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    • Day 2

      1st Day in London.

      May 19 in England ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Arrived in London at 9am which was midnight at home. Took a train from Gatwick airport to Victoria station and decided to walk to our hotel from there.
      We followed the crowed and found the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace!! It’s quite the event!!
      We walked through Hyde Park and found food for Helen, washroom for me and a drink for both.
      We then walked the gruelling 3.2km to find our hotel and literally crash!!
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    • Day 68

      London Calling

      May 24, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      We made it to London! It took around 2hrs from Madrid to London.
      We were greeted at the airport by Zoe’s mum, Louise, who has been so kind to host us during our short stay in the UK.
      Louise drove us to her place in Harefield, about a 30min drive from Heathrow north-west of London, where we were able to have a much needed shower and get changed.

      We walked around the town which is very lovely and walked to an English pub for a pint in a beer garden in the sun. Daniel enjoyed his beer though he forgot that they wouldn’t serve it cold here! We returned back to Louise’s place for a delicious home-cooked roast dinner with red wine. After talking and enjoying, we went to bed for a much needed rest!
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    • Day 4

      Rainy day in London

      May 21 in England ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      It started off just drizzling this morning so we headed off to find a place for a full English Breakfast and found the pub we wanted to go to closed till noon so we found one at Pizza Pilgrims.
      We then walked to through Hyde park to Kensington Palace which was closed on Tuesdays but we got to go through the garden which had a statue of Diana, Princess of Whales; and commissioned by her sons.
      We continued walking a came to a monument dedicated to King Albert by Queen Victoria.
      Next to that was the Royal Albert Hall and we went on a guided tour by a very nice and very well informed tour guide.
      After that we went to the Museum of Natural History and the Victoria & Albert Museum which were both free.
      We didn’t see all of either as there is so much stuff.
      We ended up getting caught in the rain on our way back to our hotel and soaked through. But what’s a holiday in London without getting soaked by rain ☔️
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    • Day 2

      Warner Bros. Studio Tour

      January 3, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Teil 2 des Tages war dann das Highlight und der eigentliche Grund für unseren Kurztrip: Die Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter.
      Und ich kann sagen: Die Tour ist absolut jeden Cent wert! Absoluter Wahnsinn was alles an Sets, Kostümen und Reliquien nur für die Filme hergestellt wurde. In jeder Minute fühlte man sich in die Kindheit zurückversetzt. Absolute Empfehlung!Read more

    • Day 106

      Harry Potter world!

      July 5, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

      Miles: 3.9 Steps: 10723
      Flights stairs: 4

      When you go to London with a Harry Potter fanatic like Jordan, there is no choice but to visit Warren Bros studios!

      It’s a ways out of town so we had to take the tube to a train, to catch a shuttle bus - but it was worth it. We spent almost 3 1/2 hours there. It isn’t like what they have in the US at Universal - this is a tour of the actual props and sets used in the making of the eight movies, on the actual studios. No rides or anything like that. Pretty special to see how the “magic” was actually made. It was also neat to watch Jordan revert back to a child and just enjoy what she was experiencing. I don’t get to see that side of my adult 23 year old much anymore.Read more

    • Day 3

      Harry Potter Studio Tour

      March 4, 2020 in England ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

      Heute waren wir in den Harry Potter Studios und haben da eine Studio Tour gemacht. Es war wie ein riesengroßes Harry Potter Museum. Man konnte sich ganz viele originale Aufbauten angucken (der Speisesaal von Gryffindor, der verbotene Wald, Dumbledores Büro, Gringotts, ...) und es waren ganz viele originale Kostüme und Requisiten ausgestellt. Außerdem wurde jede Menge erklärt, mit welchen Spezialeffekten gearbeitet wurde zum Beispiel. Natürlich gab’s auch ein paar Attraktionen für die Besucher: man hätte zum Beispiel vor einem greenscreen auf einem Besen fliegen können und dann wäre man in einem Video durch London geflogen, aber das hat extra gekostet.
      Insgesamt war es sehr spannend und wir haben viel über die Filme erfahren. Danach sind wir dann wieder zurück nach East Croydon gefahren (was fast zwei Stunden gedauert hat, weil die Studios auf der anderen seite von London sind). Dort waren wir noch in dem Streetfood market und haben etwas gegessen.
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    • Day 15

      Harry Potter Studios

      April 13, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      The boys have been involved with the planning of this trip. It's encouraged them to research our destinations and help come up with plans and itineraries. One activity that we wanted to keep a secret however, was the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. It was Gabba's contribution to our trip, and the boys had no idea....

      The tour wasn't until the afternoon, so we spent the morning strolling around town. We walked up to Hyde Park. Tom found some more squirrels, but was less impressed with the grey variety. We made our way to Marble Arch and then up towards Baker St. A cursory walk by 221B had us deducing that it was Sherlock Holmes' residence. Elementary.

      After a quick bite it was on the train to Watford Junction. As we stepped out of the station and waited for the shuttle bus emblazoned with Harry Potter signage, the penny finally dropped for the boys about where we were heading.

      The tour is pretty impressive. The majority of the films were produced in these studios and the sets have all been recreated using the original set pieces. We made our way into the Grand Dining Hall and watched the lights and smoke show, similar to the pizazz that would have been used when filming the scene when the Weasley's flew their brooms through the Hall. The next room showcased a number of sets, as well as hundreds of genuine props and costumes. The detail in set design was amazing. In the halls of Hogwarts, the oil paintings that adorned the walls were all hand painted and were generally paintings of film crew and their families. Some of the moving pictures on the walls were film crew as well, but to think they had dozens and dozens of these pictures, all requiring their own set, and they may end up on camera for a second. It's pretty impressive.

      The boys enjoyed finding the snitches that were hidden throughout the tour, Sarah found the elusive snitch in the Gringott's Bank. We stopped halfway for a Butter Beer and then continued through the Dursley's house, into the forest, on the Hogwarts Express, up Diagon Alley and finally to the 1:20 scale model of Hogwarts Castle. This model is uber-impressive, the detail is unbelievable. It was used for fly-by scenes and you can almost see miniature Harry, Hermione and Ron walking through the corridors.

      We tiredly got back on the bus and train, back into Euston Station. We were tired but hungry, and it was decided that a good curry would hit the spot. It was too much for poor Fred, who fell asleep at the curry house, however the rest of us managed to eat his share. A tired journey across town eventually had us back in our beds dreaming of witchcraft and wizardry.
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    • Day 80

      Last Day in London

      June 5, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We had a very chilled morning today and did lots of planning/booking for the next part of the trip.

      We had lunch at home then caught the tube to Watford and explored the town/went to the shopping centre. We then caught the bus to Warner Bros Studio to see the Making of Harry Potter Tour! From the moment we got on the bus (which was magical themed of course!) everything was about Harry Potter.

      We arrived at the studio and were able to get in slightly early before our tour time, which was fantastic as there was so much to explore! We were in a couple of cinema rooms before being welcomed into the Great Hall to begin our tour!

      We were then able to go at our own pace, seeing all the sets, props, clothing, special effects and so much more that made the Harry Potter franchise so successful! Around the halfway point, we were even able to try a Butterbeer and butterbeer flavoured ice cream!

      We finished up in last room which contained the scale model of Hogwarts which was incredible. We then passed through a ‘wand shop’ to the exit where there were over 4000 individual wands - one for each member of crew who worked on the Harry Potter movies.
      We had such a fun and exciting afternoon exploring the studio, and it really made us appreciate the level of detail that had gone into making the movies - things like having to paint all the magical portraits, animal trainers and all the sketching/cardboard models of sets/props!

      We then caught the bus back to Harefield and arrived back around 10pm.
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    • Day 5

      Harry Potter Studio ( Part 1)

      May 1, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Nik - Ever since we began planning this trip, today's activity...visiting the Harry Potter Studio...was something I was very much looking forward too.

      The tour did not disappoint. At the moment the doors to the Great Hall were revealed, I started to tear up. Seeing the long tables set for a feast, the floating candles...my breath caught in my throat.

      I've read the books and watched the movies many times, and each time I'm drawn into that world of magic. This time...it wasn't imagination. This time I was there and it took my breath away.

      Highlights of the tour were the Forbidden Forest, the two Gringots displays (one before, one after it was ruined by the excaping dragon), Diagon Alley and the big Hogwarts Castle at the end.

      We had read that the tour could be done in 4 hours, but I think that is a serious underestimate. There is so much to see, so many little videos explaining the production and creative processes. It would be impossible to do it all and REALLY take it all in during a full day, let a lone 4 hours. (Honestly, if your a serious Harry fan.... you'd want two days.). As it was we had 5 hours. We missed one and a half sections entirely and had to rush through the second half in order to get back to our bus in time.

      But my gosh was it amazing.

      I took so many photos I'm we're going to have to do two studio posts to get all the images in. (We can only put 10 photos a post.)
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    • Day 4

      HP studios 3/16 : About dresses

      August 13, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Entering the exposition itself, we first have been interested by the outfits, and especially the actresses' dresses.
      Pénélope had the chance to get two thorough explanations about the making of two Luna Lovegood's dresses. Attached the short video.
      Fascinating.
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