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Travel to the World of Game of Thrones

After a year’s long waiting, the sixth season of Game of Thrones finally arrived. We’re sure fanatics of the show can’t wait to visit the shooting locations and experience the magnificent scenes. To present all the scenes in the novel, the crew has traveled around the world to find the best locations.

If you don’t have time to visit all of them, why not start with your favorite house?

Winterfell – Castle Ward

Located in North Ireland, Castle Ward is a mansion built in the 18th century. The popularity of the show has made it a local landmark. Besides Winterfell, it is also the shooting site of Whispering Wood, campsite of Robb Stark and where Brienne and the Starks confronted each other. You are allowed to put on the costumes and walk onto the shooting site to experience the feeling of being a member of House Stark.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Address: Strangford, Downpatrick, County Down, BT

The Haunted Forest – Tollymore Forest Park

Tollymore Forest Park made its first appearance in season one as the setting of the Haunted Forest. You can walk along the Shimna River, enjoy the view of the giant redwood and pine trees on both sides and have an adventure in the caves. The park owns the oldest tree in Ireland – a spruce originated in 1750. It’s like the heart wood of Tollymore Forest Park, guarding the park and watching its rise and decline. You can find relaxation by walking down the path by the river, camping in the forest or riding a horse through the park.

Photo credit: Flickr Channing Brown
Photo credit: Flickr Channing Brown

Address: Castlewellan, Newcastle, Down, BT

Kingsroad – The Dark Hedges

The Dark Hedges in Belfast is the setting of Kingsroad. George R.R. Martin’s description of Kingsroad leaves a deep impression to the readers. It’s hard to believe the road to Kind’s Landing is so beautiful in reality. Arya must have lingered here for a long time before she headed back to the north after escaping King’s Landing. The trees on both sides were planted in the 18th century. They are now the favorite natural scenery of photographers in North Ireland.

Photo credit: Flickr subherwal
Photo credit: Flickr subherwal

Address: Bregagh Rd, Ballymoney BT53 8TP, United Kingdom

King’s Landing – The Old City of Dubrovnik

The end of “Kingsroad” in North Ireland is the “King’s Landing” in the Old City of Dubrovnik. Doesn’t it look exactly like the King’s Landing in our imagination? The sweet smell of herbs, the white bed sheets floating among the houses and the busy streets, everything reminds us of King’s Landing. The red keep is also in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is one of the heritage sites of UNESCO making it worth a visit. The themed tour of Game of Thrones only makes it more attractive.

Photo credit: Flickr Mark Gregory
Photo credit: Flickr Mark Gregory

Address: County of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Adriatic Coast

Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding – The Azure Window of Gozo

There are two geological wonders on the Gozo island – Azure Window and Blue Grotto. The Azure Window is a natural limestone arch formed by sea water corrosion. Its height of 328 feet is perfect for diving lovers. The limestone cave right below is the Blue Grotto. Go through the 262 feet tunnel and you will be welcomed by octopus’ and sea horses. The crew of the show came back for season five after the memorable season one wedding scene.

Photo credit: Flickr Robert Pittman
Photo credit: Flickr Robert Pittman

Without the connection with Game of Thrones, these breath-taking places are still worth a visit. Go to eGetinnz to secure yourself a room now!

Up and Above in Europe: Best Paragliding Sites in Europe

It’s easy to think of a perfect European getaway. You can go backpacking and enjoy the immersive culture of the country side, if not you can visit cultural heritage sites as well as museums but for a more adventurous getaway why not spend your weekend paragliding to enjoy the scenery and vastness that Europe has to offer.

  • Chamonix, France

Paragliding in Chamonix offers a spectacular view of the French alps as well as Mont Blanc. An added perk to this paragliding tour is that the conditions in the area is perfectly suited for beginners who would want to enjoy the view of the alps and valley.

Photo Credit: Flickr- fo.ol
Photo Credit: Flickr- fo.ol
  • Kobala, Slovenia

The Julian Alps is an all year round attraction that offers a breathtaking view of the mountainous regions of Slovenia as well as the valleys around it. The weather and wind conditions are perfect for a smooth glide across the alps that offer a front row seat to view the majestic scenery.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons TamaMer at Slovenian Wikipedia GFDL (httpwww.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons TamaMer at Slovenian Wikipedia GFDL (httpwww.gnu.orgcopyleftfdl.html)
  • Dune Du Pilat, France

Boasting one of the biggest sand dunes in Europe, the Dune of Pilat is a favorable paragliding site because of the forgiving weather and wind conditions as well as a very nice view of the ocean.

Photo Credit: Flickr Graeme Churchard
Photo Credit: Flickr Graeme Churchard
  • Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany’s vast vineyards and wine regions doesn’t only offer complex wine it also serves as a spectacular view during a paragliding session. Make sure to enjoy a glass after your adventure.

Photo Credit: Pixabay monica_valladares
Photo Credit: Pixabay monica_valladares
  • Oludeniz, Turkey

Take the adventure going to Oludeniz and enjoy the breathtaking view of the crisp blue seas as well the foliage surrounding the beaches of Turkey.

Photo Credit: Flickr Dan Taylor-Watt
Photo Credit: Flickr Dan Taylor-Watt

TIP! Make sure to contact tour groups and inquire about the rates as well as the schedule for paragliding to make the most out of your trip. Although a bit costly, paragliding is an activity that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Off the Beaten Path: Italian Street Food

Have you ever had one of those night outs when someone suggests Italian food and the instant answer would be pizza or pasta? Well, make sure to check these Italian street foods when you pay a visit to little old Italy. There’s more to Italy than their wonderful pasta and pizza. Immerse yourself in the flavours that Italian cuisine has to offer.

  • Cannoli

A classic Italian dessert, one is sure to taste Italy once they try this sweet yet light pastry dessert from Sicily.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jules Morgan
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jules Morgan
  • Trapizzino

New to the Italian street food scene, this pocket carved from white pizza is filled with ox tail or chicken.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Diego
Photo Credit: Flickr- Diego
  • Arancini (Fried Rice Balls)

This Sicilian treat is everything that is good about street food, fried and filled with cheese and meat.  This savory treat would make you want more and more.

Photo Credit: Flickr-Wim Kristel
Photo Credit: Flickr-Wim Kristel
  • Olive Ascolana (Fried Olives)

Stuffed and deep fried breaded olives sound weird yet distinctly appetizing. This street food delight embodies the taste of Italian street food.

Photo Credit: Commons Wikimedia (Manuela Zangara)
Photo Credit: Commons Wikimedia (Manuela Zangara)
  • Gelato

Of course Gelato is a part of this shortlist. This snowy and creamy treat packs a lot of flavour along with its smooth texture that makes you want to live in Italy for the rest of your life.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Derek Key
Photo Credit: Flickr- Derek Key

TIP! Make sure to get these treats in their region of origin (which is mostly in Sicily!) to get the best of the best in terms of authenticity.

Traditional Irish Food

Ireland is a mystic land that has greatly influenced western culture. From its vast lands to its welcoming people Ireland surely has a lot to offer. Yet aside from the culture and the people Ireland also has a lot of succulent and savory dishes that are native to Ireland. Here’s a few of the tasty treats that you have to try once you visit the Emerald Isle.

  • Irish stew

Nothing makes you feel more at home than a steaming pot of stew. Irish stew makes the experience more homey and rich with the use of succulent mutton as the protein for the dish. Add in a variety of herbs and veggies and you have a deep dish that will make you feel at home in Ireland.

Irish Stew Flickr jeffreyw
Photo Credit: Flickr- jeffreyw
  • Coddle

With the name taken from the act of coddling, Coddle is a homey Irish dish that makes use of left overs plus pork sausages and onions to boot. The ingredients are then slowly stewed in an oven to mix up all the savory flavours that make up the dish.

Irish Coddle Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikmedia Commons
  • Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread is an Irish staple which makes use of sodium bicarbonate as the rising agent (hence the name). Soda bread is a good match for the hearty Irish stew or even Coddle.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jim Lukach
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage

Keeping up with the homey theme of Irish cuisine, Corned Beef and Cabbage is an Irish staple that would satisfy one’s cravings.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Flickr Matt Johnson
Photo Credit: Flickr- Matt Johnson
  • Black Pudding

A type of blood sausage, Black pudding is a breakfast staple for Irish families. This sausage mix of blood, pork meat and fat mixed with various other ingredients is sure to make a pleasant start for any person.

Black Pudding- Flickr Alpha
Photo Credit: Flickr- Alpha

French Delicacies You Have to Try

Every country has its own delicacy which you should eat when you visit. In France these are the delicacies that you can’t pass up. Make sure to look for these so you can proudly say you’ve given their French delicacies a try.


One of the better known French delicacies which evokes equal fascination and uncertainty, it’s cooked land snail and is regarded as the ‘gold in meat’ for its nutritious benefits.

Escargot Flickr- Fabio Sola Penna
Photo Credit: Flickr- Fabio Sola Penna

Foie Gras

A delightful explosion of flavor in your mouth, you’d be surprised to learn that it is specially fattened duck or goose liver. It’s considered a luxury food product and served in five star restaurants.

Foie Gras Flickr- stu_spivack
Photo Credit: Flickr- stu_spivack

Boudin Noir

This French delicacy is plainly known as blood sausage. The sausages are made from pork, pigs blood, bread, pork fat, and spices.

Boudin Noir Flickr- Naotake Murayama
Photo Credit: Flickr- Naotake Murayama

Frog Legs (Les Cuisses de Grenouilles)

Frog legs are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and potassium. It’s been said that they are similar to chicken wings.

Frog Legs Flickr- stu_spivack
Photo Credit: Flickr- stu_spivack


There are over 350 to 450 distinct types of fromage or French cheese. Every region of France has its own particular cheese and lends to the regions distinct flavors.

Fromage Flickr- Jorge Cancela
Photo Credit: Flickr- Jorge Cancela