Blinding You with Pictures

My short vacation took on a life of its own and ended up, thanks to a few delayed flights and a work trip, a tad longer than I anticipated it would be.  I’m behind on reviews but I did read some good books in the last week — The Gates by John Connolly, The Other Life by Ellen Meister, Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson, and The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse.  Right now I’m reading The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen and loving it.  Since I haven’t written a word in several days, I thought instead I would share photos so here goes.

First up, we made a last minute trip down to Orlando to see family and went over, at my prodding, to Universal so I could see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Yep, readers, I went to Hogwarts.  🙂

A view of Hogwarts castle.

Entering the village of Hogsmeade.

The Hogwarts Express.

Yes, there were really this many people jammed into this attraction on the day were were there.

Walking up to the castle. We waited 90 minutes to go on the ride in the castle which is part virtual reality part roller coaster. It was fun but 90 minutes was an incredibly long wait and I'm not always patient so in the end I may have been way too tired to appreciate it all. It was very cool in the castle though but unfortunately I only had my cell phone with me and the pics from inside didn't come out great. So you'll have to take my word for it.

Up close, the castle is really cool and they rolled with the theme, I have to give them that. Every time you run into a worker, they call you a muggle. As you wind through the castle to get to the ride, you see the greenhouses, Dumbledore's office, moving pictures including the Fat Lady, House points, and Ron makes it snow on you.

I couldn't pass this one up now could I. 🙂 All the books you can read! We didn't spend much time in Suess's world but I loved this sign.

Spring training! My husband who was a very good sports about the whole Harry Potter Wizarding World thing, got to do one of his favorite things too --- baseball. We got tickets to a Braves Astros game. It was perefect weather for taking in a game.

After getting back from the impromptu trip, I had to fly down to Savannah for work.  This is the perfect time of year to visit Savannah and this year the azaleas were in bloom while I was there.  I also have a new camera so humor me.

Flowers!

This is a sign from Chippewa Square in Savannah. How could I pass up a sign about a novelist.

A fish downspout. It made me smile so I'm sharing since I adore architectural details like this.

Flowers.

Flowers again.

More flowers.

I'm not sure what building this Is but I loved the way it looked. I'm pretty sure it was some sort of business and not a home but either way I thought it was lovely.

Some interesting architectural details.

This is Forsyth Park which is probably one of the more famous squares in historical Savannah. I will say it's one of the most relaxing places I've been in a while. Every time I get to Savannah I try to make it down to this park to sit for a few minutes.

The fountain in Forsyth Park.

What I did in Forsyth Park.

Horses from one of the carriage rides getting their feed on. They kept nosing each other out of the bin while I was watching.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to stop here but what kind of reader would I be if I didn't find at least one book store while out meandering! 🙂

And finally, a wonderful place to sit and read wouldn't you say.

I plan to post reviews later in the week and hopefully get a few more written before I forget details.  In the intervening time, have a good week.

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