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Our Room at the Hotel Plaza, Torino92 viewsWe were able to find a hotel room in Torino for our last two nights at the Olympics. Our hotel, the grandly-named Hotel Plaza, was clean and remarkably inexpensive. But the room was also very, very "compact."
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Sitting on the Bed in the Hotel Plaza, Torino119 viewsNot much room to sit anywhere else in our "compact" hotel room.
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Me Sitting in the Oval Lingotto165 viewsThey wheeled me to this area in the Oval Lingotto where we sat, essentially, with the speed skating coaches and had a ring-side view of the action.1 comments
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Marjorie in a Red Sled150 views
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Marjorie in the Piazza San Carlo107 viewsThe day before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics. NBC had an outdoor television studio near-by (for the Today Show), hence there was this big TV screen. We had lunch at the Cafe San Carlo -- it was so horrible that we sent it back. The young couple at the table near us, from Malta, had the same problem. When in Torino, avoid the Cafe San Carlo!
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Me in the Piazza San Carlo94 views
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Steps Down - Stadio Olimpico134 viewsNo handrail for stability. This was taken from our row, looking down (note the large curtain that blocked our view). Another disabled spectator is helped down from her seat. I had to wait until most people had left, and then went down the stairs one at a time. It was pretty awful.
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Me Sitting Outside The Ticket Office with Diego123 viewsWe never would have found this small porta-cabin --- the main ticket office for the opening ceremony of the Olympics --- were it not for Diego. The ticket folks brought me a chair and put me on some gravel (at least in the sunshine) while they tried to sort out the buraucracy. Although we paid 30 Euros for courier service, and sent four e-mail messages and made four telephone calls, they "forgot" to print our two tickets.
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Opening Ceremony -- Winter Olympics Torino 200699 viewsAs the opening ceremony drew to a close, they lowered a huge curtain in front of us. Incredibly, we could only see a tiny bit of the fireworks as we were essentially backstage.
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Steps Up - Stadio Olimpico101 viewsThis photograph was taken when I actually got back down to the bottom. Marjorie's and my seats were in row 11, virtually at the top of this photograph. With no hand rail, and my right foot in a boot/cast, I had to be helped up these steep and scary steps by two other spectators. A pretty humiliating experience.
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Two Large Ladies at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics113 views
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Olympic Car113 viewsTorino (Turin) is an industrial town, and the home of Fiat car manufacture.
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