kat said...

Heard that Roscoe & Asta were in Rome so Opus, Momo, Momo doggie, & I headed out in Opus's Ferrari looking for ya. We didn't find ya but we sure had a blast trying.

Jan Price said...

Hey, Opus and Roscoe,

We're glad Sassy sent you over to meet us. You said you have a pet named Cyndi too, but that yours is human. We call our Cyndi "the Calico Cutie." She was originally named Cinder for Cinderella. We're glad she was rescued before she became dog food.

We enjoyed the Roman holiday with Asta. Thanks for the tour.

Jan's Funny Farm

Anonymous said...

What a great tour of Rome. I should like to do this one day!

I do have a question--is it really quiet enough in Rome to drive a Ferrari that fast?

Spike William and Angels China Cat and Willow said...

I am so glad that I could tour Rome vicariously with you and Asta! It's fun to learn about other places too!

Purrrrrs, China Cat

The Cat Realm said...

What a wonderful Roman Holiday! WAYYYY better than Audrey and Gregory!
Opus and Roscoe - if it would be up to me I'd put you in my movie right away but I left the casting to Sassy, or the director. I think Sassy as executive producer has the last say in things, I wrote the srcipt, that's it! I will help with pictures but I think we need cats to help with that too...
I will go now and prepare my Emmy Award acceptance speech....

Daisy said...

What a wonderful Roman Holiday you had with the beautiful Asta! I laughed out loud when I saw the funny photo of Asta almost flying off the Vespa when you went down those steps. Thank goodness no one got hurted!

Captain Jack and Sir Dante said...

Wow, it looks like you guys had a lot of fun!!! WE'll have to come back adn visit you guys again soon - we had such a fun time the last time we were there!

Christine and FAZ said...

Wow = Che un giorno bello (scuzi il mio italiano). You guys saw some great sites, I am very jealous. Purrs FAZ

Unknown said...

What a great tour of Rome.Spain is so cute too!!
Welcome to my blog
Hugs from Spain


Andiamo!! ;)

Juno said...

Wow Wow!!! A Roman Holiday!!! This is one of my mom's all time favorite movies (she loves classic films) therefore I've seen it many times. :)
Roscoe and Asta look so pawfect on the cover and I can see their names. Thanks so much for showing us around this bootiful town!! I love all these fantastic photos but the best one is Asta on the steps. :)

Momo xoxo

pee ess: Ferrari ride was super cool! ;)

Juno said...

forgot to mention.. Roscoe, we thought Gregory Peck is the best looking actor but you're the best!!!

Momo xoxo

The Fluffy Tribe said...

wow those are such neat things to see, our Mom is ENVIOUS of yer sightseeing trip ~The Fluffy Tribe

Samantha & Mom said...

Oh my, what a wonderful adventure you and Asta went on! It was wonderful watching it from home. Our Dad has a Vespa, but it's in a zillion parts! Thanks for the tour.
Your FL furiends,

Sassy Kat said...

I know ya are resting up after both of ya were in Rome but I wanted to stop and tell ya HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!!!! Wish you two the best.

Hot(M)BC said...

It looks like yall had grate fun!!!
Happy Fanksgiving to yall ofur in Italy :)
Sanjee, Boni Maroni, Mini, Gree and Pepi

Angel MoMo and Charlotte said...

Wow, thanks for the tour! Love the bit where you guys went down the Spanish steps in the Vespa. It was fun chasing you guys around with Opus at the helm of a Ferrari. A Ferrari, OMC, and speeding in Rome too! Never been in one before but Opus was a good driver. I would suggest he goes in for the next F1 race.

Happy Thanksgiving! And leave some turkey for me.

Anonymous said...

Ahh Roscoe, what a great day you two had!! We love the photos they took of you! I never went to Rome, er, yeah well, that one day I may not speak about.;)

I biggefied the last photo 10 times and I am 100% sure Opus, Sassy and the Momo's are sitting in the Ferrari. Oh, haha, Sassy already confessed it.

PerfectTosca said...

Holy Cannoli! I'm so jealous I'm biting my foot here!