We had a HUGE to-do list for our two and a half days in London, so the words hustle and bustle don’t even begin to describe our time in the land of William and Kate, but we’re so excited to share our experience in merry old England with you!
It was, to use a local expression, absolutely brilliant
Our tourist adventures didn’t stop at real castles, we visited imaginary ones, too, at the Harry Potter behind-the-scenes tour in the Warner Brothers studio and back lot just outside London. Some highlights from our time at Hogwarts? There are too many to count! We saw Harry’s room under the cupboard, boarded the infamous night train, entered the Gryffindor common room, walked Diagon Alley, and stood on the steps of Number 4 Privet Drive. We viewed thousands of props and costumes, and learned hundreds of magical movie-making secrets. The best part, though? Well, for Jordan, anyways. Watching Amy open the doors to the Great Hall. Because he volunteered her. In front of everybody.
But even with Harry Potter, big buses, floppy hats, Downton Abbey and a plethora of fish and chips, our absolute favorite experience from England was seeing Les Miserables live in London’s West End. It was nearly impossible for us to get tickets. Anywhere. It was sold out. And we were crushed. We know the story by heart. The thick Victor Hugo book is all too familiar with our nightstands, we’ve seen the movie version of Les Mis umpteen times and God knows we listened to the soundtrack for months – and months – on end. And still do. We had to get seats in that theater. Sold out, or not! So, Jordan (being Jordan) walked down to the hotel concierge a few hours before the opening curtain was drawn, charmed the person behind the desk, who charmed someone on the other end of the phone, who charmed someone on the other end of another phone, who secured us the last two seats in the house. The very last two.
And the performance didn’t disappoint. It was, to use a local expression, absolutely brilliant. We’ve never seen anything like it in our entire life, and we’re not sure if we will again. Amy cried. Jordan got chills. We called our moms at intermission just to tell them how moved we felt. And when Jean Valjean went to heaven, after a lifetime of redemption and sacrifice, we were reminded, once again, that God’s imprint is everywhere, and that his love and grace are for everyone. It was absolutely beautiful.
Yes, London was quite the buzz, and after zipping around for two full days like Energizer Bunnies, we were — to use another English phrase that just seems to fit here – knackered.
We were ready for a slower, Parisian pace. Stay tuned for that, but until then, here are some photos of our time in the UK!
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For those who’ve asked, we been photographing our trip with the Canon 5D Mark III camera and Canon 50mm 1.2 L-Series lens. In hindsight, a wider lens would’ve been helpful! The European streets are tight, the buildings are tall, and the tourists are plentiful! If you need gear recommendations, you can view what’s in our bag by clicking here.