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Last weekend we took a tour up the Chisone valley to have a look at the progress of the venues and see our friends that are hosting some of you from abroad. It was exciting to see how much the valley has changed in the last few months and all the new improvements. I was struck especially in Pragelato with all the tents for the events that are up in place.
After all this time of talking about the Olympics it is finally becoming real!
We were not the only ones having a look around. Sestriere was abuzz as if we have only seen it when it is open and in the season. We also ran into other friends in Sansicario doing exactly what we were, sight seeing. It was a beautiful day and you could just feel the anticipation of something great going to happen. The whole area has been a beehive of activity for awhile, and now it is nice to see things dropping into place. All we need is more help from Mother Nature.
Yesterday was Santa Bibbiana and apparently it is a little like ground hogs day, in that whatever the weather is like that day it will be like that for 40 days. So after a bit of an overcast day and a bit of drizzle in Pinerolo, by the time we started coming up our road it was snowing hard. We are not getting the dumps of
This week they unveiled the Olympic medal design (looks a bit like a cd to me), we went to a town meeting in Pinerolo where they showed some great footage of all the arenas with games being played and a full explanation of how the game of curling works, designs for handicap ramps for the full first time appearance of sledge (sled) curling at the Olympics, and plans for all the events surrounding the lead up to the Olympics.
The torch arrives in
Last night on the news they announced that Andrea Bocelli and Sting will be 2 of the head liners for the free entertainment in Piazza San Carlo in downtown
Just down the road from us in Villar Perosa (the hometown of the late Gianni Agnelli of Fiat family dynasty and person who brought the Olympics here), they erected a huge tent where there is going to be round the clock entertainment, food and huge TV screenings of all the events. I do not think anybody is going to sleep much during those 16 days! So rest up, have great holidays and you will be hearing from us again as we keep you up to date on all the happenings here!
Tanti Auguri! (Many good wishes!)
Marla & Fabrizio