First off if you don’t know what Game of Thrones is, I want to send you my condolences and wish you a healthy recovery. I will fight anyone IRL that watches Game of Thrones and doesn’t like it. If it is too “crude” for you, use VidAngel and censor what you don’t like. Take my word on this one, you won’t be disappointed.
Now if that wasn’t enough to inform you, I am the biggest Game of Thrones fanboy you will ever meet. I have read the books multiple times and seen the show more times than I feel comfortable talking about. So, when I found out that in Belfast, Ireland where the show has been filmed, they offer tours of the film locations of the show, I had no choice but to take a weekend after classes in Barcelona and catch a rather inexpensive flight to Belfast Ireland for the weekend. It was both the nerdiest and coolest experience of my life.
Ireland itself is an amazing country with beautiful landscapes and incredibly kind people. It was hard to comprehend that you could drive from one end of the country to the other in about 4 hours. That was one of the most difficult things to grasp in Europe is the scale of the countries compared to the states. A lot of the countries are barely larger and sometimes smaller than most states.
I spent two days in Belfast and both days I spent on a full day tour provided by a company called: GameofThronesTours.com. I had no idea what to expect and thought it would just be a scenic ride where a guide pointed out to us different locations where the show was filmed. I WAS WRONG. The tour guides both days had worked on extras on the show in almost every season and they were AMAZING. They told us stories from the set and not only showed us filming locations, but very thoroughly explained how the scenes were set up, the amount of time and money spent, the camera angles, the editing techniques and the acting methods of the characters. I couldn’t believe how great it was. There are iconic dogs that are in the show and we were able to hang out with them and their owners and take pictures. They dressed us all up in costumes and gave us swords and set us loose by an ancient castle to play around and take pictures. We were also able to visit the legendary Giant’s Causeway. You can see all these places in my photos here.
The Giant’s Causeway is a huge area of thousands of volcanic basalt columns that look incredible. The legend about why they are there is the best legend you will read about all week. Legend has it that Irish giant, Finn MacCool was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Finn accepted the challenge built the causeway across the North Channel so that the giants could meet and fight. Finn hides from Benandonner when he realized that his foe is much larger than him. Finns wife disguises Finn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the baby, he assumes that Finn is the father and must be a giant among giants he flees back to Scotland in fright. He destroyed the causeway behind him, so Finn couldn’t pursue him. That is much more reasonable explanation that ancient volcanic activity and is definitely what happened. If you go to Ireland and you miss this place, what, are, you, doing.
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