Warner Brothers Studio | Hogwarts In The Snow, Harry Potter Tour

LOCATION: WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO, LONDON

Harry Potter studios are always magical to visit. With their breath-taking displays and amazing props from the films. Whether you are a Harry Potter lover or not you will be amazed by the studios. Filled with exciting photo opportunities; real life experiences from the films and food and drink to  try and buy.

However visiting around Christmas time makes the experience even more exciting! Think snowy Hogwarts scenes; warm butter beers and wrapped up strolls down Diagon Alley!

Come and join us on a magical adventure . . .
How to get to Harry Potter Studios . . .

The studios are easy to get to with multiple transport options whether you are driving or using public transport.

Driving: Driving to Harry Potter studios is probably one of the easiest types of transport. With free parking at the studios all you will need to worry about is finding your way there. Upon arrival you will be asked to show your booking confirmation/tickets to get into the car park.

Train: Although it is possible to travel by train the closest station to the tour is Watford Junction. However upon arrival at the station you are able to use the shuttle bus service which takes 15 minutes to get to the studio. This is £2.00 for a single journey and £2.50 for a return. The buses run every 20 minutes from 8.15am till 20 minutes before the studios close. The train to Watford Junction from London Euston is 20 minutes and the train from Birmingham 1 hour.
During the tour you will find lots of exciting photo opportunities . . .
You will also find lots of original outfits from the films . . .
Explore what the forbidden forest has inside . . .
And stroll down the famous wizard street . . .
Don't worry if you haven't seen 'Hogwarts in the snow' as the snow will be at the studios till 28th January!


Have you ever been to Harry Potter Studios? What is your favourite bit?
Love Chloe and Megan


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Christmas Markets | Warsaw, Poland

LOCATION: WARSAW, POLAND
With Christmas less than a couple of weeks away, what better way to get in the festive spirit than take a cold and Christmassy trip to the capital of Poland. Poland are known for doing Christmas well and we can see why after visiting at such festive time of year. If you are looking for somewhere cold, yet full of Christmas food, lights and cheer then this is a must visit during the festive period! 

Come and explore Poland, Warsaw at Christmas time with us . . . 
Flying to Warsaw . . . 

Warsaw has two airports which you are able to fly into, the airports vary in distance from the city, flight availability and prices: 

Warsaw Airport - This is the main airport of the two and also the closest to the city centre. With a wider variety of flight destinations, this is the airport you would use for long-haul flights. It also accommodates a wide variety of airlines, giving you more choice for flight destinations. 

Modlin Airport - This airport is a Ryanair airport only. Which means that the flights are short haul only. Due to being the cities second airport it is the smaller of the two, therefore accommodates the budget airline. This is the airport which you are most likely to get flights to from London Stansted.  
Getting to the city . . . 

Due to Warsaw having two airports getting to the city can vary depending on which airport you have arrived at. The Warsaw airport is closest to the city, however due to Modlin airport accommodating budget airline arrivals, if you are flying from London, you are most likely to fly into the further airport within Warsaw. 

From Warsaw Airport: 

  • Bus - You are able to get the number 175 bus to the centre of the city and around the old town from the airport. If you need a bus to the other side of the river use number 148 or 188 and if you need a bus at night use number N32. 

  • Train - There is a train station located within the airport where you can get a direct train to the central station in Warsaw. This is approximately a 25 minute journey. You will need to use line S3 which runs every 15 minutes. You ca purchase a single fare ticket for your journey which will cost you 4.40 Zloty. 

  • Hire car - Car rentals are available from the arrival hall at terminal A, where multiple companies have cars available. You are able to check prices and pre-book online for a better deal. 

  • Taxi - Taxis are available outside of the terminal at the taxi stop where you can get a taxi from approved companies. This journey will cost you approximately 30-40 Zloty depending on the time of day. 

From Modlin Airport: 
  • Bus - From the airport you are able to get a variety of buses. Whether you want to get the bus to the train station where you can continue your journey into the city or if you want to get just the bus the whole way into the city. The bus to the train station is just outside the door where you exit the airport. This is a normal looking bus where you buy a ticket on board. This 10 minute journey will cost you 20 Zloty including your train ticket. The other bus which takes you into the city is just across the road from the airport exit. You would however purchase your ticket for this inside the airport, next to the door where you exit. Priced at 35 Zloty for single journey of approximately 45 minutes with no traffic and 1 hour during rush hour traffic. This bus can be pre-booked which will ensure you get the bus time you wish as this is a busy service. However it is simple and easy to purchase a ticket on the day as we found out. 

  • Train - Unfortunately there is not a train station at the Modlin airport. You are however able to get a bus to the train station where you can continue your journey into the city by train. You can find out about the bus service above. Once at the train station you can get a direct train into the centre which will take you 43 minutes. This service is only once an hour so you may have to wait for the train. Tickets for the bus and train can be purchases at the airport for 20 Zloty for the bus and train. 

  • Hire car - Hiring a car for the city can be done quick and easy at the airport where you will find a variety of hire services. Pre-booking is however advised to ensure you get the car you want for the price you want. 

  • Taxi - A taxi from the airport to the city will cost you approximately 200 Zloty. This can of cause vary depending on the time of the journey and how many people you need the taxi for. 

Christmas in the city . . . 

Poland is a country which is known for doing Christmas well. Therefore with Christmas less than a couple of weeks away what better way to get in the festive spirit than visiting the capital, Warsaw. Warsaw at Christmas time is filled with lots of pretty lights and decorations, festive food, music and quirky presents to buy. Although it can be rather cold and snowy the festive spirit will cheery you up. 
Christmas Market: The main Christmas market in the city is located by the Royal Castle in the Old Town. Here you will find a giant Christmas tree and the entrance to the market which is filled with food and gifts to buy. The market is just one hut wide, leading down a path, if you follow it to the end you will be able to make your way to the 'Rynek Starego Miasta' square where there are more food stalls and the outside ice skating rink. 
This is the entrance above to the Christmas Markets! 
Christmas mission of finding the biggest tree! 
Where do you like to visit during Christmas time? 

Love Chloe and Megan 

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London At Christmas

LOCATION: LONDON, UK
Christmas is nearly here!

And what better way to celebrate the season and get in the holiday spirit than to take a trip to London and feel festive!

Whether you want to go shopping for presents; see the prettiest decorations; eat Christmassy food; ice skate around a Christmas tree or even go on some theme park rides and win giant prizes . . . London has what you are looking for.

Our post will show you where to head for the most Christmassy shops and cafes and where to have the most Christmas fun this 2017!
Peggy Porschen

If you are a lover of pink then this is the shop/café for you. The little cake shop decorates their interior and exterior multiple times throughout the year to fit the season or holiday. Although always pink the decorations will vary for the time of year to fit with the holiday and the pink colour. Additionally the decorations also change every year - which means that if you visit Peggy this Christmas you will also have to visit next Christmas to see the 2018 Christmas decorations.

With indoor and outdoor seating (even during the winter) it is the perfect spot in Victoria for an afternoon cake and of course Christmassy picture. If seated outside you will be given a blanket to keep warm and an umbrella if raining. You can alternately take your photos and take your cakes away if the queue is too big.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden

If you are looking for the most astonishing and breath-taking display of Christmas decorations then the Ivy is a must visit! Filled with every colour decoration you could imagine the exterior will blow you away. The display covers every surface of the exterior to give London that much needed colour during the Christmas period!

Whether you are heading out for food or just to have a look at the amazing display it is definitely worth the trip to Chelsea.  

The most colourful display in London!
Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Now for a bit of fun . . .

Is there anything more fun than ice skating around a Christmas tree? During Christmas time The Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge put a giant ice rink outside the museum. With time slots available you are able to get in the Christmas spirit with some festive fun. The rink also has a giant Christmas tree in the centre just to make it even more festive.

Be prepared for an audience though, as the rink is an attraction that those not wishing to skate love to watch!
Harrods

The Christmas tree outside of Harrods this year has been designed as part of their partnership with Dolce and Gabbana. The gigantic tree, filled with different coloured lights is designed alongside Harrods festive windows to give shoppers a glimpse into a traditional Italian Christmas. Alongside the tree you will find 14 scene windows demonstrating diner making and present giving.

This Knightsbridge location is full of festive shoppers.
Covent Garden

If you are looking for the biggest real tree, then Covent Garden has what you are looking for! This massive tree is outside of the indoor shopping boutique area, located on the courtyard. Decorated with the tradition red colour, it is the perfect tree to get you feeling festive.

Covent Garden itself is always somewhere with lots going on and lots to see and do . . .

During Christmas time you will find lots of Christmas decorations, Christmas music, food and general cheer!
Winter Wonderland

Looking for food, lights, fun, decorations and something to do for everyone?

Winter wonderland has it all! Whether you are visiting with friend, children, partners or other family members everyone will find something to do. From food to rides to breath-taking lights. Filled with everything you could possibly want to get you in the Christmas spirit, winter wonderland is your must visit over the holidays! Day or night, you will have the best time!

The attraction in Hyde Park is just off the main Christmas street - Oxford Street.
Have you visited London at Christmas time? We would love to hear your recommendations for the best sights to see and places to eat!

Love Chloe and Megan

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Destination To Itinerary

New adventures and travels are one of the most exciting things, but it can take a little time and research to make sure we are seeing everything and experiencing everything we want from each location. There is nothing worse than coming back from a trip and finding out that you missed something amazing. By knowing what you want to see and do you can make travel a whole lot easier and ensure that you don't miss things that you will love. If you are not really one for planning trips and tend to go with the flow then hopefully this will help you to feel inspired before travelling. However if you love planning trips then we hope you find this helpful for upcoming adventures . . . 
Location: Monaco
Location: Rome, Italy

Choosing a destination . . . 

This can be the most fun step and the hardest at the same time. Choosing somewhere to visit can be extremely hard when there were so many amazing destinations on your bucket list. 

Check out our travel bucket list: here

With a few important things to consider your choice can be made easier:
  • Hot or cold destination - this is important if you are traveling during the English winter and you want some sunshine. You would need to consider whether you are traveling to a destination within Europe or if you are traveling further for a hotter climate. 

  • Long haul or short haul - this is of course linked to the weather you will be traveling for. If you want to visit somewhere hot during our winter you would need to consider long haul destinations. 

  • Beach or city destination - you would need to consider this when planning what you are going  to do on the trip. Are you planning to sightsee and explore or relax? 

  • How long are you going for - although you may be thinking that it is a good idea to fly somewhere long haul for some hot weather, if you do not have much time to visit the destination then it may be a better idea to not travel so far. 

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Booking flights and hotels . . . 

Now that you have decided what destination you are visiting it is time to book those all important flights. Although it is exciting to finally get something booked it can be stressful making sure that you book flights for the right days, the right times and the right price

Make sure when you are booking flights you check for hotel availability in the location! 

Tips:: 
  • You may be able to get more affordable flights if you consider having a stop

  • Try and be flexible with your flight days when you are flying during school holidays, if you can go a couple of days before or after you will be able to get a better deal

  • Look whether you would be better off booking your trip as a package or booking everything separately - it can sometimes be easier to find the right price and times if you are booking everything individually, however depending on the location you may also be able to get a good package deal 

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location: Milan, Italy

Planning an itinerary . . . 

Now that you have your flights and hotel(s) booked its time for the fun bit . . .

We find that looking at other peoples adventures, posts, pinterests and instagram helps with our inspiration of what we would like to do on the trip. This is where you will find all the different and fun activities which may be more of a local thing to do rather than something that everyone knows about. 

Planning your trip can be as detailed as you wish it to be. Whether you just wish to have ideas of what you would like to do and then you decide on the day when you will do everything. Or if you would like to pre-book activities and have a plan for certain days. 

Example: when we visited New York we decided to pre-book some of the attractions. This made sure that we was able to get tickets to everything we wanted to see as the attractions do sell out fast. Once booked we could also look at what else there was to do in that area so we were not going back on ourselves during the trip. This saved us time and allowed us to see so many more fun things, such as the friends apartment building which is located in the West Village. 
Location: Nice, France

Now there is only thing left to do . . . COUNT DOWN THE DAYS!
Location: New York, America

We would love to know how you go from destination to itinerary!

Love Chloe and Megan

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