Thursday, January 3, 2008

Another Adventure!

Once again Giovanni and I will be heading off for another adventure! Giovanni is being sent by his work to Pairs for 3 months! We have to be there by Jan. 16th! So we have a lot of foot work to do finding an apartment and getting set up there! He will be working for the bids for the 2015 Expo (also known as World Fair) is the name of various large public exhibitions held since the mid-19th century. The official sanctioning body is the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), translated in English as the International Exhibitions Bureau (though sometimes rendered as the Bureau of International Expositions). BIE-approved fairs are divided into a number of types: universal, and international or specialized. They usually last between 3 and 6 months. In addition, countries can hold their own 'fair', 'exposition', or 'exhibition', without BIE endorsement.
Today, world expositions are the third largest event in the world in terms of economic and cultural impact, after the
FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. They have been organized for more than one and a half centuries — longer than both the (modern) Olympic Games and the World Cup. The first Expo was held in The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, in 1851 under the title “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations”. The “Great Exhibition” as it is often called was an idea of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, and was the first international exhibition of manufactured products. As such, it influenced the development of several aspects of society including art and design education, international trade and relations, and even tourism. Also, it was the precedent for the many international exhibitions, later called “World’s Fairs”, which were subsequently held until the present day.
Sometimes they build structures to promote their fair. The majority of the structures are temporary, and are dismantled at the end of the expo. Towers from several of these fairs are notable exceptions. By far the most famous of these is the Eiffel Tower, built for the Exposition Universelle (1889), which is now the most well-known symbol of its host city Paris. Surprisingly, some then contemporary critics wanted the tower dismantled after the fair's conclusion.
Most of this i took from the net, but at least it is some info on what Gio is helping with. The bid will take place the end of March then we will know what is in store for Milan!


GoddessNMommy said...

How exciting!!!!

Teresa said...

ooo la laaa! Make sure you drink all of your milk in Milan, they are pretty stingy with it in Paris!

Micalina bellisima said...

Hoo-ray for you! I'm finally getting back on to the World Wide Web (www.) and just found out the news. "Simply marvelous darling" I sit here (at UVSC computer lab) in Ah.

Ada Bowler said...

Oooo! Paris for 3 months? What a fun adventure! Can't wait to hear all about it!