Or more accurately, I am home! I just returned home from my trip to Europe. My friend and I visited London, Paris, and Cardiff in the past week and a half or so. It's been a lot of fun, and I have a lot to share.
I'll start off with the stuff that's most relevant to this particular site: we visited a number of art galleries during the trip, most significantly the Louvre in Paris and the British Museum in London. Frankly, I was amazed at how often centaurs appeared in the artwork. Not just pieces from ancient Greece, either; there were several examples of centaurs in works by Italian and French artists. I found a few fauns and satyrs (meaning the original definition) too. I've taken pictures of just about every example I passed, which I'll share in a future blog entry.
Now, for other highlights. For fans of theater, we went to three excellent plays in London that I highly recommend should you find yourself there. The first was "The Mousetrap," a whodunnit play by Agatha Christie that's been running for 60 years. It's a classic and well written mystery, and the actors were excellent. The second was a comedy called "The Play That Goes Wrong," which is largely what it sounds like. It's set up as a play that's similar to "The Mousetrap," but just about everything that can go wrong, does. The comedic timing is perfect and the set effects are excellent in terms of adding to the humor and the meta-plot. If fourth wall humor is your thing, it's perfect. Finally, we saw a play by the same production group called "The Comedy About a Bank Robbery," which again is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Both plays are full of slapstick humor and perfectly executed jokes.
We did a couple of notably geeky things too. For one, we traveled to Cardiff, Wales for the purpose of checking out The Doctor Who Experience. The first part of this is an interactive walk through experience, which casts your group as visitors to the Gallifrey Museum. Through video and special effects, the group has to travel in the Tardis and through landscapes full of Daleks and Weeping Angels to help The Doctor save time and space. This features unique video of the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, and while it's largely meant for kids, it's a lot of fun for adult fans too. After the interactive part, you enter a two floor museum of props and costumes from the show. Monster costumes, outfits from all 13 Doctors, Tardis props, and more.
We also did some filming location tours: one for Doctor Who in Cardiff, and one for Harry Potter in London. On the former we saw the fountain that is now known as "Torchwood Tower," the building used for various hospitals in the show (the real life version of New Earth's hospital does have a little shop), and a number of restaurants featured in the show. We even ate at the American diner previously visited by the 11th and 12th Doctors. On the latter, we saw both entrances to The Leaky Cauldron, the bridge destroyed in The Half Blood Prince, both entrances to the Ministry of Magic, and of course Platform 9 3/4.
There's even more, but this is already a long post. I'm glad to be back though!
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