London Travelogue: Day 4

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After ringing in the New Year, January 1 was a day of sleeping in and relaxing. We lounged around the house for the afternoon, and then in the evening decided to watch The Hobbit at the O2 arena, located on the Greenwich Peninsula. The O2 arena was originally called the Millennium Dome in 2000. It was the site of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympics. It also hosts many other sporting and entertainment events, the ATP World Tour Finals being the most beloved by my husband whose love for tennis is unrivaled.

The dome is very impressive both from the outside and within. We rode the Emirates Air Line cable car. Open to the public in June 2012, the air line crosses 3,600 feet above the River Thames, which gives passengers an amazing aerial view of the dome and of Greenwich. The pods even allow passengers to bring their bicycles across the river. One can use the Transport for London (TfL)’s oyster card for the air line. We were also able to see the perpetual green line of light that marks the site of the prime meridian. The cable car is definitely an experience I would recommend to all who visit London!

Aerial view of the O2 Arena
Aerial view of the O2 Arena
Walking to the entrance of the O2 arena
Walking to the entrance of the O2 arena
O2 Arena entrance
O2 Arena entrance
Emirate Air Line cable car
Emirates Air Line cable car (click for source)

After the movie, we headed home to order doner kebabs for dinner. I had been hearing about the glory of these kebabs from my husband for the past year and a half; sure enough, these weighty treasures of slow-roasted lamb (or chicken) nestled within a buttery naan and dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, lemon juice, and a tangy pepper were to die for! What better way to end New Year’s Day than in a kebab food coma.

Doner kebab...perfection!
Doner kebab…perfection!

*All photos taken by my husband unless otherwise indicated.

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