Monday, January 5, 2009

UK - Tower Bridge in London (GB-45888)

This postard travelled to me for more than 100 days :) Well, that's the official travel time on postcrossing site, actually it arrived in just several days. It shows a place, where I've been to - the Tower Bridge in London :) Receiving cards from places that I've visited always makes me recall my journeys, even if it was quite a long time ago. I was in London in 2004 on a school trip. We lived with English families near London, but I wouldn't call it an exchange, because they didn't come to Poland later. Of course, that was a great opportunity to practise the language and to see something new... But getting out of our Polish bus on the middle of London's street (because they drive on the left side in UK) was a terrible experience :))

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, which gives it its name. It has become an iconic symbol of London. Tower Bridge is one of several London bridges owned and maintained by the City Bridge Trust, a charitable trust overseen by the City of London Corporation.

The bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge to the left and the right. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. Its present colour dates from 1977 when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Before this, it was painted a chocolate brown colour.


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