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Photo Essay: The Streets of London, Part One

I love the Olympic Games so much. The drama of combat, inspiring stories, and thrilling feats of skill that give me goosebumps and make me teary.

I especially love watching them in different countries.

I’ve watched them in my homeland of Canada, my adopted country the United States, and now I get to see them from an Aussie perspective in my new country of Australia. It’s so fun!

Each country focuses on different sports, and here in Australia I’m discovering sports I didn’t even know were in the Olympics, things like field hockey, dressage and table tennis. I love it!

As I happily watch one event after another, I thought that today we’d take a trip down memory lane to the city hosting the Olympics and revisit the streets of London.


I visited London for the first time last October, excitedly wandering along the Thames with my dear English friend Katy from Starry-Eyed Travels.

Katy knows the city like the back of her hand, and we had so much fun seeing things I’d only read about or seen on movies.

Like this statue of the marvelous warrior queen Boadicea (Boudicca) who led her people in a valiant fight against the Roman invaders in AD 61.

And the soaring Saint Stephen’s Tower (aka Big Ben).


We strolled past London war memorials and houses of Parliament, and gazed in delight at the beautiful old buildings standing tall and dignified along the bustling streets.

London was nothing like I had imagined. It was better.

I will show you more of this incredible city next time.

Do you like the Olympics? If so, what is your favorite sport to watch?

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  • David

    I love the Olympics and specially like watching men’s/women’s indoor/outdoor volleyball. I’m hoping to get to London next week and possibly an event!

    • Krista

      Oh that’s fantastic, David!! I hope it works out for you and I will be looking for your pics and stories of your adventures! :-)

  • Andrea and John

    And here all this time I thought you were Danish, Krista…did not know you were from Canada! =) I love London, especially when the sun is shining…

    • Krista

      I’m a half and half-er, Andrea. :-) Dad is Danish, Mum is Canadian. :-)

  • Tiffany @ theUnimaginedLife

    Great pics :) I love London!

    • Krista

      Thank you, Tiffany! :-) I love it now too. :-)

  • Mlle Paradis

    Great pics as always Krista! Oh I love a little of everything about London.

    • Krista

      Thank you, Paradis! :-) It is an endlessly fascinating place. :-)

  • Dewi

    Yes, me too :). I’ve been watching it every night. Love London too. It’s been almost 4 yrs since I last visited :(

    • Krista

      Isn’t it fun, Dewi?! :-) So inspiring. :-) I hope we both get to return to this city we love so much. :-)

  • BeyondBlighty

    You’ve got some great shots of London. I’ve lived there for over 6 years but stupidly never think to photograph my home town!

    • Krista

      Thank you so much! :-) How fun to live in such an interesting city for six whole years. :-)

  • Andi Perullo

    Awesome shots! I’m OBSESSED with the Olympics. I’ve literally been watching like 12 hours a day since they began haha.

    • Krista

      Thanks, dear Andi! :-) Isn’t it addictive?! My goodness. My to-do list is suffering, but I don’t mind one bit. :-)

  • Turkey’s For Life

    You sold London to us. Ashamed to say that we’re both Brits and we don’t know London well, at all. Would love to be there for the Olympics. Wouldn’t you? :)

    • Krista

      I sure would!!! What fun that would be. :-)

  • Cailins

    YAY! Remember when we all met in LONDON! It was so fun. Miss ya! xo

    • Krista

      One of my favorite memories of all time, Cailin! :-) Miss you too. XO


    Oh these pictures have me me want us to go there!

    • Krista

      I hope you get to go one day VERY soon. :-)

  • Black Fox Homestead

    We’ve enjoyed watching the synchronized diving; and last night we watched a little bit of judo which was a first for me.

    • Krista

      Oh cool! I don’t think I’ve ever seen judo either. :-)

  • Joanne Bruno

    I’ve never heard of dressage before! It really is funny how different countries focus on different sports.

    • Krista

      It is funny, Joanne. :-) I’ve found it quite interesting and I really like learning about the new sports. :-)

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  • Ayelet – All Colores

    London’s on my bucket list because I made it there twice – but only to the airport. I had layovers on the (longer) way to New Zealand and back, and each time, I wanted to leave the airport yet was afraid the time wouldn’t be sufficient. Beautiful photos!