Friday, July 13, 2012

Sabrina & Kenneth's London Trip!

Sabrina waiting for the bus in Haugsand bus stop, she was bored so she climbed the tree!

The Tower of London, one of the coolest things to do in London!
Tower Bridge in the background, still Tower of London.
Tower Bridge with Olympic Rings!

Millennium Bridge, if you have seen Harry Potter 6 you will recognize this  bridge!
 Millennium Bridge with St. Paul's in the background. Remember Mary Poppins and the little old lady singing "Feed the Birds" on the steps of St. Paul's. That is also where Princess Di married Prince Charles!
 Shakespeare's Globe. Where he would have had his plays performed in London (I think).
 St. Paul's Cathedral
 Had to get a photo in a Red Phone Box!
 M&M World! Also the only photo of Kenneth! He was the one taking them all!
 Such a fun store! 3 Floors of M&M fun!

 The M&M version of Abbey Road!
 On the London Eye!

 From the London Eye, look at the red buses!

 Classic British!
 Buckingham Palace and Queen Victoria's Fountain

 The Best part of the trip according to Sabina was
 Phantom of the Opera!
She said it was UNBELIEVABLE, plus they had fantastic seats!
 Harry Potter Studios, Kenneth's favorite part of the trip! He said there was so much he couldn't take photos of it all, it was just amazing. So much detail, he said I needed to go and see it, so I hope that happens soon! This is the great Hall!

 Door of the Great Hall
 Gryffindor Boy's Dormitory, that is Harry's bed!
 Dumbledore's Office, Kenneth said the details here were just amazing. Just little details you never see in the film, just made it all so magical!
 Weasley's kitchen! They had the pan and scrub brush going in the sink, and you can see the knitting needles in the bottom of this photo, you could make them knit for you as well!
 #4 Privet Drive
 Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes!
 Kenneth loved Flourish & Blotts, mostly cause he loves Kenneth Branagh who played Professor Lockhart!
The model of Hogwarts, Kenneth said it was so detailed! It wasn't necessarily small either, we thought it was going to be much smaller, but it was quite large and utterly AMAZING.

They had such a good trip, they stayed at was it affectionately called the Brooks' B&B, and we will need to send a great thank you package over to them for the great hospitality they gave Kenneth and Sabrina. London is AMAZING and you really could spend weeks getting lost in all it has to offer. They did make it to Harrods, Hyde Park Chapel, Churchill's War Rooms, Hamely's and more, here were the highlights for them! Can't wait to go again! Maybe Espen needs a trip in the fall!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Trip to England

 My Trip to England was a Smashing Success! Here are some of the highlights!

This is from York, part of some Roman buildings still around! I think this was a gate house.
 The BIG church in York. Very old, can't remember the date though.
 Couldn't resist taking this photo, typical English Pub, it is called
The Three Legged Mare!
This is part of the wall that goes around the city of York, very narrow and very cool.
The slits where they would shoot arrow out of to defend the city in the old days!

Quite the doorway, you should see the stair going up in this too, tiny, narrow and VERY old!
The Shambles, is a street in York where there is almost no room to walk down. All the buildings are very old and VERY crooked and extremely charming! Great little shops all up and down the street.

Betty's is a famous Tea Shop in York, the line was long in and outside the shop!

Took this for Mom it is in York!
Preston Temple, so beautiful!

I think this is the church in Wigan, where some of my ancestors would have gone to church before moving over the ocean.
Across from on of the old churches we visited, I think the sign above the door says 1560, yeah, that's old!
I think it was at this Church in Tyldesley where I found some family names on some old graves!
The view of Lincoln from the church (LDS) parking lot.
Such a cute little Laura Ashley store, I just had to take the picture for my mom to see how they are in England! Not in a mall that is for sure!
Belton House, where they filmed Rosings in the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. The cost to get in was quite steep so we snagged a few photos from the outside!
Stamford was the coolest little market town EVER. So wished we could have spend more time and hadn't been interrupted by the Queen on her jubilee tour!! She drove through the town so we missed her by minutes and couldn't find a place to park for a while!

The do a lot of filming in Stamford for movies and mini-series as it hasn't changed in a VERY LONG time!

This is called the London End, which would have been an inn where people would stop and rest on the journey's to and from London. Very old and very charming!

Burghley House, where they filmed Rosings in the Keira Knightley verison of Pride & Prejudice. The Queen had a garden party that day so it was crazy trying to get out there. We missed getting into the house by about 10 mins, but it is still amazing from the outside!
This house was built by one of Elizabeth I most trusted advisers (I can't remember the name of the guy). I know she wanted the house for her self as it was much more grand than her own house. It is one of the best Elizabethan Homes in England! One day we will return and GO IN!