I have always been uncomfortable to with heights. I have been around London Inside out and the the EDF Energy London Eye is an iconic landmark and a symbol of modern Britain since his opening in since it's opening in March 2000 and UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction, is a stop I find an excuse to postpone everyryday for the alst 3 weeks.
One day, the sky is not blue enough, the other day, sunset time is a better deal to go but too late..some other time, I forget my camera in purpose...but today is the day as I am leaving London tomorrow and this place cannot be ignored, after all , if visited by over 3.5 million people a year, I can make that step too. The breathtaking feat of design and engineering envisioned by David Marks and Julia Barfield, a husband and wife architect team will passenger 3 young Indian young students, an Italian couple , and two English business men as my futuristic capsule travel companions where we will see see up to 40 kilometres in all directions.
The wheel design, I learn, was used as a metaphor for the end of the 20th century, and time turning into the new millennium. The journey is supposed to last half hour. I check the wind, it's mild, but not very mild, maybe I come back next time? No more time, a British man with a fluo yellow greenesh sleeveless vest in inviting me in with a kind rush. Ok , ok.
Distracted by the 260 degree view, I notice the capsule does not move so much...so still shy I take my first Instagram as if it had to be the last, with caution. Nothing bad happens, I dare opening the cap of my Cannon now, holding myself with the other hand while the three Indian mousquetters jump up and down like monkeys attempting to take million of pictures with the house of Parliament as background that will certainly shared on FB and sent to their grandmothers in DCochin, bangalore, Varanasi , you name it. I try to stop them from moving but they don't seem to notice my gaze.
I realize that locals, like these two business man, meet here to discuss in full privacy business deals,instead of having a coffee at Nespesso or Starbuks. it's , I must say quite an interesting perspective.
Oh wow, the day is gray but on a small scrreed at the observation deck , I can follow up with the view of the most magnificent city rooftops overlooking the river Thames...
An egg shaped futuristic looking capsule, 8 meters long is slowly appearing below ours, I am determined not to look too much down , but the photo shot will look so stunning that I calculate it's worth taking another shot, quickly.
The aereal views of The London Eye adjoins the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge, in the London Borough of Lambeth, Many famous landmarks are clearly visible, including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. My eye reaches as far as 40 km (25 miles) aways and perceive the newly innaugurated Shard building as well. Soo impressive.
Back in 2000, the London Eye was known as the Millennium Wheel. At that time, British Airways was the main sponsor, and up until November 2005 they were joint shareholders with Marks Barfield Architects and The Tussauds Group. British Airways also privately funded the London Eye project from the early stages of conception.The Sea aquarium is close to us and we are ready to be ejected like from space, I haven't realized that he complete turn took about 30 minutes. Tha wassn't so bad after all...I knew it, I should have come before, but well, the images are fun and my post is almost ready to be on-line.. Well done Jo, you're a champion!