​​The Amazing Race: Italy and France (By Kevin Yang)

Flag of Italy (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/03/Flag_of_Italy.svg/800px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png)
Flag of Italy (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/03/Flag_of_Italy.svg/800px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png)
Coat of arms (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6b/Italy-Emblem.svg/410px-Italy-Emblem.svg.png)
Coat of arms (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6b/Italy-Emblem.svg/410px-Italy-Emblem.svg.png)


Destination 1:

Starting Point: Rome (Italy)
Explanation: Capital city of Italy, and country's longest and most populated municipalit (central area). with over 2.7 million residents. The city of Rome is located in the central - western portion of the Italian Perinsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy.

A view of Rome: the top left picture to the is the Colosseum, followed (left to right) by the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the Piazza della Repubblica, the Castel Sant' Angelo, the Trevi Fountain, the dome of St. Peter's Basilica and finally an aerial view of the city's historic centre. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/Collage_Rome.jpg/750px-Collage_Rome.jpg)
A view of Rome: the top left picture to the is the Colosseum, followed (left to right) by the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the Piazza della Repubblica, the Castel Sant' Angelo, the Trevi Fountain, the dome of St. Peter's Basilica and finally an aerial view of the city's historic centre. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/Collage_Rome.jpg/750px-Collage_Rome.jpg)

Specific Detour Location: Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta.
Explanation: Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta are a paradise for gastronomes and connoissurs of vintage wines.


The region colored by green is Valle d'Aosta. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d0/Map_Region_of_Valle_d%27Aosta.svg/480px-Map_Region_of_Valle_d%27Aosta.svg.png)
The region colored by green is Valle d'Aosta. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d0/Map_Region_of_Valle_d%27Aosta.svg/480px-Map_Region_of_Valle_d%27Aosta.svg.png)

Detour Activity Chocie:
1. Truffles: Using a pig to find the truffles underground and sell them during truffle fair (October 29 to November 9.). Dominate a pig to complete the task of discovering truffles might take some strength. (Cultural/ Environmental)
Explanation: Truffles: A round mushroom like fungus which is expensive and considered very pleasant to eat. Truffles grow underground, and people use hog to search for them.

This is a photo shown a peasant has been using a hog to hunt truffles. (http://www.panachetours.com/_Media/truffle-pig.jpeg)
This is a photo shown a peasant has been using a hog to hunt truffles. (http://www.panachetours.com/_Media/truffle-pig.jpeg)


A traveller is holding some truffles on hand during the Truffles Festival. (http://www.edibleportland.com/images/truffles.jpg)
A traveller is holding some truffles on hand during the Truffles Festival. (http://www.edibleportland.com/images/truffles.jpg)

2. Wines: Pluck certain amount of Nebido grape and stomp them barefoot until it fulfil enough juice to make 3 bottls of wine. It will take some strength for the extrusion of grape by using barefoot. (Physical/ Environmental)
Explanation: Piemonte wine is the range of Italian wines made in the province of Piedmonte in the northwestern corner of Italy. They are made from Nebido grape, and Astispumante - the Sparkling wine made from the moscato grape.

This is a photo showing grape stomping. (http://timmeubanks.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/stompinggrapesspann.jpg)
This is a photo showing grape stomping. (http://timmeubanks.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/stompinggrapesspann.jpg)


Here are some ordinary piemonte taken out from gradevin. (http://glasshalffulham.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/600px-tignanello_bmk.jpg)
Here are some ordinary piemonte taken out from gradevin. (http://glasshalffulham.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/600px-tignanello_bmk.jpg)

Roadblock Location: Palio, Siena.
Explanation: The most fanatically followed and most violent horserace in the world - an amazing spectacle and a true slice of Sienese life.

Scene of the race on the Piazza del Campo (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Palio_di_Siena_2008_%282%29.jpg)
Scene of the race on the Piazza del Campo (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Palio_di_Siena_2008_%282%29.jpg)

Roadblock Task: Each team will choose a rival and he/she would assigned a random horse by lot. They have to ride the horse and finish 3 circuits around the campo to receive the next clue. It's dangerous since is a twice - yearly bareback horse race around the campo. (Physical/ Historical/ Cultural)
Explanation: The race has been held since at least the sixteenth century. This is primaily a show for Sienese, and the most spectacular festinal event in Italy.


Thousands of spectators, coming from all the world, fill the Piazza del Campo to capacity on the day of the Palio di Siena. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Siena_Piazza_del_Campo_20030815-375.jpg/800px-Siena_Piazza_del_Campo_20030815-375.jpg)
Thousands of spectators, coming from all the world, fill the Piazza del Campo to capacity on the day of the Palio di Siena. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Siena_Piazza_del_Campo_20030815-375.jpg/800px-Siena_Piazza_del_Campo_20030815-375.jpg)

Pit Stop Location: Eiffel Tower (Paris)
Explanation: The opponents would now arrive to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the last team arrived may be eliminated.


The Eiffel Tower as seen from the Champ de Mars.(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a8/Tour_Eiffel_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg/324px-Tour_Eiffel_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg)
The Eiffel Tower as seen from the Champ de Mars.(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a8/Tour_Eiffel_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg/324px-Tour_Eiffel_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg)


Flag of France (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/800px-Flag_of_France.svg.png)
Flag of France (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/800px-Flag_of_France.svg.png)
National Emblem (unofficial) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Armoiries_r%C3%A9publique_fran%C3%A7aise.svg/175px-Armoiries_r%C3%A9publique_fran%C3%A7aise.svg.png)
National Emblem (unofficial) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Armoiries_r%C3%A9publique_fran%C3%A7aise.svg/175px-Armoiries_r%C3%A9publique_fran%C3%A7aise.svg.png)


Destination 2:

Starting point: Eiffel Tower (Paris)

Specific Detour Location: Nomandie (Upper)
Explanation: Parts of normandy consist of rolling countryside typified by pasture for dairy cattle and apple ordnards. A wide range of dairy products are produced and exported. Norman cheese and butter are worldwide popular.

A traditional norman cow. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Vachesnormandes.jpg)
A traditional norman cow. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Vachesnormandes.jpg)


Detour Activity Choice:
1. Cattle: Milks the cattle for 33oz in a container, and finish the curding (step for making cheese) to get the next clue. (Environmental / Physical)
Explanation: Curding: A required step in cheese making is seperating the milk into solid curds and liquid whey. Usually this is done by acidifying (souring) the milk and adding rennet.


Process of slow curding and draining... (http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Z5bxFOa7MrRDjM:http://lookimadethat.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/p1050111.jpg)
Process of slow curding and draining... (http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Z5bxFOa7MrRDjM:http://lookimadethat.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/p1050111.jpg)


2. Cider: Make one cider (24oz) by apple juice through two steps: 1.Scrating and pressing 2.Fermentation. (Cultural / Environmental)
Explanation: Cider: Beverage made from apple juice. Scratting and pressing: Apple grown for consumption are suitable for cider making, through some regional cider makers prefer to use a mix of eating and cider apple. Fermentation: Carried out 4-16C. This is low for most kinds of fermentation, but is beneficial for cider as it leads to slower fermentation withless loss of delicate aromas.


Cider in a pint glass. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/Cider-thatchers.jpg/450px-Cider-thatchers.jpg)
Cider in a pint glass. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/Cider-thatchers.jpg/450px-Cider-thatchers.jpg)


Few traditional horse-drawn circular cider presses are still in use, but many may still be seen used as garden ornaments, flower planters, or architectural features (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Tou_d%27preinseu%2C_Morel_Farm%2C_J%C3%A8rri.jpg/800px-Tou_d%27preinseu%2C_Morel_Farm%2C_J%C3%A8rri.jpg)
Few traditional horse-drawn circular cider presses are still in use, but many may still be seen used as garden ornaments, flower planters, or architectural features (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Tou_d%27preinseu%2C_Morel_Farm%2C_J%C3%A8rri.jpg/800px-Tou_d%27preinseu%2C_Morel_Farm%2C_J%C3%A8rri.jpg)


Roadblock Location: Châeau de Beynac
Explanation: The Châeau de Beynac is a castle situated in the commune of Beynac - et - Cqzenal, in the Dordogne deppartement of France. This castle is one of the best preserved and best-known in the region.

Feature of Château de Beynac (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Beynac_chateau_1.jpg/800px-Beynac_chateau_1.jpg)
Feature of Château de Beynac (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Beynac_chateau_1.jpg/800px-Beynac_chateau_1.jpg)


21 century keep. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/be/Beynac_chateau_3.jpg/800px-Beynac_chateau_3.jpg)
21 century keep. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/be/Beynac_chateau_3.jpg/800px-Beynac_chateau_3.jpg)


Roadblock Task: There are four sheer cliff around the castle, one of the team-mate has to climb to top of one cliff and another team-mate mount the opposite cliff. They have to find the key at the top of the cliff and then they have to get down to open the entrance dorr by using the two keys to receive the next clue. (Physical / Historical)

Pit Stop Location: Capitole de Toulouse
Explanation: The capitole de Toulous is the seat of the muncipal adminstration of the French City of Toulous. It embarked on the construction of the original building in 1190.

The Capitole and its square at night ( http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4e/Toulouse_Capitole_Night_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg/800px-Toulouse_Capitole_Night_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg)
The Capitole and its square at night ( http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4e/Toulouse_Capitole_Night_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg/800px-Toulouse_Capitole_Night_Wikimedia_Commons.jpg)







Cost of Transportation:

Rome to Turin (Capital city of Piemonte)
Depart: Rome-Fiumicino , IT (FCO)
10:30 Friday, 29 October 10
Arrive: Turin , IT (TRN)
11:55 Friday, 29 October 10
Air Italy / Operated by: ALITALIA Non-Stop / I9 2165
Cabin: Economy / Airbus A318/319/320/321

2 Adults: 42.00 + taxes: 31.14 = 73.14 EUR = 93.61 CAD


Turin to Valle d’Aosta (by car)
106km, approximately 1hr 12minute

2 Adults: 11.72~15.62EUR = 15~20CAD


Turin to Siena (Walk + Bus)
Approximately 2hr 50minute

2 Adults: 20EUR=26CAD


Siena to Rome
Depart: Siena-Ampugnano Airport
7:45 Saturday, 30 October 10\\
Arrive: Rome-Fiumicino , IT (FCO)
8:30 Saturday, 30 October 10
Net Jet/ Operated by: EUROALOA Non-Stop
Cabin: Economy/ Airbus A318

2 Adults: 60 EUR = 77 CAD


Rome to Paris

Depart: Rome-Fiumicino , IT (FCO)
10:20 Saturday, 30 October 10
Arrive: Paris, Charles de Gaulle
12:30 Saturday, 30 October 10
Air France Non-Stop Cabin : Economy/ Airbus A320

2 Adults : 4025 FRF = 786 CAD


Paris Airport to Effie Tower (by car)

5.8 km, approximately 12 minutes

2 Adults: 10-15 FRF = 2-3 CAD
P.S. pit stop


Effie Tower to Upper Normandie(by car)

156km, approximately 1hr 50 minutes
A14 highway.

2 Adults: 140-153 FRF = 28~30CAD


Upper Normandie to Château de Beynac(by railway)

530km, approximately 2hr 45minutes

2 Adults: 410 FRF = 80 CAD


Château de Beynac to Capitole de Toulouse(by car)
180km, apprxoimately 2hr

2 Adults : 205 FRF = 40 CAD

P.S. pitstop

Total Cost for 2 destinations = 1156 CAD. ***



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P.S. Map of Europe is handed in by hard copy.