Sunday, January 13, 2013

London Eye : Is This Where The MOA Eye Got Its Inspiration?

London Eye is totally different from the MOA Eye we have in the Philippines. The London Eye is actually more like an observation deck described as a giant observation wheel where it can take people up above to get a spectacular view of the city.

The 135 meter (443ft) tall structure, located in the Jubilee Gardens on the South Bank, is a very popular tourist attraction that was built as part of London's millennium celebrations. 

The architectural team of David Marks and Julia Barfield, husband and wife designed the structure as part of a competition to design a landmark for the new millennium.

None of the entrants won the competition, but the couple pressed on and eventually got the backing of British Airways, who sponsored the project.

The observation wheel turns slow enough for people to embark while it is moving. A complete turn takes about 30 minutes. Thanks to the construction of the glass capsules on the outer side of the rim, the passengers have a great 360° view over London. Many famous landmarks are clearly visible, including Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. On a clear day you can see as far as 40 km (25 miles).

Inside there was this replica of London's famous athlete, David Beckham. Of course, I didn't want to miss this rare opportunity to get a picture with the likeness of a popular sports figure.

The lines at the ticketing area, both the lines for embarking and for ticket purchases, are often long. hey say it's less crowded at night but the view is even more breathtaking with all the remarkable sight of different lights across the city.

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