Today finally meant a holiday, the last time I went on a trip away was over a year ago so you can probably tell that it has been LONG overdue. We didn’t end up leaving the house until about 12 o’clock, which was rather late to leave the toon seeing as we had to be in Oxford by 5 at the latest. But after a very rocky car journey, and a not so happy pooch. We made it to Blenheim Palace just in time to experience Friends Fest, which is currently travelling around the country in celebration of everything F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
In all honesty, if I was to sit here and try to explain to you the whole experience of the event two things would happen; one, I would potentially ruin it for you and two, we would be sat here all god damn day.
In an essence it was an amazing experience, when we first arrived we were a little bit lost. With frankly no signage as to where it was, and the staff at the palace not having a clue what we were on about it took a good 25-30 mins off running around the grounds like headless chickens trying to locate the thing, then arriving and having a rather ‘rude’ let’s say, ticket man on the door I was a bit unsure what to really expect. HOWEVER, all of these thoughts were put to the back of my mind when we walking into the festival and having Central Perk looming over us with happy smiling faces walking away with cups of coffee in hand.
We got to experience, Central Perk and have our photos taken around the sets around that area, followed by having a coffee, Have photo opportunities with the Vegas backdrop, Pheobies Taxi and of course recreating the classic umbrella title sequence. But all of you attending Leeds fest this weekend can’t say that now can you. (I actually that is a fat lie because I would give my right arm to be dancing along with you all to Glass Animals right now).
After an hour of so running around, and eatting out of the friends themed food trucks, it was our turn to go into the main set area. We got into que expecting that the first thing that we would just be seeing the apartments, yet, to my suprise the frist room was choooccka full of original props from the TV phemonmeon, including items such as Pat the dog, Pheobes guitar, Ross’s Leather Trousers and even the rejected gold bracelets that Joey brings Chandler.
Intererestingly, our tour guide was telling us that there’s only three people on the tour that have the training given by Warner Bros to touch and handel these prize possesions.
After watching a short film we got taken through to the set, they got the recreation almost perfect to what you would see from the show. Super fan no.1 also known as my sister did manage to point out a few corrections needed to be made, but to me it was the closest to the actual thing as I will ever get. Inside the tour we got to experience both the apartements and the hallway. If you want to see what we got upto jsut go and check out the pictures I have left at the bottom of this post.
After leaving friends fest at 8o’clock, and the remaining drive of 5 hours going down to Falmouth, my mum decided it would be best to book into a near by hotel. ooooh mmmyyy gosh oh golly, I am so glad that she did, beacause I just took a bath in the most incredible dream tub. Those who know me well know I love a good bath at any hour of the day and that was exactly what I needed.
So that wraps up day of our trip. Stay tuned for tomorrows adventures down to the Coast.