Even though we quickly realized that we wouldn’t be able to attend any Olympics events, we still soaked up the London 2012 Olympics Games atmosphere. Indeed, it was impossible to ignore the Olympics fever around us.
Monthly Archives: August, 2012
I have good memories of both St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern from our…
For a district that is after all mostly office space, the City is less boring than its sounds. First, the skyline, best seen from Tower Bridge across the River Thames, is quite unique. Easy-to-recognize skyscrapers such as 30 St Mary Axe (nicknamed “the Gherkin”) or The Heron Tower (the tallest building in the City) pop up from otherwise old-looking streets with historical buildings, such as the Royal Exchange.
The first morning in London, we went out wearing our usual summer outfit: shorts and t-shirts. We took the Tube to Victoria Station, and as soon as we stepped out of it, we were greeted by a torrential downpour. Welcome to London!
Even though we were not in London to attend the Games, we were kind of hoping to have the chance to do something Olympics-related, such as going to a low-demand event. Well, no such luck. Sorry to say London 2012, but I found Beijing 2008 was much better organized.
I speak American/Canadian English, not British English. It always takes me a minute or two to tune to regional accents, such as Kiwi, Australian or British (for Scottish accent, it takes me a bit longer… ever watched Trainspotting? I need subtitles!).
In London you pretty much have to walk by Buckingham Palace—the official London residence and principal workplace of the British monarch—at least once. That’s what we did, after a torrential downpour (hence the dark sky in the pictures).
On a quite stormy day (more on London weather later!), we got off the Tube at London Bridge and took the Queen’s Walk along the River Thames. The skyline is quite nice there, with the famous Tower Bridge in the foreground, as well as the HMS Belfast (a permanently moored museum ship, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser), the City Hall and the Tower of London.
After a busy first day in London and good night’s sleep, we woke up feeling somewhat refreshed and eager to explore the city. The weather was nice, so we decided to head to Camden Town to shop at the famous Camden Markets. I don’t care how tacky and touristy these open-air markets can be, I like the place and the people.
Katherina, a gifted blogger, traveler and photographer from Spain, recently invited me to participate in the Capture the Colour Photo Contest, organized by TravelSupermarket. Her own entry was very inspirational, and I couldn’t resist digging into my photostream to try to match it.
After landing in Heathrow and convincing the immigration officer we were dutifully employed, we headed straight to the hotel we had booked just a few days earlier. While we are not picky when it comes to accommodation, we wanted to make sure we actually had a room—finding one had been almost too easy, especially considering the Olympic Games.
It is 10 a.m. London time and we are standing below the huge blue “UK Border” sign at Heathrow Airport. Our plane just landed minutes ago and we sprinted to immigration control, expecting a long queue—the whole Olympic thing, you know.
As much as I enjoy immigration topics, I have never been able to find a…
The best things about traveling is being able to challenge stereotypes and see a place with your own eyes! Here are ten things that surprised me in NYC.
The morning we left New York City, the temperature had dropped and it was pouring rain. We took it as a sign: time to head home! I had no regrets: we visited everything we wanted to see and had a blast. Of course, it’s always tempting to hang around but I learned that when traveling, it’s better not to overstay—take the best and leave the boring routine to the locals. Otherwise, lovely places can show their ugly side and ruin travel memories.