The London Eye – London, England

This is the eighth part of a series of posts in which I am sharing pictures and thoughts from my first major trip with children. You can read the first seven posts here: Trier, Germany; Kelty Convertible Backpack; American Cemetery and Memorial; Amsterdam, NetherlandsZermatt, Switzerland and the Matterhorn, Brussels, Belgium, and Stuck in Bed.

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London was a last minute addition to our itinerary (along with Zermatt) because of where we were going to be for most of trip.  Logistically, we were not sure if we could fit London in to our three week whirlwind tour and see what we wanted to see.  That being said, one of our travel motto’s is “We might never make it back to THIS spot, so let’s find a way” so we squeezed it in at the last minute.  We took the Chunnel train from Brussels to London in the morning.  This was possibly one of the biggest pains on the entire trip.  It isn’t like traveling from Brussels to Amsterdam where you just hop on the train and the conductor checks your ticket at some point.  You had to go through a customs setup which was miserable for us with a little guy…not only a little guy, but one wearing a helmet for brachycephaly.  Apparently the border patrol had never seen a child in a helmet and thought we were trying to smuggle something in our kid’s head.  They made us take the helmet off, they then ran it through the x-ray and continued to evaluate the helmet.  Mind you, coming back into Brussels was much easier!  Once we made it through, we were able to relax for a few minutes before it was time to get on the train.

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The train ride was very short and the only sign that you are in the tunnel is the fact that you slow down considerably to enter and exit the tunnel and the windows were dark, as opposed to full of rolling countryside.  We arrived in London, took the tube (in the middle of rush hour) to our hotel stop (King’s Cross) and dropped off our luggage.  We immediately headed to the London Eye.  I must admit that this was one of the highlight of my London adventure.  I love a good tourist trap just about as much as I love the off the beat stuff!  We got the last ticket for the London Eye and if you are going to check this out, I recommend you take the ride in the evening.  It was absolutely amazing to see the city during the sunset and then all lit up at night!

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Comments

  1. 1

    The London Eye is well worth a visit with kids. Sunset is a great idea!

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    Great family picture with the sunset!

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    What beautiful pictures and you all look so happy, despite the long journey. I love a good tourist trap too, really it’s always nice to check out something you see in so many pictures and see it for yourself.

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    I’m glad you had a good time in London. We love the London Eye and have been on quite a few times at different times of day. It’s not cheap, but the children have asked to go for their birthday treat they like it so much. Sometimes attractions are popular with tourists for a reason – because they are great!

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    I lived in London for a bit many moons ago. It’s gorgeous and I miss the hustle and bustle of it. But I bet it’s totally different when traveling with kids!
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    Haven’t done the London Eye too bad it wasn’t around when I lived there. Your pictures are really nice, good lighting and crisp.Looks like you had an enjoyable time there.

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    I love London with kids!! Getting around can be a hassle, with all those crowded ‘tube’ stations but my kids had one of their best days out at London’s Natural History Museum – at Christmas when they have an ice rink set up outside and Santa Claus in attendence!

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    Great views!
    I’ve never been to London, but I love the idea of touring the city at sunset via something like the Eye for a different vantage point.

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    I have many childhood memories of riding the tube, visiting London museums, and strolling the streets and parks around the city (my grandparents lived there). Great decision to go to London, it’s just stuffed with great history and things to do.

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