We had the BEST weekend. We’ve been anticipating going to London for months now. After failing to get tickets for the Olympics we decided to try the Paralympics ballot – and were lucky enough to get tickets for the athletics on Saturday morning. We then managed to buy tickets to see dressage, at Greenwich Park, in the afternoon.
We caught the train from Newcastle on Friday afternoon and crashed out in a family room at the Kings Cross YHA. Not very luxurious but actually very quiet and the en suite was really handy.
Finn is the real sport fanatic in our family – we all love most sports but Finn really loves sports whether he’s watching or taking part. He was in the bunk above me overnight and I don’t think he slept more than an hour or two, he was soooooo excited.
Thanks to our multiple early risers we had no problem getting to the Olympic Park in time to have a wee look around, some breakfast (in Mcdonalds – their porridge isn’t too bad!) and get to into the stadium for the start.
The park is as special as everyone has said. The regeneration and planting up of a derelict area is so good to see.
I painted union flags on the small people’s faces – they read the day’s sporting news and arranged our big flag.
The flame – wow.
The stadium was full………and noisy.
We had to leave a little early to get over to Greenwich but were able to see Richard Whitehead win his race and the gold medal ceremony first (men’s 200m final).
The dressage had a very different feel, as we had to keep quiet most of the time so as not to unsettle the horses, but was very exciting. Lee Pearson was in gold medal position for much of the event but was pushed down to silver towards the end. I caught Finn brushing away a few tears, he gets so caught up in things.
We went past so many wonderful sights.
I love Tower Bridge.
The Paralympic symbol has replaced the Olypmpic rings.
The Tower of London…..and many other wonderful buildings which I failed to capture.
And we spent the evening in Leicester Square catching up with some lovely friends. Bedtime was around 11pm for all. All of the children were wonderful, they enjoyed all the experiences and coped well with the late nights, lots of walking and so on. A weekend to remember.