On our last full day in London, the weather was clear and sunny. We decided to "take flight" on the London Eye.
The Eye is a relatively new attraction in London -- it was opened in 2000 as part of the city's Millennium celebration. Some promotional materials note that it is "London's #1 attraction." Now, I wouldn't go that far (it's hard to beat the Tower of London. . .), but it is pretty cool -- in the same way that the Sears Tower in Chicago is pretty cool. We waited in line for our turn to "board" the Eye.
From a distance, the Eye appears stationary. It is, though, moving constantly -- just really, really slowly. Without stopping, each car has time on the platform to unload a full car (about 20-25 people), do a security sweep, and then re-load the car with the next batch of passengers.
We were the first in line for our car! Here we go!
I liked taking the Eye at the end of our trip. We had already seen most of the sights, so we could identify buildings and landmarks that we'd visited earlier -- and see them from a whole new perspective.
There's Big Ben, for example, with Westminster Abbey in the background.
And check out all the red buses on that far bridge!
There's St. Paul's Cathedral (of "Feed the Birds" fame). It's fun to see the city from another perspective. In fact, that was the best part. Seeing things from a different point of view. Take this, for example. Here's a photo of some windows I saw from the ground, earlier in the day. I took this photo from the bridge, as we were crossing over to the Eye.
(You can also see these windows in the very first photo in this post. They're at the very, very far right of the photograph.)
Later, I realized I could see those same windows from the Eye. They're the set of green windows directly facing the river; to the right in the photo below.
I started to zero in on these windows. Here they are, from above!
And again, as we descended. . .
And again, almost at eye leve. . .
It was fun to watch the windows come into view -- and "change" as our vantage point changed. It's good to have a reminder, once in a while, of how different things can look. . . from a slightly altered point of view!