A nice 100 mph Eurostar train ride later and we were in London. Ah, finally a country where everyone speaks English! After locating a place to stay we boarded another train to go see Hever Castle where Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Jar Jar surfaced in their Gungan submarine. I got another sample of water from "out of this world" while we were there. The next day we visited Leavesden Studios where many shots were captured for Episode I. The guards wouldn't let us in, but they posed for pictures and told us about what they knew about the movie. A few miles away is Whippendell Woods where the Gungan Forrest was filmed. We wandered around for over an hour, lost our way somewhat, and were never sure if we found the exact site. Without specific directions, it was impossible to find the right place since most trees look alike, but several areas were very similar to the movie. I didn't leave totally empty handed though since I took some of the Naboo dirt. Another mile away was Cassiobury Park and the canal that Jar Jar and the Jedis jump into.
We took it easy while in Rome, but still saw quite a few things, such as the Circus Maximus, Coliseum, Forum, and all those other smaller things that I can't remember the name to. Two days later it was time to return home and after some delays with customs procedures on both sides we arrived in the USA. I had one night at Jared's house and then boarded a plane to the west coast. Once I arrived in my apartment I was glad to be home in a comfortable bed, but I was already starting to wish that we had more time to explore sites that we had missed or scenes that we couldn't line up right before leaving. I guess I'll just have to travel some more in the future. There are even a few locations that are close to home so I won't have to travel as far for my next trip.
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