12 August 2012

Olympic Beach Volleyball

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

On The Mall looking toward Buckingham Palace

Our final Olympic event to attend
was Men's Beach Volleyball

and WOW! was the venue spectacular!

(click photo to really appreciate the view)

It was a mark of brilliance to set up this temporary stadium
at the Horse Guards Parade

And that night, it was the game for gold
Germany v Brazil

Icing on the cake, the weather was PERFECT

My husband cleverly spied this plein air artist 
capturing the day high above us
( For the Diamond Jubilee, artists in the flotilla were busy painting too )

Such a creative way to capture history

And as if it couldn't get any better
we also watched the conga line

Dancers provided entertainment between matches and during time-outs

and Bananarama singing Venus


Time-outs also included raking sand
and shaking sand off the lines

Announcer: 'It's rakey-rakey time!'

Going for gold,
the Brazilian and German crowd was very loud and excited

And many waved their flags proudly
- Germany, Brazil, and TEXAS?! -

And the gold goes to Germany!

We walked away with Olympic-sized smiles on our faces
and a glow from the memories of the past few weeks

London has radiated a wonderful Olympic glow too :)

- all photos by me -


Whitney Cramer said...

Those Texans are everywhere ;) we're hard to get rid of. Hahaha

Happy Homemaker UK said...

The world would be a different place without Texas :)

Sunray Gardens said...

Great photos. I love the beach volleyball. One of my favorites. The women's was fantastic also.

Cher Sunray Gardens

Robyn said...

ha-love the entertainment-Bananarama! fab!

Jane said...

Just stunning photos, Laura. I have really enjoyed following the Games through your eyes. It's brought back so many magical memories of Sydney 2000 for me. J x

Liene said...

Did you know Latvia beat the US and the Netherlands to get the bronze? They lost to Brazil in the semis otherwise you might have been watching a completely different matchup! I'm so very proud of the little country, and it sounds like the Olympics were memorable for you also. Lovely post, thank you.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I watched the Latvia v Neatherlands game that night too! Congratulations :) I know those medals mean a lot more to the smaller countries.

TexWisGirl said...

the texas flag was kinda funny. :)

Emm in London said...

What a fabulous post! I just love your second and last photos of the arena. It looks like it was a lot of fun and how nice that you had perfect weather!

Down by the sea said...

Wow, what a spectacular view and memory!
Sarah x

Noelle the dreamer said...

Great photos and wonderful memories! Thanks for the chance of 'seeing' a little of this wondrous event!
I'll have to mention this site to SIl...Lone Star son!

Sissym said...

Germany x Brazil - both are good to me! My 2 countries!!!!


Happy Homemaker UK said...


Happy Homemaker UK said...

Privileged for you to pass it along. Pity my photo is blurry - but a fun one, nonetheless :)

Ellie said...

The atmosphere there must have been amazing!! I watched some of the beach volleyball on the telly and really enjoyed it.

greenthumb said...

Looks like so much fun, bet you had a great time.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I think it is magnificent that you got to go to the Olympic games in london, thanks so much for sharing your opportunities with us.

Happy in red said...

Wasn't it all fabulous!! I was in the UK for a week during the Olympics and had a fantastic time. Went to Box Hill and Hampton Court to see the cycling. Fantastic!!

Selena said...

I love this! My hubby got to go but didn't bring me back any pictures! So thank you for sharing. I heard it was one of the top venues of The Games. I've really been loving this festive London atmosphere. I feel so lucky to have been here this year!!!


Claire said...

we watched some of the ladies voleeyball (mr d's coice lol) on TV and i thought it looked like such a fantastic fun day out!!

Jan Micheal Molinos said...

I love beach volleyball! One of the best events in the Olympics. Awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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