In early 2013 I attended the Theatre Vertigo annual fundraiser with my friend Laura. Along with some great items for the silent auction, the live auction (ie paddle raise) mostly included season tickets, drinks or dinner with the actors, etc. but one item in particular got my attention - up to a three week stay in a one-bedroom flat in northern England, with no expiration date. It was listed as worth $1,500 so I decided to bid on it, knowing that Greg (who was not with me that evening) & I had already discussed a possible vacation to nearby Scotland in the future. Needless to say I won the auction (winning bid $300) and Greg was quite stunned when I came home and said "You'll never guess what I 'bought' tonight!"
Unless you're a devoted fan of the Harry Potter films, you, like me at the time, have probably never even heard of Alnwick, England. Located 5 miles inland from the North Sea and 87 miles south of Edinburgh, Scotland, Alnwick, with a population of 8,000, is mostly known as an historic, well-preserved market town. In 2002, it was recognized as the most desirable place to live in the UK by Country Life magazine. The castle and gardens are the high profile tourist attraction, in no small part because the first two Harry Potter movies were filmed there (the castle was featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry).
|Are you ready for a Quidditch lesson???|
|Would Scotland look a lot like this? - Ireland's Dingle Peninsula|
|Walking on Hadrian's Wall - check!|
|You behave while I'm gone!|
|Greg enjoyed the Half Marathon so much last year, he signed up to run the Full Marathon this year!|
|I think I've seen this place somewhere before!|