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Archive for March, 2010
Harry Potter enthusiasts have been waiting (patiently?) for the Orlando-based Islands of Adventure theme park to release the newest batch of details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction—including the anticipated opening day.
The attraction is set to open of June 18, 2010. Fans will be able to tour Hogwarts castle, including Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Defence Against the Dark Arts Classroom, the Room of Requirement and more.
In addition to the grand opening date, Universal Orlando also released the first-ever details of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Take a look at the exclusive film that was shot specifically for the ride, which condenses the “chaos of Harry’s life” into a ride.
Read our previous Wizarding World of Harry Potter blog post for more details on the attraction.
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For up-to-date information, visit www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/
New York can be an intimidating (though exciting) city. If your prospective student is interested in attending college in the Big Apple, it is highly recommended that you take a trip to New York City so he or she can get a feel of what it will be like to live in of the world’s most infamous cities—chances are that it’ll be quite an adjustment!
Day One: NYU, New School
Greenwich Village is one of the hippest parts of town for college students. New York University radiates out into the Village from the famous arch in Washington Square Park. On campus, be sure to check out NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, home to several world-class art exhibitions.
North of NYU is The New School, founded in 1919 by such luminaries as philosopher John Dewey and economist Thorstein Veblen as a place where ideas could be presented and discussed without fear of censorship. The university’s home, on West 12th Street, houses colleges of urban planning, music and drama, as well as Parsons—the design school of Project Runway fame.
Day Two: Columbia University, Fordham University
Take the 1 train up to Morningside Heights in Manhattan for a trip to Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League and, at 254 years old, the oldest institution of higher learning in New York City. Three colleges have their home under the Columbia umbrella: Columbia College, Teachers College and Barnard, a college for women. The main campus at West 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue is an academic oasis from the rest of the city dominated by the domed Low Memorial Library building. The wide steps in front of it serve as an “urban beach” where students hang out.
Up in Rose Hill, in the Bronx, there’s Fordham University. Getting there is no problem: both the D train subway line and the Metro-North commuter train stop there. It’s one of the more scenic areas in the city. Be sure to visit the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo.
Day Three: St. John’s, Art Schools
Your final day destinations depends on what type of student you have: traditional or one who plans to follow his or her creative soul.
St. John’s University in Queens is home to the city’s major college basketball team. Transportation is a bit tricky—if you don’t have a car, you’ll have to take a subway and transfer to a bus to get out to the Jamaica campus.
Brooklyn is home to one of the top art schools in the city— Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill. Take the downtown A or C trains from the city to the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station and transfer to the G train.
Back in Manhattan, as noted above, Parson’s The New School for Design is part of the New School. From there, it’s a short jaunt up to East 23rd Street to take in the School of Visual Arts, one of the premiere art schools in the city. There are three galleries that showcase a mix of student and professional artists, located at 21st, 23rd and 26th streets.
As a final stop, head west to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), located in the midst of the Fashion District on Seventh Avenue between 27th and 29th streets. The Museum at FIT mounts critically acclaimed fashion-related exhibits. Admission is free.
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Post adapted from “New York City: College Visit Guide” by Laurie Bain Wilson and Donna M. Airoldi.
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There is a lot more to Ireland than just St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness, corned beef, leprechauns and pots of gold. Plan a trip to Ireland’s bustling capital city, Dublin, where you can explore all the facets of Irish culture. From outdoor adventures to literary pub crawls and everything in between, Dublin will enchant the whole family.
Getting Your Bearings
The River Liffey runs through Dublin, dividing the north and south of the city. The south is historically the wealthier area of town, and it contains some of Dublin’s most famous sights. Lounge in St. Stephen’s Green and wander up and down Grafton Street, but don’t overlook the area just north of the river. This part of Dublin includes the General Post Office, the grand and imposing Customs House and one of Dublin’s newest landmarks, the Spire of Dublin.
Get acclimated to the city and its history by taking a 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour. This will take you throughout the city center, exploring landmarks that played a role in the 1916 Easter Rising. Another fascinating (yet gruesome), historic spot is the Kilmainham Gaol, where those captured in the Easter Rising were held and some were executed.
Dublin boasts many fine museums and galleries, including the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Chester Beatty Library and Gallery of Oriental Art. All three of these attractions are a wonderful, and best of all, they’re free!
The east of Ireland enjoys some of the country’s best weather, making Dublin a great place to enjoy Ireland’s outdoors. St. Stephen’s Green is a lovely park in the middle of the city.
While Ireland no longer has royalty, it still has some breathtaking castles. In the city, you will find Dublin Castle, the former seat of British-appointed rulers. Dublin’s suburbs have some beautiful castles as well: The Dalky Castle & Heritage Center is worth a visit, as is the Malahide Castle.
The Guinness Storehouse is a great place to start. The Storehouse, often mistakenly called the Guinness Brewery, is located behind the iconic St. James Gate, just west of the city center. Once inside this modern attraction, the self-guided tour teaches you about the history of Ireland’s most famous drink, from how it’s made to its groundbreaking advertising history. If you fancy something a bit stronger, take a tour of the Old Jameson Distillery.
Catching a play is a great way to sample some Irish culture. If you are in the city in late September and early October, don’t miss the Dublin Theatre Festival, one of Europe’s oldest theater festivals. If your stay in Dublin doesn’t coincide with these dates, check out the Abbey Theatre. This renowned theater features classic Irish and international plays and is an obvious destination for drama aficionados.
Ireland has a long and proud literary history, and Dublin is its most prolific city. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker all hail from Ireland’s capital. Fans of Ulysses can retrace Leopold Bloom’s journey through the city, or if you want someone else to do the work for you, join a Literary Pub Crawl to see famous literary sights throughout the city while you enjoy a night out on the town.
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Read More Articles About Dublin on TravelMuse:
“Dublin’s Pubs and Grub”
“Irish Greens: Dublin Outdoor Attractions”
“Dublin Shopping: Irish Crafts to Guinness Souvenirs”
“Literary Attractions in Dublin”
Post adapted from “Irish Enchantment: Dublin’s Top Attractions” by Candace Driskell.