After our adventures in London, we arrived home in Cardiff around 8:15 am. Tom had cancelled the days events and left us only a movie to watch as the requirement for the day. I came in, brushed my teeth, washed my face and absolutely crashed. CRASHED. I was in bed by 8:30 am and slept until almost 6 pm. That was probably a mistake, because then I couldn’t sleep until almost 2 am.
Next, we traveled to a little town owned entirely by the National Trust – Lacock. This town is very popular for Jane Austen and various Bronte films, as well as Harry Potter! It was very cute and quaint.
The best part of Lacock? Lacock Abbey. This building was converted to a house and added upon by the owners in the post-Cromwell era, but still retains many recognizable features of an Abbey. It’s very pretty and well-kept.
What’s up, another Quidditch-conversation-scene courtyard? Oh and hello various Hogwarts classrooms. One of my friends thinks this was used as McGonagall’s Transfiguration class, 1st year, but I can neither confirm nor deny that without checking for myself, which I plan to do when I get home.
I told my friends that I was going to start telling people that I was on a Harry Potter study abroad. We decided that we’d like nothing better than to get approval from the Kennedy Center to research the Harry Potter books and movies, and then plan a study abroad around those sites. As we walked out, there was a big charter van like ours that said something like “Film Tours” and Harry Potter was listed on the side. We laughed till it hurt. It was fantastic.
The main city of the day was Bath. Bath was pretty incredible. Unfortunately, it rained for most of our time there. We still enjoyed it. It’s a beautiful town, and like Lacock, it’s been widely used for cinema settings.
All over the city they have these lions that are decorated all crazy. Some are painted, some are covered in tesserae in a mosaic, this one was on top of a chocolate shop and I loved it. Made me think of my Grandma Vi! 🙂
I mean, that’s an actual Roman Bath remain! How incredible is that? That’s like a couple hundred years after Christ. It’s amazing. Plus the museum had little 1992 cell phone-looking things that corresponded with sign numbers. You’d punch in the number, hold it to your ear and then hear a little blurb about the statue or items in the case or whatever. It was great.