Sunday, December 30, 2007

London Eye View

We travelled to London by coach as if was by far, the less expensive option, and it was an easy journey. We were lucky enough to be able to book into our hotel and leave our bags before heading into the city. Well first stop was a drink as you can see below.
Mollie wanted to head for the London Eye and when we arrived and saw the queues we were quite worried about the length of time we would be standing waiting. However, everything was well organised, the queues moved steadily and before we knew it we were in a pod slowly moving upwards. It is so gentle you are totally unaware of any movement. You may remember I am not keen on heights but somehow this did not feel as though you were so high. Unfortunately it was rather dull and although the sun broke through the cloud it was only for a short time so I am rather disappointed with my photos. Also although you can move around the pod everyone else is also trying to get the best views. I decided to put together a slide show, of the photos I took regardless of quality.
You will see the Houses of Parliament, if you look closely St Paul's is between the buildings, there are several bridges spanning the River Thames, and you get some idea of the density of the buildings and different styles of architecture. You can just see the top of County Hall which houses the London Aquarium (there's a great little video in the link). You will also see one of the street entertainers and lots of people out enjoying themselves.

video
After this we headed for Covent Garden where we had a meal
before heading for Regent Street and Hamleys the biggest toy shop in the world! We explored Liberty's just before arriving at The London Palladium to see The Sound of Music. It was an excellent show the children were delightful and the role of Maria was played by Aoife Mulholland (the understudy)and not Connie Fisher who was the winner of the TV show specifically designed to select the star of the show. Aoife was one of the girls knocked out before the final, however she was a strong contender until then and she did not disappoint the audience. I would certainly recommend it.
I will tell you about the rest of the trip later in the week.

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9 Comments:

At 31/12/07 03:08, Blogger my4kids said...

Sounds like a great trip to me! I already said on Beccy's blog how jealous I am that you guys saw The Sound of Music like that. I love the movie.

 
At 31/12/07 03:18, Blogger laurie said...

oh how lovely!

we went up on the London Eye in april. wasn't scary at all. i loved being inside that glass pod.
thanks for bringing back lovely memories.

 
At 31/12/07 04:45, Blogger lisa's chaos said...

Hi guys! Good seeing you and I'm glad you having such a wonderful time! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 
At 31/12/07 08:12, Blogger Deborah said...

Wow! Great slideshow Chris- liked the music choice too! Sounds like you had a lovely time - I'm most jealous! Happy New Year!

 
At 31/12/07 08:41, Blogger Steffi said...

Very nice pictures and it sounds like a great trip!London must be beautiful but I know expensive!
Happy New Year!

 
At 31/12/07 15:37, Blogger Alix said...

Loved the video and the song - that part if London is so dramaticthe buildings are great.
Happy New Year!

 
At 31/12/07 17:01, Blogger Misty said...

sounds divinely wonderful to me!!! So cool... I am SOOO jealous...

 
At 2/1/08 20:30, Anonymous wolfbaby said...

the pics are beatiful!!! looks like ya'll had a good time;)

 
At 4/1/08 01:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Aoife is a wonderful 'alternate' Maria in The Sound Of Music. You can see her at this website singing at the London Palladium.

http://aoifemulholland.blogspot.com/

 

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