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If I Try Really Hard, I Can Resemble Ernest Borgnine by Anthony R. '09

First stop on the tour: London.

Sort of.

Do you remember the nursery rhyme about the London Bridge falling down? It really was sinking into the River Thames, so in 1968, the city of London put it up for sale to make way for a new bridge. Oil and chainsaw magnate Robert McCulloch submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000, and the London Bridge was dismantled block by block and moved to remote Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it was reconstructed atop a man-made channel. Within a few years, the London Bridge became Arizona’s second-biggest tourist attraction after the Grand Canyon. Designed by Disneyland planner C.V. Wood, Lake Havasu City is now home to nearly 50,000 people.

Stranger things have happened! (photo from Wikipedia)

Anyway, here are some photos from the first stop on my trip — London. Check back soon for the next installment!


Typical London row houses


When you’re in London, eating fish and chips is sort of a requirement.


Traditional English breakfast: eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms


Yes, the phone booths really are red.


London taxis pass the front entrance to Buckingham Palace


A city government building that looked really cool


Westminster Palace on the River Thames


Westminster Palace and St. Stephen’s Tower (host of clock bell “Big Ben”)


St. Stephen’s Tower


Trafalgar Square


Trafalgar Square


Trafalgar Square – what’s wrong with this picture? The artist of the statue had never seen a lion before, so he used his pet dog as a model.


Trafalgar Square – statue of Lord Nelson


The Savoy Theatre, on The Strand


The Royal Courts of Justice


Entering the Tower Bridge


The Thames, from the Tower Bridge


Piccadilly Circus is home to the London Pavilion (now the Trocadero) and an Underground station


Piccadilly Circus: It’s really just an intersection with a couple landmarks ;-)


The British Airways London Eye, the world’s largest “observation wheel”


The London Eye: you board a “pod” and the ride lasts a half-hour


A long way up!


It’s yours truly ;-)


A view from the top


Big Ben & friends


A commanding view of the Thames


The new London Bridge is so boring, I couldn’t bear to show you more.


The (much more interesting) Tower Bridge, for comparison


A rather progressive afternoon tea in the crypt of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church


Sauntering around Hyde Park


Where does the road go?


The Chunnel train to Paris!

9 responses to “If I Try Really Hard, I Can Resemble Ernest Borgnine”

  1. Kelly says:

    Bow chika bow wow!

    ~Kelly

  2. Ann says:

    Very interesting!

  3. Laura says:

    Very nice….one day, I will leave the country and visit somewhere interesting. One day…

    Great pics though. I especially like how you seemed to document every meal. =D

  4. Saad Zaheer says:

    Hey Anthony, I am so glad to see this blog,

    and also a little unhappy for having found this out so late!

    I read all your posts just right now, with all the feedback, and I have nothing to say except that YOU ROCK! they sure have selected the right person to represent the MIT ’09ers; I am so proud of you! Your first post was simply the coolest life story I have ever, yes ever, read! maybe I am saying this because its 3 am here right now and even then I feel overwhelmingly excited!

    U are uber cool, and I definitely look forward to seeing u this fall!

  5. Saad Zaheer says:

    btw.. the pics are awesome..

    London is among one of my TO- Visit cities list..

  6. Xu says:

    Anthonyyyyy! Oh man, you totally OWNED London. In a semi-related note, the vinegar that comes with Fish & Chips smells auuughhhh.

    I never knew that about your city! Way cool =)

    P.S. You owe me manyfold emails

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hello Anthony,

    I came across your blog when I was looking at Daniel’s money blog.

    Welcome to MIT!

    -Stephanie

  8. Meder says:

    i didn’t know that the bridge was moved to Arizona.

    awesome picks!