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.
While Sam and Pippin went on an amazing roadtrip through Scotland, I did some travelling on my own in August.
I visited a friend in Rio de Janeiro, taking a “small” detour. started in Amsterdam then did a stopover in NYC for a few days before arriving in Rio. I stayed with my friend for two weeks and she showed me around. On my way back I did a short stop in Washington, D.C.
This is the short version of my summer trip. I had an amazing time (and some not so great moments as well – like getting really, really bad stomach pains on the plane, which is something I could have lived without).
It’s been a while since our last post, but now we’re back! Although, fair warning, we won’t be posting as much in the near future, as time is a precious thing between university and work and maintaining a social life, this semester even more so than in the past.
Anyway, Pippin and I did a 2 week roadtrip through Scotland in September, and now that the photos have been processed and sorted, I thought I might share some of them here.
Frodo’s birthday was two weeks ago, and because the weather punched our original plan in the face, we decided to do something we haven’t done in ages: a photoshooting. Which is how Frodo, Pippin and I ended up looking up Lost Places in Berlin until we found the perfect one: an abandonned train station.
And because some of the pictures turned out not half bad, we decided to share them.