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 to 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…)
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 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, Pippinand 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.