October 17, 1999 |
It looks like the tilted wheel of a giant's bicycle or maybe more like a UFO making a drunken landing on the south bank of the River Thames. By the weekend, it should be standing upright, and by New Year's Eve, if all goes well, it should be going round and round. The people brave enough to climb aboard will be the first to ride the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. This monument to the millennium is 443 feet tall, topping the current record holder in Yokohama, Japan, by 159 feet.
January 9, 2004
Improve access, add art As you indicated in the Jan. 5 editorial "Fix Philly's fifth wheel," Franklin Square is indeed a forgotten parcel. I heartily agree that, with the recent developments in the area, it's time to take advantage of this all-but-abandoned square. With the recent opening of the National Constitution Center just across the street, it might be time to renovate and reopen (was it ever open?) the Franklin Square PATCO station. As it is, the nearest PATCO station to the Historic District is Eighth and Market Streets, a healthy hike from many of the sites in Old City.
July 23, 2006 |
My wife and I had been to London many times, but when we decided to treat our oldest son and his wife for some special honors they had achieved, I wanted it to be an especially memorable trip for them and us. Before our departure, I finished reading H.V. Morton's In Search of London and was fascinated by his description of two sites that I had heard of but had never taken the time to explore - Cleopatra's Needle and the Monument. The morning after our arrival, we took the Tube to the Thames Embankment and walked to the obelisk to see the Needle up close.
August 14, 2012 |
LONDON - With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor pageant of landmarks, lightshows and lots of fun. The closing ceremony offered a sensory blast including rock 'n' roll rickshaws, garbage can percussionists, an exploding yellow car and a marching band in red tunics and bearskin hats. There was a show-stopping reunion of the Spice Girls and a comedy sequence featuring Monty Python's Eric Idle performing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" accompanied by Roman centurions, Scottish bagpipers and a human cannonball.
August 10, 2011
A few miles from the worst violence to hit the city in 25 years, beach volleyball players dived headlong in the sand, the most summery of Olympic sports on display less than a year before the London Games. The matches were played under the shadow of the London Eye big wheel, and not far from Buckingham Palace and No. 10 Downing Street. Yet no historic backdrop could block the images of rioting and looting that have swept the city the last three days after the fatal shooting of a local man by police.
February 11, 2013 |
My husband and I have five grandchildren who do not live near us. Several years ago, we decided it would be great to get to know them better (and them us) by taking each one individually on a one-week trip. Last year, we made our first such excursion, to London with 10-year-old Jonathan. Of course, we got normal (and understandable) motherly warnings from our daughter: He gets height fright; he can't wait to get to a restaurant to have breakfast; no matter what time he goes to bed, he will awaken by 7; and so on. Well, off we went.
November 21, 2002 |
Daniel Keating 3d, a local builder and developer, is putting forth a plan this week that, as he put it, would transform Penn's Landing into "a celebration of fun" with cafes and entertainment in a parklike setting. The centerpiece would be a towering Ferris wheel, a replica of the landmark London Eye. It would have glass-enclosed compartments - each the size of a large living room - instead of open seats. The compartments could be rented for a few revolutions or an evening-long party.
December 2, 2013 |
We promised our children that when they were old enough we would take them to Ireland to show them where their great-grandparents were born and to visit relatives who still live there. So, one week after my son Connor's 18th birthday, my husband, John; daughter Bernadette, 19; Connor; and I boarded a plane to Europe. We started in Dublin, enjoying the Guinness factory tour, where we learned, among other things, how to pour the perfect pint before having our first "relative encounter" with John Walsh, a cousin who took us for a pint in Temple Bar, a quaint area of Dublin with cobblestone streets that is known for its nightlife.
July 24, 2013 |
LONDON - Champagne bottles popped and shouts of "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" erupted at Buckingham Palace yesterday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and wife Kate's first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne. Hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance outside the palace as officials announced that the future king was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, at central London's St. Mary's Hospital - the same place where William and his brother Harry were born three decades ago. The imminent arrival of the royal baby was the subject of endless speculation on social media and was covered for days on live television around the world, but in the end the royal family managed to keep it a remarkably private affair.
August 13, 2012 |
LONDON - It's hard to make history in the city of Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Queen Victoria, and Winston Churchill. It is hard to leave a mark on a place that has endured through the centuries, from the War of the Roses to the German rocket attacks of World War II. The 2012 Olympics managed to do all of that, with London serving as a spectacular backdrop for unforgettable performances and countless triumphs and disappointments. There were days here when, within a few hundred yards of each other, Usain Bolt was running, Michael Phelps was swimming, LeBron James was dunking.