Our British adventure began with a few days in London. Neither of us had been for many years and we couldn’t resist seeing the postcard sights. The best view had to be from the London Eye.
Opened in the year 2000, it is Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel at 135 metres. One revolution takes about 30 minutes, travelling at a rate of 0.9km/hr. This allows enough time to get on and off without stopping and do a quick sweep for explosives in between.
The 32 pods each hold 25 people. I’m pleased to say we only had 8 in ours.
Before long, the iconic landmarks came into view. St. Paul’s Cathedral and Waterloo Bridge.
Charing Cross Station with Embankment Place shopping complex above and Hungerford Bridge, often called Charing Cross Bridge.
A little higher
and we could see across the 23 hectare St. James’s Park
to Buckingham Palace.
From the top
it was a long way down
and we were awed by the dimensions of the Palace of Westminster, otherwise known as the Houses of Parliament.
As we descended, we had a close look at the intricate architecture of County Hall and a glimpse along the Thames to Westminster and Lambeth Bridges.
After lunch and a beer on Southbank we embarked on a Thames River Cruise. On the way we had a different view of County Hall and a closer look at Big Ben.
The Houses of Parliament were just as impressive from the water.
The Tate Modern was not an attractive building, it looked like the power station it used to be.
Hay’s Wharf was a trading wharf from the middle ages until 1969. The Wharf and Galleria now house offices, restaurants, shops and flats.
The glass facade of City Hall contrasts sharply with HMS Belfast, moored nearby and now owned by the Imperial War Museum.
Tower Bridge blends with the hue of the river and sky.
The Tower of London stands proud
despite competition from The Gherkin.
The 40 storey commercial skyscraper in the financial district has dominated the skyline since 2004.
We walked the scenic route back to our hotel, past the Horse Guards Parade,
up The Mall, through Admiralty Arch
to Trafalgar Square. Nelson oversees the hustle & bustle from his Column, keeping watch on The National Gallery.
Piccadilly Circus concluded our sightseeing.
I think we did well for one day!