Taking up Beach Volleyball

The one thing I saw in the Olympics that I really thought – I WANT to do that was the beach volleyball. Hotly tipped as one of the best tickets to get, you can see why when we arrived. If someone told me a year ago I would be watching beach volley ball on Horse Guards Parade on a hot night in London I wouldn’t believe it.

The venue was built in only a few weeks, due to the Jubilee celebrations and was a temporary structure. It was the biggest piece of scaffolding I have ever seen. Quite an achievement.

Beach Volleyball, London 2012

And when you got to the top, this is what you saw –  an exceptional view.

Beach Volleyball, Olympics 2012

And this was the view of London. AMAZING. Another London gold.

Beach Volleyball, London 2012

Swimming in the Serpentine, Hyde Park, London

It’s been nearly a week since the Olympics ended and I am still talking about them. It’s been said everywhere before, but I can’t believe how inspirational the 2 week event was for everyone. So many great moments that will stay with us all forever.

Plus as a Londoner, I was so proud to see our great city do it right. I had so many fave London Olympic moments, but one of the best was watching the Men’s 10km Marathon Swim in the Serpentine, Hyde Park. I have swum in the Serpentine (on my sister’s hen night) and I can tell you it’s not pretty. Lots of brown duck poo. So hats off to the Olympians!

The Serpentine, created in 1730 by Royal Gardener Charles Bridgeman was one of the first artificial lakes to be natural in form rather than long and straight. If you fancy a swim in the lake, the Serpentine Lido is open during the summer (winter only to members) and if you become a member you can join the famous Christmas day swim. Icy!

Men's 10km Marathon Swim, London 2012 OlympicsWe waited patiently to see them swim past

Men's 10km Marathon Swim, London 2012 OlympicsThe view from the Serpentine Bridge

London Olympics 2012 – Tennis Semi-finals at Wimbledon

Yesterday was a super cool day at Wimbledon, to see the longest tennis match in Olympic history and also more importantly to witness Andy Murray make it to the Olympic final.

Olympic Tennis, WimbledonTo start the day off in style, we saw the green covers being taken off the court – it’s a scene we have seen so many times before on the television and so was really exciting to see in real life! The day was about to START!


Olympic Tennis, Wimbledon

First up was Federer V’s del Potro which was a 3 set wonder AND the longest game in Olympic history. Both players just wouldn’t give up in the final set going 19-17 with Federer winning in the end. What incredible and determined tennis.

We had a bet on how high the games would end up but this result blew it all! Here they are taking a well-earned break under the hand-held sun umbrellas.

Olympic Tennis, WimbledonThen Serena Williams (in a very stylish outfit) easily beat Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2. This was the view from Henman Hill/Murray Mound.

Olympic Tennis, WimbledonAnd FINALLY what we had all been waiting for – the big match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Murray came out on court to a massive cheer and the ‘come on Andy’ chants didn’t stop for the whole match.

Olympic Tennis, Wimbledon

Towards the end the TeamGB flags were out in force and the atmosphere in centre court was absolutely electric. And when Andy Murray won, we all went mad and jumped on our feet. And Andy even enjoyed a super jump for joy – see here! Nice one!

Olympic Tennis, Wimbledon

Then time for us all to go home and for those Wimbledon folk to tidy the court for tomorrow. Broom anyone?

Olympic Tennis, Wimbledon

London 2012 – Women’s Cycling Road Race


Olympics Women's Road RaceSo I arrived back in London today ready for all the excitement of London 2012. First stop off the red eye was the Women’s Cycling Road Race viewed from near Box Hill, Surrey. A great start to the games. Nice one Lizzie Armitstead who won silver for team GB. What a great Sunday Cycle!



Cycling Around Manhattan Island

So in celebration of the team GB win in the Tour de France on Sunday, we decided to hold our own Tour de Manhattan, by cycling around the whole (yes I said whole) of the island. It took us 4 hours (not the fastest time) in the hot NYC sunshine, but we had a blast.

These are a few of things we saw on the way:

In the garage before we start!

In the garage before we start!

The view down 29th street looking east across 6th avenue

The view down 29th street looking east across 6th avenue

The view from Battery Park up to One World Trade Center

The view from Battery Park up to One World Trade Center

This would have made our journey a bit harder!

This would have made our journey a bit harder!

Williamsburg across the East River

Williamsburg across the East River

Cool airplane writing in the sky

Cool airplane writing in the sky

Just before the United Nations building

Just before the United Nations building. Taking a break.

My Bobbin

My Bobbin

Somewhere really high on the East River

Somewhere really high on the East River

George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River

George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River

Cycling from Manhattan to Coney Island, New York

Follow me as I cycle from Manhattan, through Brooklyn to Coney Island, New York. We cheated and got the subway back!

Brooklyn Bridge, New YorkBrooklyn Bridge

Carousel, BrooklynThe Carousel, DUMBO

Smith Street, BrooklynSmith Street, Brooklyn

Prospect Park, BrooklynPark Slope

Coney Island BeachConey Island

Bobbin Bike on NYC Subway

Coming home on the subway

Images courtesy of Olesund, JSocal, Dewalk, Dmitry Gudkov, Jonathan Percy and my own.

Top Gun Movie Night on the Intrepid, New York

Intrepid, New York

Tomorrow night is all about the Summer Movie Series at the Intrepid Museum, New York. To celebrate New York Fleet Week, they are showing Top Gun on top of this aircraft carrier. Yes that’s right you can watch Top Gun on an aircraft carrier. Is there anything cooler than that? I don’t think so.

Plus it’s free and you can take blankets/cushions to sit on. Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts at sunset. For more information visit the Intrepid.

And if you can’t make it here is the start of Top Gun for you to enjoy. Ps I am saving the volleyball scene for tomorrow!