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  • Day3

    London

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After a late night last night, we had a leisurely start to the day, so didn't arrive at the Tower of London until about 11.30am. Once again, we were lucky in the lining up situation, especially since I hadn't pre-purchased tickets, and we were inside within 5 minutes or so.

    This is my third time here and the second for Craig, so we let the kids dictate the pace. We had to line up for about 15 minutes to get in to see the "Clown Jewels" as Kate was calling them.

    We then walked across the Tower Bridge, along the Thames to check at Borough Markets. I can see why they are popular - they are so eclectic and diverse. Located right under the overhead train line for the Tube, there was the noise of trains every few minutes, which just added to the vibe.

    So it was an early mark back to our apartment for a bit of rest, ready to head out to Matilda the Musical in the West End, written of course by the fabulous Tim Minchen.
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  • Day3

    London (Harry Potter Studios)

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    This was simply amazing!

    The real sets used in all eight movies were set up on location at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, just outside of London. The sets included the costumes, props, wigs and animatronics. The gift shop was one of the best I have ever seen for a tourist attraction. The kids (and I) were completely enthralled by the experience. The Great Hall was incredible in terms of the construction, the real stone floor and the attention to detail. The rooms set up for The Hollow (the Weasley's kitchen), Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor Common Room and bedroom and Diagon Alley were a lot smaller in real life than you would expect, but once again, the detail in it all, plus the explanation of how they made it look so authentic was fascinating.

    The Hogwart's Express and the entire train station was set up, as was Privet Drive. The attention to detail in the props was incredible and the process of creating the animatronics (including the man hours for a large team for 10 years!) was trully amazing. Buckbeak was there as well as Hagrid's Hut, the animated Monster Book of Monsters, the Mandrakes (those crying baby plants).

    A true delight for Harry Potter fans!
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  • Day35

    Student Blog - Rachel & Michael

    July 27 in the United Kingdom

    Not going to lie but we really struggled to put into words everything we could possibly want to say about teachers, friends and experiences as there is just so much to be thankful for but such little time to express our gratitude. But we’ll try for you...

    Between the two of us we’ve had the pleasure of being part of the NMPAT orchestral family for 15 years and another 6 years of music centres prior to that (shout out to Welly centre)!

    This past week has been a perfect end to a phenomenal lifetime spent in the NMPAT community but obviously it wouldn’t be a tour without a few stories worth sharing.

    Rachel - It began by being labelled as ‘the one that spread her cold through the bus’ and ended with Mrs Malitskie, Mr Spinner and Hannah Allen walking a 40 minute round trip back to my hotel room after I’d thrown away my contact lenses before a concert and didn’t have my glasses with me (thanks Courtney for lending me your glasses for the first half) This definitely shows that we do not deserve the kind staff that we are blessed with. Just one highlight of the tour for me was playing with my quartet outside the Archbishop’s Palace - our first concert venue, because it further validated that chamber music is the way forward for me.

    Going from the youngest member of the orchestra on my first tour in 2014 to the oldest member this time means I had a completely different experience, despite most of the staff being on both! The tiny, reserved violinist I was then might have shown a smile at Kirkwood or Roper but the musician that they have helped make me today cracks jokes and throws shade like there’s no tomorrow, which I think shows some kind of growth in confidence (?) and for that I cannot thank them both enough. I could never begin to show my gratitude towards everyone individually because it would take so long, so please, all NMPAT staff, include yourselves in this - you have made me who I am today, and at the age of 19 this is who I will be for at least the start of my adult life. I am proud of who I have become thanks to you, and I wish for everyone making their way through the county system to feel the same pride to be a part of the best family around.

    Michael - After an incredible first concert, I had a minor wardrobe malfunction for the second. I accidentally left my concert gear in my hotel room. I noticed 45 mins before the concert and I broke down... but miss Kelly calmed a panicked Michael and told me she’d sort it. After a coach driver looked and Sonia walked to the bus and thoroughly searched she quickly gave me her tour top (as it was tour top concert day) and we searched for some black trousers. *here enters Amy Dolphin* ‘You can wear my culottes if you want’. DAMN I looked good and they were so comfy but the very short length of the trouser was concerning so I ended up with Josh’s trousers he’d worn that day (thx bby). So thanks for everyone for saving my bacon.

    I have one particular moment that made this tour for me. We’d taken an hour boat to Devin Castle and had some time to wander and explore. We’d found a small set of stairs that lead down to the riverbank and I just sat. The quiet was a beautiful contrast to the exciting but loud previous few days and I really needed that time to think. I sat there looking back at everything I have achieved over the past 10 years and how the nurturing and loving nature of all the NMPAT staff have made me proud to be a musician and I feel that I’ve blossomed into a proud and confident person who is comfortable and accepting of myself, where as a few years ago this was not the case. As Beth has always said, being happy all the time is harmful so being sad makes the happy times better and this message has stuck with me. As Rachel said, this has set me up to go into a new chapter of my life full of pride and maturity that could only have been created through the devoted family NMPAT create.

    From the both of us we’d just like to say...
    NMPAT doesn’t stop when you leave, it’s not a hobby that you just drop after A levels and it’s definitely not something that you’ll just forget about. It’s a community, a safe place and the biggest family you could imagine. You are encouraged to thrive and grow into the best version of yourself and for that we eternally thank each and every member of both staff and students.

    Peace out ✌

    Rach n Michael
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  • Day3

    Klassenzimmer für Zaubertränke

    April 1 in the United Kingdom

    In Professor Snapes Klassenzimmer für Zaubertränke spiegeln sich unzählige Fläschchen, jedes mit einem von Hand beschrifteten Etikett. Die über 950 Gefäße sind gefüllt mit mystischen Zutaten wie z.B. Tierknochen, getrocknete Blättern, Kräutern und Schrumpfköpfen.

  • Day3

    Der verbotene Wald

    April 1 in the United Kingdom

    Was für Hogwarts Schüler offiziell verboten ist, kann von Fans ohne Gefahr besichtigt werden. Der verbotene Wald ist die Heimat zahlloser Wesen. Eine Figur von Hagrid heißt einen an den Eingangtoren mit einer Laterne in der Hand willkommen.
    Zwischen den riesigen Bäumen findet man zum Beispiel ein lebensgroßes Modell von Seidenschnabel und hat die Gelegenheit, sich vor dem majestätischen Geschöpf zu verneigen. Tiefer im Inneren des Waldes trifft man auf die Spinne Aragog und weitere Mitglieder seiner Spinnenfamilie, die von der Decke herunter kommen.Read more

  • Day3

    Hogwarts Express

    April 1 in the United Kingdom

    Er brachte viele hundert Schüler zur Hogwarts Schule für Hexerei und Zauberei.
    Die scharlachroten Lokomotive steht noch auf ihrem Gleis und wartet heute darauf uns nach Hogwarts zu bringen. Man hat hier nämlich die einmalige Gelegenheit, in den originalen Hogwarts Express zu gehen und durch die Zugabteile zu laufen. Mal sehen, ob der Imbisswagen noch ein paar Schokofrösche oder Bertie Botts Bohnen in jeder Geschmacksrichtung übrig hat.Read more

  • Day3

    Außenkulisse

    April 1 in the United Kingdom

    Bevor man in den Außenbereich kommt, kann man noch einen Stopp einlegen um das legendäre, schäumende „Butterbier“ zu probieren.
    Nach kurzer Stärkung geht es weiter. Für die, die sich noch an den violetten Dreidecker Bus „der fahrende Ritter“ erinnern: im Außenbereich steht der Originalbau, der wirklich drei Etagen hat und 6,70 Meter hoch ist.
    Wir laufen einmal über die Hogwarts Brücke und nehmen im fliegenden Auto Platz.Read more

  • Day3

    Hogwarts Schloss

    April 1 in the United Kingdom

    Auf dem Höhepunkt des Rundgangs stehen wir vor dem sehr aufwendigen gestalteten Modell des Schlosses, samt umliegender Ländereien im Maßstab 1:24. Es gilt als Juwel in der Krone des Art Department. Der um das Modell herum führende, absteigende Pfad ermöglicht es einem sich die atemberaubenden Details genau anzusehen.

  • Day3

    Souvenirshop

    April 1 in the United Kingdom

    Als gelungener Abschluss der Harry Potter Studio Tour folgt noch der Souvenirshop. Hier schlägt das Herz eines Fans noch mal höher. Neben einer großen Auswahl an Merchandise Produkten wie Schokofröschen, Bertie Botts in allen Geschmacksrichtungen, Zauberschach, Büchern, Kuscheltieren, Zauberstäben, Postern, Schlüsselanhänger bekommt man hier auch originale Skizzen, die für die Produktion verwendet wurden oder Ausschnitte aus Filmrollen. Somit kann man echte Teile des Films erwerben! Einige Waren gibt es ausschließlich hier.Read more

  • Day3

    Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

    April 1 in the United Kingdom

    Als die Dreharbeiten beendet wurden, entschied sich der Filmkonzern Warner Bros. all die fantastischen Kulissen, Kostüme und die extra für die Filme hergestellten Requisiten, für die Muggelwelt zugänglich zu machen. Man bekommt also die Chance einen Fuß in die Original Sets der Filmreihe zu setzen und kann auf den Spuren der berühmten Zauberschüler wandeln.
    Es war nicht nur Filmkulisse, sondern diente für zehn Jahre zugleich als zu Hause, Schule und mehr für die meisten Schauspieler wie Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermine) und Rupert Grint (Ron).

    Man erreicht die Studios mit dem Zug, welcher direkt von London Euston Station bis Watford Junction fährt in ca. 1 Stunde bzw. 30 Minuten mit dem Schnellzug. Vom Bahnhof Watford Junction zu den Studios fährt ein Shuttlebus mehrmals die Stunde.
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