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Games of Thrones tour – Irlanda del Nord
Games of Thrones lovers: did you know that a good amount of scenes of the famous tv series was shot in Ireland? Northern Ireland to be precise, over Belfast. In the still-English colony, there are millions of guided bus tours that depart from both Belfast and Dublin. I’ve been to Belfast for a couple of days and took advantage of it. The most famous tours are those that allow you to see the Giant Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede robe bridge. The Games of Thrones tour includes these famous stops and adds the places where some scene of the TV show have been filmed. Our guide? An extra character of the series that has told us many curious behind the scenes. I will not reveal too much, but I’ll tell you my experience with my photos!
The cave where Melisandre gave birth to a dark spirit was one of the first stop of our tour. The construction of the cave is really impressive, with the double tunnel one of which goes into the sea. The rocks that are seen from outside the anthrax, which look like a chili pepper, make the area very special. Sea, clouds and so much green. Typical Irish landscape.
This stop is not directly connected to Games of Thrones but is a compulsory stage in Northern Ireland: the stones are like a honeycomb. I’m not kidding, in a game of lava and water, the rocks have this very strange shape and all together one another creates real stairs in an hive – honeybees are known to have stairs… ahaha look at the photos and you will understand.
Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge connects the mainland with the small Carrick-A-Rede Island (my room is larger). A green that looks like photoshopped by how bright it is, a gentle breeze and the incredible panorama of Ireland’s rocks, clouds and gray sea. Amazing.
This interwoven beech was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century. The noble family wanted to create a mighty passage at the entrance of their Georgian villa, Gracehill House. This avenue was obviously used to shoot the Games of Thrones scenes in Dark Hedges. Impossible to blame the director, this boulevard seems to have come out of Tim Burton’s movies. Unfortunately some beeches have been cut and cropped, but the effect is still quite impressive.
In addition to these stops we have also seen the Renly’s camp in Stormlands and the Iron Islands beach where Theon devoted his destiny to the “Drowned God”. All by breathing fresh Irish air.
Tips and tricks on my outfit: The 100 grams foldable quilted jacket by Uniqlo is a must have. It keeps warm and becomes small when it is closed in its sack. His strengths is that it can be carried even in smaller bags (I had attached it to my Rebecca Minkoff) and it’s fine under other coats when you need a layer of extra heat. I never leave it at home when I travel! Do you like it?