What I Saw When I Ran Through London

Bonjour!

I am having an amazing time exploring Paris and London by foot!

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I’ve taken hundreds of photos but I forgot the cord to my DSLR camera back home, so I haven’t been able to upload any of them yet.

I did take my iPhone with me during my run yesterday through London and snapped a few pictures of this incredible city along the way!

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Here in London I have learned what a “gentle” hill is. I’ve also been running more bridges than I ever thought possible!

unnamed (10)While the inclines have hardly been mountainous, the elevation is more than I get back home; running them has me feeling more confident about what I will be facing in less than a week when I’m running the Portland Marathon!

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One of my favorite 5K loops so far has taken my past The London Eye, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben.

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The route is very tourist-y, but I AM a tourist here after all : )

Some areas can get really crowded and are difficult to run through (like directly in front of the Palace of Westminster) but I guess that is to be expected. After all, everyone has a right to take numerous selfies in front of popular landmarks!

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Is it sad that seeing these ^ pretty lamp posts immediately reminded me of Dumbledore and his/Ron’s Deluminator?

I loved running across this Sphynx and learning the history behind it (sorry the picture looks so washed out but it was BRIGHT out!):

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Also loved running into this guy creating giant bubbles for the kids on Sunday morning!

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It reminded me of the catnip-infused bubbles we blow for Cecil back home. (I can’t wait to see that little boy again!)

Similar to those bubbles, this trip feels like it is FLYING by but Adam and I have gotten to create some amazing memories. I can’t wait to upload and sort through all of my pictures when I get home!

My favorite things so far have been spending a full afternoon in The Louvre (which far exceeded my already high expectations), riding The London Eye at night and seeing the Dolphins kick the Raider’s butts last night at Wembley Stadium! GO Dolphins!

I feel like we’ve gotten to do a little bit of everything … and it’s all been amazing.

Where did you go on your most memorable vacation (so far)? 

If you’ve been to The Louvre let’s just talk for hours about how amazing it is! What was your favorite thing you saw? I loved the Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman exhibits!

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34 Comments

  1. September 29, 2014 / 6:29 am

    It looks like you got the absolutely BEST London day and weather! Couldn’t agree more, running through a city is the best way to experience it!

    I didn’t know the Portland marathon was ONE week away!?!?! Eeee, so exciting!!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:27 am

      The weather was really spectacular! We had a bunch of really beautiful days. Today was the only day that it rained!

      Less than a week until Portland now! I can’t believe it!

  2. September 29, 2014 / 9:45 am

    Paris and London are two of my favorite cities! I am so jealous of all the running that you are doing over there – your routes sound gorgeous and touristy in the BEST way possible! 😀

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:28 am

      They are now two of my favorite cities, too! I especially love London … the weather is perfect and there are lots of shady spots to run under! It’s shocking to me that I can run at high noon and the weather is perfect!!!

  3. September 29, 2014 / 10:15 am

    So excited to hear from you on your trip! It looks wonderful!
    The best vacation…Growing up we took a cross country trip–amazing to see how big and beautiful our country is. I would love to do that with my kids–soon!
    A few years ago we took the kids to Disney…say what you will, it is so fun to see your kids having so much fun!
    Last year my husband and I took a driving tour of wine country in CA–LOVED it! First vacation alone without the kids…
    Can’t wait to read/see more! Enjoy!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:29 am

      Cross country trips are awesome! Adam and I have done it twice and I am always amazed at how beautiful and different each part of the country is!

      I’d love to do a wine country trip some day! I’m actually not a big wine drinker but I bet wine country is really beautiful!

  4. September 29, 2014 / 11:03 am

    So glad you are having such a good time! I can’t wait to see all the pictures (those these ones are great, too). And that is fantastic the bridges are helping your confidence. I have to say Thailand or Italy were my favorite vacations!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:30 am

      Ohh I’m so excited to hear you say Thailand because Adam and I have that pegged as our big trip for next year! We think we’d like to retire in Thailand, so we figure we better go see it first hand 🙂

  5. September 29, 2014 / 11:42 am

    Great pics. Running in a new place with new sights is always amazing. So glad your having a good time and can’t wait to see the pics.

    Yikes Portland is right around the corner, so exciting. Can’t wait, your going to kill it!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:31 am

      I can’t believe how close Portland is … I feel like just the other day I downloaded the countdown app on my phone and it was over 80 days away. Time really flies!

  6. September 29, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    I’m so happy that you enjoyed running through my home town! I maintain that London is one of the best (if not the best) cities to run through!
    The London eye must be amazing at night – I’ve never been on it even though I’ve been living here my entire life!
    I love the Louvre, although the Mona Lisa was so much smaller than I expected it to be, it was still amazing to see it!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:32 am

      It really is an incredible running city!

      I LOOOOOVED The London Eye at night, I cannot recommend it more. All of the buildings lit up were so pretty!

      I was surprised at how small the Mona Lisa was too! I thought it was underwhelming compared to all of the other incredible art there. The Greek and Roman statues were just outstanding!

  7. September 29, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Sounds like you are having an incredible time – so glad!!! I hope that you can continue to make some great memories the next few days!!!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:33 am

      Thank you, Kim!

      Now the nerves are starting to set in for Portland … can’t wait to make memories this coming Sunday!

  8. September 29, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    Wow!!! The weather there looks amazing. I always think of London as cooler and cloudy for some reason. Glad to see you are getting to enjoy lots of blue sky. I have been to the Louvre a long time ago and my favorite exhibit by far was the Ancient Egyptian. I am obsessed with Egyptian artifacts. Did you go to the top of the Eiffel Tower?

    Can’t wait to see you in Portland. Looks like the weather is going to be perfect on race day! ☺

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:35 am

      It really has been cool and cloudy a lot of the time. The weather was mostly in the 60s. I think I got lucky that the sun popped up yesterday morning for my run!

      The Ancient Egyptian exhibit was incredible! I think we spent the most amount of time there just totally in awe.

      We didn’t go to the top of the Eiffel Tower sadly. We only spent 2 days in Paris and wanted to do so many things so that got de-prioritized…. it’s on the list for next time!

  9. September 29, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Great pics, and I’m so glad you’re having a good trip! I studied abroad in London when I was in college and I used to love running around the city!!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:36 am

      Oh that is so cool! I would have loved to study abroad but I met Adam as a freshman and just couldn’t bare to leave him for a whole semester 🙂 haha

  10. September 29, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    How beautiful!! Running is such a great wait to explore a city. I cannot wait to see/read more and than it is PORTLAND time!! Yayyyyy!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:37 am

      It’s the best way! Adam and I walked around the city a lot before I ran it … I think we walked something like 6.5 miles the first day, but running through the city I felt like I really *experienced* it in a totally different way. I guess when you’re walking with someone else you’re a bit distracted, but when you’re running alone you have time to soak it all in!

  11. September 29, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    I seriously miss Europe sooo much and am insanely jealous of you trip!! I’m glad you’re enjoying it and soaking it all in!!!

    • September 30, 2014 / 12:38 am

      It’s been incredible! Let’s plan to go run the London marathon together someday!

  12. September 30, 2014 / 5:31 am

    Cool running route!!! I would love to explore London through running. 🙂 When I saw this post the song “London Calling” played in my head just like on the FRIENDS show where Ross and Emily were getting married, lol.

  13. September 30, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Ahh I want to go to Europe so bad. It looks amazing!!! I can’t even imagine how amazing running through the streets of London was!

  14. September 30, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    It looks like you had a great time! I cannot even imagine.

  15. October 1, 2014 / 2:16 am

    Awesome that you are running through London and AWESOME London weather for your runs too! So glad you are having a great time. Sorry it’s going so fast, Ahh, the sign of an awesome time being had. Enjoy! 🙂

  16. October 1, 2014 / 10:04 am

    Great pictures, i can’t wait to see the rest!! Sounds like a dream trip 🙂 Say hey to the Queen for me!

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    WOW!!! You ran through London!??! You are my hero. I am SO going to catch up on these great posts I missed!