Friday, September 29, 2017


 "WINTER IS COMING!" If you have watched all 7 seasons of the "Game of Thrones" as I have you know this will be a chilling final season! I must admit I have never been as addicted to a TV drama like this one ever before! There is so much to take in and often it is too much at times. The grandeur of the scenes, the power of the characters, and the plots are..." crazy stressful!" The locations where the show was filmed have always been fascinating. Most scenes are visually enhanced by 14 FX (digital effects) shops from Germany to New Zealand. The scope of the series has always been grand, to say the least!

I'll take you on a tour of some of the beautiful places where the series was shot. This is Mdina, the old capital of Malta. This was used for "King's Landing, the royal city of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms"

This is an aerial view of the walled city of Mdina.

Dubrovnik in Croatia was used for many scenes depicting King's Landing.

This is a digitally enhanced view of "King's Landing" in Dubrovnik.

Minceta Tower in Dubrovnik was used for the "House of the Undying."

Marla and I really enjoyed our visit to Diocletian's Palace in Split Croatia.  Many scenes were filmed here. Roman Emperor Diocletian had this palace built for his retirement in 305 AD. It is one of the most popular places in Split.

 Located near the Dominican monastery St. Dominic Street links Ploče Gate with the main street, Stradun. Many Game of Thrones market scenes take place here. St. Dominic Street is where the Gold Cloaks kill one of King Robert’s illegitimate sons. It’s also where Tyrion and Bronn witness a protest speech in season two. In season five, Cersei Lannister walked naked through this street as a sign of penance.

Filming at Ait Benhaddou was a stroke of genius by the producers. The earthen buildings in Southern Morocco truly look from a totally different era. Many films over the years have been shot here. The digitally enhanced view is shown above.

Castell de Santa Florentina in Spain was used for numerous scenes.

The Alcazar of Seville was used as a location for scenes in Season Five.

This is Doune Castle in Scotland with the current as well as the digital effects view.

The Wall plays an important role throughout the show. They filmed some of it at the Magheramorne Quarry in Northern Ireland.

This is "Downhill Strand" in Northern Ireland. Downhill Beach is used in the filming of Game of Thrones as Dragonstone, where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned and Melisandre, flames dancing into the night sky, proclaimed: “For the night is dark and full of terrors.”

The Dark Hedges is one of the most photographed areas in Northern Ireland and a popular attraction for tourists from across the world. This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century and intended to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to Gracehill House.
The site is featured in Game of Thrones series two, doubling as the Kingsroad which young Artraveled traveled on in the back of a cart along with Yoren, Gendry, and Hot Pie - all new recruits for the Night's Watch.

Images: Polo Cong-Haile, Daily Herald, Karry on, She dreams of travel, You tube, Tazee Travel, Book-graphics

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