In 1994, I visited Norway the summer after The Lillehammer Olympics. The athletes, tourists and hustle and bustle were long gone, but venues, gift shops and welcoming people were all still there. We were able to participate in many Olympic activities and buy Olympic souvenirs. We skated on Olympic ice at the speed skating arena – The Viking Ship. We took Olympic chair lifts to the top of the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena for breathtaking views. We were even able to test the Luge out at Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track.
So if you are not travelling to London for The Olympic Games this summer, don’t worry, you can still plan an Apple Vacation to London to enjoy some of the excitement surrounding The Olympics, just as I did in Norway.
The Olympic Park will create a backdrop for The Games and will then be a green space after 2012 for people and wildlife to enjoy. The southern part of the Park will then focus on retaining the “festival” atmosphere of The Games for visitors, with riverside gardens, markets, events, café’s and bars.
The London 2012 Olympic Stadium will be the focal point of the 2012 Olympic Games. It will host both the opening ceremony and closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games as well as many of the athletic events, which are always the highlights of the Summer Olympics. The stadium will be a legacy for The 2012 London Games, and home to many future sporting events as well.
The new Olympic Orbit is just yards from the Olympic Stadium. The stunning observation tower is the tallest art structure in Britain and it provides stunning views over The Olympic stadium, Olympic Park and the all of London. It will be a must-see attraction long after the games end. It is set to open after The Games as a visitor attraction, with ticketed viewing from the observation decks and as a venue for private functions. It has two observation floors, a 455-step spiral staircase, an elevator and a restaurant.
London will no doubt see a surge in Tourism before, during and even after The Olympics. I know I can’t wait to watch The Olympic Games and pick out all the places I want to visit on my next Apple Vacation to London!
Here is the official London 2012 website where you can see photos of the new venues and learn more about visiting.