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Good Morning Everyone,

I really wanted to share this photograph and cheer you up, I hope!

This is the sunken boat fountain, opposite the Spanish Steps, the place from which I posted my previous photograph.

It was a very popular spot from which to be photographed and this small lady, elbowed her way to the front, dragging her obedient husband with her and, waving her arms, continued to issue instructions to everyone, the photographer and anyone else who might have been considering moving into her space.

We watched with amusement but you can see how successful she was!

I will add a photograph of just the fountain and of someone you may know as workshops!

Here is a little information about the Sunken Boat Fountain from Wikipedia - The 'Fountain of the Boat' is a fountain found at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome's Spanish Square. Pope Urban VIII commissioned Pietro Bernini in 1623 to build the fountain as part of a Papal project to erect a fountain in every major piazza in Rome.

The sculptural fountain is made into the shape of a half-sunken ship with water overflowing its sides into a small basin. Bernini built this fountain to be slightly below street level due to the low water pressure from the aqueduct. Water flows from seven points of fountain.

According to legend, as the River Tiber flooded in 1598, water carried a small boat into the Spanish Square. When the water receded, a boat was deposited in the centre of the square, and it was this event that inspired Bernini's creation.

I wish you all a happy (Easter) Sunday, despite the lock-in, Bev :-)

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