Hiya! Paris (11 yo) here. Right now we’re in ENGLAND!!!! I’m not going to tell you much about England. I think Firstborn will want to tell you guys about it, she loves England. I think I will tell you about how we got here though. First we woke up at 6 am. SWMBO made Onlyboy, Firstborn and me each set an alarm. At 6 am there was an odd assortment of noise: music (Firstborn), ducks quacking (Onlyboy), and guitar (moi). All in all, a very random sound to get up to. When we were all awake, we packed then loaded the car. And we were off!
Now, as you know, we were going to England. We took the Eurotunnel which is a train that goes in a tunnel under the Channel. You drive your car into the train with other cars, you can sit in your car or you can stand awkwardly just outside your car. It takes 35 minutes to get from one side to the other (France to England). It is not very interesting to look out the windows of the train because it is black… Pitch black. So I listened to music the whole time.
When we got out of the train, we drove for 1 1/2 hours. We went to the Roald Dahl Museum! It was an amazing place. We had sooooooo much fun. It is a museum for all ages. There is something for adults that is not so interesting for younger kids – lots of words about his life. But there is also a dress up area in each room to entertain young children. But of course there has to be more for the younger kids. There is an arts and crafts room or maybe you would like to play games or you might want to go to Miss Honey’s classroom from the book Matilda. There is also a café and gift shop (Onlyboy finished going around the museum before us so he went to the gift shop and managed to read 3 Roald Dahl books!).
At the museum there was also the costume worn by Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And the real gate from Willy Wonka was donated to the museum but it was too big so the movie studio made a special replica which is now the main gate to get in. We think the gates were too big because everything in this medieval village is so SMALL (people were a lot smaller in those days)!!
-16 yr old Firstborn, 13yr old OnlyBoy, 4yr old Lastborn in front of real front doors in the village
They even had a film set from Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox! And guess what – the set was inspired by Dahl’s writing hut!
On the outside wall of the café is a picture of the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). All of Roald Dahl’s books are amazing (#rockandroald). Some of my favourites are: The BFG, The Witches, Matilda, and The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me. I highly recommend them.
The museum is in the village of Great Missenden and the whole village is connected to Roald Dahl. We went to see his grave in the churchyard and saw many buildings on the high street that inspired him. Like the library, the gas station, a big house and the butcher shop. The small post office used to get 4000 letters a week just for him from fans around the world.
Next we got BACK in the car (again), drove 2 more hours, then drove for another hour because we couldn’t find the hotel. Which wasn’t our fault. When we did get there, I went with SWMBO to get checked in. I came with her to hear more British accents! We got the key and went to our cabin. It is called the Partridge cabin. It is very nice but I think they have too many TVs. We have three for seven of us! All in all, I would say four stars. Very nice but hard to find.
Well I guess I have to go now. But stay tuned because there will be an awesome post coming soon about a surprise. What surprise you ask? You will just have to wait and see. BWAH HA HA HA HA!! cough cough cough
Quote of the Day from Roald Dahl is
Whizzpopping is a sign of happiness