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I See London, I See France

Posted by Natalie Ambrozic on Tue, Aug 05, 2014 @ 02:49 PM

Hey everyone!  This is my last week in London and I can barely believe it until I realize how much I have done during my stay. My internship has been amazing and I have been able to learn so much while I’ve been here. Quite a lot has happened since my last post, so I will try to fill you in on the highlights of these past two weeks. First off, my friends and I were able to travel to Paris, which is a city I have always wanted to visit. To my surprise, however, I did not like the city very much and I was glad that we were only there for a weekend. I don’t want to bash Paris too much, but the overall environment did not feel welcoming and they have an awful metro system. In spite of this, I am glad that I went on the trip, and seeing the iconic destinations in this city was still a great experience. My favorite part was climbing 300 steps to the top of Montmartre and seeing the view of the city.  

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(Me at the Eiffel Tower)

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(Notre Dame)

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(View from the top of Montmartre)

The next weekend, my friend and I went to WB Studios, Leavesden to see where the Harry Potter films were made. This was so exciting because nearly all of the sets from the films were still intact and hundreds of props were on display. I especially loved seeing the detail put into Dumbledore’s office and the potions classroom, as well as the Great Hall. Probably the most breathtaking part of the tour was seeing the giant model of the Hogwarts castle. The model is incredibly detailed and takes up an entire room in the studio (a very large room, I might add). Up until the sixth film, the model was used to film all of the scenes that showed Hogwarts from above because the current CGI technology was not at a level that would have made Hogwarts look acceptable for the films. I was amazed when I heard that!

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(Great Hall)

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(Dumbledore’s office)

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(Me on the Knight Bus)

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(Hogwarts model)

That same weekend, we also visited the Portobello market, Hampstead Heath, Abbey Road, and the house where the Parent Trap was filmed. We also went to Tower Hill at night to see the city lit up. Tower Bridge looked amazing as usual, and we also visited the ancient wall built during the Roman occupation of Britain. There also were thousands of ceramic poppies on display outside the Tower of London to honor the soldiers who perished during WWI. This was a hauntingly beautiful sight, especially at night.

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(Roman wall)

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(Tower Bridge)

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(Poppies outside the Tower of London)

I am going to miss London so much when I leave, but I am also glad to be going home soon. Before that, though, I am going to visit my friend Rachel in her hometown of Belfast! My friend Mary will be there as well, and I can hardly wait to see both of them. I’ll let you know how it goes!


Topics: study abroad, Paris, London, England, Natalie Ambrozic

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