Unless you have been hiding under a rock, it’s not news that the 2012 London Olympics opened last Friday night, with quite the star studded bash. The Queen is now officially my hero by surprising everyone with a hilarious special appearance with James Bond – and how cute were the royal corgis?!
One of my favorite WOW moments of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony was when the Olympic rings lit up the stadium and drizzled gold fireworks from the sky – although seats that night cost up to £2,000, can you imagine how cool this must have been up close?
If you aren’t James Bond or the Queen, traveling around London is a total nightmare at the moment. So I hopped on my helicopter and headed to the Ile de Re, France. As I waved goodbye to jolly old England, who was there but Jessica Ennis and her six pack, grinning at me on the Heathrow flight path – go team GB!
Watching the Olympic coverage in France, it is hard to get much clarity from the French TV commentators. For example, the Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, were described as the “London Olympic aliens.” To be fair, they are rather strange and even with a diagram explaining their design, I am still a bit confused…
The French haven’t even dared mention the design of the official London Olympic logo, correctly described by the Brits as Lisa Simpson giving a bj. I know that’s crude, but come on, it is pretty funny!
Like every country proud of their athletes, the French TV only shows sports where French athletes excel. As a result, I have seen: badminton, swimming, judo, fencing, and handball- yes, handball apparently is an Olympic sport.
Before I even try to find some decent Olympic souvenirs in France, let me tell you about what is available –and what you might actually want- as an Olympic keepsake from London. I have to be honest, unlike the Royal Wedding or Jubilee souvenirs, the London Olympic souvenirs are pretty limited. The best ones I have found have all been kitchen accessories – maybe that says something about how the Brits prepare for the Olympics vs. going to the gym.
Team GB Olympic Oven Gloves – an obvious keepsake?
For £12 you can show how patriotic you are, even while taking your supper out of the oven, in these Olympic oven gloves from John Lewis. Surely Katie Holmes is rapidly trying to secure her hands on these just like daughter Suri — ohhh, too soon?
An Olympic Games Tea Towel – a must buy!
Can one ever have too many tea towels? I think not. This collector’s item is available for £5.99 from John Lewis. If your dishes enjoy feeling sporty, then why not opt for the same print in an apron?
Olympic Mugs – to sip out of while watching the games
The English drink A LOT of tea. So it goes without saying that you need a good mug or five to accompany you while watching the games. Cath Kidston has created a new “Be A Good Sport” collection, which features fun mugs like this one pictured above, for £4. If a personalised mug is what you are after, Emma Bridewater has the Personalised Sporting London mug, for £25.
Olympic Tea Pot – stay caffeinated & continue cheering!
This Olympic memento is just so English that you have to chuckle! If you are busy stocking your kitchen with London Olympic memorabilia, then you simply cannot forget your tea pot! I wonder if the Queen had a cuppa with James Bond during takes between filming out of this Union Jack classic?
After months of grumbling, Londoners are finally embracing the games and have caught the spreading Olympic fever. Despite the traffic, London is a pretty fantastic city to host the Olympics.
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Whether you are watching from abroad like me, or cheering along with the beach babes at the Olympic volleyball court, you cannot help but get into the Olympic spirit. Wishing all the athletes the best of luck – I am toasting team GB with my Olympic mug here in France!