Monday, 6 October 2008
Greater London, - an understatement - Part 3
With the Palace, Westminster and the Royals safely behind us we crossed Westminster Bridge to the sight we had caught only glimpses of, from St James Park and the streets past the Abbey, - The London Eye !
The sight of it was just stupendous and nothing as piffling as a lowly Southern Hemispherian would, in cavalier fashion, make it out to be.
At 135 metres high, the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel was overwhelming, not only for it's height, but for the fact that it's accessible to the people, to be uplifted and to see all of the heart of London from this giant loop in the sky. The 32 passenger capsules hang from the exterior of a huge spoked wheel which continues to rotate, albeit so slowly that it takes 15 minutes to arrive at it's zenith. Then, the view over the City is marvellous. To have missed the Queen's corgis was a pleasure, but to have missed riding on the London Eye would have been unforgivable !!!
I felt that Dive, Madame and I had achieved something memorable. We had come together as mates; an Australian tradition, a group of happy like-minded souls sharing common interests of blogging, of humour, of sightseeing. We had the desire to see some of the history of our own roots; a little of the land whence our forebears sprung. What we received from Dive was his depth of knowledge, his care and his wisdom. His time was our time and for all these things we are thrilled and we are so deeply grateful. (It was a bugger that we kept him so long, he missed his train back home to Norfolk and didn't arrive till after midnight. I think he had only a few hours sleep before starting out for work the next day !! )
To a wonderful, kind and thoughtful bloke, we say thanks, cobber ! You are a gem. We had a simply rip-snorting day with you in London, a day that we will cherish. Thank you Dive.