As the world is getting ready for the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, I thought it nice to have a trip down memory lane to the games of London 2012. Being able to attend the Olympic Games was always such a huge dream and item on my bucket list. I could never have possibly dreamt to be living in a host city during the event, let alone having four venues (including the main Olympic Park) within 15 minutes of our apartment! The atmosphere for the whole two weeks were just amazing – it was as if London completely came out of its shell, and even put on two weeks of glorious summer weather!

We were also very fortunate to have had tickets to a number of events, which meant we could experience all of this first hand. Two days of swimming in the aquatics centre, a morning of cycling in the velodrome, an evening of athletics in the main stadium, a morning of diving and the cherry on the cake – the closing ceremony in the main stadium! I remember thinking to myself, as we were walking back home after the closing ceremony: “What on earth am I going to to with myself tomorrow now that it is all over?”. I went to bed that night on quite a high, but equally feeling a bit disappointed that it was all done and dusted. Unfortunately we were not able to fulfil our plans to attend Rio 2016, but here’s to hoping we can manage for the 2020 Games in Tokyo!

Although our seats weren’t always great for photos, here is a selection of some of my favourite images. Who knows – maybe in the future I might have an opportunity to properly take pictures from next to the track! Never say never!

London 2012 | The Olympic Stadium

London 2012 | The Olympic Stadium

London 2012 | The Aquatics Centre

London 2012 | The Aquatics Centre

London 2012 | Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

London 2012 | Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

London 2012 | Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

London 2012 | Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

Swimming at the Aquatics Centre

London 2012 | The Queen pays a visit to the Aquatics Centre on the first day of events

The Queen pays a visit to the Aquatics Centre on the first day of events

London 2012 | Velodrome

London 2012 | Velodrome

London 2012 | Inside the Velodrome

London 2012 | Inside the Velodrome

London 2012 | Track cycling in the Velodrome

Track cycling in the Velodrome

London 2012 | Track cycling in the Velodrome

Track cycling in the Velodrome

London 2012 | Track cycling in the Velodrome

Track cycling in the Velodrome

London 2012 | Track cycling in the Velodrome

Track cycling in the Velodrome

London 2012 | Track cycling in the Velodrome

Track cycling in the Velodrome

London 2012 | Inside the Olympic Stadium - waiting fr it to fill up for a night of athletics.

Inside the Olympic Stadium – waiting fr it to fill up for a night of athletics.

London 2012 | Packed stands in the main Olympic Stadium.

Packed stands in the main Olympic Stadium.

London 2012 | Women's 400m Hurdles

Women’s 400m Hurdles

London 2012 | Women's 400m Hurdles

Women’s 400m Hurdles

London 2012 | Men's High Jump

Men’s High Jump

London 2012 | Usain Bolt getting ready for the Men's 100m finals

Usain Bolt getting ready for the Men’s 100m finals

London 2012 | Usain Bolt doing his victory lap after winning the gold medal in the Men's 100m

Usain Bolt doing his victory lap after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 100m

London 2012 | Usain Bolt at the London 2012 Anniversary games the following year

Usain Bolt at the London 2012 Anniversary games the following year

London 2012 | Women's Triple Jump

Women’s Triple Jump

London 2012 | Men's 1500m - sometimes things don't go to plan

Men’s 1500m – sometimes things don’t go to plan

London 2012 | Men's 3000m Steeple Chase

Men’s 3000m Steeple Chase

London 2012 | Men's Diving

Men’s Diving

London 2012 | Men's Diving

Men’s Diving

London 2012 | Men's Diving

Men’s Diving

London 2012 | Men's Diving

Men’s Diving

London 2012 | Men's Diving

Men’s Diving

London 2012 | Men's Diving

Men’s Diving

London 2012 | Men's Diving

Men’s Diving

London 2012 | Waiting for the closing ceremony to start

Waiting for the closing ceremony to start

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - Pet Shop Boys

Closing Ceremony – Pet Shop Boys

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - One Direction

Closing Ceremony – One Direction

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony – staging

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - Athlete's Parade

Closing Ceremony – Athlete’s Parade

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - models taking the centre stage

Closing Ceremony – models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell taking the centre stage

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - FatBoy Slim entertaining the crowds

Closing Ceremony – FatBoy Slim entertaining the crowds

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - Jessie J

Closing Ceremony – Jessie J

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - Spice Girls Reunion

Closing Ceremony – Spice Girls Reunion

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - Muse performing the official Olympic song

Closing Ceremony – Muse performing the official Olympic song

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - Rio takes to the stage

Closing Ceremony – Rio takes to the stage

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - celebrating Rio 2016

Closing Ceremony – celebrating Rio 2016

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - putting out the Olympic Flame

Closing Ceremony – putting out the Olympic Flame

London 2012 | Closing Ceremony - and so it is over for another 4 years

Closing Ceremony – and so it is over for another 4 years