Eurotrip Day 4 – London

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 :: 11:46 am

Our 3rd and final day in London, May 1st, was just as packed as the previous two. It was literally famous locations after famous locations – just like what you see on TV. Lots of walking along the beautiful River Thames on another gorgeous day.

The clouds look like they are going to pop out of the sky!

Thames River and Clouds

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Arriving at the busy Waterloo tube station for none other than the famous London Eye attraction!

Waterloo Tube Station

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Corporate sponsorship is strong here

Waterloo Tube Station

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Waterloo Tube Station

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Waterloo Tube Station

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Waterloo Tube Station

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Lots of CCTV’s around – always smile for them!

London CCTV

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London Street

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First up-close view of the London Eye!

London Eye

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These weight 10 tonnes each!

London Eye

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London Eye

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Through the trees

London Eye

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The entire wheel is supported only by a single side of A-frame!

London Eye

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London Eye

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London architecture

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In Vancouver, I debated whether to take the ride up the Eye or not, after all, it costs £17 each person just for a 30 minute ride (equivalent to $30 CAD)! Normally, I don’t spend so much on something like a ferris wheel ride, but in the end I thought “what the heck, I’m already here!” and caved in…

My ticket to the top of the Eye

London Eye ticket

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Others just finishing their ride – Big Ben in the back

London Eye and Big Ben

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Big Ben across from Thames

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Capsules – each hold 25 people – a lot more than I thought!

London Eye capsule

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River Thames

River Thames

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Slowly working our way to the top…

London Eye

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River Thames and Big Ben

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Looking Northwards – click for the panorama!

River Thames panorama from London Eye

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We’re at the top!

London Eye View

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London Eye View

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People look only like tiny specs from here

London Eye

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South of the Eye

London Eye View

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Big Ben from high above

Big Ben

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The fun has to end some time… as we’re working our way down slowly

London Eye View

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London Eye capsules

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London Eye

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Grabbing the capsule with ease :-D

London Eye

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Meeting street performers along the way as we make our trek north and westwards.

London Street Performer

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London Street Performer

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A very beautiful, sunny, warm day!

River Thames and Clouds

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Lightpost

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Tourists along River Thames

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Coming across a small skateboard park

Graffiti

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Among Graffiti

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Passing under Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge

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View of St. Paul Cathedral from our first day

St. Paul Cathedral

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Photographer along River Thames

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Fluffy cloud cakes!

River Thames and Fluffy Clouds

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River Thames and Fluffy Clouds

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Lunch break! Today we stopped somewhere between Waterloo Bridge and the Millennium Bridge to grab a bite to eat. The place was called “EAT”, appropriately enough, and is much like Pret A Manger. They offer simple but fresh sandwiches and some hot food like soups!

Good, Fresh. Uncomplicated Food.

EAT Restaurant

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Many selections of sandwiches at low prices

EAT Restaurant

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BLT sandwich + hot lentil soup – all for £5.50

EAT Restaurant Lunch

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Looking upwards after a full lunch

Red building and blue sky

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After lunch, we headed on to Tate Modern, a free modern and contemporary art museum right beside the Millennium Bridge.

Tate Modern

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But first, a walk on the modern pedestrian-only bridge, Millennium Bridge!

Millennium Bridge

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The bridge is situated not far from St. Paul Cathedral

Millennium Bridge and St. Paul

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Millennium Bridge

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Millennium Bridge

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The bridge forks into two branches as it eases into a slope to the riverside

Millennium Bridge

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Millennium Bridge

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As you can see, there is a lot of pedestrian traffic!

Millennium Bridge

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Self portrait – I was here!

Millennium Bridge

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180 degree view of the bridge from the middle – click for panorama!

Millennium Bridge Panorama

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Millennium Bridge

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The large open space in Tate Modern – other than here, no photography

Tate Modern

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After spending some time in the gallery, we headed onwards to Shakespeare’s Globe!

Shakespeare's Globe

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It’s a modern reconstruction of the one that burned down before

Shakespeare's Globe

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Play names carved on the river side

Shakespere Play carved

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We finally arrive at London’s big landmark – the Tower Bridge. People often get confused and call this the “London Bridge” (we made that mistake!) when in fact there’s another bridge by that name, less fancy. Kids taught the song “London Bridge is falling down” was shown the wrong picture!

Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge

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A view of City Hall

London City Hall

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“Look Ma! I’m at the Tower Bridge!”

Tower Bridge

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One of the towers leading to the top

Tower Bridge

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A short elevator ride (thank god no stairs!) up one of the towers and we are inside a room which displays the history of the Bridge – along with initial bid designs.

Tower Bridge

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River Thames from the top of Tower Bridge

River Thames from Tower Bridge

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Tower Bridge

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I was surprised to find that the bridge is actually a suspension bridge – very much active today and ships pass under it often.

Tower Bridge river traffic

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Other side of the walkway

Tower Bridge Walkway

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Lots of heavy constructions around London

London construction cranes

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Swiss Re Building – 7th tallest in London

Swiss Re Building

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Down to the engine room we go! These are the original hydraulics.

Tower Bridge hydraulics

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Steam hydraulics just for display – nowadays electricity is used

Tower Bridge hydraulics

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Tower Bridge

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Brian and Alex found wireless internet beside the City Hall as they were waiting for us to get down from the Tower Bridge. As internet at the hostel costs a ridiculous amount, we rested here while making our first calls home with VOIP :-P

Andrew with phone

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What a beautiful place to relax late in the afternoon!

Tower Bridge

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Another panorama – you know the drill – click and enlarge!

Tower Bridge and River Thames panorama

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London City Hall

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London City Hall

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One final look at the bridge before we head off for dinner

Tower Bridge

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Tourists along River Thames

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Wireless and smart phone to the rescue! Direction to nearest McDonald’s

iPhone GPS directions

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Alex and Brian are the navigators

Alex and Brian

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Snaking through the streets of London

Streets of London

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Streets of London

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Bermondsey Street, London

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McDonald’s! Boy are we hungry for some familiar burger taste

McDonald's, London

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Good ol’ Quarter Pounder meal. Dinner for £3.59

McDonald's Quarter Pounder meal

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Old King’s Head bar – no we did not stop for beer

Old King's Head

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Streets of London

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Taking a detour to King’s Cross/St. Pancras to check for next day’s early Eurostar train out to Paris.

St. Pancras Station

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Red sunset just outside

St. Pancras Station

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St. Pancras Station Kissing Statue

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St. Pancras Station

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Eurostar!

Eurostar at St. Pancras Station

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St. Pancras Station

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You’ll get a feel of the grandeur of this place – click for panorama

St. Pancras Station Panorama

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Train bound for Nottingham

St. Pancras Station train

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London’s a beautiful city with and endless amount of attractions to see but with mediocre food – maybe we weren’t looking in the right places. It’s also an expensive city at that. Oh, and people dressed up nicely everywhere, made us feel almost out of place. One of the safest and also modern cities to visit – oh, and they speak English ;-)

Next time I think I’ll need to spend more than a couple of days here, but as our day draws to an end in England, we’re anxious and excited to see what Paris has in store for us next…

To be continued…


10 Responses to “Eurotrip Day 4 – London”

  1. jeff Says:

    好多好多..

  2. a70 Says:

    好好好 下次我post少一點好了!

  3. susan Says:

    it is said that england isn’t known for its food. anyhow – yea i second jeff’s comment – perhaps less pics each post would also allow faster loading. hmm – i might have been the few tourists to nyc who didn’t really wanted to go to see the statue of liberty – until i found out that the boats that took people to ellis island where i had wanted to go HAD to go through statue of liberty island first. i’m not sure i would have gone to the london eye either.

  4. susan Says:

    that statue at st. pancras’ station looked romantic….. :)

  5. aw Says:

    haha I learned to love the sandwiches at Roots! But yes, definitely a costly place to live

  6. *~ Says:

    I like the bike!! boing ya!

  7. a70 Says:

    susan: It’s more like a “been here, done that” kind of deal :-P

    aw: A McDonald’s meal costs almost $10 Canadian compared to about… $6 here… can’t even live off the cheapest food unless you cook yourself!

    *~: I’m not sure if I’d ride on that though! Boing ya!

  8. Heidi Says:

    Hi! Stumbled across this wonderful record of your trip over here while looking for a picture of Dylan Thomas’ stone in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey! (The only one I could find on the net!!) I think you know more about London than I do and I only live about 20 miles away from it!! Great pics – sorry the food was not so good!!!

  9. a70 Says:

    Hi Heidi, thanks for dropping a note :-)
    When I was at Westminster Abbey, I remembered that I took Dylan Thomas’ stone because he was one of the few poets that that I remember we studied a while ago, glad that you were able to find it online :-)
    We tried to explore London as much as we could during those 4 days there, so we might’ve been all over the place! I’m sure next time I’m there I’ll also research first where the good food is!

  10. St Pancras International Says:

    When i saw these pictures they really reminded me of my visit to the station.. We caught the international train to Brussells, Belgium. Was great!

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