London Olympics in the Company of Prince Albert

July 31, 2011

London was ready for the Olympics. The city was dressed up in flags and there were mascots everywhere. London Olympics

Olympic Mascot - London Olympics

Olympic Mascot – London Olympics

Olympics Mascot in London - London Olympics

Olympics Mascot in London – London Olympics

Olympic Mascot - London - London Olympics

Olympic Mascot – London – London Olympics

First, I was not very keen on the Olympics in London, because everyone told me it was all sold out and it was impossible to get tickets. After all, I decided to make the most of it, because you only have Olympic Games in your city once in a lifetime. It seemed nearly impossible to get tickets to the games. I remembered meeting a guy at the Royal Wedding in Monaco a year earlier who was involved in the Olympic Committee. He was a former Olympian. I got in touch with him to see if he could get me some tickets and he was able to help us. Suddenly I was getting tickets for all my friends.

The Games of the London Olympics

The Olympics in London was an incredible experience. We had so much fun! First I saw women’s basketball. I saw the two teams playing that eventually played in the final. Australia vs France. The game was so intense, but it was superb.

Olympics Park in London

Olympics Park in London

Olympics Park in London

Olympics Park in London

My new American friend and I attended many events together during the Olympics. We became really good friends. Every night we were at a house of a different country. We frequently visited the USA house, which was probably the best in terms of hospitality. We met many of the athletes and some celebrities there. After an athlete won a medal, he would come there to celebrate with his team.

With a Champion At the USA House

With a Champion At the USA House

We also visited the French house one night, the Italian house another night.

Party at the French House

Party at the French House

We went to the Qatar house as well, but they were not selling any alcohol there, so we did not stay long. We frequently visited the Visa house, where a well known chef would provide buffet dinner for privileged Visa card holders. We also attended a few receptions of the Prince in the Monaco house. He hosted us two times. It was quiet a privilege to be there.

Prince Albert Passed Out in the VIP Lounge

Prince Albert Passed Out in the VIP Lounge

I ended up seeing many sport events in the end. I saw equestrian in Greenwich Park with a friend. Wladimir Klitschko was there too. It was a very elegant sport. The competitors flew in their horses from all over the World. The horses looked beautiful. Many competitors came from as far as Japan or the Middle East.

Equestrian in London

Equestrian in London

My favorite sport of the week was beach volleyball, but I also enjoyed handball too. Hungary was playing against Sweden and we lost. It was a very sad to see Hungary lose, but it was incredible to see how supportive the Hungarian fans were.

Hungarian Supporters

Hungarian Supporters

The whole stadium went absolutely crazy. We also saw a waterpolo game between Serbia and Italy. It was a great game, but quiet intense. The best game we saw was Pentathlon. It was another game where there were plenty of Hungarian supporters. At least one third of the stadium was wearing a Hungarian T-shirt. The day started with fencing, then swimming.

Fencing in London Olympics

Fencing in London Olympics

My friend and I were watching it with Prince Albert. The prince was a very nice guy. We accompanied him to the VIP lounge after swimming. We chatted a bit, but then he fell asleep. After that we went to Greenwich Park to see the horse riding, shooting and running. Hungarian player Adam Marosi won a bronze medal.

Adam Marosi Won the Bronze in Pentathlon

Adam Marosi Won the Bronze in Pentathlon

Flags of the Champions - Hungary Third

Flags of the Champions – Hungary Third

The Russian won the game and the Chinese player came in second. The whole stadium went absolutely insane. All the Hungarians were celebrating. It was a very emotional moment for me to see a Hungarian win a medal. The London Olympics was a very tiring experience, but a very wonderful memory. It was certainly one of the highlights of my life and I will make always remember these very special two weeks. I am also sure to attend the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

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About Barbara

Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

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