Less than two weeks after I spent about two hours in a “queue” as they would say in the U.K. , to purchase tickets for myself and my niece to jump on the Coca Cola London Eye, another terror act was carried out in the vicinity.
Whilst we cannot give into fear, I am sure that these types of events would impact the way we travel and the places to which we travel. I have heard of people already canceling plans to travel to London for the summer. In terms of the recent pronouncements and policies imposed by the US 45th have eliminated the US as well as a popular travel destination for some travelers.
It is reported that the Eye has become the UK’s most popular paid for destination.
Below I share some photos of my London Eye experience on a clear sunny day and the temperature was just right not too cold and not too hot.
View from Jubilee Gardens outside.
The Eye … exists in a category of its own … it essentially has to fulfill only one function and what a brilliantly inessential function it is: to lift people up from the ground, take them round a giant loop in the sky, then put them back down where they started. That is all it needs to do, and thankfully, that is all it does.
Bird perched – River Thames
There are 32 sealed air-conditioned passenger capsules. 32 represents the number of London boroughs
The Eye has done for London what the Eiffel Tower did for Paris, which is to give it a symbol and to let people climb above the city and look back down on it. Not just specialists or rich people, but everybody. That’s the beauty of it: It is public and accessible and it’s in a great position in the heart of London.
Inside the capsule which holds up to 25 persons at a time. You can walk around or sit if you are proned to experience height dizziness.
A view from the top of the busy traffic on the river Thames.
Highest point on the revolution of the wheel. The entire revolution takes about 30 minutes.
At 135 meters the Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel.
River Thames. It is reported that on a clear day you can see up to 25 miles in the distance.
Passenger and commercial barges traverse the river Thames. Why not a river cruise?
360 views of city and famous landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (not pictured here)
Is the £32 fast track ticket worth it? It depends on how much time you have. If you have lots of time, no but limited time, yes.
For me it was not a “’twas nice I’ll do it twice” visit.
Look out for my next blog on a Caribbean nature holistic retreat.
Thanks for reading – G
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Your postings are always so informative and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
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I took similar pics (of course) but yours are prettier because it was a sunny day. I have a photo with a partial view of the extremely long lines so I agree that a Fast Track ticket is worthwhile if you are short on time.
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