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Harry Potter

A much-delayed second blog post of our visit to the Harry Potter Studios in London back in May! Again, please excuse the photos — dead camera battery, really low light and a lot of glass cases made it hard to get great pics on my phone. While we were in the train station area, we had the chance to get a up close with the Hogwarts Express steam engine, and the kids tried to push their carts through platform 9-3/4. There were some train compartments set up with a few select scenes from the movies, which were fun to walk through. There was also a small section devoted to the graphic design team for the films. The scope of their work was pretty amazing, as every single book cover, label, newspaper, magazine, flyer, sign, map, package, etc had to be created from scratch. That must have been a pretty dreamy job, if you ask me. Next, we had lunch in the backlot, complete with Butterbeer of course! The kids were divided on their opinions — Oliver adores anything sweet, …

Harry Potter

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry. But why on earth should that mean it is not real?” – Professor Dumbledore (JK Rowling, of course) I find this quote to be particularly poignant for me. I read the first Harry Potter book when I was 20 years old. I quickly devoured each book as it came out, and have reread each one numerous times. I don’t think a book or series ever made such an impact on me as this one did, I absolutely love it. I love the movies pretty well as much, each and every one. When the kiddos came along, I shared that Harry Potter love with both of them as well. So the quote — just because it’s in my head doesn’t mean it’s not real, right? Sometimes I still wish I’d gotten my letter on my 11th birthday. Turns out, I’m just a muggle. I was so excited to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Watford, just outside of London. It was definitely a huge highlight of the trip for …

Jolly Old London

I fully admit that I found myself occasionally speaking with an english accent while we were in London. Not to anyone other than my family, but I really couldn’t resist injecting some jolly fun into my words while in Britain. There’s just something about it that draws you in… Our second day in beautiful London started with a walk up to Portobello Road and the fun shops along there, then a slow Sunday stroll through the delightful streets of Notting Hill. I could not get enough of the gorgeous pastel beauties all around me, I felt like a total creeper snapping photos all over the place! I mean, seriously!! We had fun dreaming of living in one of the lovely homes, choosing our favourites on each block. Later on we wandered back to Kensington, grabbed a delicious lunch at Otto E Mezzo on a friend’s excellent recommendation (thanks Laura!), and then spent a couple hours at Kensington Park. The kids played at the Princess Diana Memorial Playground, which was pretty impressive, and it was even hot enough to …

London Calling

In early May, there is a “grand weekend” in France (extra long weekend), and we wanted to jet off somewhere close by to take advantage of the four days’ holiday. After looking at several options we settled on London, very easily reached by a short flight from the Tours airport, not too far from our home in Loches. We were super excited about it as London hadn’t originally fit into our travel plans this year. Our thought process is that in a few years, we’d like to spend an entire summer in the UK, so we would explore it then. In any case, we found ourselves with three full days in London. Seeing as it was our first time there, we knew we would take in lots of the big sights, spending our days wandering the core of the city. What an amazing place! We literally barely scratched the surface of all there is to see in London, but we all know we’d love to go back. The kids chose the London Eye as their pick to visit, and those who know me …