|St. Pancra's Station salutes the Olympics|
Today we toured our third sports venue in London: the famous Lord's Cricket Ground. It was here that the rules of tennis were developed and the spectacular cricket game between England and Australia takes place every two years. England and Australia play for the "ashes," a small, symbolic momento that the team who loses gives to the winning team. The archery component of the London Olympic Games with also take place on the Lord's grounds.
|A cricket game in action at Lord's|
We were lucky enough to view a local match on the pitch when we were in the stadium. Rodney told us that this game will last 4 days and begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 6:30 p.m. The players get two breaks a day, one 40 minute break for lunch and a 20 minute break for tea time. I definitely think I'd need many seventh inning stretches to get through a single game.
|The Press Box at the Lord's Cricket Grounds|
|A Team GB Torch in the BOA Offices|
Jose focused a lot on the legacy of the games, which I found interesting. The DCMS and BOA both want the games to leave a lasting impression on the UK for the better, whether that is through improving the East side of London, inspiring children to engage in athletics, or boosting tourism and business throughout the country. It was great to see how a government arm of the UK and an Olympic organization are working so closely together to execute a summer games they can be proud of for many years to come.
|King's Cross Station|
A long search for a restaurant for dinner led us to an amazing Italian restaurant in the heart of King's Cross Station called Prezzo. The weather today was freezing (supposedly this is one of the coldest May's London has ever had!) and diving into large bowls of steaming pasta was exactly what we needed after our long day. Of course, we exercised our newfound love of hard cider as well :)
With the hustle and bustle of King's Cross as our background noise, we had a great meal and planned the sites we hope to visit this weekend on our free days and the Bank Holiday. I can't believe we've only been out and about in London four days — what a whirlwind! I'm looking forward to exploring the city more this weekend. If our adventures tonight are any indicator, enjoying a great dinner with friends and eating the best chocolate cake of my life sets the weekend off to a great start!
|Of course this isn't mine Mom!|
|Heaven on a plate :)|