I know. This isn't the Eye of London. It's the iconic Tower Bridge. Before Bernie and I got to the Eye, we took a boat tour on the Thames. It was raining part of the time but not really that cold, if you wore a jacket.
Our tour went to the bridge and then came back to the starting point. This is one of many Tower shots...the boat kept swaying and I was afraid of missing that one perfect image.
We stopped for a short walk at the Tower of London. The gloomy day seemed to fit the site where Anne Boleyn, perhaps most famously, was beheaded. Many British nobles were executed at the Tower and it was the prison where they awaited their fate. The grounds look lovely but you can't forget that they are blood-soaked.
Below is one of the capsules on the Eye. You can see all over London and even on a dull day I had magnificent views of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the Houses of Parliament. You can walk all around and look out any part of the capsule for the half hour, the Eye takes for one revolution. Twenty people at a time were allowed on so it was not crowded. Some people sat on the middle seats but many preferred the view right up near the glass. Poor Bernie. She had a ticket but has a slight aversion to heights. Right up until we picked up our tickets (we'd pre-ordered on-line), she thought she might be able to come. Looking up at the Eye changed her mind. Patiently she waited and wandered around in her green rain jacket, stopping people to ask if she could use their phone. We had been invited to my cousin's for dinner but were running late. As well, she just gave her ticket away to a lucky tourist in the crowd. I have pictures of her looking like a little elf on the area around the Eye...her green coat does stand out!
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.