Rome

After an adventure trip that began up with me not being allowed onto the flight on account of forgetting my passport, I spent 2 days in Venice and then headed to Rome, a city full of gorgeous alleyways, cool drinking water fountains, rich history hiding in plain sight in every nook and corner and the incredibly delicious Ice-Creams (of which I had more in 3 days than I had an entire year)

The Colosseum was my first stop in the city, one I have been meaning to visit for very long time.

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Altair of the Fatherland was visible as an imposing structure right from the Colosseo, so I took a walk there

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After taking some pictures I started wandering around the city basking in the gorgeous golden evening sun

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And ended my day by accidentally stumbling across a cozy Pizzeria in a narrow roman alleyway with an amazing pizza, where I had the 2nd best pizza of my entire life; the 1st being a pizza I had on the Burano Island in Venice. Further attempts to rediscover the same pizzeria in Rome over the next few days ended in failure.

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Day 2 started with me checking off an item in my bucket list with a visit to The Roman Pantheon. The very thought of standing in front of an imposing and intact two millennia old structure, gave me goosebumps.

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After a quick failed hunt for the Pizzeria where I ate the previous day, I settled for some coffee and pizza at another restaurant.

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Then took to the streets yet again with some friends to see the stunning city scapes

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and gorgeous alleyways

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Idli

Idli, my favorite food item, is a traditional south indian breakfast/snack item, made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented rice flour and black lentils. After 2 days of prep (grinding and fermenting), I finally made some idlis during the weekend which turned out to be fantastic. I also made Allam Pacchadi (Garlic chutney) and Sambar to go along with it.

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End of summer

Every time I mention my excitement at the prospect of summer coming to an end, people give me the weirdest of looks, because for most it signifies the beginning of wretched cold winter which they prefer didn’t exist in the first place, while I look forward for the colors of fall and the whites of winters and misty cold.

The light that end of summer brings is so absolutely mesmerising, that it almost makes me want the upcoming winter to be put on hold, almost. Here are some pictures where I attempt to capture it

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Haarlem

I passed by this pretty little dutch down several times, but did not get a chance to explore it until a week back, when a few Russian friends who lived there, invited me over, on a sunny sunday for some lunch and talk and long walk along the country side. This is one town, I wouldn’t mind living in, for its just 10 minutes away from the beach.

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