Eye Over London

My sister kept saying that she’d wait for me to arrive so we could take our 84 year old aunt on the London Eye. But by the time I got to London, our aunt was beginning to have difficulty getting around.

Maybe it was a good thing as it took more than 45 minutes from the time I picked up my ticket to the time I climbed aboard the ‘pod.’

But it was worth it. This is what I saw:

Passenger pods

One of the 32 oval pods that take passengers high above London.

Houses of Parliament seen from the London Eye
Hungerford Bridge
Waterloo bridge
House of Parliament with Big Ben
Haven't been able to identify this building
County Hall
South Bank view

I think our aunt would have loved this.

The ride on the London Eye was smooth, the view breathtaking. Just before each pod returned to home base, it discharged passengers and took on new ones. Each ride took about 30 minutes.

Some facts about the London Eye:

  • Designed by husband wife team of David Marks and Julia Barfield
  • It was opened in March, 2000
  • Hosts 3.5 million visitors annually
  • At 443 feet (135 meters), it is the 4th tallest structure in London
  • It is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel

If you’re not afraid of heights, next time you’re in London, make sure you check out the London Eye.

Enjoy the view!

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5 comments on “Eye Over London

  1. Hi Marcia

    Could you please tell me what photos 5,6, and 7 are.

    Great photos. I’ve never taken any notice of the London landscape before. There are some very grand buildings there.

    The man-made landscape is only 200 years old here, so this is all very interesting.

  2. Great photos especially the last one … Maybe I won’t barf the next time I approach the London Eye. Thank you Marcia! 🙂

  3. It wasn’t that bad, Elizabeth, but then again, I’m not that afraid of heights. The thing about the Eye is that it climbs slowly so you don’t feel the ascent too quickly. Each time the pod reaches a certain point, it lets off people who’s 30 minute ride is finished then picks up another group.
    Maybe if you’re with a group or stood in the middle, it won’t feel as badly as if you stood near the windows.

  4. Thanks for the compliments about the photos. I’m trying to make them interesting!

  5. Hi Narelle,

    Sorry about that —
    #5 is the Houses of Parliament
    Not sure what #6 is — doing a little research to find out.
    #7 is County Hall

    200 years is nothing to sneeze at though. Almost as old as the US (and my high school!).


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