The ambulance arrived ...
... for the second gent.
The paramedics patted him a lot too. It seemed to comfort him.
They loaded him into the back. He was talking voluably, waving his hands about, so I think he'll live.
I really wanted to take a photo of him being loaded, but it seemed a bit off.
The young helpers wheeled his vespa away.
I continued on my way.
Just a couple of bingles in Livorno.
No need to take it too seriously.
The police arrived ...
... the old gent who had been riding the vespa in the first accident turned up, on his feet, looking sprightly.
Bit of a palaver. Everyone was quite cool.
The girls drove the car to the side of the road and the police made chalk marks around the body of the vespa.
I have no idea who was in the wrong.
One got the impresion though that it was the old gent on the vespa.
Maybe his reaction time had slowed down.
Speedy reactions are the trick to staying alive on Italian roads.
Then an old gent on another vespa ran up onto the footpath and crunched himself. No idea why.
Everyone attending to the first accident turned around, flapped their arms shouting things like - Oh no! Not another one! - and ran across to help.
He didn't seem to want to stand up. A car stopped and thrust a bottle of water out the window to the helpers and sped off.
The helpers bathed his wounds with the water and patted him a lot.
I don't think an accident victim in the Antipodes would have been patted. But he didn't seem to mind being patted.
I walk out of the church - and there were these two girls that had crunched the lovely new yellow vespa!
No sign of the rider.
But they looked quite insouciant so I reckoned they hadn't killed the rider.
They were standing in the middle of the road as the traffic roared round them.
Refreshing sea breeze
I noticed a small window, low in the wall in a side chamber near the candles, that was open.
Outside young lads and their dog were larking about, sunbathing and joshing each other. I couldn't understand what they were saying. But I knew that was what they were doing.
So I sat in a pew right in the breeze and cooled off.
Then the priest came in with two older parishioners.
They gave me sharp, surprised glances.
I got that look a lot in Livorno.
So I left.
I do feel a bit embarrassed in Catholic churches because I don't know how to do that bob and cross yourself thing as I enter and leave.
Churches not thick on the ground in Livorno
There are acres of churches in Rome. You are always tripping over them in Genoa. But In Livorno I had a particular reason to look for one, and realised there just weren't that many around.
My particular reason is I wanted to light a candle for some friends who had found themselves in a spot of bother. Not that I am religious, or anything. But I like to find a church, make an offering, light a candle and sit and think about whatever friends have got into a spot of bother.
This one was a very plain workaday church. No great art. Shabby around the edges. No candles burning.
I lit a candle for my friends. I lit one for my family. And then I did something I have never done before. I lit one for myself.
isn't Vada beach BEAUTIFUL?
Would u ever think this is Toscany, Italy?
well, this is Livorno, the coolest city for young people to live in Italy I guess
there is no other place where people are open-minded , against ***head Berlusconi and friendly, but mostly people in Livorno won't speak behind your back!
this is another beach where I usually go with my boyfriend's dog
it's 15 minutes north of Livorno, half beach belongs to Pisa, half to Livorno.
I don't like the sea here, it's not clear cos of the currents and the nearby industrial port, but it's good for strolls
that castle is Sonnino, from which the beach gets the name
the beach is down the cliff, very isolated, but all the young locals go there by a path
if u happen to be here in Livorno, just ask any young people, they will show u the way!!
This is one of my fave beaches to go when i have just a few hours to spend at the beach
this is just 5 minutes drive from where I live
the water is fabulous and clean
during the summer u will find a lot of people overnighting at the beach and partying their ass off the whole night hahaah
even at night, Livorno is very lively, it's full of young people in the streets and in the bars, since it's never too cold, they just hang out at the beach pier (Moletto d'antignano), or in the main square (Piazza Attias)
very close to the mountain too
Livorno is a perfect city to live in Italy.
It has a very good climate the whole year round, something like Los Angeles, it's on the beach but it's also very close to the mountains (2 hours drive) and very close to important cities like Pisa ( 20minutes by car or train), Florence (50 minutes by car or train), Siena (40 minutes by car), San Gimignano and so on
Most young people, like me, usually go snowboarding on these mountains, they usually get a lot of snow and there are even snowparks
FROM MY FRIEND'S APARTMENT
on the top of this attic we can have a look on the harbour
we have 2 harbours in Livorno, it's the 2nd most important in Italy after Genoa
1 harbour, the biggest one, is an industrial one
and the other is a touristic harbour
fortress along the canals
Hey the red building u see on the right, used to be a fortress in ancient times to defend Livorno by the invasors
nowadays there is a park inside the fortress and it hosts a music festival with punk-hardcord-rock bands during the whole summer
it's a great atmoshere inside, nice people, very laid back
there's no place in Livorno for snobs!
from my office
this is what i see from my office in Livorno
it's a nice view over the city canals
these canals in the past used to be a way to get in the inner side of the city, which was originally built all over these water-ways
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