Like much of the country, Melon has been extremely excited about the Olympics 2012 coming to London. A select lucky few of us have even manged to get tickets!
Over 17 days the world will be watching 10,500 Olympic athletes from 204 nations compete in 32 stunning venues in and around London, many of which are centuries old. What an excellent way showing off our heritage! Broadcasting around the world against breath-taking landmarks such as the oldest surviving Tudor palace at Hampton Court, the 18th century Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, Horse Guards Parade, the All England Club at Wimbledon and Lord's Cricket Ground.
As well as the heritage sites, much of the world-class sport will be played out in the brand-new £6.8 billion Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, the 2.5 sq km site of 9 major sporting venues including: the Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre (the largest venue with capacity for 17,500 spectators); the Velodrome, one of the most iconic buildings in the Olympic Park with its curved 'Pringle'-shaped roof and 360-degree glass wall; the Copper Box Handball Arena; Eton Manor; BMX Track; Water Polo Arena; Basketball Arena; Riverbank Hockey Arena; and the state-of-the-art Olympic Stadium.
Check out this helpful, interactive infographic map of the Olympic Venues.