london bridge olympics 2012
london bridge olympics 2012

Whilst this wonderful photo has literally nothing to do with Casa de Campo, La Romana or in fact the Dominican Republic for that matter, it was taken by my father (Peter Hughes) and is (in my humble opinion) such a wonderful shot of London during this very special time – the Olympics “London 2012”, that I just had to share it with you! [And even if we are more than 4,000 miles away from London, I can’t help but get caught up in the Olympic spirit too!]

The photo was taken just a few days before the official start of the Olympics on the 26th of July 2012 at 6:15am as he walked from London Bridge to Tower Bridge on his way to the office.

The floating barge seen in the photograph (with the giant olympic rings on it) marked the end of the 8,000 mile, 70 day journey of the Olympic torch, which arrived at this very spot, just 6 hours after this photo was taken, having been swept up the Thames river in a magnificent procession accompanied by a “mini flotilla” (boat parade) of about 50 boats.
[For more photos of the Olympic torch procession, click here.]

As part of my father’s London 2012 Olympic spirit he has informed me that he will be taking part in the “St. Pancras 400 yard dash” – a spirited yet very serious sprint between the train station and the underground (in an attempt to beat the crowds), as well as “boxing at London Bridge” – a somewhat light-hearted sport in protest of the Olympic one-way cueing system and the priority entry to Olympic ticket holders! Good luck dad!

P.S Happy Dominican Father’s Day!