Sunday, March 30, 2014

Santa Monica

Santa Monica Place

It was a nice weekend getaway with family to the sunny side of California on the rainy days in the Bay Area.  This is a city in Southern California that has very pleasant weather and that has always attracted a lot of tourism.  Santa Monica Promenade has a large number of stores, restaurants and movie theaters. This is currently a booming city that people from all over the United States and the world are traveling too because of how peaceful and fun it is.

The Third Street Promenade

The Santa Monica Pier has a lot of great attractions for people from all ages and you can have a great day of fun here.

Santa Monica Beach and Pier
Palisades Park

Historic Route 66 ends at Santa Monica in the west.  Route 66, also known as The Main Street of America or The Mother Road, is one of the original high way systems since 1920's.
It runs from Chicago, Illinois and ends at the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.

Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles. So Cal.

Everyone has seen photos or video of this famous boulevard at some point in their lives. 
Harry Potter Cast (Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson) hand and shoe prints on Hollywood Blvd

Twilight Cast hand and shoe prints right next to Harry Potter's

Chinese Theater
This is one of the most popular streets in Hollywood and there are many nice places in this particular street but the most important of them all is the Walk of Fame. There are stars all over the sidewalk that are given to the most notorious actors, actresses and musicians that have been relevant and have contributed something great to the entertainment industry in America.

The famous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center
There is no doubt that this is one of the most important places to visit in this city.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hogwarts at Oxford

There is no doubt that one of the most popular and beloved book and movie series that has ever come out is Harry Potter. The great thing is that all of the important locations from the movie are real and they exist in Oxford. 

The Hogwarts sanatorium was filmed in the Bodleian Library, the Hogwarts Library was filmed at the Duke Humfrey’s Library and the famous dining hall at Hogwarts is actually the Christ Church College Dining Hall. 

The line to see The Great Hall

The Great Hall is open to public for only 2 hrs a day.  It is not open at all when they have events.
I was there at Christ Church in the morning and went back there 20 minutes after the Great Hall was open.
Totally worth to wait 35 min in line!

Students at Christ Church dine at this dining hall for special occasions.  
This is one place that any Harry Potter fan would love to visit and it will be basically like standing at Hogwarts. 
Want to dine here?  Apply for Christ Church college at the Oxford University!