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Big Ben! Parliament!

In preparation for our European Vacation, I did some research, consulting Chowhound for where to eat, Rick Steves for where to stay and what to do, and Clark Griswold for what to say. “Hey look, kids, there’s Big Ben, and there’s Parliament!”


On our way to Whitby, an English fishing town on the North Sea, we stopped by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a brief ride in a steam train, a la the Hogwarts Express. Once in Whitby, we enjoyed fish and chips at the Magpie Cafe, explored the Whitby Abbey …

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle. As seen in the 1st two Harry Potter movies as Hogwarts. Remember the broomstick flying lessons? The quidditch games? The crash landing of the flying car with Harry and Ron? Hagrid’s Hut? All shot here.


The first leg of our summer 2011 voyage took us to England. In the North Yorkshire Moors, we saw signs like this: