S: OCLP.it ~ London ~ August 2012
BC: From London with Love
FC: The Olympics Calling London/Paris August 2012 | London | USA | London | U.K.
1: Welcome to London 2012 Olympics | The United Kingdom Welcomes You
3: Seattle to Amsterdam for a layover with a woman who was heading to England to go "Crop-Circling" and reading RJG's Sisterchicks Go Brit then arriving to the land of tea and crumpets and the 2012 Olympics
4: London Olympus Hotel 35 Romford Road London, UK. | x | Upon arrival, we got some GBP, picked up our checked items, then used our Oyster cards to get on the tube, Piccadilly line toward our first London home. Changed our route to go get our Co-Sports tickets. Afterward we explored our neighborhood to "orient ourselves" (Chea came prepared) and we ate traditional Fish and Chips complete with mushy peas at the Golden Grove our local Pub.
5: When Adina, Chea and I were walking through Olympic park toward the stadium, there were program vendors selling their wares, calling out "Special Olympics Programs" Adina commented, "I thought we were here for the regular Olympics, not the Special Olympics!"
6: Olympic Stadium | On your mark . . . | Get set . . . | GO!!!
7: The Olympic Torch | Track & Field a.k.a. Athletics | Bucket list...CHECK!
10: The track and field event was chaotic and fun - multiple events going on at the same time - ladies hammer throw, pole vaulting, sprinting and distance races, shot put, long jump and even Professor X was present stating that Magneto would win the Olympics but Xavier would win the Paralympics | The Westbury Hotel 22-24 Collingham Place London, UK. | After track & field, we joined the massive seas of people exiting Olympic Park, picked up our bags and transferred ourselves to the Earls Court tube stop and home of our new hotel, The Westbury. We expected that the other half of our travel team would have been there long before, but that was not so. Worried but unable to figure out what had happened or where they might be...we went out again, after eating at Wagamama, Chea really wanted to get on a double decker bus, so we began a homemade hop-on-hop-off bus/tube tour of London, getting great mileage out of our Travel Card! We found out the next day that Janeen, Rene and Martin had tried to check in earlier, but had to wait, their packs were stowed in the luggage room, they went out on the town, and we were none the wiser. They were fast asleep by the time we came back.
12: Caught up with the others the next morning, hearing about their travel shenanigans and sharing ours, we began our 6 person journey. Itineraries in hand, we had over planned and now it was time to go with the flow
13: Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin' is brewin' and 'bout to begin. Can't put me finger on what lies in store. But I fear what's to happen all happened before. - Mary Poppins
14: Oh to be in England, Now that the Olympics are there, And whoever wakes in England sees some morning unaware, that the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, while the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England - now !!! - Robert Browning
15: Once we finally found Victoria Coach Station, we popped atop a vintage double-decker bus. From here we got to see Buckingham Palace, Westminster, & Big Ben!
16: Vintage Bus Tour | G B | U
17: Buckingham Palace | K
19: By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. ~ Samuel Johnson
20: Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art. ~ Freya Stark
21: May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed Rest, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God Grant May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace andConcord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed Rest, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace and Concord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace andConcord and to us sinners Eternal Life May God grant to the living Grace, to the departed REst, to the church and the world Peace andConcord and to us sinners Eternal Life
23: There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures. - William Shakespeare
24: Big Ben and Parliament Westminster Abbey
25: All this happened before, and it will happen again. But this time it happened in London. It happened on a quiet street in Bloomsbury. That corner house over there is the home of the Darling family. And Peter Pan chose this particular house because there were people there who believed in him. - Mary Poppins | London England United Kingdom Great Britain
27: Vintage Bus Tour *** *Big Ben *Parliament *Westminster Abbey *Trafalgar Square *Tower of London *Tower Bridge *The Eye *Thames River Cruise
28: Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
30: The Tower Bridge
31: "The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!" - Robert Browning
32: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a passport and plane ticket must be in want of an adventure!
33: The London Eye | What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of person you are. - C.S. Lewis
36: The DLR overground was our way out East to the ExCel venue followed by a walk. Different than the previous venue, it was like an industrial theater with different arenas.
38: Inside there was a common area with food vendors, souvenirs and a big screen showing the fights. I found some GF friendly food while Chea got to convincing Rene that we weren't going to get to see the event live, but that we would be watching it on that screen...she was less than pleased...until she found out he was taking the mickey out on her. Prior to our entry time, we discovered that our seats weren't all together?!? Bollocks! 2 pairs of tickets were together, then there were 2 singles. We split up and watched the quarter and semi-final event, both boys and girls in 2 weight classes. Team GB won the quarter finals for both, and the British were going crazy! Jade Jones, the British female contender won the semi final and we found out that she went on to win the gold later that night. It was quite exciting.
39: My third dose of Wicked... Something has changed within me Something is not the same I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game Too late for second-guessing Too late to go back to sleep It's time to trust my instincts Close my eyes: and leap! | Apollo Victoria Theater ~ Thursday 9 August 2012 ~ Seat Circle X 10 | WICKED
40: Waiting outside our hotel to begin our big big big day! | "It sometime happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before." ~ Jane Austin
45: "Anything and everything a chap can unload Is sold off the barrow in Portobello Road."
46: "Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can." - Jane Austen
47: Our 10K Marathon swimming event took place in Hyde Park in the Serpentine. We found ourselves a place to watch as the gun went off and 24 swimmers dived in, embarking on a 6 mile, one hour and forty nine minute journey of Olympic proportion. They swam by us 12 times, 6 laps. We watched and waited for the hot Tunisian swimmer to win Gold, Germany, Silver, and Canada, Bronze.
49: August 10, 2012 | Gold: Oussama Melloulie 1:49:55 Silver: Thomas Lurz 1:49:58 Bronze: Richard Weinberger 1:50:00 | "I have not the pleasure of understanding you, of what are you talking?"
52: Views from Westminster Bridge
53: On the count of 2... | jump!
55: "Our days are identical suitcases - all the same size - but some people can pack more into them than others"
56: Picadilly | Circus
61: Trafalgar | Square
62: "She who does not get fun & enjoyment out of everyday needs to reorganize her life."
63: Trafalgar Square The Center of London
65: St. Martin in the Fields ~ Our Bones Outing ~ Fish and Chips one last time
66: The Cafe in the Crypt at St. Martin in the Fields off of Trafalgar Square
68: "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" - Robert Browning
69: Mary Poppins: Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul's The little old bird woman comes In her own special way to the people she calls, "Come, buy my bags full of crumbs, Come feed the little birds, show them you care, And you'll be glad if you do. Their young ones are hungry Their nests are so bare All it takes is tuppence from you Feed the birds, tuppence a bag Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag"
71: We conquered ! Thank you London for having us back again... until next time... | We came... | We saw...