Cortina D'Ampezzo

Journal Entry: July 8

We load onto the buses and head to Cortina, Italy, where we perform a concert on the 1956 Olympic Ice Hockey Rink. Our hotel is located in the Beautiful Dolomite Mountains.

Journal Entry: July 9

The next day, I went ice skating on the same rink where we performed. I have not ice skated in six years before that.

If you have ever watched any James Bond movies, particularly For Your Eyes Only, you would know that the movie was filmed in Cortina (probably you knew it because I just told you). As I said, we performed on the Ice Rink. There were a few difficulties during this performance (musically and because of the ice), but the Italians loved it.

The Ensemble performing in Cortina
This is the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus performing in Cortina D'Ampezzo.

After the concert, we retire to our hotels for the night. The green bus has to wait for its truck crew members (myself, and that's it) to finish their job before they go to the hotel, because our hotel is in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains. Our hotel is the furthest away, but has the best view, both going to and at the hotel.

Our hotel and a view of the Dolomites The same picture, with something added
Here is our hotel, and the beautiful Dolomites. Here it is aga... Wait! Who is that guy?!

For anyone who doesn't know, the guy on the right is Yours Truly, Will Schmarder.

Take the Bus to Venice!

Official Site of Cortina D'Ampezzo

This page was created in August of 2001 by Will Schmarder. For further information on this tour, please visit the official Sound of America website. I am not part of the SOA staff, so please do not ask me how to join the tour; visit the website.