“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
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Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
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Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
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History can be a funny thing. Based upon where you come from, it’s also very relative. For me, having grown up in the United States, something 300 years old seems very old. Well, when you hit Europe you’ll need to recalibrate your “old” meter if you hope to stay sane. This is exactly what I had to do as I walked through the portals of London’s historic Tower of London on the second day of my Wanderjahr around-the-world.
The first thing I noticed was the thickness of the stone walls. Even though the tower was nearly a thousand years old (having first been constructed by William the Conquer in 1066) it remains imposing to say the least. As a prison, it's played host to a long list of famous inmates that include Anne Boleyn (the 2nd of Henry VIII six wives), Sir Thomas Becket and even Queen Elizabeth I herself. If there was ever a place that symbolises the expression “if the walls could talk”, this would be it.
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu.
Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) the city is London where the culture shock of leaving the US should be manageable. But even though I can understand everyone (for the most part) I still find myself at something at a loss as to where to begin. Planning an epic journey around the world is very different from actually living it.
The London Eye is a fantastic way to get your bearings in London when you first arrive. At nearly over 400 feet in height, you get a bird's eye view of everything that the city has to offer. They say it's the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe - and I can believe it! (I've heard rumors that NYC wants to build a bigger one - that's going on my bucket list if it's ever made.)
The tickets were a bit pricey at nearly £20 - and nearly twice as much if you want priority boarding. For the price, you get 30 minutes in one of the capsules that hold about 25 people. You can ride the Ferris wheel at day or night. I chose the day and needless to say, I was impressed. The capsule revolves at a fairly sedate pace and takes 1/2 hour to make one complete revolution. You get sweeping views of the Thames, St. James Park, Parliament, and, of course, Big Ben. Oh, yes, if you look closely, you'll spot Buckingham Palace too. There are also interactive touchscreen guides within the capsule, a fairly recent addition from what I've heard.
You receive a discount if you book online and they offer a host of different experiences that revolve around the Eye, including a mulled wine experience, chocolate tasting and even champagne and canapés – for an additional price, of course.