The End End End

After three weeks in London and chasing the torch from Buckingham Palace, the Beatles Abbey Road tour, the Big Bus Tour, the Sherlock Holmes tour, riding on the London Eye, running in Hyde Park, Regent Street shopping, Covent Gardens and all kinds of activities in Victoria Park, and countless trips on the tube, one might wonder what there is left to do? The answer is SO MUCH!! We can’t leave England without seeing Harry Potter and Shakespeare!

Yesterday, Jake, Ryan and I went to Warner Brothers Studio in Hertfordshire.  It was a little more then an hour away and we had to take two Underground lines, a train and a bus to get to the studio.  When we got off the final train we saw the “Harry Potter Bus.”

Decorated to look like Diagon Alley, this bus took us right to the studio.

The tour was amazing.  From the exact replica of the Great Hall, Gryffindor common room, Burrow, Hagrid’s Hut and more. To the props, the costumes, the creature replicas, everywhere we look there was something else to see.  The set replica’s were amazing.  Everything seemed so real and just as big in person as in the films.

     

One of my favorite rooms was where the magical creatures were explained.  Voldemort as the baby was electronically activated as was the Monster book that Hagrid required for his class.  My favorite item was Buckbeak the hippogriff.  This magical creature turned his head to the crowd and bowed.

Finally after walking through Diagon Alley, past Ollivander’s and Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes, we turned the corner to the best surprise of all.  The replica of Hogwarts.  This replica was lit up and transitioned from night to day as we watched.  There were computer screens around the castle with very interesting facts about the making…but you’ll have to go see those for yourself. 🙂

Then today we went to the Imperial War Museum.  The exhibits were so informative and vivid, especially the Holocaust Exhibit.  The five floors took us almost three hours to go through and there was still so much more to see and read.

Then this afternoon we went to the Shakespeare Globe Theater.  We didn’t go in but just being outside of such a historic and beautiful recreation was an honor.

 

Tomorrow, we plan to finish our adventure by watching the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.

I can’t believe how fast this trip has flown by.  Every minute has been so much fun because of these five other people with me. Without the connection we made with each other, this trip would have been so different.  As Izzy has said many times, we really gelled as a group.  Not only as a production team but as a family.  I am really going to miss being with Izzy, Jake, Ryan, Quinton and Bill everyday.

This is Bond … James Bond – Hope Janelle Berninghausen

Well today was another fun filled day.  After I woke everyone up (like the mother) we got ready and headed off to The Barbican Centre’s exhibit “Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style.”  There were 12 different rooms, each with different memorabilia in them.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the exhibit, but I’ll describe several rooms.  The girl’s favorite room was one that had all of the costumes from each casino scene.  There were dresses dripping in diamonds and tuxedos from most of the movies.  There was a room that told the story of Ian Fleming, and a recreation of M’s office.  Another really interesting room had a ton of gadgets that Bond has used in the movies, from a replica of the underwater car, to guns and cell phones.

Tomorrow, we plan on going to Regent Street, and then to the Science Museum to see The Dark Knight Rises!! We are starting to realize that our time is very close to being over. There are still so many places we want to see and so many different kinds of food we want to eat. Hopefully we can get it in in the few days we have left!!