Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Visit to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade

Dear friends,

I have flown to Florida and am now back in my Northern Kingdom.  There is nothing like home sweet home, and I am so happy to be back.  I adore taking trips and going on adventures, but there is nothing quite like home.  As Bilbo Baggins says "It's a dangerous business going out your door.  You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

In my case I was swept off to a world of riding fire-breathing dragons and broomsticks, where mermaids dwell in lakes and owls carry the mail.

Where English style cottages are snow-capped in 90 degree heat.

And colourful sweets line the shelves of Honeyduke's.

Wizardly snowmen in Gryffindor scarves remind us of Christmas at Hogwarts.

Where ancient castles house school children.

And a witch stirring a cauldron signifies a place to stop for a drink.

Owls carry the mail from a tower of windows.

Magical books are stacked higher than the sky. (Flourish and Blotts was unfortunately not a store you could actually enter to this Ravenclaw's dismay.)

Weasley's Wizard Wheezes come to life.

And a magical menagerie keeps animals in cages suspended from the ceiling.

Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment has my dream decor!

Gringott's sits with a fire breathing dragon atop its highest tower.

Gringott, the founder of Gringott's bank, the safest place in the world, is commemorated in a statue outside.

All aboard the Hogwarts Express!

I hope you enjoyed this journey to the world of Harry Potter with me!  I had an amazing time in Orlando, and I will share pictures of my visit to Disney in the near future!

Love from,


Magaly Guerrero said...

I am dying of jealousy. Oh, that bookstore, and the sweets, and... yes, everything.

So glad you made home safely and happily. Bilbo is right.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's so amazing and magical looking. You must have had a lot of fun. I've never been to that park.

Debi said...

Now when I escape into. Y box set...dvd's
I will see you there!
Thank you for bringing the warm sun back with you!

Rhissanna said...

Oh, this looks like so much fun! Thank you for taking us there, vicariously!

Joanna DeVoe said...

How fun!!! I am not excited to get down to the heat of Florida anytime soon, but I would suck it up for this!

Rachel Gallagher said...

It looks so wonderful I'd love to visit one day, I've been to Disneyland in Florida and Disneyland Paris but that was a long time ago, I think I'm well overdue another trip. There is a Harry Potter studio tour down in London which I intend on visiting at some point, it's a little bit closer. ;-)

Shell said...

It must have been truly magical being there. Thank you for sharing the pics with us. I do like the new header of you, too.

Dena Miller said...

it looks as if you had a Grand time♥
I saw the lovelies you brought home on Instgram...oh how wonderful.
Glad to hear you are home,safe and sound.
Much Love,

Donna Patrice said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time ~ I could definitely see some of the Wizarding Equipment decorating your beautiful bedroom for sure! I love your new background and header picture - very, very pretty!

Ms Misantropia said...

What a fantastical adventure you had! I would love to go to Disneyland or -world sometime.

Ramona said...

this looks like the perfect place to visit *__* <3

Moncha @ Jackdaw Hollow said...

This looks so great. I wish I could visit. I love the HP movies and books.
Thank you so much for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment.
Have a magical day.

A Magical Whimsy said...

You are so lucky to have gone to Universal Studios, Harry Potter theme park. The creators of the park did themselves 'proud' with the structures from the Harry Potter movies. I love all the photos you posted! So, I am looking forward to Universal Studios, here in California to open the world of Harry Potter in the spring of 2016. We are all Harry Potter fans in our family from day one of the book series exploding world wide. Can't wait to taste some butter beer!