We went to the Worlds biggest McDonald’s…it was fantastic!

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Thank you to McDonald’s for a wonderful trip to the 2012 Olympics. This is the world’s biggest McDonald’s that seats 1, 500 at a time and has 2,000 of their best employees working there. After the games, the building will be taken apart and used in the building of new McDonald’s in the UK as well as re-modeling of existing restaurants. 75% of the materials in the Olympic McDonald’s will be recycled.  The Happy Meal box pictured is the actual one that I was served my meal in at the world’s largest McDonald’s and brought home with me.  Their menu is a little different from ours and the Olympic Happy Meal Toys are only available in the UK.  McDonald’s managers Alan Butchers and Jamie Baryaclough were beaming with pride and made us all feel like VIP’s.

Duck Tour

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On Friday we went on a duck tour.  It was amazing.  First we started out on land and the splashed down into the water.  We saw a lot of things along the way and learned a lot of history about the city.  We started out at the London Eye which is the tallest ferris wheel in Europe where they have also put in a temporary amusement park called, London Fun Ground.  It is now the most popular site for marrige proposals passing the Eifel Tower.  There is a fifteen minute time frame from the top to the bottom…so hopefully the answer is yes!  We saw the House of Parliment, Battersay Park, the BR Imax Theatre which has the biggest screen in the world, The monument of Great Fire of London in 1666 which has 311 steps to the top, Westminister Abbey, the theatre disrict and even the building where Sir Elton John lives.  We learned about the plague that they had due to the poor sanitary conditions and the mice and fleas.  Did you know that the poem “Ring Around the Rosies” was from that time…they used to carry around a pocket full of posies to ward off the bad smell of death.  \soon after that, a royal baker did not put out the fire in his bakery and it caught on fire.  The houses at that time were made of wood and thatched straw roofs and most of the city burned.  Only 12 people were reported to have died and it killed the mice population which helped to get rid of the disease.  While we were on the river, we saw a floaing fire station.  We also saw the Houses of Parliment which has two different clored awnings and enterances.  Red is for the House of Lords and green is for the House of Commons.

McDonald’s Playroom that they have set up for all of the Champions of Play

Hello everyone…this is the McDonald’s playroom in the Lancaster Hotel.  There are so many cool games and things do do.  I have met a lot of people from all over the world today that are winners of the Champions of Play.

Hyde Park

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We have had a great first time…went to Hyde Park where they will have a huge concert tonight expecting 80,000 people!  You can rent a bike and ride around…seem to be popular today.  I have seen these phone booths in picutes…now I saw them in real life.  I am looking forward to going on the double decker buses…my my used to ride them to school in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Did you know that they drive on the other side of the street here and the steering wheel in the car is also on the other side of the car!  Met some McDonald’s folks and check out the playroom they have for the Champions of Play.

Lancaster London Hotel

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We arrived at the Lancaster Hotel and saw the playroom that McDonald’s has set up for us.

Washington to London

What a wonderful trip we had.  We had a TV in the back of the seat in front of us, got 2 meals and arrived at Paddington Station after taking the Express Train.  There were so many shops and the flowers smelled fantastic.  We got to see the Olympic Stadium from the air.  My Mom modeled with Mark Spitz in her swimming days and we say his plaque in the Heathrow Airport.  We also got to see the Polish Olympic Team arrive.  London…..Sydney is here!!!

Tomorrow we leave for the London Olympics…thank you McDonald’s for the trip of a lifetime!!

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