I recently visited my friend Rachel in the city of London. I have a lot of pictures of the London Eye, the United Kingdom's tallest Ferris Wheel and possibly the most pointless tourist attraction in London. As you can see below, I have a lot of pictures of the London Eye, because I was trying to take pictures of other things.
I was photobombed by a ferris wheel (but also a young couple; see first image). Why is this part of the skyline in London? Why did it ruin my precious pictures? I pondered on the purpose of this permanent festival ride.
Me: "What is the freaking point of this thing?"
Rachel: "I heard British Airlines makes more money from this than their planes. Did you want to ride it"
Me: "Not at all"
Rachel: "It cost around 20 pounds"
Me: "That is ridiculous...can you drink on it?"
You can drink on it, actually.
What is the London Eye? Let me throw some information down. The wheel is located next to the River Thames. The wheel can take up to 800 passengers per 30 minutes ride. It has had a lot of businesses attached to it, currently it's British Airlines.Wait, scratch that. It is now owned by EDF energy. This ferris wheel really does make its rounds (pun attended). The London Eye site lists facts on their site. But, I found the wikipedia article on this structure much more enlightening. Particularly, the quotes.