It’s the rare person that hasn’t taken a turn in their life on a Ferris wheel. This curious contraption has become a classic conveyance for canoodling couples, as well as an exceptional observation platform for you to get a birds-eye-view of the landscape beneath you. When George Washington Gale Ferris designed his Ferris wheel as the feature landmark for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, he couldn’t have predicted that it would evolve to become the hallmark of entertainment to the generations of children and adults that followed. Park your car rental and purchase an admission ticket for a ride on one of these worldwide attractions that prove sometimes it’s worth reinventing the wheel.
The London Eye | England
View the sweeping cityscape on a clear day, or from above the fog in the London Eye
Being one of many recognizable silhouettes, as you tour the famous streets of London in your Auto Europe car rental, you will see the London Eye long before reaching it. Located on the banks of the River Thames, the London Eye’s gradual revolution permits passengers to embark and depart the observation capsules with ease as it continues to move. I recommend bringing a pair of binoculars or a camera with increased magnification ability to maximize your view, although there are many points of interest visible with the naked eye.
Thriving Canary Wharf, one of the most prominent and historic of London’s business districts, the Tower of London and the Gherkin are a few of the sights towards which you can direct your gaze. Within more relaxed visibility lies Big Ben, and one of the three Egyptian obelisks known as Cleopatra’s Needle (the other two are in Paris and New York City). As your gondola approaches the zenith of its ascension, prevail upon the gracious nature of one of your fellow riders to take a photo of you with the sweeping cityscape of London as your backdrop.
The Grand Roue de Paris Ferris Wheel | France
The Roue de Paris stops at home from its gypsy travels at Place de la Concorde
When particularly momentous occasions occur, it is only fitting to commemorate them in a significantly memorable way. Also created for the 2000 millennium celebrations, the city of Paris installed the Grand Roue de Paris Ferris wheel that in true carnival fashion can be broken down and transported to other locations. The Place de la Concorde was the first home to the Roue de Paris, and it has returned to the Parisian square periodically from its gypsy travels over the years. From within the cozy confines of the gondolas as they arc towards the open sky, many men have chosen to voice their proposals to their significant others. Paris is an exceptionally stunning city, and its romantic reputation only increases with the time.
The Arc de Triomph, the Champ Elysees, and one of the ever present highlights of the Parisian horizon, the Eiffel Tower, are just a few of the famous sights within the reach of your camera’s lens from this attraction. It has formerly masqueraded as the Wheel of Manchester, and the Wheel of Birmingham—it was featured in Bangkok at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar and has graced the Museumplein in Amsterdam. The Grand Roue de Paris Ferris wheel is making a seasonal appearance for its 20th anniversary for the 2013/2014 holiday season and staying through Saturday, the 15th of February, just after Valentine’s Day before it begins another whirlwind world tour. Where will you see it next?
The Melbourne Star | Australia
The Melbourne Star was created to be a stately observation wheel, not an amusement park ride, although you won’t be blamed for feeling equally as giddy as you’re taken aloft. It is a very new enhancement to the Melbourne skyline having only reached completion in December of 2013. Unlike its frivolous fair cousins that suspend you in a swinging, open air seating, the Melbourne Star, like its counterpart the London Eye, have enclosed pods that offer more security, comfort and freedom of movement to observe the 360 degree views over the city.
The Docklands are one of the first areas you’ll spy from your aerial view. A diverse selection of restaurants and shopping opportunities can be found here, along with an excellent view of the harbor once the terra firma is once again beneath your feet. Mount Macedon is visible in the distance on a clear day, as is Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano within Holyrood Park. Both of these outdoor destinations, I might add, are easily within your reach via your car hire from Melbourne. The Melbourne Star is scheduled to be open through Anzac Day on April 25th.
Singapore Flyer | Singapore
The Singapore Flyer, Helix Bridge, and the Marina Bay Sands Resort
In Singapore, where it seems everywhere you turn is another modern architectural marvel of artistic and intricate nature, the Singapore Flyer is one more feather in the city’s cap of interesting attractions. The Flyer’s 165 meter height offers a vision of the Helix Bridge, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and Fort Canning Park, to name a few. By day, your vision of the city will extend dozens of miles into the distance as images shrink to the size of matchbox. If cars and may seem austere and grey. At dusk, the sun sets with the warm hues of golden yellow, pastel pinks and vivid oranges that soften the outlines and shadows that lay beneath it. Should your ride take place in the evening instead, there is a kaleidoscope of color emanating from the city that the reflective surfaces of the innumerable windows and the Singapore River cast towards the night sky.
There are conflicting opinions as to what time of day is best to experience the “flight” of the Singapore Flyer. Luckily, when you rent a car in Singapore, you have the freedom and flexibility to visit the Flyer for its admirable views as many times as you choose.
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