I’m not here right now, but I’m working roughly a 45 minute walk from the famous London Eye and looking outside, the weather is as glorious as it was when I took these shots.

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The Elizabeth Tower can be seen in the background, covered in scaffolding. The Elizabeth Tower houses Big Ben, which is the bell and not the tower itself contrary to popular belief. This was something I learned only a few years back, I grew up thinking Big Ben was the Tower. Not the case!

Apparently the restoration works were due to be completed in 2021, however I am sure this has hit a delay. Work started on the tower in 2017 so it is now in the latter half of the work… I wonder how far back the completion date will be??

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It is sad that tourists coming to London will not be able to see one of its most iconic sights, but there is plenty more to see from the top of this wheel. Especially on a day as clear as this.

I really, really want to go up some time but I’m not the best with heights, so I keep putting it off. And I know from past experiences on cable cars (the closest experience to this I imagine) that despite the initial fear, it is such a rewarding experience. Just not one that I can enjoy at the time.

Should I stop the excuses and do it? Has anyone reading been on the Eye?

Right now however I’m happy that I have to stay on the ground.

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!

Sam


 

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  1. I suffer from claustrophobia and did scuba diving for the first time in 2018 which I knew was going to set off a massive panic attack … this was the starting point of the rest of my life. I did have a panic attack and completely and utterly freaked out, but I had explained this to the instructor prior to this and he got me through it. Oh God, I wish I’d done it years ago. After that, I realised that if I could conquer that, I could do anything. So I cycled from the north of France to the bottom on my own, camping with a little stove and did other stuff too that I won’t bore you with. Enjoy the weekend and I’m loving the pictures! Katie

    1. Amazing Katie!! Well done on conquering that fear, I too suffer from claustrophobia (not so much now as I did) however I have never been brave enough to do scuba diving. I would love too (and was tempted but too scared in Australia) so I bet it was an amazing feeling once you resurfaced and could enjoy the memories of it. Proud of you and the adventures it led to!

  2. Great photos I took a picture of a ferris wheel one time when I was in Seattle, WA. I love the way they look, however, I can not go up in one because I don’t like my feet to dangle.
    Stay safe,
    M

    1. They look great from the ground don’t they πŸ˜„ I feel you. Especially if you aren’t even inside a capsule… so much more vulnerable to the elements!

  3. Glad you’re keeping safe, Sam. The viewing platform at the Shard is worth a visit. As there isn’t a turning wheel to deal with you get a better view for a longer time. (Eavesdrop on the other visitors as they may point out odd places they’re looking for.) The climb across the Millennium Dome roof in Greenwich is fun too.

    And it you want a free view, go to the rooftop space at One New Change next to St Paul’s Cathedral. A bit closer to the ground so you can’t see as far, but it doesn’t cost anything! My next journey towards the stars will be to the top of the Monument, or maybe Tower Bridge.

    1. The Millennium Dome roof walk also sounds terrifying to me xD but I bet those views are amazing, as well as the Emirates cable car close by. And I have just looked up One New Change so thanks for that, I see that it is the building that many photographers have flocked to recently as even on ground level there is a perfect view of the cathedral. Thanks for all the tips!! Have you been to the Sky Garden? It is free and is meant to be one of the best views in London πŸ™‚

    1. Once you have done it, that is enough. You have ticked the box already haha.

      Thanks for the feedback too Pat, I really appreciate it.

  4. Hello again mate.

    I can only speak for myself but, like you, I am not good with heights and stupidly managed to allow myself to be talked into going on the Eye a few years ago. It was one of the stupidest things I have ever done (there have been quite a few).

    Apart from being in a 6.9 earthquake in the Philippines I do not think I have ever been so scared and it was a waste of time as I spent most of the ride sitting down staring at the floor and wondering if I was actually going to pass out. I saw precious little of anything. The worst of it was that even on a fairly calm day it was swaying about alarmingly.

    Also, avoid the Air Line from Woolwich to Beckton. Same scene.

    1. Is the Air Line the cable car? That looks scary too but I feel it would be a little bit easier for me as I have done them before.

      I hope you got a glimpse of London on the descent, I do feel a lot better coming down as I know the ground is getting ever closer. Sorry to hear of the scary experience though… and the earthquake in the Philippines!! That sounds insane.

      1. This was a fascinating read, thank you so much for linking.

        That must have been a terrifying experience, I couldn’t imagine how scared you must have felt. Especially as you say the noise came first, despite you not knowing what it was in the beginning. At least with other natural disasters there is a chance of escape in a certain direction, where as when the very ground is moving below you what can you do? I am pleased you were okay despite the sad losses of life around. Certainly a memory that will stay with you forever.

      2. It most certainly will, I don’t like earthquakes, one and it’s aftershocks were more than enough for one lifetime.

  5. I am afraid of heights… But i find it kind of thrilling…. It was from the London Eye I discovered my male cousins from my mom’s side (5 in total) we’re all colour blind… They could not see the color green…i was pointing out the oxidized roofs of a structure and they all looked in different directions…. It was a bittersweet moment.

    1. Haha that is hilarious, and what a way to find out! Scary and thrilling go hand in hand I guess, even though I don’t like certain experiences at the time I can really cherish the memories afterwards (when I know I am safe haha)

    1. Glad you had a great time Reni! You are tempting me to do it when it is back in operation… I guess I have to at some point πŸ™‚

  6. We’ve been on the London Eye! Loved every bit of it (except the long queue). It was a slightly rainy day but we still got great views. Husband has acrophobia but he managed to conquer it.

    1. Glad the rain didn’t ruin the views! I am sure the long queue was worth it… although that would make my phobia even worse I would imagine haha. Congrats to your husband for being able to conquer his fear and I am pleased you both had a great experience πŸ™‚

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