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Magical Happenings

Friday, January 16, 2015

I have some pretty exciting plans for the next few days which may or may not involve going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida.  Okay, they totally involve that!!  I have been wanting to go for years but when I saw that they were opening Diagon Alley there, I knew it was something that needed to happen as soon as possible.  And now it is happening.  Yay!!  Apart from getting to live in the magical land of Harry Potter for a few days, I am also looking forward to a little break from this craptastic weather.  It has been so cold and gloomy.  A few days of mild and a bit of sun sounds like just the ticket.  Hopefully we will also get to see a rocket launch while we are down there which will be pretty exciting as well.  Has anyone been already?  Any tips that may help our journey?

95573fd87cc2320c2eb21d3513d3fd7e I will report back with lots of pictures and a belly full of butterbeer and pumpkin juice.  Oh yeah!

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Salem Trip Part 2

Friday, October 31, 2014

The nice thing about being Part 2 of the trip recap is that I don’t really even have to tell you guys anything because Meg pretty much already summed up the trip.  Basically, Salem and the nearby town of Marblehead were everything we wanted them to be.  Autumn foliage, charming houses lined up against the rocky coast, readily available and free apple cider (important!), readily available albeit expensive caramel apples (more important!), lots of Halloween crazed people, slightly terrifying lobster dinners, and witches.  So actually we didn’t see any witches even though our hotel was supposed to be pretty haunted.  But we learned all about them and it was terribly interesting and actually really sad.  I won’t get into that right now because I started out taking about how I didn’t need to say anything and yet I’m still talking so I will just stop.  Here are some of my favorite images from our trip taken on my Mamiya 645 with Portra 400.

Oh and also….Happy Halloween!!!!  If you are looking for some Halloween music, check out this playlist Meg made a couple of years ago.  It will be on repeat in my office today.

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Salem Trip Recap Part 1

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Well our Salem trip is over and that is sad.  I call this part one of our recap cause Colleen will be sharing her angels film photos once they get developed.  In the meantime, I thought I would share mine.  I did have some trouble narrowing them down as I am sure you will notice.  I am very happy to report that it was a truly delightful weekend that exceeded expectations.  I was a little worried that the masses of people  I anticipated would ruin some of the charm of our trip but we very cleverly managed to avoid the hubbub when we wanted to.  We got there on Friday morning and were able to get some of our tours and things in before it got very crowded and I definitely recommend that if any of you plan a trip to Salem in October, you manage to be there at least one weekday.  The difference from Friday to Saturday crowds was huge.   One of our best trip decisions was staying in the Hawthorne hotel right in the middle of the historic district.  It was very traditional and cozy and they had complimentary apple cider available for us in the lobby any time we needed a fix.  Which was often.  I would guess Colleen in particular had no less than 7 cups of cider over the course of the weekend.  So if anyone was concerned about our cider quota, you can rest your worries.  I could also see the water from my room on the 5th floor which was an added bonus.  We were located right next to a big park (which was used in filming for Hocus Pocus) and they had carnival concessions with caramel apples and fried oreos.  We mostly wandered around for the weekend but did check a few key items off of our to-do list  which occupied time between random explorations…

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We checked out Pickering Wharf and the pretty ship.

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We toured the House of Seven Gables which Nathaniel Hawthorne based his famed novel off of.  It even had a secret passage that we walked through.

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Corey cutely annoyed Colleen by grabbing at her nose while they stood in front of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.

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We saw the Old Burying Point Cemetery which was beautiful and creepy.
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We checked out the Witch House but opted not to go in since we had just toured two homes from that period the day before.

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We roamed around Allison’s house (from Hocus Pocus) which had a beautiful garden in the back.  I was disappointed by the lack of pumpkins.

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chestnut street vine house blog

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We walked down Chestnut Street which has all the fancy old homes and big trees with leaves that were satisfyingly autumnal colors.

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We found another part of Salem harbor near a big park and enjoyed the view.

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It just so happened to be right near Max and Dani’s house (another Hocus Pocus locale).

Then we drove over to neighboring Marblehead and were quite glad that we did.  Cause it looked like this…

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We pretty much spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the perfect fall atmosphere.

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group shot blogIf anyone is planning a trip and looking for some more specifics, just let me know and I would be happy to help.  I really can’t imagine a more ideal place to be in the fall than New England and Salem in particular.

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