Tour

London Bridge in the US

London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down. London bridge is falling down, my fair lady. The rhyme dates back from the 1100s when the foundation of Old London bridge was being constructed, replacing the timber foundation. London bridge is a very important structure spanning the Thames River. It became a choice business and residential site in London. From the medieval times, there had been many calamities and repairs that undertook.

A bit of history here…

“In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn’t handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000.

The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City.” – See more at: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/places/havasu.htm#sthash.7s6Dwnzv.dpuf

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Part of one of our camping hopping trips was supposed to be an overnight camping at Lake Havasu City. We didn’t like the Lake Havasu  State Park because of the ants that made the campground their home. The lake is stinky and the weather was so hot. There are times when in camping you hit the jackpot (when you have an awesome campsite). But this one was a bummer. Though it was not nice to be here on a 100+ degrees temperature, it’s nice to have a quick tour of this part of the city and learn history. Here are some of the pictures before we drive back to California.

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UK flag waving there!
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This area of the Lake Havasu City is a haven for people who loves to hang out in bars and water sports. There’s a lot of resorts in the area.
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US flag waving here!

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There’s a European feel around London Bridge in Arizona. They maintained European style of structures. Maybe it’s nice to explore some more next time but definitely in the fall or winter.
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911 Memorial Visit

Eleven years ago, when my husband and I got home from an evening class in Taft, Manila, we saw on TV what seems like a scene from a movie. The World Trade Center towers collapsing, smoke coming out of the rubbles and tiny images of people jumping to their deaths were repeatedly shown. We could not believe that was really happening. 
 
Last year, my family watched History channel’s documentary of 9/11 tragedy. It was the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack. We can’t help but cry seeing different angles of the story from how the terrorists entered the US and trained to be pilots in American soil, to the security head of World Trade Center predicting about terrorist attacks.
I never thought that we would be able visit the site where the tragedy happened. It gave me chills to remember the scenes from what I watched that are forever etched in my memory. 
 
Here’s to remember the lives of innocent people and salute the heroes who gave their lives to save others.
 

The Memorial closes at 8 PM. We were late so we just took some photos outside. We planned to go back the following day.

The buildings behind us are almost finished. Several buildings are being constructed within the World Trade complex.

We’ve learned that names etched on the bronze parapets were arranged meaningfully by the designer of  the Memorial. They were arranged by relationships and affiliations.

This reminds me of the plane that hit one of the towers.

She was not even born when that terrorism happened. I don’t know what’s in her mind but she was pretty serious huh?

This pool with cascading waterfalls was built on the exact location where one of the twin towers was located. 

We bought this medal from the souvenir shop. This was minted and made available to the public for sale to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Obverse design shows Lady Liberty holding the Lamp of Remembrance. Reverse design (not shown) depicts an eagle symbolizing the strength of survivors, families and Nation, against a backdrop of cascading water. 

This is the Survivor Tree that was burned, twisted and almost died but with a little TLC it was resurrected to life. The tree was replanted in Ground Zero memorial park. Really amazing tree! Life is still beautiful even after the tragedy.

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Perfect weather we had on our first day of tour. It’s better to walk wearing layers than sweating a lot under the sun. Our friend  was surprised to see few people visiting the tower today. It’s a jackpot for us that we don’t have to experience long lines to go up. See? We managed to have a photo op here, otherwise we have to go up immediately.

We went up knowing that it’s zero visibility. That’s the risk we had to take if we want to save time and tour the city more. Here are some pictures of what we saw: