In the meantime, please enjoy the following Non-Arsty/Crafty Post.
A couple of weeks ago, I was extremely lucky to attend a medical conference in Orlando. I had never been to Florida and since I was going for free, I HAD to make it to two places I have been dreaming of seeing: Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I've already posted on my other blog about my adventures at Disney World.
It was a lot of fun, but I must say, my favorite part of the trip was Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Warning: there are a lot of magical photos ahead - wave your wand (or mouse click if you're a Muggle) to biggify!
|I will admit to feeling giddy upon walking into Hogsmeade|
|It was nigh-impossible to get a shot of this without someone posing in front|
|The clock tower - very surreal to see "snow" in Florida! But it was a perfectly-overcast cool morning|
|Inside the clock tower - the Steampunk lover in me adored all the gears!|
|The bathrooms (entrance at the left) even had Moaning Myrtle to keep you company|
|The Three Broomsticks - I would have loved to eat here, but sadly had to meet friends somewhere else for dinner (Rats!)|
Hogsmeade is filled with shoppes - some open for business, some not. But each one had wonderful window displays to behold.
|Potage's New and Second-Hand Cauldrons (some self-stirring!)|
|Zonko's Joke Shop!|
|Large moving chess pieces in Zonko's window|
|Quidditch supply shoppe|
|The Owl Post|
|Loved this measuring-tape cat in front of Hermoine's Yule Ball dress at Gladrags Wizardwear|
|Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans at Honeydukes|
|Chocolate Frogs, natch (the images in the cards moved)|
|This huge box opened up causing the frog to jump and croak!|
|And gobs of other confectioneries|
|Of course I had to get a wand at Olivanders|
After making some purchases, I finally made it to the castle.
|I couldn't believe I was really there|
|Hogs (natch) at the entrance|
Because I was on my own, I got whisked through a special corridor, past the crowds lined up and was able to tour the Castle all alone and at my own pace! It was incredible to walk up the staircases, the paintings talking to you, and no one to block my view.
|The Headmaster made an appearance asking us to please report any dragon sightings|
|Harry, Ron and Hermione appeared from under the Invisbility Cloak in the Defense Against The Dark Arts Room|
I also took the Forbidden Journey ride... quite by mistake, however. More about THAT can be found HERE on my other blog.
After wandering about the castle, I went back outside and tried some Butterbeer. It's not beer at all; but rather a butterscotch flavored drink. I chose the "frozen" version which was like a Slurpee with a sweet foam topping. It actually helped me get over the effects of the Forbidden Journey escapade!
|All this snow really made you feel cool!|
|The Snowman didn't mind at all when Sam (my traveling companion) and I sat beside him for a bit enjoying the frozen Butterbeer|
There was even entertainment!
|The Hogwart's Choir - complete with two croaking toads|
|Durmstrang demonstrated their martial-arts style skillz|
|Beauxbatons students performed a lovely ribbon dance|
Of course I had to bring home a few souvenirs for daughter, hubby and my Studio:
|Postcards, mugs, patches and my Harry Potter wand|
|Meggie modelling the latest in Gryffindor fashion|
What a trip! If you want to go, wait until next summer... they are adding Diagon Alley!
Since we have a long weekend coming up, I am looking forward to staying indoors while the snow falls and finish my large project. Hopefully I will be posting about it by Monday!