Game of Thrones In Ireland

Game of Thrones In Ireland

A day tour of Northern Ireland and some of the filming locations for Game of Thrones.
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So I just went on a day tour of the filming locations of Game of Thrones. Although I haven't seen much of the show (only season one and part of season two), I still love the show. I promise I will get around to watching it all one day but I never seem to have time anymore. To many, Game of Thrones is more than just a television show, it's a way of life. or our tour guide, that was especially true. Our tour guide, Eric, plays a Wildling in Game fo Thrones. (He is also an extra in the show Vikings). As the bus ride from Dublin into Northern Ireland was a bit lengthy, we watched different films on the creation of Game of Thrones and the story behind it.

Just in case you didn't know, Game of Thrones is filmed in 3 countries: Northern Ireland, Spain, and Malta. Many of the first scenes were filmed just a few hours from where I currently live in Dublin. Having never been to Northern Ireland, I was able to not only explore the filming locations but also Northern Ireland.

The great part about the tour was that even if you have never seen Game of Thrones or if you're like me and have only seen some of it, you can still have an enjoyable day. On the way to our first stop we were told that later in the day there would be two surprises for us all. Having no clue as to what they would be, and hoping/praying one would be Kit Harrington, we continued on to Tollymore Forest Park. Throughout the 3km trek in Tollymore Forest Park many key scenes have been filmed such as the pit where the dismembered Wildlings were found, Tyrion and Jon's campsite on their way to the Wall, and the bridge where the Dire Wolf pups were found. After putting on wool cloaks, we trekked through the forest to discover all of this and more.

After making it all the way through the forest we were finally told our surprises: meeting two of the Dire Wolves from the show. Needless to say, that's all any of us could think about for the next hour or so, and my only motivation for walking up the mountain to get out of the forest. Odin and Thor, more commonly know as Summer and Greywind (Robb's and Bran's dogs) were such a wonderful surprise. What's even more, is that their owner, his brothers, and dad all have been in Game of Thrones as Wildlings and a Dothraki slave master.

The family was able to share so much about the show that you couldn't hear from anyone else because of their experiences.After sadly leaving the pups we went to the Castle Ward Estate where nine film locations are on site. Winterfell, Walder Frey's Twins, and Robb's Camp in the Riverlands all can be found close together. The 16th-century castle and stables were used to show Winterfell and the 15th-century Tower House on the shores of Strangford Lough was used as one of the Walder Frey's Twins. Many other scenes have been shot throughout the estate including when Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister washed up on shore and found the three bodies hanging from the tree.

After walking around the estate we traveled to Inch Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian Abbey where Robb is crowned King in the North. Once we put on our cloaks again and gained some swords, we crowned our own Queen in the North who won the trivia game on the bus (no, not me).


Once our time at Inch Abbey was over, we boarded the bus and departed for Dublin. Thanks to the screen on the bus we were able to view the first two and a half episodes of Game of Thrones, a fitting way to end our day tour of the filming locations. Even if you aren't a big fan of the show, If you ever get the chance to visit Ireland or Northern Ireland, go on this tour and make sure you get to meet the Dire Wolves.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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Everyone Should Visit Rome At Least Once In His Or Her Life

The atmosphere of the city truly makes you feel like you're in the middle of a movie set.

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I am writing this article while sitting on a bus heading from Rome to the airport to catch my flight to Paris and it has given me some time to reflect on my last few days here. After spending quite a bit of time here, I definitely think that If you get the opportunity to travel to Rome, you should do so, you will not regret it. You may be asking yourself, why is Rome so special and fantastic? Isn't it just home to the Colosseum, the Vatican, and some good Italian restaurants? The answer is no, Rome is so much more than that, it's fabulous cuisine, jaw-dropping architecture, fantastic attractions, and it truly makes you feel as if you've been transported back in time and are in the middle of history.

While in Rome, my family and I had the opportunity to visit both the famous Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. Both of these incredible attractions made us feel as if we were really there, in Ancient Rome and in the presence of Michelangelo as he painted the ceiling of the chapel. In addition, the jaw-droppingly gorgeous architecture added to the beauty of the city. From the Trevi fountain to the capital building to the statues in the Vatican, every structure made me look up in absolute awe. Truthfully, it is well worth going to Rome just to see the beautiful architecture.

Furthermore, the atmosphere of the city truly makes you feel like you're in the middle of a movie set. Everything is so picturesque that you feel like it isn't even real like it's a facade. One day my family and I stopped to have a snack at this small restaurant that was situated on a quiet street and we all kept remarking at how it was so beautiful (and how the food was so good) and especially how it felt like we were on the set of a movie, with how picturesque and quiet it was. Simply put, the sights of Rome are breathtakingly beautiful! Everywhere you look you find more "hidden gems" that add more and more beauty to an already incredible city.

In addition to talking about all of the beautiful architecture, great attractions, and amazing atmosphere, how can one go to Rome and not talk about the food! The food in Rome in indescribably good. The pizza, while very different from what you typically find in a pizza place in the United States, is extremely fresh and delicious. The pasta was absolutely amazing and much thicker than what you would find in America. The vegetables were extremely fresh, especially the tomatoes which were very red and actually much sweeter than I anticipated.

Overall, from its architecture to its atmosphere to its attractions to its food, going to Rome was an incredible experience. And it was definitely an experience that I will never forget! I will definitely be back for another experience of a lifetime! Now it's on to Paris and then London. Ciao, for now, Rome, and Grazie (that's thank you in Italian) for everything.

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