|That's Freddie Fender hiding behind the boa|
"Is this the real life, is this just fantasy?"
That's how J and L felt as we stood looking over the quaint centuries old city streets of a village somewhere in Europe. The weather was rather chilly for almost summer with clouds threatening sprinkles at any moment.
But this wasn't Europe.
|Could be snow, if not rain very soon.|
The day and evening were spent with two of our four daughters (Erica and Jessica) and their husbands (Brandon and Justin) as we meandered around the nearly 420 acres of Universal Studios Hollywood - not to be mistaken by Universal Studios Orlando.
|The crew excited to explore|
Kudos to Ms. Rowling - due to her, we believe, were created a generation of readers. Our own four daughters among that generation.
Back to Queen and the idea of mistaking reality for fantasy is not as far a leap as one would think while looking down the many streets of the mock village down from the mountaintop home of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
|Hogwarts in the rear and Jessica photo bombing|
|A different view of Hogwarts at night - simply magical - oh, it was wasn't it?|
|The Wand will choose you...|
|Erica was chosen by the wand - magical it was.|
|I command you to work - and it did - a light went on or something like that.|
|Those are some 'crazeeee' chimneys - wonder if they are up to SOCAL code?|
|Yes, they even sell Duff beer - which made Brandon, J and Justin happy.|
|But be careful to not have too many - the cops will be looking for you!|
|Looks like Santa had a bad day during the filming of War of the Worlds|
|Keep gunning it brave soul - you will outrun the smokers - maybe not though|
|When the 'Deacon' takes over the Sanctuary, there is heck to pay.|
|The Deacon even loses his only chance of escape - too sad, too bad.|
Of course the house and motel from 'Psycho' are also in the back lot and as the guest tram drives by the scene, a sedan is seen with it's trunk open and suddenly from the hotel marches Norman Bates carrying a female body which he unceremoniously dumps into the open trunk. Not much into chivalry, but what serial killer is?
|Norman, that is not the way for a positive cash flow!|
Luckily, to the date of our visit, Norman hasn't caught up to any of the trams and we hope that it continues that way in the foreseeable future. Of course, depends on who may be on that tram - hmmm. A little gallows humor there.
Of course, there are also rides where blockbusters are featured. Jurassic Park, Despicable Me, Transformers, Kung Fu Panda, Revenge of the Mummy, and much more. There is so much to do that one day may not be enough. Though a day is a pretty long time walking, talking, laughing, and screaming. By night - we all were tired but thrilled to have spent a day together really enjoying the magic of Hollywood.
|Welcome, but no feeding the Raptors|
We like it that way and hope everyone feels the same.
And Freddie - we loved Bohemian Rhapsody and we're pretty sure J. K. Rowlings does, too, with this quotation from her 2007 novel, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows': "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
|L leaving a bistro in Paris - or is she?|
We will leave you with this, as we share our magical memories of a Mother's Day/Father's Day and the power of imagination: