Can't help wondering at the similarity of the name, allowing for common letter/phoneme substitutes, to La Bouqueria Market in Barcelona. There's not a lot of agreement on where that name came from, by the way, but the best-sounding bet is that it comes from Catalan 'boc' for goat.
Thanks for the comment, PHeymont. As you know Sicily suffered a lot of bomb damage in WWII, but fortunately this chapel was not damaged. It underwent a cleaning/restoration about a decade ago and looks fresh and new. I've seen a lot of mosaics in my life and these are the best. Simply breath-taking in their fine detail. That and the beautiful stonework -- a highlight of our trip to Sicily!
Yes, it's a Fiat 500/600. I drove one around Spain in the 70s. Tiny rear engine - air cooled - go forever ! Copied in many countries around the world - made under license from Fiat Considered quite a fashionable car and Fiat have started making the Fiat 500 again! But much, much bigger ! Wikipedia Photo
Gary, that pic is the "new" 500 (Cinquecento), now appearing in greater numbers in the U.S. as well, since Chrysler and Fiat are now one. But DrF's is the old one, from the 50s-70s, such as this one. I believe the last year was 1973; this is a 1967 model. Note the passenger-size to car-size ratio! This is part of a whole series of "people's cars" of the postwar generation. Others include the VW Beetle, the Citroen 2CV, the original Mini and a few more. It's been interesting to see the...
The most common military version of the Beetle in WW2 was the "Kubelwagen," the German equivalent of the U.S. Jeep. Here's a picture of them together... Incidentally, "Kubelwagen" means "bucket car," named because it was one of the first vehicles equipped with bucket seats...deeply indented to help keep passengers from flying out when the side doors were not in place.
DrF, are you sure? Yours is, indeed, a Fiat 500. I drove the Spanish version, called a Seat, during a time I spent in Mallorca, mid '60's, a new one that broke down regularly, terrible car but rented, so the agency would pick it up and fix it. As PHeymont mentions, I think of VW as the real "People's Car", reliable and a '69 model, I may have mentioned previously, lives in my garage below me as I write. I intend to update its registration soon so a friend can drive it. I'm sure I'll be...
Belongs in the pantheon of true "people's cars" along with the Citroen 2CV and (dare I say it?) the ugly duckling of the lot...the Trabi, which was advanced over its peers in a number of ways. Ironic, isn't it, to think the original Fiat 300s like this one were banished for smoking, and now we find that VW's "clean diesel" was smoking a pack a day on the road!
This Tatra V570 was produced in 1933. Three years before the VW Beetle. It had a rear mounted air cooled engine. Lower centre of gravity to make it more stable. And aerodynamics to improve its efficiency. The Czech company tried to sue for copyright infringement - but Adolph H. dismissed the claim. He invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. VW finally paid up in 1961.
I like it when people take on huge tasks and succeed at them. The American Space Program was like that -- expensive, risky, exciting and one of man kind's greatest achievements. This bridge would be a great engineering triump. And I think it would be important to link Sicily more closely to Italy. It would make the island much more accessible and allow freer flow of people. 9 billion Euros is a lot of money, but is probably comparable to the debt the US government runs up in a few days, so...
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