Travel Talk

Published on March 30th, 2016 | by Ann Rickard


Ann Says ‘Hi’ to Patsy

The most fun I’ve ever had on my travels in one day was the day I met Tom Cruise. And David Beckham. Not to mention Patsy from Ab Fab.London  3-7-04 016

Well, with such a line-up of celebrities anyone is guaranteed a good day.

Apart from the regrettable fact that all these A-listers were wax and quite unable to talk back to me, you could say it was a memorable experience.

Madame Tussauds in London is, in my opinion, one of the highlights of the city. Some jaded tourists might think it’s a little daggy, but not me. The wax figures are so lifelike you stand before them and stare with great concentration half expecting them to speak.

The first time I visited Madame Tussauds in London was in the ‘60s. Then the figures were … well … waxy. And stiff, with dreadful illfitting wigs and cadaverlike make-up. They were roped off and you couldn’t get close to them.

On this next visit walking into the main room of Madame Tussauds was like walking into a cocktail party full of celebrities waiting to greet you.

You could get right up close and personal to Julia Roberts, take a selfie with Kylie Minogue and stand cheek-to-cheek with Pierce Brosnan.

The figures are made to the exact height, shape, size and eye and hair colour of the individual.

It’s like standing next to a living person, and let’s face it, it’s as close as you and I are ever going to get to someone famous.

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I loved it, despite feeling like a star struck teenager standing next to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I could have kissed Tom Cruise’s cheeks if I wanted. (I had to bend down.) I stood for some time next to Princess Di (no bending for her.)

I was impressed by the freedom to get so close and intimate with the figures.

There were no rude signs or burly security guards telling you off for touching Elle MacPherson’s bottom or J-Lo’s boob.

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About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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