The Tower Bridge in London is one of the world’s most iconic landmark, and also one the world’s most famous mistaken identity as many foreigners often mixed it up with the less-spectacular-but-historically-rich London Bridge.
The Tower Bridge – named after the nearby Tower of London – was opened in 1894 after eight years of construction. Unlike the real London Bridge, it has never fallen apart.
It was around 5pm when I reached the bridge, on my first full day in London during my 2005 trip… the sky was getting dark sooner than I expected, and the temperature dropped drastically as well. Luckily there’s a cafe nearby to shelter from the chilly wind, and I grabbed some snacks and a cup of hot coffee too.
To my amazement, while I was chowing down my sandwich, the bridge opened to allow a small cruise to pass by. It was my third visit to the bridge (twice in 2001), but only the first time witnessing the actual event. Third time lucky I guess.