17. Bella Italia – Rifugio Bergeria Selleries – Piemonte

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17. Bella Italia – Rifugio Bergeria Selleries – Piemonte

1. Introduction

2. Rifugio Bergeria Selleries

3. From the Caribbean to Italy

4. Geology Fenestrelle – Parco Orsiera – Rocciavré

1) Introduction

In the summers of 1973 and 1974 I spent 7 months in NW Italy, Piemonte Province, Cottian Alps.

This area was to become the site of the Winter Olympics in 2005. Val Chisone.

Vilar Perosa in Val Chisone is home village of the famous Agnelli, Fiat dynasty family. And of their Juventus football club that every year celebrates the grande festa della Juve in august.

Il Campo sportivo di Villar Perosa è noto in tutta Italia per ospitare ogni anno la Juventus. Infatti qui viene presentata la squadra ufficiale e si svolge la consueta “partita in famiglia”, ed era nota l’immancabile presenza dell’ Avvocato Agnelli. Si tratta di una vera passerella per i nuovi giocatori, che hanno modo di presentarsi al Campionato di calcio che sta per iniziare. La partita di Villar Perosa è un appuntamento fisso della Juventus in Val Chisone: un evento estivo irrinunciabile per tutti i suoi tifosi, che possono ammirare i propri beniamini dal vivo. La consueta partita in famiglia organizzata nel “feudo” degli Agnelli è un appuntamento classico della preparazione estiva bianconera.

Since august 2018 also with CR7, Cristiano Ronaldo, with Juve.

Located close to my thesis fieldwork area, Fenestrelle and ” Parco Naturale Orsiera – Rocciavré “.

Complemented at the end with an amazingly interesting roundtrip in Northern Italy.

With my brand new trusted, iconic and legendary Citroen 2CV AK40, ” Deux Cheveaux Vapour “.

2 Cylinders – boxer, 425 cc, 500 kg, Solex 28BCI carburator, just 10 HP and a top speed of 95 kilometres.

Classic Car anno 2017, attaining prices up to 30,000 Euro’s. In the seventies a preferred car for geology students.

Together with my fellow student. Wilbert Hocks and his dear wife Josely. On honeymoon, just married.

We were allowed to set up our 3 tents and camp together, near Rifugio Bergeria Selleries.

Località Alpe Selleries. Quota 2023 m. 10060 Roreto Chisone, Piemonte, Italy.

At a height of 2023 meters, we had a fabulous time. An Italian fairy tale. Thanks to the really splendid, open, accessible and most interested Italian people that we met. Many of them have become life-long friends. We just felt that it was also our home.

Refugio Bergeria Selleries.

And surroundings in northern Italy?

Val Chisone, Sestriere, Pragelato, Fenestrelle, Chambons, Roure, Perosa Argentina, Pinerolo, Cavour, Torino.

Val di Susa. Cuneo.

Italian Riviera, Riviera dei Fiori, Albenga, Alassio, Ventimiglia, Menton, Monaco.

Genova (then…still with ponte Morandi intact), Rapallo, Porto Fino, Carrara, Pisa, Firenze, Fiesole.

Venezia, Padova, Lago di Garda, Trento, Bolzano, Brennero…….

Through time we have met many times, both in Italy and in the Netherlands. La nostra famiglia Italiana ! La bella Italia & La Dolce Vita.

” Nostalgia del tiempo que huye y esperanza de un dia renacido.”

I wish to dedicate this post to them All.

In gratitude for their friendship and friendliness of all the Italians that we met at Rifugio Bergeria Selleries and in Italy. Which made every day of our visit so exciting and special:

Persons?

Marisa, Silvana, Tonino, Giovanna.

Madama Lidia Berger, Signore Giacomo Miraglio, Sra. Lida MIraglio, Lida Jr. Miraglio.

Famiglia pastore Agu, Mario, Giovanni, Rita (la bella pastora cantante; inoltre grazie per il gustoso caffe nella grotta, lassù, vicino Lago Ciardonnet), Piero Blengino (minerali), Loredana.

Ing. Gastaldi, Torino.

Prof. dr. Giorgio Dal Piaz, geologo Universita Torino (Padua), that gave us a field introduction in the geology of the Cottian Alps. He received me in his office in Torino to discus my field results.

"Marcel, l'anno scorso non parli affatto italiano. E ora parli correntemente italiano. Sono sorpreso ha detto il professor Giorgio."

So many people of which I have unfortunately forgotten the names. Very sorry about that. But I can still remember your faces and voices.

Molto grazie, carissimi amici. Ciao, ci vediamo. Mille Grazie Tutti !

The son of Silvana and Beppe, dr. Wilbert, is since 2015 post-doc researcher at the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

Anche Massimo Manavella e Sylvie Bertin, ciaoooo.

” In Selleries ho lasciato un pezzo del mio cuore, 1973, 1974 “

The seventies in Bergeria Selleries and Val Chisone ?

The time in slow motion, compared with nowadays. Every thing. Living, driving, food, music. All slow.

Music?

The pace of life and the music was as the mood so nicely created in ” Summertime and the living is easy “.

In Italy and Val Chisone, on my Sony transistor radio, the sounds of Patty Pravo, La Bambola, Pazza Idea.

Domenico Modugno, Ciao ciao bambina, Volare, Nel blu dipinto di blu.

Nicola di Bari, Sai che bevo,  sai che fumo:

Gigliola Cinquetti, Non ho l’eta:

Claudio Baglioni, Questo piccolo grande amore.

Claudio Villa, O sole Mio.

Tony Dallara, Come Prima.

Mia Martini, Minuetto:

Communication?

Fortunately (?) no superfast internet, tablets, mobiles, WhatsApp, Social Media yet existed. The world was not yet mainly focussed on and limited to the screen of the iPhone or iPad. Social media was socialising, verbal and non-verbal communication, face to face, in italian (.)

http://www.lastampa.it/2016/05/02/multimedia/societa/come-parlare-litaliano-con-le-mani-guida-turistica-fa-impazzire-gli-usa-BA40txTlmyFw104p0GrzII/pagina.html

Via slow post. Writing and receiving handwritten letters with postal stamps, to and from home, travelling 7969 km to reach destiny. My mother still cherishes the Edelweiss flower from my field area that I included in one of my letters. Sending postcards. My post was received and well kept at the lobby of the only hotel in Villaretto. Unfortunately forgot the name of the hotel and the owners. Each saturday we would also go to Fenestrelle to buy our food and of course, the two liter bottles with red, strong Barbera wine from Piemonte.

On several lazy, touristic saturday’s also regularly to Pinerolo (Pinareul). A charming old little town, at the beginning of Val Chisone, 50 km southwest of Torino. With a beautiful historic center, cathedral, bustling open air market, cinema’s and excellent pizzerias. The home town of Tonino and Giovanna, our friends and members of the ” Banda Rifugio Selleries 1973-1974 “. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinerolo).

Times now gone when slow living was still an art.

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La-Banda-di-Selleries, 1973,1974 – Val Chisone – Marcel, Madama Lida, Tonino, Silvana, Josely, Giovanna, il Cane – MCAL

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Selleries – Camp site – 2023 m. – Val Chisone – MCAL

 

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Selleries – Val Chisone – Il Cane, Josely, Marcel, Tonino, Silvana, Giovanna, le mucce di signor Agu – MCAL

 

2) Rifugio Bergeria Selleries

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Credit: http://www.rifugioselleries.it/?page_id=109 – https://www.facebook.com/rifugioselleries/

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Si trova nel cuore del Parco Naturale Orsiera Rocciavrè e costituisce base di partenza per numerosi itinerari escursionistici ed alpinistici. A poca distanza dal rifugio è inoltre possibile praticare l’arrampicata sportiva su una piccola struttura rocciosa. Il 18 Giugno del 2006 è stato ufficialmente inaugurato ed ora è dotato di un’ampia sala ristorante, bar e di 12 camere per un totale di 40 posti letto. Alcune camere sono dotate di servizi indipendenti, e l’edificio è stato reso totalmente accessibile ai disabili. Il rifugio è aperto tutto l’anno, ed è raggiungibile anche in auto nel periodo estivo (comodo parcheggio nei pressi dell’edificio). Massimo Manavella e Sylvie Bertin curano, grazie alla loro grande esperienza nel settore, la gestione del rifugio coadiuvati da alcuni bravi collaboratori nei periodi di grande affluenza. La cucina, magistralmente diretta e curata da Sylvie, è ovviamente tradizionale, con interessanti specialità locali, e piacevolmente affiancata da vini e birra di ottima qualità. Il piccolo Leonardo, classe 2005, sta imparando rapidamente come si intrattengono gli ospiti e dimostra come si possano allevare i bambini in un ambiente così fiabesco. Nei giorni festivi e nei periodi di alta stagione è consigliabile la prenotazione.
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Selleries – Wilbert, Marisa, Marcel H., Silvana, Lida Jr., Tonino – MCAL
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Forte Fenestrelle – Val Chisone – MCAL
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Monte Orsiera, 2878 m. – Val Chisone & Val di Susa – MCAL
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Fenestrelle teleferico – Val Chisone – MCAL
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Selleries – Marcel, Wilbert, Josely and Amici – MCAL
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Selleries – Val Chisone – Lida, Tonino, friend ?, Marisa, Loredana, Wilbert, friend ?, Silvana – MCAL
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Mont Genèvre – France – Arie Schaap, Andre van der Meulen, Marcel, Ray Bergval (R.I.P.) – MCAL
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Mont Genèvre – France – Marcel Chin-A-Lien, Wilbert Hocks (sitting), Ray Bergval (R.I.P., 2016, Paramaribo, Suriname), Andre van der Meulen, Arie Schaap – MCAL

Additionally:

My thesis fieldwork area covered from the village of Fenetrelle up to Bergería Rifugio Selleries. Along this route one encounters the famous Forte Fenestrelle and a little village called Usseaux.

1. Usseaux: On Youtube I found the following nice recent drone film:

– Riprese aeree a Usseaux, Val Chisone – aerial footage with DJI Phantom 2…Film / full credit to Alessandro Bonaudo.

2. Forte Fenestrelle: Il Forte di Fenestrelle visto dal drone. A drone film taken from Youtube; From / full credit to Mr. Fabrizzio Prelato.

3. Forte Fenestrelle:  https://youtu.be/rEVUN0nPiyE

3) From the Caribbean to Italia

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My first visit to la Bella Italia was as a kid of 12 years old. Impressive. Many permanent, (trans)formative impressions, July 1962. Breath-taking.

” Nostalgia del tiempo que huye y esperanza de un dia renacido.”

It was the sabbatical year of my dear dad.

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With my parents, sister and brothers. Crossing the hugh Atlantic ocean in some 12 days. Arriving in busy and bustling Genova. From little native Curacao in the Caribbean to Italy and Europe.

Via La Guaira-Venezuela, Aves islands; Barbados; Pointe-a-Pitre-Guadaloupe; the majestic and vast Atlantic Ocean; Funchal-Madeira-Azores Portugal; Santa Cruz deTenerife Canary Islands, Gibraltar, Barcelona; Monaco, Genova.

Crossing the Atlantic.

One of our 4 transatlantic crossings and voyages. Old, classic style, in the fifties and sixties. Magnificent memories.

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A 2 week transatlantic voyage with the Anna C. The first true passenger ” cruise ” ship in the Italian Costa fleet, Linea ‘C’. The interior designed by renowned Venetian architect Giovanni “Nino” Zoncada. During the voyage we already got introduced and accustomed to the Italian language, friendliness, cuisine, music and flair. Where we learned how to eat spaghetti, as Italians (http://www.italianliners.com/costa-en).

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Ana C – Italian Transatlantic Voyage – MCAL – ” The pictures of the ‘Fifties show class passengers at ease in the various moments marking the day on board and consolidated by the ancient tradition of the “transatlantic style”: tramping up the gangway, the noisy farewell to those who remain ashore, the exchange of streamers; souvenir photos, first with relatives or close friends before the departure, then, once the elapsed time has brought new bonds of friendship, in pose with other fellow travelers…”.

Our family discovery trip in Europe.

Italia ? Genova, Vespa’s all around. Milano, Venezia, Roma, Porto Fino etc. etc.. So exciting for a 12 year Curacao kid. For the whole united family.

A history with memories that I still have to write. Hopefully soon.

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Ana C – Old Style Italian Transatlantic Voyage in the Sixties – MCAL – ” a passage nearby the Azores with the fascinating view of Mount Saint Michael always circled by a cloud ring. In the middle of the ocean the sky is clean and pure, crossed by quick clouds during the day and studded by bright stars at night. Among the most awaited for events there are the encounters at sea with other liners, above all the fleet mates. In the latter case the captains plan the route to meet each other at short distance while the horns fill the air and flags and people wave to wish bon voyage. Even the visit to the bridge is a thrilling moment: the officers welcome the guests and their endless questions on how to “drive” a giant ship”.
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The guests belonging to the upper class will show their familiarity with the open-air games and sports on the same large and immaculate open decks which made famous the Italian liners worldwide. The rest on a steamer chair accompanied by a good book, a sun bath, a match of badminton or shuffle-board, a drink enjoyed at the side of the pool where other guests play and swim together.

At night the chefs astonish eyes, noses and palates of the passengers with gorgeous buffets exposing authentic artworks which kept busy since the afternoon ice and fruit sculptures. Among the complex organisation of the ship personnel, the deck seamen preserve spotless the open decks

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

2) Geology of Fenestrelle – Parco Naturale Orsiera – Rocciavré (under construction)

One thought on “17. Bella Italia – Rifugio Bergeria Selleries – Piemonte”

  1. Abbiamo letto la tua pubblicazione e le foto “storiche” del Selleries, anno 1973/74… bei ricordi di gioventu.
    Hai fatto un bellissimo articolo ricordando tutti noi .
    grazie.

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