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Backpacking Rome:Trevi Fountain,Spanish Steps

From the Trevi Fountain that was left dry with a few visible wishing coins,I gulped down the famous Gelato cone and walked down the Spanish Steps.


Fountain of the Ugly Boat
From which angle does this look ugly??


No matter what anyone says no matter if going to a place as significant as Trevi Fountain is important,skip it if you get a hint that it's under construction still.I regret the fact that the internet never warned me on this as it's expected to be under renovation till October 2015.

That's no pretty sight..with the construction!

But we still have the queue.You actually don't have to be in Queue.
You can see it from a distance.

To view my previous post on Italy click below:

Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and the legend goes like in 19 BC thirsty Roman soldiers were guided by a young girl to the source of pure water 13km from the city of Rome.The discovery of the source led Augustus to order construction of 22km Aquaduct leading into the city,which was named Aqua Virgo or Virgin waters,in honor of the girl named 'Trivia'.Originally tossing a coin in would mean great health.Over the years,Trevi Fountain was the famous wishing fountain popularized after movie Three Coins in the fountain.These coins go to charity after regular cleanup and are helped to aid the poor.

I wonder looking at the current situation if the source dried up otherwise the fountain looked rather neat if I overlook the construction work.A narrow path is created surrounding it and one can walk over.As tourists many of us come with a checklist and for me,Trevi Fountain was a must see as its said if you toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain,one day you will return to Rome.I didn't throw a coin in an empty fountain as I wasn't as impressed but I wish to go Rome once again.

The area surrounding Trevi Fountain has plethora of eateries,flea markets and shops.Just in case,if you wish to buy souvenirs at a super affordable rate walk around this area.I got magnets for 1 euro in this area.

One of the Fontanas in Piazza Del Popolo

Piazza Del Popolo,Rome

Piazza Del Popolo,Rome

Piazza Del Popolo,Rome

As you start walking towards Piazza Del Popolo,you would find Spanish Steps coming in between with the view of beautiful Twin tower church at the top of the forground.A metro station called Spagna would also land you at Spanish Steps.Spanish Steps(Fontana della Barcaccia) also called 'Fountain of the ugly boat' is 135 steps.And the story goes prior to the river walls being built,Tibet was often flooded in 1598 and Piazza Di Spagna was flooded too.What was left behind was the boat in the square.The fountain depicts half sunken ship with water overflowing.Spanish Steps attracts a lot of visitors..

A walk from Spagna to Piazza

From Spagna to Piazza is lined up with many shops although expensive

Piazza Del Popolo,Rome

Piazza Del Popolo,Rome

As I walked towards Piazza Del Popolo ahead of Spanish Steps,I realised Rome wasn't done in a day.I have had high hopes that if I overdo and walk my feet out,may be I would be doing justice to my trip and soak in as much as possible.I was proved wrong.Piazza Del Popolo which means People's Square is a large urban square in Rome.Surrounded by Fontanas(Fountains),the Egyptian Obelisk at the center and the Stairs,this is architecture in panorama.I wonder who built it and how beautiful!I randomly watched a seller play with bubbles and sooner than I realised I was part of it 'making bubbles in the Popolo' .Supposedly many of the fontanas in Italy were connected to Roman Aquaducts.


The area around Trevi

The area around Trevi

The area surrounding Trevi

Gelateria Artigianale at Cannoli Siciliani , Trevi
                                       
And last but not the least,when I was done with strolling around the streets in the area,I quickly reminded myself if I must go to St.Peters Basilica as I remembered one of the metro stations mentioned it.However,the basilica had timings and I was told by a local that even if I try walking down now,the Basilica would be closed by the time I reach and stand in the long queue(7am - 7pm).

Lesson learnt:Know the timings.

Tomorrow we take a train to Venice.

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Mexican Fiesta 2015:America,Photos,Videos

Can Death be celebrated?Mexico of all surprises me.When I asked my hubby on his thoughts on why Skull is used widely in Mexico his opinion was may be that has got to do something with the Mafias that may represent Danger.Howsoever I tried to grasp his theory something in me failed and so I asked a Mexican Vendor who explained it all to me.Oh yes watch my video to know more about Mexican Fiesta Milwaukee Live:



 'We celebrate the day of the dead on November 2nd(Día de Muertos) .During the day of the dead,we visit the grave site of the family of the deceased,decorate graves,offer food and sing and eat.Many set alters in their home and events and celebrations are done.Drinks are placed in alter to quench the thirst of their dead after their journey back home.Salt,Marigold,Sugar Skulls and Burning Copal is offered.It is believed that during this time,the departed souls have permission to visit their loved ones and relatives and enjoy the simple pleasures of life again.The rituals are colorful and joyous.Families prepare for a year for this much awaited festival.The skulls are called Calaveras and that’s common symbol of the holiday of November 2. '


The Calaveras on treat.This is how!

I remember Sankara(the travel blogger) telling me something similar for one of the Asian cities,well turns out that this tradition is not as rare as I thought it was.It's celebrated in Brazil, in some Asian and African places and even in parts of Europe including France and Spain.

The fridge magnets that I got. Ain't they cute?

 The next thing which we all know worldwide and often crave for in different countries is Mexican Food.Don’t we?From Gaucamole to Tortas to Tacos to the Mexican Sauces that are incredibly hot,Mexican food is irresistible. Initially Spanish,the present day Mexican is a mix of Spanish,Asian and African influences and basic elements are corn beans and chili pepper.No wonder Chipotle and Tacobell is so famous. And of course Tequila.Tequila is made from blue Agave plant that has fields in Mexico.


The Spiced up Frituras - with the Hot Sauce called Valentina was awesome!
If you live in US,you can get that in El Rey Stores(A secret I asked one of the vendor)

1 Pollo Chicken @ Mexican Fiesta

 Mexican Fiesta 2015 celebrated in Milwaukee America was one of the best festivals that Milwaukee had to offer this summer.It remains one of my favorite of all the cultural festival of different countries in Milwaukee for one reason- After spending 6 hours,I was still looking for more.I stopped counting dollars I spend after the souvenirs I collected there - even though small.From skull fridge magnets($5) to Earrings($3) to cowboy hats($10) to the gifts for my loved ones,everything was literally dipped in colors.

Shot glasses.

I could have gotten a packet full of souvenirs from here..

And colorful hats!

I loved her traditional Mexican Dress.To know more about Mexican Dress click here

 The cowboy hats has deep roots tracing back to Spain.The type of brim of the hat and the bend represent the winner,the boss,the pro,the rodeo,the all rounder.

 The effort they had put in Mexican Fiesta was applaudable.The parade and dance performances took me back to my trip to Spain,which was by the way similar though Mexico I felt was more culturally diverse.



The Parade


And the dance


That makes me think why I haven’t been to Mexico yet.

 Watching the Mexicans play the present game of Ulama where the aim is to keep the ball in play took us back to centuries when Masoamerican ballgame was played as part of ritual offering human sacrifice.According to Maya civilization,the ball court becomes the place of transition between life and death. Didn't  I tell you we enjoyed!

That cute earring!

Michelada is popular Mexican cocktail

Tequila Rack Bar

And the rides

I must look like royal wearing these..

With the pinch of salt and lime,see ya with next blogpost
On America's Dairyland,Wisconsin :)

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Solo Travel - 5 Personal Factors That Decides

A question everybody asks themselves these days 'Should I travel solo or Should I not ' My ‪#‎vlog‬ on 5 personal factors that can make you decide from Personality to Fears to Change to Consent to Budget.Got great responses from people who wouldn't agree less :)


And The Best Responses so far are..



What do you think?
Share your opinions,questions and ideas on ankionthemove@gmail.com
And the same will be discussed in my next video :)

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GermanFest 2015:Milwaukee,America


Milwaukee,24th July 2015: Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!

Screamed the crowd in unimaginable ecstasy of the German Fest 2015 with the German Stein Beer in their hands held up high

This is a popular slogan from a German Drinking Song when people want to get drunk.German Fest Milwaukee was held from 24-26th July in Milwaukee,America.



 "Ein Prosit " 
 With Beer stein or glass in hand
 A Salute to Your Health or Well-being! 
 Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der gemiitlichkeit Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der gemiitlichkeit (Cheer!) Eins, zwei, Drei g'suffa! 
 Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, Prosit 


                                                     German Woolen Hat

 I wish I could get myself a Dirndl(which was expensive starting from 99 dollars) but looks so cute or a German woolen hat with the pins on the hat.You can also get Dirndl on Amazon.

And not to forget the yummy potato pancakes with apple sauce

For previous posts on Milwaukee,America click here

Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce



With Pretzels,Dirndls,Pig Heads and more; let's begin with a quick photo essay...


This dress is called Dirndl


It is a traditional dress worn in southern Germany based on historical costumes of Alpine Peasants


I love the complete look and feel of it and everybody looks so beautiful on these.The German traditional apparel for men is Lederhosen(shorts with leather breaches) or Bundhosen(longer here in picture).

To serve: Pigheads
And Pigfeets are popular too :)

All that I see


Kids having some great time


How a perfect souvenir to take back I guess




If Dirndl is expensive for you,Dirndl tee might just do :)


1/4 Chicken Dinner


Beer Mugs

And Pretzels..

And Dirndls


I like these a lot..


Hmm...they have different things on their plate :P


I found that when I went to the washroom in the event.
Such a beautiful quote.


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