Impressions from Athens 2004 Olympic Games
Pictures and report by Stephen Carroll
The Olympic Games 2004 took
place in Athens, Greece from 13 to 29-AUG. Swatch The Club had
organized several trips ('waves') to the Olympic Games lasting about 5
UK Pioneer member Stephen Carroll took the last wave from 25 to
30-AUG. He was so nice to send me a report and his pictures from
Athens. He also allowed me to put the pictures online, together
with his impressions, so here they are:
14:00 I take a taxi to Bristol airport.
15:25 We take off on time for Frankfurt.
18:15 We arrive early in Frankfurt, and I catch the shuttle bus to the
There is no restaurant at the hotel so I eat at the campsite next door.
Thursday 26 August
08:30 I leave the hotel to return to Frankfurt airport, and check in
flight to Athens. At the airport I meet up with the German party.
17:00 We arrive in Athens an hour late after an extended stop at
18:00 We arrive at the Intercontinental Athenaeum Hotel where Patrick
meets us. Security checks at the entrance, and then up to my room,
fantastic. Time to shower and change before dinner.
21:00 Everyone starts to assemble in reception and Elina our local
us. Elina is very popular with the (mostly male) party.
21:30 We leave by bus for the Swatch
Alexandra Hebeisen is waiting to greet us. After looking at the
head upstairs for dinner. Among tonight's guests are Michele Sofisti
of Swatch) and Carl Lewis.
dinner and photographs the centre
closes so along with Patrick, Alexandra, Dirk and Jost i head for
Restaurant, which the Swiss team have made their unofficial base in
about 02:00 we head towards Syntagma Square to catch a taxi back to the
We have time for breakfast before we go to
the canoeing at Schinia. Arrive at about 08:00 and the temperature is
about 35 degrees. We see the men’s canoe and kayak finals until the
(sandwiches, drinks and then ice cream. Once the queues have cleared we
the coach to return to the hotel. In the afternoon we have time for
and relaxation before the evening.
leave the hotel to go to OAKA (the main Olympics complex)
We arrive at OAKA and go into the shop.
There is a massive crowd at the checkouts and it takes more than 15
pay. After this we go into McDonalds for something to eat before
seats in the
stadium are in the 5th row, by the long jump pit. This is the evening
women's 10,000 metres and Paula Radcliffe is opposite us when she walks
return to the hotel while the rest of us go into the Plaka district to
something to eat. We then take taxis back to the hotel.
Click here to read part 2 of Stephen's
report about the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
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