Saturday, 8 September 2012

Visiting the Olympic Park

I'd tried and tried to get tickets for either the Olympics or Paralympics without any luck so when a friend texted me to say that he had a spare day pass ticket to the Olympic Park, I leapt at the chance.  The ticket was only £5 and didn't allow entry into any events but I did want to go, just to experience the atmosphere.

You don't realise just how big the park is when you're watching the games on TV.  We spent about six hours there just walking around, seeing the sights.

It was exciting to see the stadium up close...

...and The Orbit (designed by Anish Kapoor) Britain's largest piece of public art.

I was intrigued by the BBC's temporary studio

made from containers.

The flowers were incredible. Beautiful, vibrant wild flowers everywhere.

If you were tired of walking around, there was plenty to do.

Bands to watch

The Beat Box to explore...

...with music by Mark Ronson and Katy B

Hidden gardens to discover...

...filled with messages from well wishers and fans.

At one point we managed to get a tiny glimpse of the spectators and athletes in the stadium.  It was so thrilling and give us a glimpse of the excitement.  The roar from the crowd sent shivers of exhilaration down my spine.  One of the volunteers told us that the cheer when Usain Bolt won the 100m would stay with her for the rest of her life. 

A very good day all round.


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