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A Day in Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

December 12, 2016

Everyone knows I am a BIG HARRY POTTER fan. I made sure to read all the 7 books and watch the movies. I even told myself that I should visit Leavesden Studios since this is where they shoot the film. When we got the chance to go to London, finally my dreams came true!

How To Get There & General Information

The Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour (known as Leavesden Studios before) is located at Leavesden. There are many options to get to Leavesden. If you live in London, you can definitely bring your own car. If you are a tourist, one option is to take public transportation and a shuttle bus to the tour. If you want a fast journey to Leavesden, you can take an Uber.

When you book a ticket, you will pick a time slot that best suits you. You have to make sure not to be late for your tour. If you miss it, they will do their best to put you in the next slot available. This is a self-guided tour so you don’t have to rush yourself.

What To Expect

Here comes the fun part! I don’t want to spoil everything so I would rather you take a look at the pictures I took during the tour. Mind you, this is a post full of pictures. That is how much I enjoyed the tour. Enjoy!

harry-potter-1The famous cupboard under the stairs. This is the smallest set where they shot

harry-potter-4The entrance to the Great Hall. 

Get ready to enter the magical world of Harry Potter!

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harry-potter-2Dinner is served!

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harry-potter-10Professor McGonagall, Professor Dumbledore and Professor Snape

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harry-potter-12The Yule Ball

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Gryffindor’s Mens Room. 

Did You Know: They used the same beds for all the of the movies. As the actors were growing up, they had to be in a fetus position in order to fit

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The Leaky Cauldron

Hagrid’s Home

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

The Weasley’s Abode

Professor Umbridge’s Office

The famous Flying Car

Fetus of Lord Voldemort

 

Til next time!

Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom

A Short Rabbie’s Tour

November 16, 2016

My parents and I wanted to explore Scotland with limited days remaining. We asked our AirBNB host if she could recommend any tours for us. There were 2 tour agencies she recommended – The Hairy Coo and Rabbie’s Tours. We pushed through with Rabbie’s Tours since they have a lot of positive reviews in TripAdvisor. We decided to join their Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders Short Tour.

To start the tour, the meeting place was in Rabbie’s Cafe, Waterloo Place. We had to be there before 9:30 am since they always leave on the dot. Fortunately, it took us a 10 minute walk to reach the place. Included in our tour were the transportation and the services of our guide. Lunch and entrance fees to some attractions are excluded.

The Journey with Rabbie’s Tour

Our first stop was by the Scott’s View. I could say that this is the most stunning view of the Borders. You are able to overlook the towns below, the Eildon Hills and the River Tweed. This spot’s known to be Sir Walter Scott’s favorite view. When he passed away, the horse pulling the hearse to take him to his interment stopped at this spot.  That was how they usually do it when Sir Walter Scott was still alive.

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The next stop we did was at the Original Sir William Wallace Monument. The movie, Braveheart, was dedicated to Sir William Wallace. This monument was built by David Stuart Erksine, the 11th Earl of Buchan. Before we reached the statue, it took us a few minutes walk. Good thing I was wearing comfortable rubber shoes that time.

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We then proceeded to Melrose to have our lunch. Along with this lunch break, you have the choice to visit Melrose Abbey. Melrose Abbey’s known as the final resting place of the heart of Robert the Bruce. My mom and I didn’t enter since there is an entrance fee. You are still able to appreciate the view of Melrose Abbey even though you are just outside. I was able to find a good place to capture the inside of Melrose Abbey.

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Our last stop was at the 15th century  Rosslyn Chapel. If you are a fan of Da Vinci Code, then this is a good opportunity for you to visit. This was where they shot the ending scene of the movie. While looking inside the chapel, you will be able to appreciate the detailed works done by the architects of this church. You are not allowed to take a picture once you are inside the chapel. Thus, the outside of the chapel was the only thing I was able to take a shot of.Please do take note that there is an entrance fee for this chapel. If you want to know what is inside the chapel, then you better visit the chapel.

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To have the short tour with Rabbie’s gave me the opportunity to know more about the history of Scotland. It was interesting to see the beautiful views and attractions that Scotland can offer. When you get the opportunity to go to Scotland, take a tour with Rabbie’s.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Adult Prices: £31.00 – £39.00
Concession Prices: £28.00 – £36.00
Departs: 09.30
Returns: 16.15 approx
Departing: Mon, Tues, Thur, Sat, Sun

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Europe, Scotland, United Kingdom

Explore Scotland: Places To Discover!

November 10, 2016

Last October 17, my parents and I had our first ever trip to Europe! To officially start our Europe trip, the first country we went to was in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Scotland’s located at the northern most country in the UK and Edinburgh is the capital city. Aside from Edinburgh, there are other cities namely Aberdeen, Dundee,Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling. Since we went to Edinburgh during autumn, expect the weather to be cold. Around this time, make sure to bring a thick jacket with you.

In Edinburgh, this is where you can find the Scottish Parliament and the seat of monarchy. The Old Town and New Town are considered to be a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s the famous Nessie, a unique culture when it comes to the arts and music, and great history that will show how brave and strong Scottish people are. English is the main language but when you get to go to the outskirts, you can hear Scots spoken too.

How to reach Edinburgh, Scotland:

  • plane
  • train
  • car

Attractions in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a famous icon in Scotland. It’s located at the Castle Rock. The castle’s known to house the Kings and Queens. Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to King James VI in the palace in 1566. Queen Margaret (now known as St. Margaret) passed away in this palace in 1093. The castle was also used as a military base with large garrison in the year 1600 onwards.

The castle houses the Great Hall, The Stone of Destiny, The Crown Jewels, St. Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Meg, Scottish National War Museum. 

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explore-scotland-12The Scottish War Memorial Museum 

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Information:

  • The castle opens 9:30am daily. Closing time varies. From April 1 til Sept. 30, the castle closes at 6pm. From October 1 – March 31, the castle closes at 5pm.
  • Adults: 16.50 pounds.
    Children: 9.90 pounds.
    Concession (60+ yrs and unemployed): 13.20 pounds.
    Children below 5 years old have free entry.

Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is the largest monument in the whole world. This monument is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott. There are 287 steps to reach the top of the monument.

Information:

  • April through September: Monday to Sunday 10am – 7pm
    October through March: Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm; last admission 3.30pm.
  • Admission is 5 pounds, for both adults and children

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Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is located at the center of the city. This area runs through the Old Town, the Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The St. Giles Cathedral can also be seen within the area.

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St. Giles Cathedral

This is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and has the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle. Entrance is free but you have the option to donate for the church.

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Camera Obscura is a museum where they explain the history of the museum and an amazing way to see the city. We were not supposed to go to this museum. We suddenly became interested when we were in the venue already. The illusions they showed were more than what I expected. This place should be in your to-do list when visiting Edinburgh.

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(c) Camera Obscura

Other Attractions That We Were Not Able To Go To

The Edinburgh Dungeon

This attraction should be given a chance if you enjoy horror theme attractions. They get to show you the dark history of Edinburgh through theater actors, props and special effects in this walkthrough attraction.

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Scottish National Gallery

This is a good way to see modern and contemporary art if you enjoy viewing artworks. There are 2 buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the British monarch. This serves as a residence of the King and Queen of Scots in the 16th century and serves as a setting for entertainment and occasions.

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Arthur Seat

This is the main peak of a group of mountains and is found at the center of the city of Edinburgh. It is free in order to reach the top of the mountain.

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