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The London Logs: Buckingham Guards & Beach Volleyball

The Author By Kelly Hayes-Raitt | August 10th, 2012 | Comments No Comments

100_0211.jpgAt the request of Barbara Mountain, the woman for whom I housesit in Ajijic, Mexico, I went on a quest to find the venue where the beach volleyball tournament took place. The idea of photographing beach volleyball a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace was too much for me to resist. 100_0217.jpg

100_0197.jpgI started at Buckingham Palace and contemplated taking the tour. At a hefty £18 (about $29 US), I demurred. I’m not that into castles and palaces. (What’s the difference, anyway, between a castle and a palace?)100_0199.jpg
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While in search of the beachy athletes, I stopped to photograph a palace guard who looked like he’d just graduated from junior high school. Maybe it’s my age and everyone looks young, or maybe it’s the oversized furry hat that erases years, but this rifle-toting, quick-stepping guard didn’t look old enough to vote, drink or handle long division.

100_0219.jpgI wandered through Green Park and along the barricaded Mall (barricaded because of Olympic crowds) to the Horse Guard Parade site of sandy athlete fame. Alas, there was no vantage point to see into the stadium, but a friendly soldier offered to show me the photo he’d taken on his cellphone.

Sorry, Barbara, I tried!
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Category: London, Olympics
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