One Word Sunday: Bridge

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ this week, is ‘Bridge’.

Here are some bridge travel memories from our visit to London last year. The photos were taken from London Bridge, one of the many bridges which span the River Thames. The original bridge was a wooden construction, built by the Roman founders of London in 50AD. I wonder what they would think of it now.

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The iconic Tower Bridge, officially opened in 1894 is one of London’s most famous landmarks.

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In the other direction is Cannon Street Railway Bridge, which was opened in 1866. This bridge carries trains on the Southeastern line over the River Thames to Cannon Street Station.

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Looking at these photos makes me long to be able to travel again. We were just chatting on the phone to our daughter in South Africa and to Chris’s mom in England, and saying how we can’t wait to be able to see and hug one another.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

Thursday’s Windows: Eyeing up London

If you want a great view over London, the best idea is to get yourself up in the air, and the 443 feet tall London Eye is the way to do it.

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You just climb into one of these roomy enclosed capsules, and look out through the windows, as this giant observation wheel rotates at the stately speed of a sprinting tortoise.

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There’s so much to see, and of course, thousands of windows into the bargain. The Shard, completed in 2012, is an 87-storey skyscraper which has 11,000 glass panels. The window cleaners here certainly need a very good head for heights, as they abseil down the side of this glass building; certainly not a job for the fainthearted.

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One of the most famous and easily recognisable sights of London is the beautiful triple dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral,  designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and completed in the late 17th century. This stands at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the city, and at 365 ft high, it’s one of the highest domes in the world.

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Standing on the banks of  the Thames are the Gothic style Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, flanked by Westminster Abbey on the left, and the iconic tower of Big Ben on the right.

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So much to see from your eye in the sky, and windows galore.

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This unforgettable experience lasts for about 30 minutes, and all too soon, you’re back down to earth again.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your view of London through the windows of this giant Ferris wheel. To see more Thursday’s Lingering Windows, just click here.