Photo Tricks: Shattering the Illusion of Broomstick Flying

broomstick flying photo tricks

Several years ago the girls and I took broomstick flying lessons in the same English courtyard that Harry Potter learned to fly. They were timed to fall just after the “On Location” tour of Alnwick Castle, which doubled as portions of Hogwarts. To this day, people still ask me about the day my girls did […]

Underground Saltmines, Tunnels, Caves and Fun ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Normally we travel above ground, but every once in a while the most interesting thing around is underground.  Here are a few of our favorites:   Have you been underground? Are you participating in the AtoZ Challenge 2014? My 2014 theme: My Photos of AmaZing Places. This “underground” post submitted for the letter U: Click […]

Travel Photography Tips: Imagination Let’s You Fly (#AtoZ)

Imagination lets you fly

Imagination Let’s You Fly.  Really it does. Here’s proof: Imagination Let’s You Fly So, are my children flying? Are they on Magic broomsticks? Can you hear me say “up” as the broomstick rose to my hand? Did my teen flap her arms just enough times to actually leave the ground? I don’t think so – […]

Travel Tips for the UK and Ireland Visitors

York Castle

We just spent a month driving around the UK and Ireland with a teen and a tween. We learned a lot, made many mistakes and discovered some great secrets. Here are my best travel tips for the UK and Ireland: See London but save most of your time for the rest of country.  Go Slowly […]

Scottish Highlands: Hogwarts Express, Ruins & a Dog Fouling Sign

fort Williams

The “Hogwarts Express” is real, or at least it’s a real tourist attraction in the Scottish Highlands. The train runs from Fort Williams to the North and back. Sarah, our girl who chose a Harry Potter Studio tour for her birthday gift, was really hoping we could take a ride. Unfortunately I waited too late […]

Edinburgh Castles, Cloned Sheep, and More Edinburgh Fun

Edinburgh Castle

Scotland’s largest city Edinburgh is really interesting.  Most everywhere we looked we found stone buildings, narrow streets, and buildings with what seem like too many chimneys.  It all seems to lead uphill towards the Edinburgh Castle and lots of Edinburgh fun! Lots of other sites to see in Edinburgh.  A few favorites: We carried Lonely […]

Broomstick Flying Lessons At Alnwick – Where Harry Potter Learned To Fly

Broomstick flying lessons

What could be more exciting than taking broomstick flying lessons in the same field where Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasly and even Draco Malfoy all learned to fly?  Today was that day!  We had our first broomstick flying lesson at Alnwick Castle in the UK. The beautiful “living castle” sits along England’s North East […]

Where To Find Harry Potter Film Sites at Oxford University

Oxford University

I visited to Oxford University for its rich history. I am pretty sure our teens were more interested in the on-site filming locations of the Harry Potter series. As we walked around the campus, we were surrounded by the tall, detailed, and amazing architecture.  I  see why the city of Oxford is known as the ‘city of the […]

Highlights of the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Sarah had her birthday the first week of our travels, but she celebrated it today at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour.  It was the highlight of week of looking for Harry Potter in London, and even beat out broomstick flying lessons at the castle where Harry learned. Sarah wants to tell you all […]

Finding Platform 9 3/4 – Searching For Harry Potter In London

Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4

We allocated about a week to see London. Seems like enough time, but somehow we each had our own agenda. Today, we focused on our tween’s primary goal of searching for Harry Potter in London. Not the boy, but platform 9 3/4, a bridge, a street, the Leaky Caldron, the reptile house, Big Ben, and […]