Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Ape - Italy's "worker bee"
The Ape or "bee" is an amazing contraption. Especially here on the tiny island of Ortigia where sometimes the "streets" are so narrow they're the only vehicle that can be driven down them. As you can see in the photos, these things are used in an amazing variety of ways and are seen in an amazing variety of conditions, from the nearly new ones used the by the street cleaners, complete with "witches" broom to the battered examples used by vendors at the outdoor market. On a bicycle you can usually catch a good "draft" behind one if you can stand the smelly, two-stroke exhaust fumes! And if the lane is too narrow for an Ape, there's always the Vespa or "wasp" as shown here, rigged up to haul cooking gas bombole to tiny apartments.