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A Taste of Platform 9 3/4

What is your Harry Potter House?

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True Harry Potter fans can’t visit London without visiting the iconic Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross. While the actual platforms 9 and 10 exist behind pay wickets, a nearby location has been dedicated to those eager to snap a fun photo of themselves heading to the Hogwarts Express.

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And the best part: You can take a photo for free! While the line of young wizards can be long during peak hours, we were pleasantly surprised to see no money is necessary to hang off the luggage cart disappearing into the wall. The folks there are even cool about giving you a chance to take a picture with your own camera before they take an official one (which you can then, of course, buy).

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They have scarves and wands from all houses and wizards to choose from as props, and others in line are happy to play temporary photographer in exchange for your doing the same.

This also naturally entices visitors to enter the adjacent store, packed tighter than Ollivander’s Wand Shop with paraphernalia, including shirts, bags, house scarves, wands (of course), and the books, themselves.

And while you’re at it, take the small trip across the street to the beautiful St. Pancras Station, which was used for filming Platform 9 3/4.

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Harry Potter hadn’t been published when last I visited London, so I enjoyed this new element. While we totally could have geeked out and bought one of everything, we restrained ourselves. I did, however, pick up a Slytherin patch… gotta represent!


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A Taste of Brussels

What place to you want to revisit to see something you missed?

After several days of rain, we finally got out to see the beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium. Full of remarkable architecture and beautiful parks, there’s no shortage of things to see.

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A Taste of the Gravensteen Castle

What is the best tour you’ve ever been on?

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The Gravensteen Castle is a popular attraction in Ghent, and we almost passed it by as just another touristy thing to do. After all, we could see quite a bit of it from the outside.

However, we’re so glad we went inside! Continue reading “A Taste of the Gravensteen Castle”

A Taste of Ghent’s Graffiti Alley

Do you have any interesting street art near you?

We stumbled upon this colorful alley simply by happenstance while walking through the quaint city of Ghent. A haven for street artists, this short stretch is constantly changing as new paint is added day after day. This is an open canvas in a “graffiti-friendly” city.

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A Taste of Ghent

Where is your favorite cute small town or village?

From the moment we set foot in the cute little town of Ghent, we instantly fell in love. It might have helped that the central square is dominated by three massive cathedrals (and I’m a sucker for cool architecture).

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40 Days in The British Isles: Preview

The UK and Ireland were not originally on our list for our world tour, as we knew they would be expensive countries. However, with enough house-sitting, we made the trip very affordable. Thankfully, this allowed us to stay for about a month and a half while seeing some top sites and even getting out into the countryside. Being in some English-speaking locations for a bit was refreshing. Seeing what felt like America’s great uncle was also fascinating as there were so many similarities. Here is a sampling of some places we visited and a short video with the highlights from this part of our world trip.

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A Taste of Amsterdam

What’s the coolest bar you’ve been to?

Call us crazy, but we were actually somewhat underwhelmed by Amsterdam. Perhaps it’s because we had spent so much time already in its sister, Rotterdam, that it just didn’t amaze us all that much. Additionally, there were a LOT of people – most of them on bikes. We had to be careful to not get run over as we tried to walk the city.

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A Taste of Delft

What day trip would you do again in a heartbeat?

Delft is a quaint town and a fun day trip from Rotterdam! We instantly fell in love with the winding alleys, the tight lines of buildings, and the leaning towers. We even had to find a wooden shoe to pose in!

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A Taste of Holland Windmills

What’s a funny mistake you’ve made in your travels?

Holland is known for their windmills. We wanted to photograph some while we were there, but we weren’t too keen on going all the way out to Kinderdijk (the crowds it also draws didn’t sound too appealing, either).

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