By Mommy Points
After an overnight flight from the US, we arrived in London to experience the magic of the Olympic Games.
Having been to the 1996 Atlanta Games, I think I was mentally prepared for a semi-repeat of that experience. I was just a teenager in 1996, but I distinctly remember the heat and the crowds. However, London is dramatically different; it is almost chilly here, and while there are many people around, the city seems quite able to handle the crowds. I was shocked when we breezed through London’s Heathrow Airport in a matter of mere minutes.
- Photograph by Ian Shive / Aurora Photos
As always, we’re bringing you our favorite travel posts from the blogosphere this past week. Learn an alternative way to save money while traveling the world, where the most remote places exist and how you can find the best sustainable wines.
The Cultureist offers a tour of the best “green” wineries from France to Greece and beyond. Never heard of biodynamic wine? Neither had we.
We asked 1992 Olympic gold-medalist and TV personality Summer Sanders to tell us all about her trip to this year’s Olympics in London. She told us about her favorite British treat (tea time, anyone?) and who she was most star-struck to meet (we don’t blame her!).
Summer offers a first-hand opinion on how this year’s Olympics are so different from previous games and what it was like to witness history at the Aquatic Center.
Read Summer’s Postcard from London with her tips on where to stay, what to do and what to pack!
For more tips on traveling to London, check out these must-see neighborhoods, ideas for day trips and tips from Anthony Bourdain’s trip to London.
Get in a little beach time before making your way to Florence, Italy, with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and get a taste of new cultures from the comfort of your couch.
On Monday at 9|8c, Andrew Zimmern opens a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles for Bizarre Foods America. Get a peek at what he’s serving with the Bizarre Food of the Week!
Then at 10|9c, Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri stops in Daytona Beach, FL, to help an ailing hotel get its act together. Learn more about the city famous for its NASCAR with our Daytona Beach City Guide.
- Photo Courtesy of Lindsay Blatt / Herd In Iceland
We asked filmmakers Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggert to share their experience filming their documentary Herd In Iceland. They told us all about the traditions of the herders they encountered, the beauty of the countryside and the rich culture hidden away in the cities and farms of Iceland.
Iceland is an island nation of approximately 300,000 people and 80,000 horses, on a parcel of land about the size of Kentucky. Our documentary Herd In Iceland began filming in 2010, with a return trip in the fall of 2011. The film tells the story of the Icelandic herders, whose sheep and semi-wild horses spend their summers grazing in the highlands, free to roam and raise their young. Every September, farm owners from each county ride into the mountains to collect their herds and bring them home for the winter. The film documents this historic tradition, and shows the special relationship the people have with their hardy and curious horses.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death. The air of mystery that surrounded her both in life and in death makes it difficult to not be intrigued by the sex symbol. To honor her, a special exhibition of 23 candid photos of Marilyn will be on display at the Phil Stern Gallery in Los Angeles, starting today.
But if you can’t be in LA to explore the actress’s life through photographs, then check out some of these destinations and relive her most famous films:
Star in your own larger-than-life version of the The Seven Year Itch by getting a photograph with the famous 26-foot-tall Marilyn statue, which now stands in Palm Springs, CA.
Here at Travel Channel, we like tips — tips on how to pack, how to get a deal, where to go … you name it. The world is a pretty big place and it’s pretty difficult to know where and how to get everywhere. But the travel blogosphere is an even bigger place, so we scour it for even more ideas about how to travel like a pro.
Check out what we found this week:
The Everywhereist got a peek into the offices of Facebook in Palo Alto, CA, from its shrubbery (shaped like the Facebook logo!) to its mural-covered walls.
If you’re anything like us, you were probably wondering where the Batcave is actually located (and if it’s a real place) as opposed to paying attention to the plot of Dark Knight Rises. We loved the movie, and we can’t help but be a little destination-obsessed here at Travel Channel. The Gotham City of Dark Knight was so obviously Chicago, that the new locations in Dark Knight Rises had us wondering, “Is that New York?” Turns out, most of it wasn’t.
This month, we’ve got 2 amazing sweepstakes, which means double the chances of winning an amazing getaway. Whether you’re itching to get to London (and with all this Olympic coverage, who can blame you?) or would rather get your hands on $10,000 to go anywhere your heart desires, Travel Channel is here to hook you up.
We’ve heard that getting away is important to your health, which is why Europeans swear by their extended holidays … so maybe you should enter to win that cash sooner rather than later.