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Every year, the Harry Potter tour in Leavesden decorates for Christmas. The Great Hall is decked out in its Christmas finery and the model of Hogwarts is dusted in snow. We’ve toured the studio before but not for about 5 years and not during the Christmas season. Most of the weekends had been completely booked …

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We spent the following day after Sagrada Familia simply walking around Barcelona, specifically searching out architecture by Antonio Gaudi. Gaudi not only designed Sagrada Familia, but a number of buildings around Barcelona, which still stand today. He was one of the first architects to design in the Art Nouveau movement. We started by walking to …

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I have to say that I was looking forward to Barcelona, but I hadn’t expected it to be one of my favourite places. It was also cleaner than some of the other European cities we’ve visited. We arrived in Barcelona, and after a bit of confusion, figured out the subway, which we took to the …

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After Pompeii, we mostly roamed around Naples, wandering into churches, eating in various restaurants, and browsing through the streets. Just a short walk from where we stayed on Via Duomo was Cattedrale di San Gennaro, which was one of the churches we wandered through while it poured down rain, giving us a break from the …

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Ever since I took a class on the Bronze Age in the Aegean, I’ve wanted to go to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Of course, that usually means a trip to Naples. Having been to both Rome and Venice, I thought I knew what traveling to Italy would entail: good food, friendly people, and a lot of …

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I’ve always wanted to spend countless time wandering the art museums of Paris. I didn’t get into all of them, but I did make the Louvre! The largest art museum in the world, the Louvre is situated on the Right Bank of the Seine and was very close to where we stayed while we were …

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From the time I was about eight years old, I wanted to go to Paris. Well, I finally went over Labor Day weekend! During a sale for Eurostar tickets, we booked the entire family. I had a friend coming in and we were seeing a play on Friday, so I traveled early Saturday morning to …

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My daughters have been asking to see Wicked for some time, but to be honest, I wasn’t gung-ho about seeing it. I can’t explain why, but it just never piqued my interest. After listening to them talk about all of the musicals they want to see, I finally booked tickets to Wicked. The tickets weren’t …

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