Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Finally: The London Eye

We went to London again on a Saturday. We took a train to Paddington again. When we got there we had lunch, then took an underground train (you remember what the underground is, right? Right. Good.) to the tower of London again. Luckily, we arrived at a much closer station than before, so it was actually in sight when you got out. It was very rainy that day, we almost considered not going. This time we really were going to go into it, and we were surprised by how much was outdoors. The first thing we did was go into the white tower, which was the center tower that had the four onion shaped things on the top.

In there we saw a whole bunch of rooms, which included the armoury room, which had TONS of rifles stored inside. Actually, this room was the small armoury room, so, since the larger one was gone, I was glad that it was, because that would probably have had WAY more rifles. Other rooms included the chapel, the Spanish armoury room, and a room with 36 barrels of gunpowder and a bunch of medieval pistols and swords and different kinds of armor. After that we left and went to the crown jewels building. I was amazed at where people could find all the diamonds and jewels and rubies that were stuck on the crowns. Then we went to the gift shop. We bought a few things and then left the tower. Then we went back to the underground and took it to Westminster. As you probably remember, this is where Big Ben and the London Eye are. I was very excited. I haven’t mentioned this yet, so I will now. Today, finally, for the first time ever I was going to go on the London Eye. It was a really long wait, but I think it was worth it.

You could see for miles and miles. I could even see, quite clearly in the distance, a huge object shaped just like the Eiffel Tower on the Horizon. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the Eiffel Tower. Paris was too far away. In fact, I could just barely see another one even farther away. When we came down and got off my dad’s cousin, Chris, was waiting for us. Oh, I forgot, my dad and Cindy were going on the London Eye with me. Anthony kept changing his mind about whether or not he wanted to go on the London Eye, but when he saw it up close he quickly told us he would not be going.

Anyway, after meeting Chris we walked back to the Westminster station and got back on the underground to Paddington. Then we walked to a steakhouse restaurant to eat, and the food was really good. After that we walked back to Paddington, and, while we waited to get on our train we went to a bar and got some hot chocolate there. Then we got on our train. When we finally got to Reading (our train had stopped at like a million stations that we never stopped at before) we realized we had made a huge mistake. We had taken a train that was slow to get to Reading, because of stopping at so many stations. Because of that we had missed the last train to Hungerford. We could have taken a faster train that didn’t stop at all those stations, but we took the slow train instead. Because of the flop, we had to take a taxi all the way back to our house, but I was so tired I fell asleep and the ride felt like five minutes. Thankfully the taxi stopped right outside our house, so I didn’t have to walk far. I fell asleep as soon as I got into bed.


Blogger Carrie said...

hi thomas! tower of london is really cool, huh! i don't think they had the london eye when i was there in 1995. what a great way to see the whole city.

July 5, 2007 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Thomas,

I loved the London Eye. So sorry that you and yur family missed the last train back to Hungerford.

Pops and I are enjoyng all your reports from "across the pond." I apologize for the typos in my last comment.


July 22, 2007 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right they didn't have the London Eye in 1995. It was a symbol for the new millennium and was officially opened in 2000. they were going to take it down in 2005 but the public liked it so much they decided to keep it up for another 20 years.

August 29, 2007 10:18 AM  

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