Today we decided to take a night bus tour of London. Rich captured a few pictures and I captured some videos that I need to view to see if I got any shots that are worth sharing.
On the bus we met a gentleman from Pittsburgh and one from Dubai who were attending a trade show in London. We chatted with them for a bit and realized they were new to the city. So, as we listened to the commentary, we added a few tidbits that were missing or the recorded commentary was badly timed with the ride. It's a fine line between being helpful and annoying, and we succeeded in being helpful..
We started out at Victoria station and rode one of the old Routemasters (pronounced rootmaster). These older buses required a driver and a fare collector. When they switched over to accepting the Oyster travel card, versus having most of the passengers pay with cash, the powers that be thought they could make the fare collector redundant. However, with the new buses you can enter from the front (where the driver is) from the middle and from the back, and people were neglecting to press their Oyster card against the readers, so they were losing revenue. That meant the new "Routemaster" bus we took today had a driver, a person in the back who hopped out at each stop to help the passengers alight or exit, and a fare checker, who asked everyone to either show their ticket or press their Oyster card on his machine to make sure they were legally riding the bus. Oh, well.
|Original Routemaster bus|
|Bendy Bus or Articulated Bus|
So first we got a picture of Apsley House that was once the home of the Duke of Wellington and is known as #1 London.
Next we captured Picadilly Circus, which had so many people about, we thought maybe a party was going on that we weren't invited to, which is totally unacceptable.
|Big Ben's Tower|
Lastly we captured Tower Bridge lit up in all its glory at night. Once I get a chance to go through my video camera, I may add some photos from there.