Harry Potter Studio Tour including Gringotts Bank VLOG

This tour shows you the Making of Harry Potter Join me on my tour around the Warner Bros. Studio Tour — The making of Harry Potter at Leavesden Studios outside London.

I recently visited the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour London in Watford, today I let my big kid out.

It was a fun and magical day where I got to see the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, magical creatures, platform 9 3/4, Hogwarts Express and the Model Room with its very impressive scale model of Hogwarts before ending in the Studio Gift Shop.

Hotel Mediterraneo (Greece, Crete): Review

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L, Chersonisos 700 14, Greece

V: 26th September 2018      T:  +30 2897 025328  W: www.mediterraneohotel.gr


It’s taken me this long to write this up, deliberately as I wanted to make sure I had enough detail and also have the Greece Vlog videos completed.
This is my first visit to Greece (Crete), and I booked my holiday via a travel agency and this was where I would be staying for 5 nights.
I arrived at night so I didn’t get much time to see anything, but this is what my room looked like.
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Bedroom Area :

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This was very nice and spacious, but the one issue was the bed.
Every time I moved even just a little, it squeaked!! so when I did move more it was squeak squeak squeak…so my sleeping habit had to be changed to not move much.

Bathroom :

For the standard of hotel, this was nice and very clean.
The only issue here for me was the shower had a curtain which I am not a fan off, and the shower head really needed changing as the metal/silver plating was chipping off.

I booked all inclusive, which I have not done for many many years.
What this meant was you got your food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and all your drinks….well if it was alcoholic it had to be local wine, local beer etc so all local products which was fine for me.
For me personally the food was just so so, I could see they catered for all but they didn’t really have many Greek dishes which really disappointed me.
The food each day didn’t really change, so I started to get bored with seeing the same foods.
Don’t get me wrong what I did eat was nice, just not amazing….for the Greek food I had to travel to different restaurants near me or when I took a trip somewhere.

Location :

I wish I had booked somewhere else, but I only found out by doing some travelling.
The beach which is a short walk from the hotel is so so more rocky than sandy beach as I was expecting. So another disapointment as I couldnt really, go and sun on the beach here.
About a 20min walk to the left of the hotel you can find a local SPAR where you can get drinks, food etc so this was useful when I was going a trip or two to get some water bottles.
Due to me not being someone who just sits in the hotel 24/7 I visited a few places :

1. Heraklion

To travel here it takes around 40 mins by bus from the hotel.

2. Malia

This is a very nice tourist area, with many shops, restaurants and a great beach.
10-12 mins by bus from this hotel.

3. Lerapetra

Here is a very nice place to visit, and one I would recomend either going via a company or doing yourself.

4. Spinalonga

While in Crete I visited the island of Spinalonga, officially known as Kalydon. Here is a short walk around video, but please do take the tour it’s really educational and interesting to see.

5. Agios Nikolaos

Just a short video but worth a visit.

Overall

Overall my first visit to Greece (Crete) was a good one, the weather wasn’t great but it was much better than what I would have had if I had stayed in Glasgow.
The hotel for what I paid was good, but I am sure if I just spent a little more time on GoogleMaps I could have found a better-situated hotel.
The staff were very nice and very helpful, and the hotel was nice looking…just the bed issue and shower head issue.
Would I go back? maybe not as I said I wasn’t happy with the location as Malia looked nice and the beach was very nice, and a few other places I visited looked much nicer so sorry guys.
If I do go back to Greece I may try another island.
If your looking to just stay in the hotel and by the hotel pool, this hotel will be perfect for you. If like me you like to walk to a sandy beach etc, then you should try a better located hotel.

Review Scores – 

  • Room : 3.5
  • Pool : 5
  • Service : 4
  • Dining : 4
  • Food : 2.5
  • Amenities: 3
  • Overall : 3.5

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Review : Notre Dame de Paris Musical at London Coliseum 2019

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Performance Date: Saturday 16th January 2019

Website: Notredamedeparislespectacle.com

The smash-hit French musical returns to London for 7 performances only, after touring in 23 countries around the world over the last 20 years.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Victor Hugo, Notre Dame of Paris tells the story of the bell-ringer cathedral Quasimodo and his tragic love for the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda.

This stage spectacular features an international ensemble of singers, dancers, acrobats and a live orchestra, as well as unforgettable music composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon.

Notre Dame de Paris was first and last in London from 2000 to 2001, and in that time period I saw it 6 times and fell in love with it. To be honest it should have kept running here, as it is a great musical.

The lights, the music and the costumes everything was perfect and a treat for the eyes and ears.

I loved this show so much, I purchased the French DVD and also Italian DVD and watched them many times…..so much so I can nearly sing all the French songs.

I waited and waited hoping it would come to the UK….more so Glasgow or even Edinburgh so I could see it again but it didn’t….then I saw it advertised for the London Coliseum for one week only and instantly I got tickets. I got the second row from the front, dead centre…yeah I paid a little more but I didn’t care I HAD to see this again!

It was showtime!

I was like a big kid in a candy shop, I couldn’t wait for it to start I was so excited. I saw it was a new cast, apart from one Daniel Lavoie who has been it from the start. He was also in the French DVD version so this was a great honour to see him live in person!!

The performances were all sung in French, with a digital board showing English subtitles but I didn’t need them….I had seen this show so many times from the French DVD I knew it very well so I could just sit listen and enjoy. At the times my favourite songs were sung, I was so happy I had to hold back happy tears.

The show was amazing from start to finish, and I could have easily seen it again! It also used a live orchestra, where the previous times it was a backing track. Using this live orchestra, made it much warmer enjoyable and emotional.

Angelo Del Vecchio as Quasimodo is outstanding, as I was comparing him to Garou but Angelo was just as good. Daniel Lavoie is amazing and delivers strong vocals throughout, and I would even say sings better now.

If you get a chance to see this in any country, please do go and see it you will love it! This is a different kind of musical the way its performed, so don’t go expecting a West End or Broadway-style musical…go with an open mind and enjoy!

This performance stars Angelo Del Vecchio, Hiba Tawaji, Daniel Lavoie, Richard Charest, Alyzée Lalande, Martin Giroux and Jay.

★★★★★

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