9 Aug

One week ago today we were thoroughly enjoying our day at the Olympics. It was honestly one of the best experiences ever! We were lucky enough to have been issued tickets to the first day in the Velodrome (many many months ago in the original ballot).

We had decided that our two year old was too little for this & so he went off on his own adventure spending 3 days away with grandparents, while our 5yr old daughter had been brimming with excitement for months & with the help of flags, temporary tattoos, cuddly toy & ice-cream loved every minute!

I have to say that everybody involved in the games was brilliant. There were a couple of things that really surprised me & definitely deserve a mention:

The Games-makers (the volunteers) who had huge sponge hands hi-fiving the kids & were everywhere to take photos, give directions, answer questions – brilliant! Huge beaming smiles & on the way out wanting to hear more about what we’d seen, making sure we’d had a great day & helping get everyone moving quickly & efficiently.

The food & drink.  It would have been really easy to have hiked up the prices inside the Olympic park due to a captive audience & that’s what I had expected. Completely impressed that the 3 of us managed to have a meal (& drink) before setting off for home totalling £13.70.

No queues. Surprisingly with the vast numbers of people, we didn’t queue once for a toilet anywhere, & the water fountains where you could re-fill plastic bottles were a godsend.  Only gripe if I had to have one was that the people roaming the park on litter duty, were SO efficient; they whisked away my bottle of water (twice) when I put it on the bench next to me, so we had to go & buy more!

The magic of the Velodrome was something else entirely – electric, awesome!, & like nothing we had ever experienced before.  We had the cheapest seats, but were in a SUPERB position; couldn’t believe our luck. The best way to explain is really to let the pictures do the talking.  It was such a special day when we saw Chris Hoy win his 5th Gold & witnessed so many World records being smashed.  Also got to meet the legend that is Dave Brailsford before we went in!

Massive Congratulations to TeamGB, EVERYONE  involved in organising the games, & everyone inside the Olympic Park making such a memorable experience for the world.  A first-class job REALLY well done!!



Lots of people have been asking what it was like, so I thought I would share a few of our photos:





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