Tonight, all eyes are on London as the opening ceremonies kick-off the Olympics. But how will it compare to the opening ceremonies of past Olympics? Travel Channel takes a look at the last summer Olympic opening ceremonies from1976 to today.
Looking for even more Olympic history? Check out our Olympics trivia quiz and our photo gallery that takes a look back at the Olympics through the years. To feed your London fix, take a look at where our Travel Channel hosts have gone in the city. Don’t forget, Will and Kate will be there, too.
Montreal 1976: The Games were opened by Elizabeth II, as head of state of Canada, and several members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremonies.
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In case you haven’t heard, the iconic London Eye has been transformed into a barometer of sorts to measure how the Twitterverse is feeling about the Olympics. EDF Energy, a London Eye sponsor, has come up with an algorithm that will measure positive and negative tweets about the Games. Those feelings will then be reflected by the lights on the London Eye – yellow lights meaning positive, purple meaning negative.
So, this got us thinking … what if the eye goes purple? How will we spend our time in London if the Olympics take a nose dive? Well, regardless of the Eye being mostly yellow or purple, here are some other things to do around the city when you’re not keeping a close eye on the competition.
As part of the travel blog community, we like to keep a weather eye on the horizon and bring things to our readers that happened to catch our attention this week on the blogroll. We found some tips on traveling to London for the Olympics, as well as gorgeous photos of Ecuador and the cenotes of Mexico.
Peter Greenberg offers suggestions for how to avoid hotels when traveling abroad for the Olympics.
By Mommy Points
There’s only 1 week left until the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London! I’m lucky enough to have tickets to a few official events, but I am still in search of other inexpensive things to do while enjoying the festivities. It turns out that there are plenty of activities going on in the city that don’t require spending a bunch of cash — you can even watch some Olympic events for free!
Free Official Olympic Events:
Road Cycling: July 28(men’s), July 29(women’s), and Aug. 1 (men’s and women’s)
Triathalon: Aug. 4 (women’s) and Aug. 7 (men’s)
Race Walking: Aug. 4 (men’s) and Aug. 11 (men’s and women’s)
Marathon: Aug. 5 (women’s) and Aug. 12 (men’s)
Swimming Marathon: Aug. 9 (women’s) and Aug. 10 (men’s) READ MORE
- Casa de Campo
Chances are, if you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you know that the famous family stayed at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. But Casa de Campo is more than a respite for the rich and famous – as one of the best sporting resorts in the world, it’s offering its guests the opportunity to get away with family and friends to create their own 2012 summer games in the Caribbean.
Enjoy their luxurious accommodations, world-class sports facilities and 5-star meals while following the actual games on big screens displayed throughout the resort. When you’re not following the official Olympic Games, Casa de Campo’s summer inclusive package includes sporting adventures such as tennis, horseback riding, skeet shooting, 63 holes of legendary golf on 3 Pete Dye-designed courses, and an array of water sports ranging from freshwater fishing and kayaking along the Chavon River (backdrop to 1979 film, Apocalypse Now!), to deep-sea fishing in the Caribbean Sea and sailing at the 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club. Guests work with preferred travel professionals or the resort’s concierge service to personalize their adventure itinerary.
Join Travel Channel as we head across the pond and back for special episodes of Ghost Adventures, Bizarre Foods America and more. Learn all about the episodes airing this week, as well as the locales that steal the show!
Tonight at 9, we stop in San Diego for Bizarre Foods America, where Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the unexpected when he finds that this coastal city on the Mexican border offers some hidden delights. Get a sneak peek with our Bizarre Food of the Week! Learn more about San Diego with our gallery of the city’s top sights.
On Wednesday at 9, we’re cruising the Pacific coast, when Adam Richman gives LA, San Diego and San Francisco a shot at winning the title of Best Sandwich in America.
Thursday at 9, we’re back to San Diego with a new episode of Trip Flip where Bert takes 2 best friends on a trip of a lifetime with surf lessons at Mission Beach, cruising in a low-rider, a private jet charter to San Francisco and an all-access pass to a Train concert – where the ladies meet and dine with the Grammy award-winning rock band and sing on stage with them!
By Mommy Points
There’s only a little time left until the Olympic torch reaches London and marks the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics, so it isn’t surprising that hotel prices in London this summer are high. Not only is the British pound a pretty strong currency against many other currencies (such as the US dollar) but demand is obviously higher than normal because of the Olympics. You could say that the whole world is converging upon London!
However, if you collect miles and points from your travels, or even just through your credit card spending, you can still use those points to book some free rooms in London during the Olympics. There are several very nice hotels in London that still have standard reward night availability from July 27 – Aug. 12 when the Olympics are in full force. In fact, using your hotel points for free nights when the going rate is very expensive, such as during the Olympics, is actually the best way to redeem them. It ensures you are getting the best value for your hard-earned points.
On April 17, visitors milling about on the National Mall in Washington, DC, got to snap some quick photos of a once-in-a-lifetime event –Space Shuttle Discovery’s very last flight. It wasn’t flying solo though; the space shuttle was mounted to a 747 carrier aircraft as it was transported to its final resting place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Now that’s an awesome photo-op! Discovery replaced Space Shuttle Enterprise, which has now been loaded onto a 747 to be flown to JFK International Airport on Monday, April 23. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City will become the new home for the Enterprise.
This week also marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the 2012 London Olympic Games, sparking celebrations around the world. BMX Riders got air at the “100 Days Out” event held in Times Square; torch bearers unveiled a garden planted to resemble the Olympic rings — made out of over 20,000 flowers and plants — at London’s Kew Gardens; and Coca-Cola hosted a giant celebration in front of the famed Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Only 98 day left to go! READ MORE