From July 31st to August 14th, my family (minus my brother, the traitor) and I went to Ireland, doing the first family road trip we’ve ever done (seriously, you missed something, brother).
In case you haven’t caught up on it yet, Frodo’s and my vacations are – although always fun! – not the kind of story to share around the campfire for the insanely fun times…
… I like organizing way too much for that.
Plus, it was a family trip, so even if I was the typ to get drunk and do spontaneous crazy fun things (this is not meant in a judgemental way in the least, I have a lot of respect for people who enjoy their life this spontaneously and get let go of control every once in a while. I envy that), this would not have been the place or time to do that.
…my family and I had lots and lots of fun, and I even snuck in a few “nerdy” things to see, because I’m sneaky like that. And that’s the price you pay for letting me organize the entire trip 😉
Disclaimer: I’m trying out this new feature wordpress offers, so I’m sorry for the weird formats and stuff, I’m still trying to figure all of it out. Please be patient with me. (And yes, I did write this post before this one, which is why it’s a bit weirder…)
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.
Just as a heads-up, because this list would be way too long if we put every single place we want to go to on it, we thought we’d just make a list of fandom-related place that we want to visit. That narrows it down a tiny bit.
We’ve been to a few by now, but please do share any further additions you may have to this list with us – we are always looking for more places we can visit. Seriously, if you know of any place, let us know about it!
From Wellington, we travelled to the South Island, where we stayed in Picton, Nelson, Greymouth, visited the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, drove to Methven, Kaikoura and Christchurch, and travelled to Hamner Springs and Twizel and hiked to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain.
Sadly, this is going to be the lastMiddle-Earth New Zealand post. Of course we saw a lot more than just the things we posted about, and technically New Zealand is Middle-Earth, but these were the parts that were actually used in the movies. So, shall we begin?
From Taihape we drove to Wellington with stops in Napier, Otaki, Plimmerton and Paraparaumu. We stayed in Wellington for a while, and because we had time, we decided to book one of those movie tours they do, where they take you to visit different filming locations. So not only were we sure to be at the right place (sometimes it’s hard to tell), but we were not alone in fangirling/-boying about them. And they had props so we could re-make some of the scenes, which was awesome.