Jodi rented a car, and we all left around eight that morning. Seven hours later we arrived at the hotel. We checked in and dropped our stuff off in the room, then headed to a mall to do some shopping. Came back and ordered pizza, mmm.
Next morning we headed over to the Navy Pier and spent a few hours checking out the stores (and the Stained Glass museum). We walked over to Buckingham Fountain which was fun and good exercise, lol. By the time we walked back it was time to head to the Museum of Science and Industry for the Harry Potter Exhibit!
Lots of cool props from the movies. :) I squee'd when I saw Snape's robes and wand (which has Celtic designs, you just can't see them in the movies). The trio were so tiny in SS! They had the dormitory set up with the beds and trunks, as well as several of the teachers' classrooms. They also had Hagrid's Hut, The Forbidden Forest (with Voldemort, Death Eaters, a Dementor, etc.), Quidditch stuff, and the Great Hall complete with outfits and items from the Yule Ball (still in love with Hermione's dress!). We found Dobby hiding behind Dumbledore's robes. :)
Pictures aren't allowed inside the Exhibit, but there's some on the website.
After that we drove to the Medieval Times for dinner. We got stuck in traffic so we were 15 minutes late, which worked to our advantage since the manager gave us front row seats for free (it usually costs $20 per person plus the regular ticket price). The food was delicious, we had chicken, potatoes, ribs, soup with bread, and an apple pie. No silverware so we ate everything with our hands! The show was very entertaining; lots of battles between the Knights, the horses performed tricks, there was a falconer with a real falcon, and the storyline where the Knights had to rescue the Prince from the evil!Green Knight, lol. At one point the Knights tossed flowers to people in their sections and I got the first one from our knight. :D (that man is GORGEOUS)
So the trip was a lot of fun. I'm glad I got to spend some more time with Jodi, especially since we won't be able to do anything like this until next year after the baby is born and a little older. Now to just get ready for the trip to D.C. next month! (I'm looking forward to going to the Medieval Times there with blantoncirith XD)
Charlie's Angels, yo. XD
In front of Buckingham Fountain
With the flying car from the Harry Potter movies! XD
And of course... with the Blue Knight and the flower he tossed me. XD