Wales | Where We Went | Part 3

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Our third day in Wales started with a trip to get breakfast, followed by us going on the Brecon Mountain Railway. The train was a steam train with rickety carriages which were furnished with wooden benches and wide windows to take in the beautiful views. We passed the Pontsticill Reservoir and had two stops to our ride. One at Torpantau station and the other at the Steam Museum. 

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The Brecon Mountain Railway also had a workshop you can look in, which smelt exactly like my grandfathers’ garage and had my heart a flutter. It’s an oily, rusty metal scent that if I could bottle into a perfume, I totally would! 

After our time on the railway and a quick stop in the gift shop for postcards, we headed off to find Sgwd yr Eira (a waterfall). I should also mention that by this point it was starting to rain and as we started our trail it got heavier and heavier. With a boyfriend becoming crabbier by the minute from the rain and both of us being soaked through, we decided to turn back. After drying off our clothes and having a warm shower, we had some hearty grub and called it a night.
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We had heavy rain for the majority of that night and had to pack up while it drizzled; but even so, it was probably my favourite night of the trip. There’s something pretty soothing about falling asleep listening to the rain. Although we still had a day left and had thought about visiting some areas on our way home, such as Cardiff or Tenby, we decided it was best to simply pack the car and start heading home. 
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Wales | Where We Went | Part 2

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Our second day was a whole day to explore wherever we wanted. We got ready for the day and headed off for a waterfall walk. A walk that was supposed to take fifteen minutes but thanks to me, took us a good few hours. The walk included a lot of photo and boomerang opportunities and, I mean, it would have been wrong if I didn’t take advantage of those opportunities. As a result, I have a ton of photos, so this post (like other posts about our time in Wales) is going to be more photo heavy in content.

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Later that day we decided to check out an all you can eat buffet in Merthyr Tydfil and then turned in for the night. 

Stay tuned for Part 3,

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Wales | Where We Went | Part 1

In August my boyfriend, James, and I went camping in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. We went for a long weekend, staying Friday night through to Monday morning. We stayed at Grawen Caravan and Camping site, where we pitched a six-person tent on the Friday and made our home for the next three days. *Unfortunately, I didn’t take any ‘tent tour’ shots so I’ll just go on to show you what we got up to in the land of Wales.

Our first day was spent waking up before dawn and setting off for our destination a little after four am. Our journey was filled with Spotify playlists, podcasts, and tired ramblings accompanied by long silences. We crossed the Severn Bridge a couple hours later and quickly found ourselves in Merthyr Tydfil, a short drive from our campsite. I’m going, to be honest, our first day was mostly us getting things together like food, fire wood and setting up for our first night. It also included me napping (something that is unheard of).

We spent our first evening checking out a waterfall, wandering around Brecon in torrential rain and then ducking into a quaint, local pub for some dinner; where we quite possibly ate the best pub food I have ever had. We had hoped to later make a fire that night, however, I was far too tired and the weather too damp; so we simply called it a night.

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The Shell Grotto, Margate

I first found out about The Shell Grotto in Margate through this post, from Sophie Davies at The Private Life of a Girl. Reading about it and seeing her images made me instantly want to visit this little hidden gem. I have visited Margate since I was young, and my beach hut is on the bay just round from Margate beach so I couldn’t help but wonder –how haven’t I heard of it before now? And then a special little Sunday rolled around and I got to finally experience The Shell Grotto. Okay, so it wasn’t special but it was one of those ‘no plan’ days which turned out to be a pretty great day.

The Shell Grotto is a picturesque cave around 100ft long, entirely adorned with shells. It was discovered in 1835 but to this day nobody knows when or why it was built. With no mentioning of it in any historic documents, we don’t even know who created it. The grotto consists of the North passage you use to enter the grotto, the Rotunda, the Dome, the Serpentine Passage, and the Altar Chamber. From the moment you enter the Rotunda, you are in the presence of 4.6 million shells (wonder how long it took to collect them all). Of course, since the Grotto was opened to the public in 1838, and the site is too small to prevent visitors from touching the shells, there are signs of wear and tear throughout the site; however, this doesn’t prevent you from enjoying the beauty of the site.

Although we do not know anything about its’ purpose, and at this point, we will probably never get any real answers, I do think this is what draws people to this attraction. Because of its’ unexplained existence, it is shrouded in mystery and I think that is what people find themselves drawn to. There is so much we know these days and very little in our world that is undiscovered. It’s nice to go somewhere, experience it, ask your questions and ponder over your theories; all while you wander through its’ chilly passages.

Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour // Hogwarts Castle

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to in the future, then I would skip this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers

After Diagon Alley, you’re led up, and around, a room full of models of set designs and structures from different scenes. Here are just a few… 

Hogwarts Set Miniature Set Design
Hogwarts Bridge Miniature Set Design
whomping willow tree miniature set design
Lovegoods Home Miniature Set Design
Statue of Hogwarts Architect
Hogwarts Castle Set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming Set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming Set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming Set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming Set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming Set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming Set
Hogwarts Castle Outer Filming Set
Have you ever been to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour? What did you think of Hogwarts Castle? 
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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Diagon Alley

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Dragon Alley Shop Sets
Ollivanders Wand Shop Set
Flourish & Blott's Bookshop
Flourish & Blott's Book shop Sign
Weasley's Wizard Wheezes
Puking Pastilles Set
Shenanigans for all Weasley shop sign
Looking down Diagon Alley - Gringotts & Ollivanders
To read about disabled accessibility, read this post
 
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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Cafe & Backlot

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 Trying Butterbeer and Butterbeer ice cream

Butterbeer-stache 
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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Hogwarts Express

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Platform 9 3/4 Sign
Platform Conductors Costume
Hogwarts Express Steam Engine
^^Moment of sheer joy, It’s the HOGWARTS EXPRESS!! 
Hogwarts Express side sign Train
Platform Entrance
You have to take the photo ops when they come -when can I ever try to access platform 9 3/4 again?! 
Train Carriage
Pretending to be Lavender Brown
My Lavender Brown moment
Wizard Word Sweets
Every Flavour beans Flavours
First Train Journey Carriage
Honey dukes Sweet Train Trolley
Final Train Scene Costumes

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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Miscellaneous Pt.4

Hagrid’s Hut & Dumbledore’s office 

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Dumbledores's Office
Portraits in Dumbledores office
More Portraits in Dumbledore's office
Dumbledore's office
Cabinet of Collected memories
Hagrids Hut
Hagrids Hut Outside Set
Inside Hagrids Hut Set
Hagrids Costume
Fang - Hagrids Dog
 
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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour // Miscellaneous Pt.3

If you haven’t been to the Warner Bros Studio Tour and you’re hoping to in the future, then I would skip this post, and any future posts titled ‘Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour’, as it contains spoilers.

Costumes, Props, Sets and Special Effects
Character Costumes
Wig & Make up desk
Bellatrix Wig
Urghh! How I wish my hair was like Bellatrix Lestrange
Gryffindor Boys Dormitory
Boys' Dormitory
Wands of the Characters
Newspapers, Books and Publishings from the film
Marauders Map
Books used within the films
Flirting Fancies & Love potions
Weasley Goods
Wizard World sweets - shock-a-chocs, Cauldron Cakes, cheeri owls, bertie boots every flavour beans, fizzing wizzbees
Goblin Special Effect Masks
Make up Special Effects
Fawkes Phoenix
Book
Weak Voldemort Prop From Deathly Hallows
House elf & Aunt Special Effects
Special Effects
Dragon Special Effect Props
Have you ever been to the Studio tour? What did you think of the costumes, sets, props and special effects? (I personally weren’t a fan of that book)
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