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London Eyes Are Watching You

Mwahahaha now I KNOW you have this song stuck in your head.  Go ahead, thank me.  😉

But visiting the London Eye was the name of the game the evening of our full day in London, on bank holiday no less!  Yes, we managed to be in town for the first Monday after May 1st.  Fortunately the crowds weren’t too bad despite the locals having off too.

london eye visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

We picked up tickets online to save a few bucks — or ‘quid‘ — that would allow us to show up whenever we wanted and skip the worst of the line.  After a few detours due to signal failures on the Underground, we managed to still make it in time for sunset.

london eye visit at sunset @ BandBBuildALife.com

The London Eye is a huuuuuge ferris wheel of sorts that rotates reallllly slowly – about 1 mile per hour – to give you about a 30 minute panoramic view of London.

London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

The London Eye is just across the river from Big Ben, sooo lets just say I went a little nuts with my photos of the guy.

London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

That’s actually the edge of the track that the Eye’s pods travel around there in the left of the above photo.London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

Just check this out.  Parliament under the glow of the setting sun, with a caravan of three red double-decker busses passing by.  CHECK.

London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

The pods you ride in are quite spacious and air-conditioned too, so even in the summer months they’re comfy for the ride around.

London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

I mean, how else would I have gotten this shot?  (Oh, photoshop?  But that would be cheating!)

DSCN0299_webIt’s pretty obvious when you hit the top point.  Make friends with your fellow riders and take turns snapping photos for each other and save yourself the cost of the souvenir photo!

London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

Don’t you just love how everything looks dreamier at dusk?  Especially places of real-life fairy-tales like Westminster Abbey, where Will made Kate a Princess.  *sigh*

London Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.comLondon Eye at Sunset Visit @ BandBBuildALife.com

Of course the ride had to come to an end, but not before I grabbed these last shots of Parliament at dusk.

I’d hands down recommend the Eye as a stop on your London adventure – and if you can spring for it, the Flex Pass too as the freedom of showing up whenever works for you takes a nice helping of stress off your day.

Stay tuned, tomorrow we have an early wake up call for PARIS!

~ Beth

 

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