Travels

My Favorite Things About London, England

There are many reasons why I adore London, so much so that I firmly believe that two weeks here won’t be nearly enough time to experience all of it. After my first week, I have stitched together a short video telling you why London will be so very difficult to leave on Friday morning.

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London, England-an Easily Accessible Land of Fandoms

One of the many reasons I was so excited to visit London, England was because of all the fandom opportunities. You may have never heard of the  word fandom, so I have taken the liberty of providing the definition.

Urban Definition

Urban Definition

Taken at Sherlock Holmes' home address: 221B Baker Street

Taken at Sherlock Holmes’ home address: 221B Baker Street

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my top 10 places to visit while here in London, and every single one of them had to do with some sort of fandom that I was a part of. Even after only my first weekend, I can already cross off Big Ben (Peter Pan), Parliament (V for Vendetta), Marylebone Station (The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night), 221B Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes‘ Address), and Platform 9 3/4 (Harry Potter). While I had some great photo opportunities at each place, there were also many, many souvenir shops within walking distance where I am happily willing to pay a few pounds for London fandom merchandise! (Even if it is made in China.)

One of my favorite moments on the trip was walking about near Big Ben and seeing a horde of school-age students walking around in what we thought were Harry Potter clothes!  We thought maybe they were on their way to a play or something. Turns out, their school just sported the same dress style with Gryffindor colors! It was such a shock, because required uniforms in the States do not look like that. All these kids were missing were cloaks and wands! I swear!

The Harry Potter Pseudo Children

The Harry Potter Pseudo Children

I have been incredibly privileged and excited to see all of the amazing places I’ve visited and taken pictures at. While in line, I spoke to the workers at Platform 9 3/4 and I became so excited that I shook! London really is the perfect place for a person of many fandoms to visit, but you’ll need more than a weekend to fit everything in.

Traveling around the city is easy enough as well. So far I have taken the tube every where without GPS and have been pretty successful. My suggestion to you is to figure out where you want to go and see if other places are near it. For instance, 221B Baker Street was a stone’s throw away from Marlyebone Station, and Abbey Road is a tube stop away (even though I haven’t made it there yet). So plan ahead!

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Top 10 Places for a Movie Buff to Visit in London

With the London trip only about a month away my excitement builds and I have figured out the places I would like to visit. Obviously anyone who is a tourist in London will have a few “must see’s and do’s” while visiting the magnificent city. I have always wanted to visit London because of the numerous books, movies, TV shows, and plays that take place in the town. My top 10 nearly all have to with movies too, so watch my video and see what they are!

What do you guys think? Did I miss any big ones? Tell me in the comments and let me know where else a movie lover should visit.

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Don’t Travel with Cape Air

The Beautiful Beach Wedding

The Beautiful Beach Wedding

Recently I spent a weekend in Key West, Florida for a friends beautiful beach wedding. I had a wonderful experience with Delta Airlines on the way in, but when I flew out of the island I had a much different experience with a different airline.

Flying out to my connecting flight in Fort Myers, Florida with Cape Air, was a day from hell. I had used Priceline.com to book my round trip flight, and Delta was spot on with sending me my confirmation email saying that I could check into my flight. My bags were packed and I was ready for my two flights to make it into sunny Florida. But when the day came to leave the beach front and make it back to chilly Ohio my email inbox was empty. There was not “You can check into your flight now!”

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The world is a …

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

-Saint Augustine

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