It was on my bucket list to go to the 2012 London Olympics and I managed to get tickets to the Men’s Hockey Semi-Final: Germany VS Australia. The other semi-final featured Team GB and the Netherlands, which I tried to switch my ticket for on the day as others tried to switch their own but in the end I watched this match – What a thrilling match it was!
Just in case you’re curious… I supported Australia.
Enjoy the photos!
Pall Mall, London
It was on my bucket list to go to the 2012 London Olympics and I managed to get tickets! However, the Triatlon was an unticketed event which meant that anyone could turn up to watch and I discovered this when I was going to see the Changing of the Guard – Very lucky to see both experiences!
With the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics summer games starting today, I thought this would be a good time to have a couple of flashback posts to the London 2012 summer games, which I was very fortunate to attend and live in the country that was hosting this magical, sporting event.
The mascots Wenlock and Mandeville represented the Olympic and Paralympic games respectively, their names and design based in British history and culture.
Wenlock’s name is inspired by Much Wenlock in Shropshire, England, where in 1850 the Wenlock Olympian Society held its first Olympian Games, regarded as an inspiration for the modern Olympic games.
Mandeville is named after the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. In 1948, Stoke Mandeville organised the first Stoke Mandeville Games, considered to be the precursor to the Paralympics. The three spikes on Mandeville’s helmet represent the Paralympic Agitos. He also represents friendship.
Extract from ‘Wikipedia’
The Wenlock & Madeville Discovery Trail
During the summer, London placed 83 figures all over the city to promote the games and to encourages locals and tourists alike to explore the city on foot. Each figure was designed to represent the area that it had been placed, as you can see from the images below.
Out of the 83, I only spotted 6 on my travels across the city or maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough!
Work, Work, Work!
Travel, Travel, Travel!
All the above pretty much explains my lack of posting recently. Between day trips, weekend trips and even week-long trips away, as well as work in between I have been so busy that this blog has been left ignored for a short while. Sad to say, for the mean-time this will still be the case as I come up to one of the busiest times of the year work wise. However, when I do have time to write up posts, sort out my photos you will have the following treats heading your way:
- Various Yorkshire day trips (April onwards)
- A walking weekend in Cumbria, England (Early April)
- A trip to Belguim, via Amsterdam, Netherlands and Cologne, Germany (Late April)
- A trip around Scotland including a visit to the Isle of Orkney (Starting this weekend!)
- Another trip to London! (Mid-June)
Such a packed-filled 2016 and not even at the half-way mark yet! Maybe I should use the latter half of the year to write up all these posts!!
What a busy time to come and already had travel wise!
I have just come back from a great walking weekend in the Lake District and in less than 10 days I’ll be flying out to Belguim via Amsterdam in the Netherlands, a trip to Scotland in May and maybe even another trip to London in June!!
Busy, busy… so you may find a lag or two in the posts!