Friday, 5 June 2009

Photostory Friday - The London Eye

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek






This is the only photo I took whilst riding on the London Eye last week.

Yes, the only one.

Why?

Because when I booked the tickets I was suffering from a temporary bout of 'acrophobia amnesia'.

In other words, I forgot that I don't like heights!

I took the photo 30 seconds into the flight, then I realised that I was going to follow that capsule up into the blue and I spent the rest of the flight sitting rigid with fear and gripping the seat.

And this isn't an isolated incident. I also forgot this fact when I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower (never again), the Duomo in Florence (scared witless on the thin stone ledge on the inside of the dome), the Empire State Building (I should never have gone outside), Sugar Loaf Mountain (luckily I went the week before the cable car broke), in a helicopter over the Iguacu Falls (I had to sit in the middle seat) and the list goes on.

You'd think I'd know by now, wouldn't you?




25 comments:

Ryanne said...

So I am thinking you are a glutton for punishment! Impressive that you have done all of those things while being afraid of heights! I would do the same given the opportunity though! That picture is great!

Studentmum said...

I love the London eye - my husband suffers as you do and couldn't leave the centre seats!

Maggie May said...

That is an excellent photo. I love it!
You go back for more scares so I admire you for that!

Jacki said...

Now you have an awesome thing to talk about, and you can feel proud of yourself for doing so!

I think the picture you took is quite cool!

Tawny said...

Love the pic. And yes, you really should know by now....lol

TAC said...

It is a good thing you forget a lot, or you wouldn't be able to say you have done all of those cool things!

echoeve said...

This is a great photo and a great story.

Just think when your daughter is a teen and she is scared or doesn't want to do something you can bring this up as an example of bravery.

ModernMom said...

Well at least its a great shot!

Moannie said...

Great picture-reminds me why I shall never ever go on the Eye, just seeing it makes my head go woosy and my stomach lurch.

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness...how high is that? I suspect I'd leave fingernail prints in the back of the seat!!! Great shot, though. Kudos for making the trip into the stratosphere. :-)

Lisa

Kelloggsville said...

If that wasn't so horrid for you, it would be funny.

Very cool picture x

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh Wowza, I wanna be on that. What a neat shot (not to mention a neat ride).

Nunhead Mum of One said...

Oh no, I forget I don't like heights.....I went on the London Eye and actually tried to get off the minute I lost sight of the ground. I had to be all but sat on for the remainder of my trip. Embarrassing (as well as downright dangerous) as it was me that had talked out Canadian visitors into going on the bloody thing!

rosiero said...

It does seem strange that you always forget how scared you get. You certainly have tackled some incredible heights despite that.

Reluctant Housewife said...

I'm nervous with heights, but I was fine on the Eiffel tower and empire state building. The CN tower in Toronto has a glass floor - not the entire floor, just an area of it. It's terrifying. I refused to stand on it.

I don't do Ferris wheels. I went on a double Ferris wheel when I was in high school. I was so frightened I ended up with a migraine.

Wayne said...

Well I guess you was stuck in there. I can understand your fear, but I guess the way to look at it is that you was ok after.

great photo friday

I would like to invite you to take part in my post on tuesday, it's called tell a joke Tuesday. so if you know any jokes then feel free to join in.
thanks

Claire Sutton said...

What are you like???!!!

Sucker for punishment!

Next time give hubby the camera so he can take a picture of you looking scared but doing it none the less!

scrappysue said...

but you're missing out on so much!!! i LOVE heights! great pic tho btw

MikeH said...

I loved the London Eye, and I'm afraid of heights, too. But being surrounded by all that glass and steel, I felt safe. Come to think of it, I'm not really afraid of heights, just falling and, specifically, the sudden stop at the end.

The one shot you got is great, though.

scaryazeri said...

I never liked london eye- didn't you find it too slow and boring after about 5 minutes of looking at the same thing? and kids block all the windows anyway, you can just sit on the bench and wait for ages for it to go down. :))) Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to London though. at least, the weather was good for you.

rosiescribble said...

Oh no! What a shame you couldn't enjoy it. Can't think of anything worse than being trapped up there. I'm sure it happens to lots of poeple though. I'd love to go on it but my daughter would probably have the same reaction as you!

gigi said...

Live and let live!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

I bet that is an amazing view!
Seems like you have a desire to too these places from above and at the last minute you remember that you don't actually like that height!

mr-stu said...

First of all, great pic you took. I am great at heights they just don't seem to bother me at all. I love looking over the sides of tall buildings and looking down like at Sears Tower in Chicago and The Empire State Building as well.

kaye said...

LOL! great story and picture. Here’s my photo story happy Friday!