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Our House Hunters International Episode – The valley shines

by Lisa Chiodo

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 All the world’s a stage,

and all the men and women merely players …

 William Shakespeare

 

house hunters internationalDuring our first skype conversation with our producer Ethan, we kept asking him if we would be right for House Hunters International. Our house isn’t grand in fact quite the opposite, we are closer to fifty than thirty and have two young children…….’yes yes don’t worry it’ll be great’ he would reply. Now, knowing what we know, I think his vision was spot on. Our valley shone and the people of Bobbio Pellice and Malpertus became an integral part of the story just as they are in our daily lives. We got the chance to show off this beautiful valley in Piedmont and let people see why we fell in love with these mountains.

I don’t want to let too many ‘cat’s out of the bag’ but I can say that we had the best time with the crew from House Hunters International, we filmed through snow, rain, and dropping temperatures for a total of five days (Now you know where we disappeared to). We had to re do many shots as Sam kept saying ‘Bloody Hell’ and I got over enthusiastic with the ‘Oh my God’…..we didn’t realize how often we said it until we had to stop ourselves. Other than that what you see is what you get and the crew are now like our adopted family, they were beyond wonderful and with the direction from David nothing seemed a problem, encouraging all the way and fantastic with the kids.

Luca can’t make up his mind which job he wants to take but we couldn’t get him away from behind the camera, Carina glowed and was a natural in front of the camera….my Mum always says ‘that girl is going to end up on the stage’ and I got to see so many ways our kids could take on a life outside the box.

Sitting together for a final interview gave us a chance to reflect on our new life in Italy…..(you’ll have to wait and see!)

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This quiet location saw us stop filming for sheep, men on horseback, a small child on a very squeaky trike, cows being led to barns (all with huge bells), the town hall bell, and curious locals…..still the show went on and nothing fazed our House Hunters International team. Our Italian estate agent Bruna bought a touch of elegance and of course properties to view, wait till you hear her gorgeous accent.
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our house hunters international episode

This lovely store owner called us in to taste his local salami and cheeses, the House Hunters International crew couldn’t help but buy something and we all got photos taken, what a great business man, he had us literally eating out of the palm of his hand.

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Luca fell in love with Joe’s ‘skunk’ and thought it wonderful that he could put on a headset and hear us all talking in the other room. Whoever said never work with kids or animals had it all wrong.

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house hunters international

So if you ever get that call from House Hunters International I hope you’ll grasp the opportunity with both hands like we did, it’s an experience none of us will ever forget and one I’ll always treasure.

We would like to say a very special thank you to

Patrizia Geymonat (Mayor) – Sindaco Comune Bobbio Pellice

Community of Malpertus

Community of Bobbio Pellice

Trattoria del Centro – Bobbio Pellice

Bar 1990 – Bobbio Pellice

Ristorante L’Alpina – Bobbio Pellice

Macelleria Dario Geymonat – Bobbio Pellice

La Vignassa – Bed and Breakfast, Torre Pellice

Hotel Villa Glicini – San Secondo Di Pinerolo

Claudio | Paolo | Jane | Enzo | Sarah | Allie | Gill | Ian and Laura owners at La Vignassa

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House Hunters International

Our Crew 

Producer – Ethan | Director – David | Camera Men – Gordon and Mike | Sound – Simon and Joe | Behind the scenes – Andrea

And our wonderful Estate Agent

Bruna

 

 

 

 

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1 Lisa Chiodo January 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

For sure I’ll let you know Sarah when it airs and if we get a youtube link etc. We get a copy but not until after it goes to air. I think Carina gets a good slice of her personality from my Mum she’s very outgoing and passionate. Thanks for your thanks lol, it does take time but so worthwhile xxx
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2 Sarah Hudson January 5, 2014 at 5:59 am

Your life really is a movie! I’m not sure if we get the show over here so maybe you could let us know when it airs so we can get a copy somehow. I think your Mum was right about Carina – she is a natural!! So happy for you all to be living the dream and thanks for all the time you put into sharing it with us. Lots of love xxx

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3 Debra Mulcair December 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Following you guys through pictures and blog has been very entertaining, I can’t wait to see it all come together movie style. :)

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4 Lisa Chiodo January 12, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Oh yeah that’s us lol ….movie stars (now who could I get to play me?)
xxx
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5 Corrina Tough December 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

This is beyond incredible xx Corrina Tough

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6 Lisa Chiodo December 20, 2013 at 5:55 pm

It’s great isn’t it xxx
ciao lisa
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7 amie storer December 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Looks like you guys had an awesome time. If it didn’t air here in oz I’d love a link to somewhere to see it I know Riley would love to see you guys and especially the kids. I think he would be very pleased and go around showing people “his friends on tv!“ :) miss you guys!

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8 Lisa Chiodo December 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm

It was really fun amie but lots of work, can’t wait to see the end result. Luca send love and always talks about William and Riley, we have that photo in the bedroom of them all last year. It snowed yesterday so everything here is white and looks like we will have our first white Christmas xx
Say hi to all the school gang xxx
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9 Julie collett December 19, 2013 at 6:56 am

Sooo excited for you all , I’m hopping we will be able to see HHI here in oz .. I can see you all enjoy the moments and your home is coming together , looking great . Love to all xxx

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10 Lisa Chiodo December 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I’m hoping it airs in Australia as well but should get a copy so we can show you that.. have a wonderful Christmas and give kisses to everyone from us Christmas day at Rhonda’s xxx
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11 Andreana December 19, 2013 at 4:03 am

What fun! HHI is one of my favorite shows. I can’t wait to see your episode. From the pictures you posted your home is coming along beautifully. Keep warm and the Merriest of Christmas Wishes form here in San Diego, California. :)

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12 Lisa Chiodo December 19, 2013 at 5:02 am

Grazie Andreana and Buon Natale to you, the house is now comfy and taking shape. I guess you’ll be nice and warm for Christmas xxx
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13 Andreana December 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

LOL…We sure are! But the downside to that is that we really don’t get to experience the different seasons. I sometimes long for the colorful and crunchy leaves under my feet in the fall and as a kid I would pray every year hoping for the miracle of a snowy Christmas like the kids on TV would have. I guess we’re never satisfied. :)

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14 Lisa Chiodo December 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I know in Queensland the seasons didn’t change dramatically like they do here, it’s so beautiful and we have snow last night. Think we’ll be getting our first white Christmas Ho HO Ho xxxx
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15 jann December 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Lisa, this is fantastic news! You’ll let us know when and where we can watch, I presume. So glad your family had this opportunity! These folks contact me several years ago, but I was way too shy, so I’m especially impressed by how brave you all are, and ready for any adventure. Complimenti & Auguri xxxxxx
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16 Lisa Chiodo December 19, 2013 at 3:49 am

Oh we’re certainly not shy Jann, I was doing wardrobe changes in the car and in the end just thought ‘Oh well this is us, no make up and totally exhausted towards the end’…..I figure that if we tried to put it on and act in some way that wasn’t us then why bother, we want people to see that dreams are possible and changing country can be the best thing you ever do xx
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17 Catherine December 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

So much fun! These guys contacted us a while back but our renovations were already over! Glad the kids enjoyed. House looks so warm and welcoming! Bet you have heaps of snow xxx
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18 Lisa Chiodo December 19, 2013 at 3:46 am

They caught us at just the right moment in time then, although they were talking about doing a renovation episode. Timing just wasn’t right and we needed to get our windows and doors in asap. Our house is coming together and we are keeping it as rustic and original as possible. No more snow yet but I know it’s coming….sending love xxx
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19 Margaret | Destination Here&Now December 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm

What a buzz Lisa. I had great plans to send you a Chrissy card but I’m sorry I’ve missed it for this year. Hope you and Sam and Carina and Luca have a snuggly Christmas in your beautiful valley. Thank you for sharing all your ups and downs and roundabouts with us this year. From the Hogan clan in Oz xxxx
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20 Lisa Chiodo December 19, 2013 at 3:44 am

Oh that’s okay and I really didn’t expect the response and it has been wonderful opening them all, they are all over the house and I am trying to work out the best way to thank everyone,
Wishing you and the gang a fabulous Christmas in Oz and here’s to another year of blogging, can’t wait to see where it leads us xxx
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21 Margaret | Destination Here&Now December 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

x :)
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22 lynda sharples December 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

How awesome Lisa Sam CarinaAndLuca ,
I really hope we get to see the show in Oz .
It looks like you all had a ball doing it .As usual I drool at all the photos and suffer serious “living in Italy envy”
Well done everyone and Merry Christmas to you all from Macleay Island ,Queensland

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23 Lisa Chiodo December 19, 2013 at 3:41 am

We ended up doing five days in total of filming Lynda, and it gave me a new awareness of the production behind a TV show. My cousins had a house on lamb island x
A big Merry Christmas to you from Italy
Buon Natale xxx
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24 Living in the Langhe December 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Wow, the house is looking great, and it seems like you all really enjoyed the filming. Can’t wait to see the show now! And Luca’s found several future careers! ;-)
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25 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Well it certainly got the renovations moving along Richard, having a deadline kept us up late at night. Luca was so funny and Carina just shone. Should we send the crew your way??? lol xx

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26 Kaye Bonato December 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

How exciting…..I don’t know if we will ever get to see the show though. Your house is looking fantastic, what I could see in the backgrounds…….if I don’t get to chat again…….have a very Merry Christmas and Bon Natale xoxo Love from Oz.

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27 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Kaye we will find a way I’m sure!!
I haven’t put any photos of the house yet but I will asap,
you have a wonderful Christmas, I’m just writing thanks and doing a post about all the Christmas cards
sending hugs love from Lisa Sam Carina and Luca xxx

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28 Jenny December 18, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Wow! Just wow! The house looks fabulous and so do you all. Congratulations and Buon Natale.

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29 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Can’t wait to see it on film Jenny, although I didn’t get to have a private hair and makeup person Drat!
Buon Natale xxx

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30 Pecora Nera December 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Well done, it looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

It is about time someone tried to renovate Italy

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31 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

We’re working on it you know how it is!!
We’ll have to all get together after Christmas xxx

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32 Krista December 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

So over the moon happy for you!! The crew looks so nice and amiable and kind and I’m SO thrilled you grasped this opportunity even though some bits have been scary or intimidating. :-) You are all so brave and lovely and I can’t wait to see this episode. :-)
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33 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm

The crew were all gorgeous and so great with the kids, especially Luca. I feel that things are finally coming together for us at last xxx
Buon Natale dear Krista and love to your ‘Bear’ xx

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34 Jackie Stenhouse December 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hope we get to see it in Australia. What great photos you have of the whole experience. All so exciting. Congratulations

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35 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I have so many photos and also of the wonderful B & B we filmed at which I want to turn into another blog post about the renovations they did. Incredible wait till you see them. Have a wonderful warm Christmas Jackie lol (lots of love) xxx

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36 Linda December 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

House is really coming along!

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37 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

It did Linda, all of a sudden now i just have to keep things from sliding back into the chaos of daily life lol xx

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38 Carolyn December 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

What an exciting time you all had. You must be very proud of your family and you are certainly an inspiration to many. I’ll be following your blog to see when the show is aired – hope I can watch it here in Oz.
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39 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hi Carolyn, I’m hoping it’s aired in Australia it has a massive following so I think it will be shown. If not we’ll find a way to have everyone see it. I am proud of our family, even though we are often dysfunctional we get things done and now it’s time to enjoy the Christmas season without all the stress of moving and setting up home.
ciao ciao and have a wonderful Christmas xx

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40 Kelly December 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

HHI was one of my fave shows when I had cable, and I really miss watching it. I’ll have to keep an eye on your posts to see when it airs and then see if there is a way I can watch it online. Congrats to you all and everything looks gorgeous!! :)
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41 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Hey Kelly I have grown up watching these kinds of programs with my Mum, she has every back issue of Home Beautiful and as a kid we would often stop so Mum could do a little sketch of something that caught her eye, she’d then go home and work out how to do it by herself. She even bought herself a set of power tools. Very independent woman my Mum, we’ll make sure to find a way for everyone to see the episode xx
Buon Natale xxx
Now to start thanking everyone for the wonderful Christmas cards xxx

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42 Wynne December 18, 2013 at 8:39 am

Wow, the place looks great…even the couch looks comfy! What a great experience. You’ve got a large fan base just dying to see it all. Now just rest and enjoy the holiday season. xo

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43 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:10 pm

hmmmm the couch isn’t comfy but it will do for now, we pulled it out the other night and stayed down in the lounge with the heater going and watched movies. Sam has got us a large screen TV (ever the practical one) so we will be able to watch ourselves in high definition lol xxx
Now to enjoy our first Italian Christmas in the valley and do some Christmas shopping for the kids xx
take care and your room is always here waiting when you get back to Italy xx

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44 Rosie December 18, 2013 at 8:31 am

It’s nice to see you “stick it up’m” all those who doubted. You are all truly a reflection that IT IS possible. Just commit & believe. How awesome xxx

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45 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Rosie you guys never doubted us and know us so well. Without you my dear friend I wouldn’t have kept my sanity or my spirits up!!! Don’t underestimate the difference you make in the world and turn that love and belief to yourself and Vinnie and start creating a dream…..little by little it will happen. xxx
sending love and hugs xxx

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46 Lyn Secombe December 18, 2013 at 8:27 am

Looking fabulous……..what an adventure for you all…..love what you’ve done to your little house………made it a home :) Just gorgeous <3 Merry Christmas to you all xxoo

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47 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

It is starting to feel like things are coming together now Lyn, although we did have a massive argument just days before the final filming…..all the pressure and stress of the last six months erupted. Cleared the air and gave us room to move along, now to create an income lol arghhhh xxx
Merry Christmas to you xxx

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48 Susan Heslington December 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

Ahhhhhh how awesome! Cant wait to see the episode. Your babies sure loved the whole filming process I see. Nice to see yr house coming along. Susan xxx

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49 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hey Susan it was great, even in the snow and freezing cold the show went on lol x
the kids loved being stars for a few days and the house moved along in the renovations because of the tight deadlines xx
Next year we are hitting the road xx

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50 anne December 18, 2013 at 8:02 am

What fun and fabulous, cannot wait to see the programme, hope I can anyway. x
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51 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Anne it was great fun, tiring but just incredible. The guys were all gorgeous and so good with the kids especially Luca. We need to get them back every few months so we get work done to a deadline lol xxx

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52 Evelyn December 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

What fun you had!! I love your kitchen. The kids had a ball also.
Everything looked beautiful.

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53 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm

It was surprisingly tiring filming over the four days, we would get back to the house exhausted but happy. So much happens behind the scenes and the crew were fantastic, really great guys with a million stories from all over the world x

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54 Charmain Giuliani December 18, 2013 at 7:23 am

the fireplace enclosure looks great

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55 Lisa Chiodo December 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Claudio was here the night before filming working on it with Sam, yesterday he arrived with a massive slab of rock to use as a mantle, the house was total bedlam right up until the day of our final filming. It was fascinating seeing how these programs are put together and all the work that goes into just a half hour show. ciao lisa

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