We missed MagicCon 2017, but this year, we made it! Frodo, Pippin and I were part of the staff for MagicCon 2018 from Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 25th, and it was exhausting but fun.
As announced, here is the post about the rest of the holidays I spent with Merry and Pippin. My mom picked us up at the airport in Lyon and we drove to Bordeaux from there, where we spent one night and half a day to do some fast sightseeing. In the afternoon, we left for Bilbao, where we spent 3 days in total, one of which was spent in Gaztelugatxe. On the way back to Lyon, we stopped at Carcassonne for about 2,5 hours because the way from Bilbao to Lyon is f*cking long, and Carcassonne is f*cking beautiful.
Pippin, Merry and I spent the last two weeks travelling together. We went to Bordeaux, Bilbao, Gaztelugatxe, Carcassonne and Lyon – Bordeaux, Bilbao, Carcasonne and Lyon will get their own post soon, because this one is going to focus on Gaztelugatxe. If the title hasn’t given it away, here’s why: because it was partially used for the filming of the scenes in Dragonstone on Game of Thrones, most notably the stairs, and because we’re nerds, that’s the only reason we drove that far in the first place. No regrets. It was beautiful.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a monastery in Basque Country in Spain, not so far from Bilbao, which is why we stayed in Bilbao and drove up from there. The castle isn’t real, of course, which is a bummer – why are the castles never real? And there were no dragons, which is also a bummer. They would have been super useful and could have helped avoid all those damn stairs… oh, well. Good thing we have functioning legs.
The Beelitz Heilstätten (Beelitz Sanatorium, hence the title of this post) are about an hour drive away from Berlin, so Pippin, our friend Merry and I thought it would be a great idea to go visit them in February. It’s not technically a Lost Place per se, because parts of it are owned by different people, and can be visited without breaking any laws. Since we didn’t feel like breaking any of those, we thought we’d take one of the very legal tours through the surgical wing of the Sanatorium. Nature has been claiming this place back for decades, and because it wasn’t guarded or anything for a few years, it’s been ransacked by a lot of people, giving it a very specific, very broken aesthetic – it’s beautiful in the way that only broken things can be.
I’ve finally managed to go see Black Panther, and I’m ready to share my thoughts about it. This is going to be spoiler-free, so no worries! It’s a post for everyone.
Disclaimer: there might be a few teeeeeenyyy tinyyyy spoilers in there, but nothing big or really relevant to the story.