January 5, 2014 – Singapore:Day002
Thanks to the magic of the Internet, I am never at a loss as to what is going on back home in my old stomping grounds (where, truth be told, little actual stomping was ever done, but I have been to known to mosey more than I should).
The latest bit of news to filter its way from the Washington, D.C., area to me here in Bangkok is the announcement that a large Ferris Wheel will be built at National Harbor overlooking the Potomac River.
Similar to the London Eye, this structure is supposed to become an iconic landmark in a city already well dominated by iconic landmarks (such as the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial to name but a few).
So, what’s it like to be in a city with a large Ferris Wheel? Up until the start of 2014, I did not know how to answer that question, because I had never visited one.
While in Singapore, our family took the opportunity to ride the Singapore Flyer, a Ferris Wheel that is 165 meters (541 feet…or 42 stories) high. For additional information, please jump over to the Wikipedia article here.
Okay, enough talk. Here are some pictures.
As you can surmise, the Singapore Flyer is on the left. The tree-like structures on the right belong to the Singapore attraction known as Gardens by the Bay.
A closer look at the Singapore Flyer is below. This structure holds twenty-eight capsules. It takes thirty minutes to make one revolution. It does not stop to let on or off passengers. Luckily, it does move slowly enough to allow you to jump on or walk off. Some of the capsules have tables on them and you can have dinner in the Flyer. You can dine on good food and enjoy the ever-changing perspective.
On our outing, we only paid for one revolution. We also went at night when the nocturnal lit-up view of the Singapore skyline is spectacular. In addition, the capsules and the Flyer itself light up the night sky.
As a final thought – For a similar, yet smaller, piece of machinery, there’s always this old pun.