The Great Hall at Hogwarts. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Studios

Visiting The Harry Potter Studios with Kids

Wingardium Leviosa! If every child dream of flying like Peter Pan, every movie buff dream of sneaking behind the scenes of their favorite movie. Harry Potter fans probably dream about both – flying on a broomstick and discovering how Daniel Radcliffe did it all in the studios. At the Harry Potter Studio Tour, a.k.a. The […]

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A Walk Through The Chateau de Versailles – The Unplugged Version

The Chateau de Versailles usually rhymes with grand galleries and over-the-top gilded apartments – not a futuristic 18th century clock that will tick until 9999, a bathroom with aquatic pleasures on the walls, a classy mud room for royal hunting dogs or an empty staircase leading to a room with no name. Thanks to a […]

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A 7-Year Old Visits Hill Top, the House of Beatrix Potter in the Lake District

Hill Top as narrated by our resident Beatrix Potter expert, my 7-year old: A long time ago, I thought Beatrix Potter had only written the book on Peter Rabbit. But then on our visit on the Isle of Scalpay, I discovered the series. A whole series of books by Beatrix Potter about live animals! It […]

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Rydal Mount in Rydal, Lake District

My 9-Year Old Visits Rydal Mount, Historic Home and Gardens of William Wordsworth

The Lake District is associated with a few iconic names. For walkers, it will be Alfred Wainwright. For children, Beatrix Potter is the queen of country animals. For poetry lovers, William Wordsworth gives a voice to the hills, lakes and daffodils. The poet had five children and lived in a few houses around the Lake […]

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Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Meeting Anna Karenina at Ham House

The movie Anna Karenina may be set in St. Petersburg but it was mostly shot in England. Luckily we live an hour away from the house that was used as Count Vronsky’s apartments in the movie, the National Trust 17th century property Ham House. When I read about an exhibition featuring costumes from the movie, […]

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