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BEIJING 2008, 1st PART

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From Opening Ceremony to day 4 (august 8 to august 12)
Opening Ceremony, August 8, 2008
Arrived the day before in Beijing via Guangzhou after a long stop, my friends Pascal and Claude are there to await me, but bad surprise, my luggage did not follow. After the formalities of complaint, we leave the airport by taxi to my lodging. I am accomodated by an Chinese couple speaking only their language. The dialogue is a little complicated! After the presentations and my installation, I set out again to the center of Beijing with my friends, a very close subway station facilitates the task to us. We eat downtown and a little later time we go to our own place of stay.
The following day, day of opening ceremony, I spend my day in various formalities and I recover my luggage with the airport, then I return to the apartment, just in time to see the ceremony with television.
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Beijing 2008
Guangzhou
airport

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Wangfujing

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Beijing 2008
Wangfujing

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airport subway

Day 1, August 9, 2008
I make knowledge with the city. The access to the Olympic park requires a ticket, as I don't have one, it will be for an other day.
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The enter of
olympic park

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Beijing 2008
One to support

Day 2, August 10, 2008
I go to Olymphilex where is a Coca-Cola trading center, a philatelic exposure, various exhibitors of the foreign post offices and the exposure of the Olympic museum with a complete presentation of the torches of summer and winter, as well as medals of winners and posters of the olympic games. A torrential storm starts a little later.
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Beijing 2008
Olympex

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Beijing 2008
Olympex

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Beijing 2008
Olympex
olympic cauldron

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Olympex
the flood

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olympic logo

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near Tian'anmen

Day 3, August 11, 2008
I leave to visit the house of British Columbia. I find there the souvenir shop of Vancouver. I buy there that which I need before setting out again towards the place Tian'anmen to admire the floral decorations installed for the time of the gamess. After I goes to find the park of Chaoyang where a Cola-Cole trading center is. After a little walk, I end up discovering it. I have found there Claude, installed for a few hours and enchanted his trading. To closing, we leave together in search a restaurant opened tardily, very few are open after 9pm30, and we finish to go to Mac Donald. Closing time of the subway having been delayed due to Olympic Games.
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subway

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Beijing 2008
subway

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Beijing 2008
Tian'anmen

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Beijing 2008
Tian'anmen

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Beijing 2008
Tian'anmen

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Beijing 2008
Tian'anmen

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Beijing 2008
Tian'anmen

Day 4, August 12, 2008
I go to the Club France located at Novotel Qingxiao and I hope to see Marc. After a few minutes, I see him. I join him and we exchange our last information. No accreditation for me. I find a volunteer, Regine, for the Club France, I had met her in Torino. By chance, some places for judo are distributed for the VIP, 2 are always available and we are candidate with Marc. We will attend the 1/2 finales and finale in judo -63kg for which Lucie Decosse is qualified. We are taken along directly on the stadium by a bus chartered for the CNOSF. Impossible to find a program on the stadium, Bocog did not make any. We return in the stadium, we are among French, environment is boosted. Lucie gains her 1/2 finale and is qualified for the match for the gold medal. Unfortunately, she lost her match by ippon against her adversary Japanese woman. A silver medal for her. We set out again with the bus. Marc will try to make sign our tickets. We separate and I return after dining.
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judo stadium

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Yuan-Yuan mascot

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium
volunteers

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judo stadium inside

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium
athlets

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium
Lucie

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium
next time
the ceremony

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium
podium

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium
the flags

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Beijing 2008
judo stadium
Lucie salute
her supporters

flechegauche Previous: Olympic trips, Torino 2006, part 3, day 11 to closing ceremony / To be continued: Olympic trips, Beijing 2008, part 2, day 5 to day 10 flechedroite

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