Last weekend we took a trip into ‘the big smoke’. We traveled up by train in order to take my sister to the theatre. As we have Merlin passes I decided to take the boys past the Eye to see whether we could go on. For me this was not my ideal choice of trip being scared of heights! I thought that with the back up I my sister I would be able to cope.
At about 11am we arrived at the Eye. My mouth went dry seeing how many people seemed to be crammed into each of the pods and I just couldn’t even comprehend ‘boarding’.
We swiftly moved passed the snake like queue and carried on down to the magicians and street acts, grabbed an ice cream and watched the world go by for a little while.
We walked over the bridge to Drury Lane to see our show and after dinner we came back to see if we could get on The Eye as the boys were desperate to ‘have a go on the wheel’. We came back at about 7.30 and there was a queue for normal boarding but no queue for the ‘Fast Pass’.
I had not realised that with the Merlin pass we have we automatically get the ‘fast pass route‘. The kids were really excited, my sister decided that she would sit and wait with my brother who we had met up with after the show.
I hesitantly approached the boarding gates as heights are really not my thing!. We boarded a ‘pod’ with 10 other people it was quite empty unlike earlier in the day. I sat in the middle of the pod on the slatted seat with my fingers lock around the slats and we started our journey.
The boys thought it was amazing, getting higher and higher. “Mum, we are higher than Big Ben” was enough to make me sweat even more. I seemed be ok whilst looking straight out at the horizon but shuddered if I looked towards another pod or the actual metal of the wheel itself, let alone any workings. I am such a geek but I needed to do this for my boys!
We rose higher and higher and my mouth was dry as we hit the top of the wheel. I now had to re-position myself without standing up and letting go of the bench so that I was just looking in the direction of travel and out the the horizon again. So, scooted myself round on the spot. I was so glad that all the other people were stood around the edges so that I could do this.
I think the journey or flight as I think they refer to a trip took about half an hour. To me a very long half an hour but the boys like to see if they could spot the landmarks. The Shard, The bridges, Houses of Parliment, Big Ben, Battersea Power Station etc.
I am glad that we gained access with our Merlin passes I would not have been very impressed if I had paid the family rate of anywhere between £115 and £54.33 depending on which tickets your purchase and these are the online prices. I suppose its something that has to be done on a trip to London, a bot like popping into Harrods, though I could wander around Harrods for hours mostly because I usually get lost – no sense of direction!
If you wanted to go my tip would be book online and go later in the day.
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