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The London Bridge

It came to me as a surprise that the original London Bridge isn't in London anymore. The original London bridge was sold to Robert McCulloch of McCulloch Oil and he rebuilt it in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. There is a rumor that Robert McCulloch thought he was getting Tower Bridge instead. Not surprisingly there have been several bridges on the London Bridge site and the present one is just under 40 years old.

There are many stories associated with the London Bridge. Few people believe that the soul of the Jack the Ripper was trapped in the bricks of London Bridge and then transported to Arizona. If some of you don't know who he is then, here's some introduction; Jack the Ripper, a serial killer who was active in and around the Whitechapel district of  London in 1888. His victims were usually prostitutes operating in the area who lived and worked in the slums of London and whose throats were cut prior to abdominal mutilations. The removal of internal organs from the victims led to assumptions that their killer possessed anatomical or surgical knowledge. Jack the Ripper has inspired many work of fictions and art.

The original London Bridge is now situated in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The old London Bridge of nursery-rhyme fame was built by Peter of Colechurch between 1176 and 1209, which replaced an earlier timber bridge.

By the end of the 18th century, it was quite apparent that the old London Bridge needed to be replaced. It was narrow and blocked river traffic. Designed in 1799 by Scottish engineer John Rennie, the new London Bridge was completed in 1831. After few years, the new bridge began sinking at the rate of an inch every eight years. By 1924, the east side of the bridge was around three to four inches  lower than the west side of the bridge as the bridge was not designed to withstand 20th century automotive traffic.

In the year 1967, the Council of the City of London started looking for potential buyers for the London Bridge. Lake Havasu City founder and entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch placed the winning bid of $2,460,000 on April 18, 1968. McCulloch came by this figure by doubling the estimated cost of dismantling the structure, which was $1.2 million, bringing the price to $2.4 million. He then added on $60,000 – a thousand dollars for each year of his age at the time he estimated the bridge would be reconstructed in Arizona. Each block was meticulously numbered before the bridge was disassembled. The blocks were then shipped overseas through the Panama Canal to California and trucked from Long Beach to Arizona. Following reconstruction of the London Bridge, Lake Havasu City rededicated it in a ceremony on October 10, 1971.

Mussoorie - The Adventure Begins!


Hill View Mussoorie
Mussoorie
For some reason or the other, I was never able to attend any of the office sponsored off-sites and have always regretted that. Well, not anymore and after making lot of promises, I was able to convince the higher authority (my wife) and finally she said "Yes". That feeling was not less than the feeling of child being offered a lollipop.

I am the kind of person who enjoys planning for the trips and to be honest, sometimes I have enjoyed it even more than the trip itself. So after lot of planning and research, we finalized on Mussoorie. We planned to leave on Friday night from our office after wrapping up our work. Now as most of the people know how lucky I am when I am about to leave for any of trip, my luck struck again and I was stuck with work till the last moment. Yea right, I am jinxed! Well, after all these years, I am used to it now.
 

The London Eye

                                cantilevered observation wheel

I stepped out of my apartment on my first weekend in the city to explore my surroundings where I will be spending next couple of months. As I walked along the South Bank of the river Thames enjoying the most cherished, British Summers, I reached the most famous landmark of London, The London Eye. This giant Ferris wheel is the center of attraction and there was a huge queue to get on to that. As a matter of fact, it is the most popular paid tourist attraction with 3.5 million tourists annually.

Sometimes, it is all about Macro Photography

Macro Photography

Have you ever been in a situation where you are waiting for somebody and have nothing to do? Usually, people fickle through their phones while waiting and some just try their hands on photography, like I did. 

In our busy schedule, we rarely realize how beautiful nature is and how much peaceful it can be to just look at flowers around you, the greenery and the chirping of the birds. Just by observing them, one tends to forget all worries and tensions of life for quite sometime. We are so lost these days in the beauty of materialistic things and we have almost forgotten how beautiful the nature is. 

The flower in the picture caught my eye while I was waiting and it did bring smile on my face. I tried to capture the essence of that moment with the macro photography.

If you like this picture and you love nature, do leave your comment below.

Why Cape Verde Is So Lovable?

 
Cape Verde is a place of immense beauty and culture, but for some reason doesn’t get the acclaim its other island brethren receive. Truth be told, it’s an amazing place to go for a holiday, which you can do with First Choice. The mix of volcanic islands and sandy beaches ensure that you’ll have a great time. Here are just a few reasons to love Cape Verde.
 

Renuka Ji Lake, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

Renuka Ji Lake, Nahan
Renuka Ji Lake
I was craving for a weekend getaway for quite some time and then just a phone call to my friend made it possible. I always love planning my holidays and with help of reviews from other travelers on TripAdvisor, I decided on Renuka Ji lake, Nahan in Himachal Pradesh.

Destination was around 260 Kms from New Delhi which I anticipated around 10 hours journey as we will have kids along, my son and my friend's daughter. We planned to leave early in the morning at 5am to avoid traffic, but as always, I was running late and finally we left at 7am in the morning and picked my friend, his wife and their daughter. After struggling with school buses on the way and office goers, we finally touched NH-8 and my car was more than happy to fly.

St Paul's Cathedral, London

St Paul Cathedral
St Paul Cathedral
On my first day out while exploring London, I came across St Paul's Cathedral, one of the most famous and most recognizable sights of London. St Paul's Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and mother church of the Diocese of London.

The present church dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style was part of a major rebuilding programme which took place in the city after the Great Fire of London.

Chandigarh - The City of Peace


I can't even recall when I went on a holiday with my family last time. Never too late, I thought to plan one and it was supposed to be my eight month's old son's first ever trip. Since, it was his first trip, selecting a destination was the most difficult part as my wife had doubt if he will let us enjoy, how will he react outside? Where as I was fine with any destination as I knew he is a son of a traveler so it must be in his genes, but as a good husband, I addressed the concerns of  my wife and we selected Chandigarh as our destination. Given, my aunt lives there, it would be easy for my son as well to get that homely feeling.  The only concern I had was mode of transport since he feels claustrophobic in car, we chose India's most preferred way of traveling, by train.

The British Museum

The British Museum
The British Museum
It was a dream come true when I finally got the chance to visit one of the most talked about museum in the world, The British Museum. Located in the heart of London, it was just few minutes walk away from my office. Not that I am a fan of museums, but I had heard a lot about it and the main attraction I wanted to see was The Mummy of Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of Ancient Egypt who  represented herself as the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess, Isis.

Tate Britain - London



Tate Britain

I have been planning to go to Tate Britain since I visited Tate Modern, but finally I got the chance to be there and witness some of the most talked about paintings and art work in the history of the world. I may not be the correct person to explain about these paintings, but I did try to capture the essence of them. Here I present Tate Britain in pictures through my lens.


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