London – St Paul’s Cathedral, an Eye and a Big Ben

– JULY 29, 2015

Today we went to hit some of the more well known landmarks of London.  First up is the London Eye.

The London Eye is a giant Ferris Wheel on the south bank of the River Thames in London.  Also known as the Millennium Wheel, its official name was changed as sponsorship deals arrived.  Since January 2015, it has been known as the Coca-Cola London Eye following an agreement signed in late 2014.  It is currently Europe’s tallest ferris wheel.  Only the viewing platform at the Shard offers a higher viewing point over London.  It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually.

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The London Eye.

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The London Eye people pod.

St Paul’s cathedral is one of the most magnificent old buildings in London with its instantly recognizable domed roof being a significant part of the London skyline.  Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the building (but here Jill was sneaky to take a few shots).  The magnum opus is the beautiful domed ceiling which you can pretty much go to the top of.  There isn’t an elevator, so you have to climb the 257 steps to the whispering gallery where it is said you can stand on opposite sides and hear someone whispering to you as clearly as if you were standing right next to each other.  A further 121 steps takes you to the stone gallery where you get your first glimpse across London.  Another 152 steps will reach you to the Golden Gallery for more magical views of London.

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St Paul’s Cathedral & the Queen Anne Statue.

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St Paul’s Cathedral.

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St Paul’s Cathedral sculpture.

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St Paul’s Cathedral sculpture.

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St Paul’s Cathedral.

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St Paul’s Cathedral.

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St Paul’s Cathedral and Queen Anne’s statue.

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St Paul’s Cathedral.

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St Paul’s Cathedral.

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St Paul’s Cathedral.

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St Paul’s Cathedral.

Big Ben is a 16-storey Gothic cathedral clocktower and natonal symbol at the Eastern end of the Houses of Parliament.

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Big Ben.

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Big Ben.

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Big Ben.

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Big Ben.

Westminster Abbey is a great example of Gothic architecture.  It is a protestant abbey hosting daily services since 1066. No pictures are allowed inside the structure.

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Westminster Abbey.

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Westminster Abbey.

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Westminster Abbey.

 

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Westminster Abbey.

A great day seeing amazing sights and eating great food.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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