Officially and unofficially I wanted to sample London's trio of attractions. The London Eye has been around for a while so it was on my 30 Things to take a "spin" this summer. Apart from being amazingly photogenic both during the day and then at night when it lights up, the Eye is a great experience for viewing London over this particular stretch of the Thames. I bought a flexi fast ticket, but still had to queue because it was so busy pre Olympics. We moved slightly faster than the queue with standard tickets and for the extra few quid, I guess it was worth it.
Just recently I took the new Emirates cable car over the Thames to whet my appetite for climbing the roof of the O2 later that day. I've travelled down to this part of London quite a bit over the years but never taken in the sights, so this was the perfect opportunity. I love cable cars and go on one whenever I get the chance during my travels. My favourites have to be Grouse Mountain in Vancouver and Table Mountain in Cape Town - and this one easily slips into my Top 3. Well, it's on home turf isn't it :D
When I heard you could climb the entire roof of The O2, I had to do it. Remembering the scenes in James Bond's Tomorrow Never Dies and it was a dead cert! It's all very safe and the guides are great fun. Just be prepared for a bouncy surface and using your arms to drag yourself up a lot on the ascent. The angles are steep (max 30 degrees) although it plateaus off towards the top. It would be cool if you could slide down the other side, but alas you have to walk it. Enjoy the feeling of your calf muscles working! All in all though, it's magical being above the Thames and well worth the effort.
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Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.