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

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The Polynesian Connection: Must Visit Places in New Zealand

With a distinct cultural characteristic, New Zealand has a lot to offer to travelers and adventurers who want to have a different experience when it comes to travel. New Zealand is teeming with wildlife and nature that it’s hard not to fall in love with the place. To get you started here is a short list of must try places to visit when you come to New Zealand.

  • Abel Tasman National Park

A nature lover’s paradise, this national park offers a memorable hike for those who enjoy a good trek. Placed against a backdrop of beautiful scenery, visitors can also enjoy opportunities to skin dive and see various wildlife. Best when visited with family.

Photo credit: Flickr- Andrea Schaffer
Photo credit: Flickr- Andrea Schaffer
  • The Coromandel Peninsula

In line with the picturesque nature scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park, Coromandel features scenic beaches as well as forestry that is sure to excite any nature lover as well as casual tourists.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Queenstown

Queenstown offers various activities that will keep anyone busy for a day or two. From white water rafting to other water sports to enjoying the scenery of the lake and mountain sides, Queenstown will be your go to place whenever you visit New Zealand.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Milford Sound (Fiordland National Park)

A beauty to behold, Fiordland National Park offers a variety of awe-inspiring scenery from rain forests to coastal views. Tourists are more than encouraged to visit the Fiords to fully enjoy what New Zealand has to offer.

Photo credit: Flickr- Brian Powers
Photo credit: Flickr- Brian Powers
  • Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park has so many things to offer in terms of experiences as well as scenery. From breathtaking volcanoes to scenic lakes and plateaus, Tongariro represents the raw beauty of what New Zealand has to offer.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Smoke House: Texas’ Top Barbecue Joints and Restaurants

You may have tasted the best barbecue in your neighborhood and it may be good or great but nothing speaks of original barbecue than good old Texas grillin’. Be it ribs, smoked sausages, or tender brisket nothing beats the Texas grill. Here’s a short list of must try places to get your BBQ fix.

  • Black’s Barbecue, Lockhart 

A Texas treasure. There is no other way to start a list on the best Texan BBQ joints but with the BBQ institution of Texas. Maintained by a single family since its founding, Black’s offers mouth-watering and traditional barbecue that is sure to rival any neighborhood best.

Black's Barbecue

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215 North Main St Lockhart, Texas 78644

  • La Barbecue, Austin 

This food trailer offers one of the best BBQs and grills in all of Austin with brisket and ribs that are second to none in Austin.

La Barbecue

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Aztec Food Park 1906 E Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702

  • Franklin Barbecue, Austin 

Widely considered as the best barbecue in all of Texas, this barbecue institution is a must try for any barbecue junkie out there. Be sure to go early to avoid the avid fans and the lines that follow.

Franklin Barbecue 2

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900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA

  • Cooper’s Old Time Pit Barbecue 

Straight from the pit, Cooper’s values their meat quality whose flavor is only enhanced by the sauce that comes with it.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Barbecue

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604 West Young Street Llano, TX 78643

  • Corkscrew Barbecue, Spring 

Be early! This is a no frills barbecue joint. Go grab your meat and pick a place to sit so you can enjoy the succulent beef and turkey that this barbecue joints prides itself on.

Corkscrew Barbecue

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26608 Keith Street, Spring, 77373

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.

The Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the USA: Bungee Jumping

Let’s kick things off with a short guide for all you adrenaline junkies out there. Here is a short list of the most adrenaline packing, rush-giving, goosebump-inducing… (well you get the point!) bungee jumping sites in the US of A.

TIP! Make sure to contact tour groups in advance so that you can be advised regarding the peak times for bungee jumping as well as the rates for the tour groups!

  • Navajo Bridge, Arizona

Along with a breathtaking view of Arizona, this 467 feet jump is as breathtaking as the surroundings.

Photo Credit: Flickr glynlowe
Photo Credit: Flickr glynlowe
  • Parrots Ferry Bridge, California

What can be considered as a moderate jump (scaling at about 180 feet), this bungee tour is great for beginners as well as jumping veterans.

Photo Credit: Flickr Helen Gordon
Photo Credit: Flickr Helen Gordon
  • Rio Grande Bridge, New Mexico

We have a more experienced jump with the Rio Grande Bridge in New Mexico. Standing at a whopping 680 feet drop this is reserved for the more adventurous among thrill seekers.

Photo Credit: Flickr Doug Kerr
Photo Credit: Flickr Doug Kerr
  • The Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge, Colorado

Now if you think that you can handle the rush of a 1053 feet jump then book your trip for September and pay the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge a visit. You need to be registered to be able to jump this bridge but simply watching people take off is enough of a rush for some.

Photo Credit: Flickr joevare
Photo Credit: Flickr joevare
  • High Steel Bridge, Washington

A favorite among experienced jumpers, this 365 feet drop not only satisfies the adrenaline cravings of any adventurer but also provides a breath taking scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

Photo Credit: highestbridges.com
Photo Credit: highestbridges.com

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.

Off the Grid Locations in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is popular for its casinos, hotels, and live shows that would challenge any city for its night life but Las Vegas is more than just The Strip. Here’s a short list of things to do in Las Vegas without going inside a single casino.

  • Visit the Grand Canyon

Although it’s not within the vicinity of Las Vegas. There are various day tour groups and tours that will allow you to enjoy this majestic view.

Photo Credit: Pixabay neufal54
Photo Credit: Pixabay neufal54
  • The Neon Boneyard

Much of Las Vegas history lies in its hotels and casinos which are more often than not coupled with glamorous neon signs. Once these signs (along with the establishments at times) retire they find a new home in the Neon Boneyard. Make sure to contact tour groups that offer night trips.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Randy Heinitz
Photo Credit: Flickr- Randy Heinitz
  • The Hoover Dam

If you’re a sucker for road trips then a visit to the Hoover dam is for you. Just an hour drive from Las Vegas proper, the Hoover dam is a marvel to behold. Various tour groups offer guided tours so be sure to check them out.

Photo Credit: Flickr- Airwolfhound
Photo Credit: Flickr- Airwolfhound
  • Lake Mead

After visiting the dam be sure to visit Lake Mead. The lake offers various water activities that are offered in what is considered as the largest water reserve in the USA.

Photo Credit: Pixabay tpsdave
Photo Credit: Pixabay tpsdave
  • The Mob Museum

Make sure to visit the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas to have an interactive crash course on Mob history as well the the history of the city during the prohibition. Sit in the electric chair or see mob paraphernalia in this weirdly noir trip down Las Vegas memory lane.

Photo Credit: Flickr- kennejima
Photo Credit: Flickr- kennejima