Now that the Harry Potter movies are over, it’s no surprise that Warner Brothers has decided to open Leavesden Studios to the public next year. When they announced it a month or so ago, I was very excited!
I’d already taken a picture at Platform 9¾ in London’s King’s Cross Station in 2008, flown to Chicago to see Harry Potter: The Exhibition in 2009, been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando last year, and scored an early invite (and got sorted) into Pottermore this year. Yes, I’m a Harry Potter nerd. I’m a PROUD Potterhead!
Anyway, I had been pondering returning to London* for some time now. It was also a good excuse to schedule in a day trip to Paris as I didn’t get a chance to go to the Louvre when I went in 2008. Plus, I wanted to ride the high-speed Eurostar between London and Paris.
So, I proceeded to look up airfare and hotel prices for a potential week-stay in London. I was very disappointed to find out that—because of London’s hosting of the summer Olympics next year—airfare and accommodations were more expensive than usual. It seems that it’ll cost me the same amount of money to fly to London as it would if I had flown to the Philippines, which is about more than 3x the flight time!
In the end, I decided to postpone the London/Paris trip, and to try for a trip to Japan instead. I’ve never been to Japan and it’s on my list of countries to visit, so I thought, “Why not?”
*I was in London earlier this year, but it was only for a 6-hour layover, so that doesn’t count. Plus, there was only time for eating and some light shopping.