Olympic Cities

(For us) Planning an around the world trip meant going to a bunch of world class cities. I mean who plans a trip around the world and does not plan to go to Paris or Istanbul, Rio de Janerio and the like? It sorta comes with the territory. You might be wondering why I bring this up. Two reasons: The 2010 Olympics are on right now in Vancouver, and I am nothing if but a patriotic Canadian. And we are in a former, and a candidate city, for the 2016 Olympics as we speak... (Tokyo) (is that 3 or 4 reasons now? ...ooops)

My home and native land!

All in all I think these cities have something in common... a vitality... a joie de vivre... an electricity. Certainly they are amongst our favorites. I think if you are going to play host to the world you need to have world wide appeal.

All in all we will have visited 11* past and future Olympic cities

In the order we have visited them they are:

1) Vancouver 2010

2010 opening ceremonies, Vancouver

2) London 1908, 1948 & 2012
3) Berlin 1936

1938 Berlin games

4) Amsterdam 1928
5) Paris 1900, 1924
6) Barcelona 1992

Linford Cristie wins gold for
the U.K. in 1992, Barcelona.

7) Rome 1960
8) Athens 1896 & 2004

The first modern games 1896, Athens.

9) Tokyo 1964

now here is what is on the agenda
10) Rio de Janeiro 2016

I wonder if Rio is the first city to have an Olympic beach?

11) Los Angeles 1932 & 1984

Out of this list we have yet to get to Rio and L. A. and having previously been to the later can only assume the former has these qualities in mass quantities. (try saying that 3 times fast)




Emms said...

Maybe you should go back and try to visit at least one past and future Olympic venue in each city...forget the UNESCO business. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud to be a Canadian in Vancouver enjoying the Olympics. It is much bigger and better than I thought it would be. Walking downtown and hearing and seeing all the various nations. The Dutch are very orange! Smiles and chatter from all. Fun and good sports too. How about a Olympic Gold from a Manitoban in skeleton racing YEAH CANADA weather also so warm and sunny The ocean liners in the harbour play O Canada on the fog horns neat getting around is very easy The Olympic rings out in the harbour turn GOLD when we get a gold medal It's been a lot of fun and seeing Yohan a huge bonus Mom