Chestnut Hill, or Hogwarts?

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? I know of only a handful of people who aren’t. (You know who you are!)

Do you want to go to Hogwarts? Do you want to play Quidditch? Ride the Hogwarts Express and Knight Bus? Learn and practice spells?

Yeah, I really want to do all these things…

And on October 21-22, 2016, in Chestnut Hill, PA, all of this (and more!) is possible!

Enter the Harry Potter Festival and Quidditch Tournament!

Chestnut Hill College is Hogwarts. Image from instagram.
Chestnut Hill College is Hogwarts. Image from instagram.

Chestnut Hill College will be transformed into Hogwarts, there will be a Quidditch Tournament, and a festival taking up 10 city blocks over the course of the two days.

There is also a Harry Potter Conference happening October 20-21, 2016!

Surprisingly, Chestnut Hill is in the Northwest corner of downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in booking a trip to Philadelphia to visit Hogwarts. You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

South Korea themed cafes

Heading to South Korea? After seeing all these awesome little cafes, I just might go soon! Here are a few that I found that looked interesting to me!

Harry Potter

The newest is Hogsmeade; a Harry Potter themed bar. It’s in North Gyeongsang Province, on the East coast of South Korea.

 

Hogsmeade, image from utiedkpop.com
Hogsmeade Cafe in South Korea, image from unitedkpop.com.

They have all sorts of Harry Potter-themed treats, including butterbeer and chocolate frogs, and if you haven’t gotten your house robes yet, you can buy them here, no matter which house you’re in. (As a Hufflepuff, I always find it difficult to get merch with my house, although stores are getting better!) The interior is stunningly decorated, and you might forget that you’re not actually in Hogsmeade!

Sherlock

221B is a very classy and elegant cafe in Seoul, with great attention to detail in the decor – check out the picture of the bathroom wallpaper! They have Sherlockian coffee and food items, including eggs Benedict. 😉 There’s a TV screen that shows the episodes on constant repeat. I wonder if they had a viewing party when the new episodes came out this year?

Monster Movies

Monster Cupcakes in Seoul has sweet treats based on classic monsters. They haven’t posted any pictures on their Facebook page since 2012, but hopefully they’re still around!

Doctor Who

Although not a cafe, the Doctor Who Pub & Grill in Anyang is a cute little place with subtle (and some not-so-subtle) nods to the British TV show, mostly through the decor. The food is not themed, or at least it wasn’t at the time of the article that I linked you to (April 2015). We can only hope they’ve added Whovian related foods to their menu now that it’s been around for a while.

Charlie Brown

There’s a cute little cafe called the Charlie Brown Cafe in Oebalsan-dong, Incheon Airport. The food, especially the pastries, is absolutely adorable, with images of the characters included in the edibles. You can also buy merchandise. The decor is mainly why I want to go here.

The interior of the Charlie Brown Cafe. Image from blogspot.com.
The interior of the Charlie Brown Cafe. Image from blogspot.com.

Hello Kitty

Of course there is a Hello Kitty Cafe. Actually, there are several throughout South Korea. The decor is adorable, the food is themed, and you can buy merchandise.

I hope you enjoyed this quick run-through of the themed cafes in South Korea! There are more that I didn’t talk about here.

If you’d like help booking a trip to South Korea. You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Snow!

In honour of the snow that is falling (and hopefully staying) on the ground today, my picture is of the Gryffindor snowman made in Hogsmeade. I have to say, it felt incredibly weird to be SO hot in Florida, but to be surrounded by snow in Hogsmeade.

I also have an announcement to make! This Friday, I will be cutting my prices in my store www.etsy.com/shop/JenEricDesigns by 25%, in honour of Black Friday. I may keep the prices cut until Cyber Monday, but that depends on many factors.
Tell all your friends! Black Friday sale 25% off!!!

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