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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

So basically the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was like all of my dreams come true.  When you are there, it really feels like you are living in the world of Harry Potter (if you can ignore the hoards of people around you).  Many of the stores on Diagon Alley are actually physical stores that you can walk into and the inside is just as amazing and meticulously thought out as the outside.  It is so over the top and wonderful.  Everything was clean and efficiently run and the people that work there were great and many acted as though they are really wizards and we are muggles.  Which I kind of took offense to.  Obviously I am a witch and not a stupid muggle.  The Hogwarts Express and the train station they built for it is an experience in itself.  I would tell y’all every detail but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who wants to go.  And you totally should.  So I will just share some of my pictures.  I narrowed them down as much as I could but there are still so many.

diagon alley Two Delighted

peter boat Two Delighted

leaning cauldrons Two Delighted

diagon alley meg and chris Two Delighted

olivanders Two Delighted

wand stacks Two Delighted

Definitely stand in line for the show at Olivander’s wand shop in Diagon Alley.  It was one of my favorite parts.  Also, I bought Hermione’s wand to cast spells throughout the park.  Duh.

weasleys Two Delighted

pumpkin building Two Delighted

back street Two Delighted

butterbeer icecream Two Delighted

Butterbeer icecream.  Oh man, what I wouldn’t give to be eating some of that right now.

daily prophet sign Two Delighted

bike meg and chris Two Delighted

Hagrid’s motorbike.

borginandburke Two Delighted Knockturn Alley was like its own little world and super creepy.

borginandburkeinterior Two Delighted

 Inside Borgin and Burkes was so interesting.  There was also a vanishing cabinet with a faint bird sound inside.

leaky cauldron london Two Delighted

knight bus Two Delighted

platform 9.34 Two Delighted

platform disappearance Two Delighted

Can you even?

hogwarts express Two Delighted

hogsmeade sign Two Delighted

hogsmeade rooftops Two Delighted

Honeydukes Two Delighted

hogwarts sign Two Delighted The ride inside Hogwarts is probably the best ride I’ve ever been on.  Even Chris (who likes Harry but is not obsessed like me) agreed that this is the best ride that we went on in Universal.

Hogsmeade at night Two Delighted

 The last day we were there, we stuck around the park till later so we could see Hogsmeade at dark.  I really enjoyed that as well.  Diagon Alley was closed already so we couldn’t see that at night.

three broomsticks night Two Delighted

The Three Broomsticks

Hogwarts at night Two Delighted

It is sad that we are not still there but I am awfully glad I went.  Such a special place.

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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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