Monday, 28 September 2009

Platform 9 3/4



My mum and sister were visiting this weekend and look where Connie and I went yesterday. We are both huge Harry Potter fans so this was very exciting. We also went to the London Dungeons and Madame Tussaud's; if I can manage to edit my devilish red eyes then I may share photographs of myself with William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.

22 comments:

verity said...

Fantastic - I hope you had a wonderful time. I love visiting literary locations too.

Rachel said...

Hehe! Looks like fun! You and your sister are very alike - such lovely smiles!

Paperback Reader said...

Verity, we had a lovely time but it was an exhausting day - worth it though! I have so many literary locations to visit in London; it's very exciting!

Rachel, thank you :). I'm about six times the size of my sister and she has such delicate features but there are some similarities. It was definitely fun.

savidgereads said...

Brilliant pictures they have made me smile, very, very much! Glad you had a lovely weekend.

farmlanebooks said...

LOL! If you are huge Harry Potter fans you should try to make it to Alnwick castle at some point - that is the most Potterish place I've found.

Darlene said...

Ah, such a lovely day out and the both of you look so happy!

I've had my hands on that cart as well, hee!

Paperback Reader said...

Thanks, Simon! We had a brilliant time.

Jackie, I'm definitely taking a note of that - thanks.

Darlene, why doesn't that surprise me?!

Through the Reading Glass said...

That's definitely one of the places I regret missing when I was in London!

Steph said...

When a friend and I backpacked through Europe & the UK, we stopped by and took tons of shots at platform 9 3/4 as well! We did tons of HP themed things on that trip (it was the same summer that the sixth book was released, and we queued up for the midnight release at the Oxford Circle Waterstones) including visiting Alnwick Castle, which Jackie mentioned!

Vivienne said...

I was there on Saturday and I couldn't find it. I thought it was all blocked off. Aargh - I missed my photo op.

Paperback Reader said...

Hi Through the Reading Glass, thanks for commenting; hopefully you'll have the opportunity to visit it some day!

Steph, I'll definitely need to go to Alnwick castle at some point; I'm intrigued now.

Vivienne, how disappointing! It's actually off platform 8 (between platform 8 and 9) and is hidden away to prevent congestion. I hope you manage to find it next time!

claire said...

Oh I would love to go there! Thanks for sharing your happy photos! I assume your sister is a bookie too? :)

Paperback Reader said...

Claire, actually she's not! It's not through any lack of trying on my part but she doesn't have the attention span to sit down with a book; she loves audio books (she runs around doing other things whilst listening) and has been listening to HP read by Stephen Fry repeatedly for years. I used to think Stephen Fry lived with us, he was such a familiar voice.

Jenny said...

Aw, how fun! When I was first in London, I intended to go take a picture much like that one, but that was in July 2005, and straightaway the Tube got bombed and King's Cross was closed (alas). And I've just never had the chance to go back!

Iliana said...

How fun! Hope you get to fix the "red" eyes. I bet those are great bookish pictures :)

Paperback Reader said...

Jenny, unfortunate timing! You have my sympathies. Hopefully you manage another visit in the future.

Iliana, I managed to fix them (well, it was just the Shakespeare) and I'll post them at some point soon.

anothercookiecrumbles said...

Oh cool - this is something I've been meaning to check out, but haven't yet. Looks like fun.

As for photographs with Oscar Wilde - I like that. I know this sounds morbid, but his grave is one of the most fascinating things I've ever seen. I must dig out a piccie soon.

Paperback Reader said...

anothercookie, it only takes five minutes (well, once you find it...) so definitely worth a visit, especially if passing through King's Cross.

I would love to visit Oscar Wilde's grave and intend to the next time I visit Paris.

JoAnn said...

Oh, what fun!! I hope we can look forward to more photos as you work your way through London's literary locations.

Paperback Reader said...

JoAnn, definitely! There are a number of literary things in London that I intend to do at some point and will always regale you with accounts of my adventures.

tanabata said...

Fun! When we lived in Cambridge we used to use King's Cross all the time and the train often departed from platform 9. Walking by the "Platform 9 3/4" always made me smile. Actually when we first started living there, it was only the sign, the cart was added later, much to my amusement. :)

Paperback Reader said...

Nat, that was my first visit to King's Cross since moving here and my first visit to Platform 9 3/4. I don't think it could fail to put a smile on anyone's face; it's such a fun addition to the station and very kind-spirited.