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.

Olympic Park

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These are pictures of the London Olympic Park.  It is huge.  The torch is inside the stadium,  where they had the opening ceremonies, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is a metal structure that stands 377 feet high and cost 19 million pounds.  It has two observation towers and a restaurant.  It will remain in the park after the Olympics.   There are all kinds of events going on at the same time and you can hear the crowds roar!  It is electrifying.

Bikes are the way a lot of folks get around

A lot of people ride their bikes to work even with dresses on!  Very few people wear helmets and they have no fear of the large double decker buses.  As a tourist, we tried to rent a bike but found out that you have to have a computer chip in your credit card for it to work in the UK.  They drive on the opposite side of the street than we do here in the USA and their steering wheel is on the right hand side of the car.  It takes a while for you to get used to looking both ways at a crossing as they are going the wrong way!  You have to be careful with the pedestrian crossing signs as they can have two on one crossing that are on different timers and there are a lot of blind corners when you cross.  I loved the tube or the underground it got us around town in no time and was not crowded.

My day at the Museum and sighting of Prince Charles

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 Today we walked through Hyde Park and went to several Museums just outside the park.  We visited the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.  They were huge and I got to learn a lot and hold some dinosaur bones.  The walls are so beautiful and have all kinds of animals sculpted into them .  We also saw a live show on the outside of the building.  On our way home, we saw Prince Charles!

McDonald’s took us to the Purple Dragon for dinner

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On Friday night we went to the Purple Dragon.  It was a fantastic place and gave the kids, who came from all around the world a chance to meet each other as well as the parents.   The food was delicious and we made cupcakes, a braclet, I sang some Taylor Swift songs in the music room, jumped in the ball pits and got to do a shooting game.  What a great way to end our first day!  Thank you McDonald’s