Last year when I had the fortune of visiting Europe for the first time, I stumbled upon one of the more patriotic years in the history of Great Britain.
2012 marked the queen’s Diamond Jubilee as well as the London Olympics.
Though I missed Trooping the Colour by a day, England offered some other great highlights: beautiful weather, Daniel Radcliffe and Wimbledon.
Below are some of my favorite photos from my time in London.
Alas, this also means the end of my Europe 2013 blog entries. I hope you guys have enjoyed the images — whether they brought back memories of your time at these places or convinced you to debate a trip of your own!
A plane flies over the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace in London on a picture-perfect June day. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A street performer limbos under a pole low to the ground on the South Bank as tourists look on. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A view of the London Eye, Thames River and Big Ben from the Golden Jubilee Bridge heading to the South Bank. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A view of the White Cliffs of Dover and South Foreland lighthouse from a ferry leaving England and departing for France. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A unique view of St. Paul’s Cathedral is offered below the Millennium Bridge in Southwark next to the Globe Theatre. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A French escape artist takes off his jacket in front of a volunteer during a show at Covent Garden. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain runs through the northwest corner of Hyde Park. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Ducks make their way back into the Serpentine River in Hyde Park. People are told not to feed them. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe signs for fans after a performance of his play “The Cripple of Inishmaan” at the Noel Coward Theatre. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Fans sit atop Henman Hill during Novak Djokovic’s quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo celebrate their doubles victory over James Blake and Jurgen Melzer in a Wimbledon quarterfinal. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
An aerial view of London, including the London Eye. // Photo by Christina De Nicola