Here is some of the stuff that we acquired in London. As it is clearly evident most of it is from Harry Potter Studios. Good times.
Home At Last
Home sweet home. We knew today was going to be a long and challenging day. We knew we would not make the train, and there was a chance we would not make the shuttle bus to the train station, which means we would have to take an even later train. Not to mention the issues […]
Relaxing in London
After Changing of the Guard ceremony, or rather, before it actually concluded we set off across St. James’s Park to Piccadilly and a wonder around Regent Street, essentially circling around Soho for a bit of exploration. I think we all are a bit tired so today we are taking it easy. We went back to […]
We went to see the Queen today but there was a scheduling problem with the palace. So instead of high tea we settled for watching the change of guard and a coffee.
Change of Guard
Today we went to Buckingham Palace to see the change of the guard, us and about 1000 other people with nothing better to do on a beautiful spring day. The whole ceremony is quite long, with much fanfare and massive crowds and not a lot to see. It seems there is not one place that […]
After our museum visit, we had a nice dinner in a traditional English Tavern and then headed out to Covent Garden which is a trendy boutique area in London. Then a quick stop to King’s Cross for a visit to Platform 9 ¾.
Natural History Museum – Treasures
There are a lot great exhibits and some real treasures. There is a tooth which was found by the side of the road which gave birth to the study of dinosaurs, the first adult skull of a Neanderthal ever discovered, the first edition of the “On The Origin of Species” by Darvin, a dodo skeleton, […]
Natural History Museum
To your average creationist this place is hell and Darwin is the devil, to the rest of inquiriting minds this is a place of amazement and wonder. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. Each exhibit hall is more splendid the the […]
It appears that whatever the French have found first or did not lose in war is at the Louvre in Paris, the rest of the world’s treasures are in London at the The British Museum. The Rosetta Stone, the oldest chess set, the Portland Vase the precursor to Wedgwood China, The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossal red granite statue […]
After London Eye we set out for a walk across the river towards the Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street and the British National Museum with a quick stop at a pub for some fish and chips.
We woke up to a spectacular spring day in London. It is the sort of day you wish you were going on the London Eye simply to see the entire city with beautiful blue sky and some white clouds. That is exactly how we started our day today. First thing after breakfast we set […]
Just the Hogwarts castle – so real and so close you can almost touch it, if it wasn’t for the barriers and the security and the CCTV…
Harry Potter – Hogwarts
The second studio is dedicated to animatronics, the concept art, prints, magic wands, the entire Diagon Alley and of course larger then life model of the Hogwarts Castle which was used for all of the outdoor scenes and fly by shots. The size of this model is hard to describe because words like huge and […]
Harry Potter – Outdoor Sets
Once you take it the splendid wonder of all the indoor sets, in the courtyard between the two studios are some of the outdoor sets which were used in the movie. Those include the Hogwarts Bridge, No. 4 Privet Drive, The Night Bus, The flying ford Angila, Little Whining and a few more chess pieces. […]
Harry Potter Sets
The first part of the tour is on the sound stage where the Great Hall scenes were shot as well as some of the other iconic sets from the movie, such as the Boys, Dormitory, Gryffindor Common Room, Potions Room, the Burrow, Hagrid’s hut, Umbridge’s Office, the Dumbledore’s Office, the Ministry of Magic etc.. It all […]
This adventure took about 4 or 5 hours to get through but as Boris said, it was the best day of his life. Harry Potter Studios just outside London are well worth the time and the money for any Harry Potter fan. Even before you enter the studios, you are immediately impressed by the […]
Tower of London
Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. This building used to serve as a royal residence, the Treasure for the Royal Jewels, a defence building and a prison. There has been more blood […]
It is hard to say what is more iconic in London – The Big Ben or the Tower Bridge. I think we would be hard pressed to pick between the two. After a bit of rain, the sun come out which made for some spectacular looking skyline.
First thing on our agenda today was to see the Tower Bridge and the area around it. We stopped by the City Hall and a bit of modern London before heading for the iconic bridge. There are some really stunning buildings here, all made of glass and steel, which provides a great contract to the […]
Around Our Digs
We are heading out for another busy day today. This one is almost entirely dedicated to what kids want to do. Here are some streets around our hotel on our way to the tube.
Until the 17th century the street was known as Portugal Street. Piccadilly is a famous road in London, running from Hyde Park Corner in the west to in the east. It is completely within the City of Westminster and it is one of the widest and straightest streets in central London, and it is always busy.
St James’s Park
We wondered towards Piccadilly and took a shortcut across St. James’s Park where there seems to be hundreds of thousands of spring flowers and hundreds of birds of all shapes and sizes. Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit St James’s Park, the oldest of the capital’s eight Royal Parks.
Here are a few shots from around the Parliament Building and the Big Ben which we will be coming back to when we go for a ride on the London Eye. There are many beautiful places in London, each one more grand then the next, so we can’t wait to see more of it very […]
We are exploring London bit by bit. The weather went from sunny to drizzle, so we are taking a bit of a break and shelter from the rain.
Fish and Chips
These were done just right with mushed green peas. Not only did we have a Polish waitress her uncle lives in Edmonton. Small world.
After an eventful day yesterday we are starting off slow today. First order of the day – sleep through the breakfast at the hotel. Second order of the day – find a place to sit, relax and enjoy a morning cup of coffee and watch the world go by.
It’s Spring Break. The kids are officially out of school for a week. On Boris’ request we are going to London. It is one of the cities he really wants to see. We are setting off to Frankfurt on a train, then we are catching a flight to London on Ryan Air. We are packed […]