Monday, September 03, 2007

London Eye ahoy!

London Eye

Towering 135 meters above London, the London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel, but the not world's largest Ferris wheel. More pictures from GWBE's camera here.

On clear and sunny days one can get 40 Km panoramic views from the London eye. But you have to be very lucky to see such a day in London in the first place!

The 32 capsules, which take around 30 minutes for a full circle turn, represent the 32 boroughs of London.


That's David Blaine on the London Eye pod. We get into it. He gets ON it. That's the difference between us and maverick magicians like Mr. Blaine.

So, if you have £14.50 to spare on a sunny day (work out the combined probabilities yourself!) and you were about to throw it all into a wishing well or maybe buy a wad of lottery tickets, you are better off buying a ticket for a trip aboard the London Eye. If not, you are better off spending some of it on some snacks and coffee while you walk around the London Eye. I say this because, I was not very impressed with the panoramic view from the London eye.

9 comments:

AK said...

Good snaps.. you have a beautiful sky as a background.

rinchen said...

David Blaine THE magician??? Cool! Only caught him on AXN before. Didnt know he performs LIVE.

And yeah, the snaps are nice!

Anonymous said...

You saved me 14.5 GBP... woooohoooo....I'd rather blow it at The London Dungeon or, as you so wonderfully suggested, on the food at the Waterfront... so yummy !!!

ps: How's the London Aquarium and the London Zoo? Any good?

- J

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Thanks AK. Yup, the sky helped!

Hey Rinch, Blaine is known for performing his tricks in front of unassuming public in the street. Check out some of the videos in YouTube.

And J,
I can't talk about Lundon Dungeon because I chickened out from going there. I have enough trouble falling asleep alone in a house and I not going to pay my hard earned dough to someone to scare the wits out of me!

London Auarium and London Zoo - they are in my list. But might postpone it till next year. Don't wanna cover it all so soon :)

Did you manage to see any plays yet?

Divya said...

Yay, I made the right decision and walked around the place instead of getting onto the London Eye. Though it was bright and sunny that day :) Loved the aquarium, dont push it for much later. Missed the dungeon though, thanks to Eeks and a very forgetful Gollerkeri. Hi again Btw!

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Hey,

Good to see you here!

Will schedule the Aquarium visit soon.

Anonymous said...

Hey,

Nice activity on the blog!Keep that up

Yeah, the Eye is really very boring..I thot I did tell u that :)

Take a ferry from Westminster to Greenwich and spend half a day there..thats more worthwhile.

~Vishy

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Yeah, you told me that but I had already bought the ticket and and decided to give it a shot on a boring evening. The photos were worth the effort though.

Greenwich is my next weekend target. Have been waiting for a sunny weekend to go on that cruise.
:)

Brad said...

Interesting facts about London Eye:
It took seven years and the skills of hundreds of people from five countries to make the London Eye a reality.
The London Eye welcomes an average of 3.5 million customers every year. You would need 6,680 fully booked British Airways Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets to move that number of fliers!
The London Eye can carry 800 passengers per revolution - equivalent to 11 London red doubled-decker buses.
Each of the 32 capsules weighs 10 tonnes. To put that figure into perspective, it's the same weight as 1,052,631 pound coins or 5 Limousine London vehicles!
The total weight of the wheel and capsules is 2,100 tonnes - or as much as 1,272 London black cabs!