March 28th, 2011


Rome Fountains

As you walk through Rome you encounter many fountains filled with sculptures and statues. Some of them are really over the top as is a lot of what you encounter while walking through the streets.

Our hotel, Albergo Cesàri, was quite near the Trevi Fountain and thus we passed by it quite a few times. It always had large crowds - day or night. It was made famous in the movie - Three Coins in the Fountain. I read in Wikipedia that the song with the same name was composed in an hour where the authors hadn't seen the movie or the script. The song got the Best Song Academy Award in 1954.

There were lots of coins in the fountain. We saw several instances of people with some form of fishing device retrieving coins one a time. I didn't see anyone jump in.

Click here for some pictures - the first few are the Trevi Fountain:

Shops in Rome

Wandering through the streets of Rome we encountered lots of shops selling all kinds of stuff. There were high-end clothes, antiques and decor, regular clothes, shoes, food.

In Rome, unlike in Egypt you can just look at things for sale without being barraged by the vendors trying to sell you their wares.

One of the things that always surprises me is the distressed jeans that they sell for exorbitant prices. We saw a pair for I think 150 Euros which is worth $211 - and maybe it was even higher priced. Who would buy such things at that price? Young girls I would think since they were quite small. I've seen these in prior trips to Italy - they were even more expensive in Florence. Maybe instead of throwing out my tattered clothes I should bring them to Italy and try to sell them.

For some pictures click below:

(Caution: some might think the pasta! and the boxers aren't work safe...)