This is one of the newest additions
to the London skyline. It is called the Millennium Wheel and it is
right on the Thames River next to Westminster Bridge. It was built
by British Airways who calls it the "London Eye". It is 450 feet
high and it takes 30 minutes to make one full trip around. Each of the
pods you see on the wheel holds 25 people. If you go to London and
you want to ride the wheel make sure you make your reservation in advance!
The famous Tower Bridge over
the Thames River.
A traffic view across Tower
One of the most interesting
places Audrey and I visited was the Tower of London. The oldest part
of the tower is the White Tower, seen here. It was begun in 1078
by William the Conqueror. Later rulers added other towers, more walls,
and fortified gates. Until the reign of James I, the Tower was also
one of the royal residences. The Tower of London is best known for
being a prison and place of execution for many famous historical figures
such as Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Sir Thomas More,
and Lady Jane Grey.
Inside the Tower of London.
Beyond you can see Tower Bridge. You could almost spend a whole day
exploring the tower. There is a lot of history to see here.
This is one of the Yeoman Warders, better known as a Beefeaters,
who gave us a great tour.
Another Royal Guard at the
Tower of London. Inside the building behind him, the Crown Jewels
are kept. I think they keep that cap pulled down over their eyes
so we can't catch them sleeping!
Here are two of London's most famous residents, recently relocated
from the British Colony of Georgia, Benjamin & Tiana!