Fourth of July Greetings from Kent, The Garden of England to all our friends and clients across the United States of America.
Based in Kent, England, South East Tour Guides look forward to welcoming you to our own very special part of the UK during our 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games year.
Kent is home to Canterbury Cathedral; The White Cliffs of Dover; Chartwell, home of Sir Winston Churchill; Hever Castle, home to King Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn and Vita Sackville West’s Sissinghurst Gardens, to name just a few of our beautiful and historic county’s ‘must see’ sights.
Check out our website to plan your guided visit to the beautiful South East of England and all its historic treasures.
Posted in Home, Family & Fun, International Links, Kent, Royal Family
Tagged 2012 Olympic Games, Anne Boleyn, Canterbury cathedral, Chartwell, Churchill, Diamond jubilee, Hever Castle, Kent, Kent tour guides, King Henry VIII, Olympic Games, River Kent, Sissinghurst, South East Tour Guides, Thanksgiving 2011, The Garden of England, US visits to UK, White Cliffs of Dover
It’s been a good week for catching up with colleagues from our Blue Badge Tourist Guides training course.
We’ve all been bumping into each other at Dover Cruise Terminal, Canterbury Cathedral, Leeds Castle and in the cobbled streets of Rye as we introduced some of the first cruise visitors of the season to the delights of Kent’s coastline, beautiful countryside and historic sites.
I’ve taken some lovely groups of people on full and half-day excursions out of Dover on behalf of InterCruises and we have been so lucky with the weather – yesterday in Rye we even had sunshine! Not surprisingly there were a few bemused faces as I explained that despite six weeks of rain almost every day the South East is officially a drought area; although, as I only found out myself recently, anyone who holds a disabled parking Blue Badge is normally exempt from the hosepipe ban. Unfortunately, however, it seems that the authorities will take a dim view of anyone hiring their granny out to water someone else’s garden!
Our visitors are catching on to the excitement of the UK’s big Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games year and we are looking forward to sharing some of the forthcoming events with them. In the meantime one of our favourites is imminent – The 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. More about that next week as in the meantime we have some related rather early morning starts to get through!
Posted in 2012 Olympics, International Links, Kent, Local Visits, Royal Family
Tagged 2012 Olympic Games, Blue Badge Tourist Guides, Canterbury tours, Chelsea Flower Show 2012, cruise Excursions, Diamond jubilee, Dover Cruise Terminal, Intercruises, Leeds Castle Tours, Rye Tours
It has been such an exciting week with the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics really underway.
A fascinating documentary on TV the other night showed just what an extraordinary feat getting the Olympic Park to its ‘ready to be trialled’ state has been. I had not appreciated quite how much emphasis has been put on trying to minimise the carbon footprint of the whole building process with the use of railways and revived canals for transport, on-site reuse of 90% of demolished building materials and re-design of key elements of the major stadia to minimise use of steel.
I found the programme’s description of the engineering behind Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre’s ‘wave’ roof, (shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize) which spans more than two football pitches supported only by a slim wall at one end and two columns at the other, quite amazing. Although there has been some criticism of the two temporary seating stacks on either side, these are necessary for spectator capacity during the games and will be removed after the Games when the Wave Roof will be revealed in all its glory as part of the all important legacy of the 2012 Games.
The striking design of the Olympic medals was released this week as well. To quote the official press release: “The medals’ circular form is a metaphor for the world. The front of the medal always depicts the same imagery at the summer Games – the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the depiction of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City.
The design for the reverse features five symbolic elements:
- The curved background implies a bowl similar to the design of an amphitheatre.
- The core emblem is an architectural expression, a metaphor for the modern City, and is deliberately jewel-like.
- The grid suggests both a pulling together and a sense of outreach – an image of radiating energy that represents the athletes’ efforts.
- The River Thames in the background is a symbol for London and also suggests a fluttering baroque ribbon, adding a sense of celebration.
- The square is the final balancing motif of the design, opposing the overall circularity of the design, emphasising its focus on the centre and reinforcing the sense of ‘place’ as in a map inset.”
At South East Tour Guides we will be spending the time between now and the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on 27 July 2012 putting everything in place to ensure that clients who base themselves in the South East, within easy reach of the Olympic venues, to have the most memorable stay possible. Watch this space over the coming months for more about our plans.
Posted in 2012 Olympics, Events
Tagged 2012 London Olympics, 2012 Olympic Games, 27 July 2012, Green Olympics, Olympic Aquatics park, Olympic Medals, Olympic Park, Olympic Stadium, Opening Ceremony, South East Tour Guides, Stirling Prize, Stratford, Sustainable Olympics, Wave roof, Zaha Hadid