A Bright Eye

Brilliant!  I was swept up a bit in the excitement over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and went on a hunt for pictures from a long ago trip to London.  This panoramic of the Eye brought back great memories of introducing our kids to everything British, along with a slight bit of queasiness thinking about our ride.

Some interesting facts about the London Eye:

  • The London Eye (previously known as the Millennium Wheel) was one of the structures built-in Britain to celebrate the new Millennium. The other structure was the Millennium Dome.
  • On a clear sunny day, a person inside the London Eye can see up to a distance of 40 km, as far as the Windsor Castle.
  • It is the most popularly visited paid attraction in all of Great Britain.
  • The official capacity of each of the 32 capsules is 25 persons. This means that the London Eye can carry  800 people in every revolution.
  • It takes 30 minutes for one ride. The passengers can get off and climb on without stopping the wheel.
  • The total weight of the wheel is estimated to be around 2100 tons, with each capsule weighing 10 tons.
  • The current height of the London Eye is 135 m making it the fourth tallest structure in London.
  • The spindle that holds the wheel, and the hub rotating around the spindle weighs about 330 tons, which is 20 times the weight of the Big Ben.
  • A sweet fact: since February 2004, it is kept open the night of Valentine’s, so that couples can enjoy a romantic ride and a lovely view of London.

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