I have just put a gross of batteries in the mail for you, Tilly!
What an amazing thing this is. I truly had no idea the London Eye was that big. Of course I've seen it in many photographs, but its scale never registered before. Also, I never really got why London would allow a big old carnival ride (as I thought of it ) smack in the middle of the city. Your pictures and explanation blew my limited imaginings wide open.
Like you, I don't even like standing on a chair to change a light bulb, but now I'm dying to go up in The Eye. So obvious to say, but -- you can see everything! You got such great pictures, too. I love all the detail. Each picture is fascinating, with whole histories of the city laid out to the horizon. And those last two, first with the clouds boiling up behind the perfectly placed egg, then the very last, with the vertical wisps of cloud -- wow!
Tilly, did your little girl go? What was her reaction? How about all the people in the pod with you? They must have been as excited as any child.
I went up in 2004. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't just after we had climbed to the top of St. Paul's. The third flight of stairs nearly did me in - wrought-iron spiral staircase - essentially I felt if I fell I would go splat. So I was still more than a little shaken by the time we got to the Eye. But I did enjoy and will go back one day.