How has "Game of Thrones" affected tourism in Dubrovnik, Croatia?

Game of Thrones Dubrovnik, Croatia

For us that do not care about the money as we care about the purity of that town, that is the crown jewel of the whole country - we are happy that people has recognised towns beauty, but sad about unavoidable littering that mass tourism does to destinationsu2026

Game of Thrones Dubrovnik Walk of Shame

Been to 13 countries and an island.

,Can play 5 instruments and have composed 19 songs.

,Hiked 11 hours, 28 kms, to sit on the edge of the world, Trolltunga, Norway.


Played Guitar at the John Lennon wall, Prague, Czech Republic.


Been to Jim Morrisonu2019s tomb, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.


Loved and lost.


Did a 14 days trek to the Everest Base Camp, 5364 Mts, Nepal.


Drove on the highest motor-able road in the world till the peak, Kardung-La Pass, 18380 ft, Ladakh, India.


Opened for Indian Ocean; performed in front of Benny Dayal, Lauren Gottlieb; went up on the stage with Sachin-Jigar.


Done a solo trip.


Performed many times on stage.


Released my own video song.

,Dil Ko Dhadka Diya || by Negative & Bidyut || IIM Calcutta13.

Been to the Kingu2019s Landing, Dubrovnik, Croatia; walked the u201cwalk of shameu201d and re-created scenes from Game of Thrones.



The first 2 pictures of Trolltunga are from Google Images, to give you a feel of where exactly I sat.

The angle in my picture is slightly incorrect.

Dubrovnik Game of Thrones map

Been there, done that!,First, you have to make your way to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Take a bus from the airport to the old town.

From the harbour, you take a 15 min boat ride to Lokrum Island, where you will find the map to the Iron Throne.

Its definitely worth the experience.

,There are also Game of Thrones guided tours that take you to famous locations especially Cerseis Walk of Atonement, Mereen, Blackwater Bay amongst several others.

Old town has a lot of small shops with GoT merchandise.

,Happy Exploring!

Kings Landing Game of Thrones filming location

I am not sure if these are mind blowing facts, but they are facts.

,This first one is my favorite.

Jack Gleeson, who played Joff, received a letter from Martin stating u201cCongratulations on your marvelous performance.

Everyone hates you!u201d.

,Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) was legally blind in real life as well.

,It takes around 240 days to shoot a season.

The rest of the time in the year is spent on editing.

,The season is shot like a 10 hour movie.

It is cut up into parts for each episode.

,The maximum number of extras used prior to season 7 was 5000 (S5).

,A replica of Gandalfu2019s sword (Glamdring) from LOTR and The Hobbit is used in the Iron Throne.

,Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) recommended Lena Heady for Cerseiu2019s role.

,Emilia Clarke got stuck to a toilet seat after being doused in buckets of fake blood in the heart eating scene in season 1.

,Iwan Rheon (Ramsay) could have played Jon Snow.

He missed out on the part.

,Charles Dance was not a fan of the character, Tywin.

He often found it difficult mistreating people, specifically Peter Dinklage.

,One of Martinu2019s goals was to write a set of novels that are unfilmable.

He believes no show or film can do justice to the complexity of his books.

And he is right.

,Martin modelled Joffrey after Caligula.

,Fans often ask Maisie Williams to read out her u2018kill listu2019 and put their names in it.

,The Mountain is not the tallest man in the show.

Hodor is taller.

,Actors playing Joffrey and Sansa are really good friends in real life which made it difficult for Jack Gleeson to be horrible to Sophie on the show.

,Martin stopped writing his usual one episode per season after season 4 to focus on finishing TWOW.

It hasnu2019t turned out well for both the show and the next book, so far.

,After visiting the set of GoT, Queen Elizabeth II claimed to be a show fan.

Maisie Williams says otherwise.

Apparently, the queen didnu2019t know what Maisieu2019s role was.

,Emilia never dyed her hair for her role.

They spend hours doing make up and fixing an elaborate wig on her.

I think the wig is still off and not how Danyu2019s hair should be.

,Martin was once asked if he ever thought to put an end to all the deaths and conflict.

His response was that u2018the next book could be a description of a cloud of dust or snow being driven by wind across a graveyardu2019.

,Shooting the show is divided into three sections, u2018wolfu2019, u2018dragonu2019, and u2018White walkeru2019.

,Martin appeared in the pilot as a large Pentoshi noble.

That pilot did not air.

He didnu2019t join the shooting for the subsequent take.

,Charles Dance (Tywin) cut up a stag carcass for real on camera.

He learnt from a butcher prior to filming.

It was symbolism for the Lannisters cutting Stannisu2019 army to shreds.

,Benioff wanted the theme song for the show to be u2018The Rains of Castamereu2019.

Weiss changed his mind.

,The Wall is shorter than the tower in Oldtown.

,Martin didnu2019t really know how tall 700 feet would be.

It is unrealistic to scale such a structure that is purely vertical.

,Three different actors have played the Mountain, so far.

,The rate of people naming their children after GoT characters has skyrocketed through the years.

u2018Khaleesiu2019 is the name of choice, even though it is not a name at all, but a title.

One person loved the Starks so much that he named his daughter u2018Sansa Arya Jayawardeneu2019.

He is a Sri Lankan professional cricket player.

,Ten actors from the Harry Potter films have also starred in GoT.

,Harington claims one of his ancestors invented the flush toilet.

,The original Daario (Ed Skrein) has suggested that he left the show because u2018politics got in the wayu2019.

,Charles Dance (Tywin) was married to a Joanna in real life and has 3 children.

None of them are dwarves.

,Both Emilia Clarke and Lena Heady have played the role of Sarah Connor in The Terminator, film and TV respectively.

,Sophie (Sansa) loved filming her scenes with Rory McCann (the Hound).

,Younger cast members have actually not watched themselves in the show yet.

,Nikolaju2019s children are not allowed to watch GoT.

They get confused watching their father kiss another woman, who is not their mother.

,The very first episode of GoT premiered on Sean Beanu2019s birthday.

,Stephen Dillane (Stannis) has suggested he doesnu2019t understand the show or the storylines.

He had taken the role for the money.

He doesnu2019t enjoy GoT.

,Harry Lloyd (Viserys) is a descendant of Charles Dickens.

,The Roman emperor Nero is partly an influence on the character of Aerys II Targaryen.

,Barrack Obama requested to see season 6 before it premiered publicly.

,Only 3 of the cast members have been American - the actors who play Tyrion, Tyene and Drogo.

,Kingu2019s Landing, Winterfell and the Wall are always shown in the opening credits.

Danyu2019s location is a must too.

,Some people falsely claimed Natalie Dormer (Margaery) condones sex with minors since she had sex with Tommen on the show.

Her response was u201cyou do realise these characters are fictitious in a fictitious land and the sex is not realu201d.

,Dany ate a a heart made of gelatin that tasted awful in season 1.

Her gagging was real.

,Actors playing Rodrik Cassel and Podrick Payne are real life father and son.

,Ramin Djawadi started whistling the tune of GoT in the car on his way home before finally writing the piece.

,Almost every character in the show is 5 years older than their counterparts in the books.

Most initial main characters were 10 years older.

,Lena Headey receives plenty of hate mail.

Many refuse to have their books signed by her.

She is called rude names often.

,Jack Gleeson has received worse treatment than Heady.

He quit acting for that reason.

He was spat upon and hated at his school.

,Harington does not understand the significance of the line u2018You know nothing, Jon Snowu2019.

,Hand of the king is supposed to represent the kingu2019s right hand.

The brooch used in the show depicts a left hand.

,Iwan Rheon (Ramsay) is quite nice in real life.

He writes and plays music.

,Jerome Flynn and Lena Headey had dated previously.

They hate each other post their break up.

Their scenes had to be filmed separately since they canu2019t stand each other.

This was difficult because Bronn was mainly in KL around Tyrion and Cersei.

,The actor playing Varys wanted to play Robert Baratheon.

He didnu2019t get the role and was recast as Varys.

,Both Peter Dinklage and Stephen Dillane are older than their show siblings.

In the books they are actually meant to be younger.

,Most of the actors on GoT have previously been in at least one horror film.

,Martin has said that the u2018Red Weddingu2019 was the hardest chapter of the entire series to write.

He wrote the whole book (A Storm of Swords) first, before going back to write the u2018Red Weddingu2019 chapter.

,D&D wanted to make GoT into a movie.

The Red Wedding chapter changed their minds.

,Sean Bean played soccer with his cut off head.

,Sophie Turner adopted u2018Ladyu2019 in real life.

,Robert Baratheon is never actually seen sitting the iron throne.

,In each season, at least one king or claimant to the throne must die.

I am betting on Euron this season.

,The show refused to name Renlyu2019s 7 the rainbow guard.

They thought it would be ridiculing his sexuality.

In the books, the name was an accident and correlated with the 7 colours white light separates into post going through the septonu2019s crystal.

,Most characters are killed or die due to the effects of war.

Only Maester Aemon and Hoster Tully died due to natural causes.

,Prior to season 7, only 2 episodes had not displayed any death.

u2018Lord Snowu2019, and u2018the Bear and the Maiden Fairu2019.

,Apart from the opening credits, the showu2019s theme, u2018Song of Ice and Fireu2019 is only ever played for Jon Snow.


,The sounds Drogon makes are meant to mimic the voice of Khal Drogo.

,Ser Patrek of the Kingu2019s mountain had to be added to ADWD because Martin won a bet against a Dallas Cowboysu2019 fan.

His sigil is similar to their logo.

Part of the bet was that Martin would have the character ripped apart by Giants.

,Direwolves are meant to tower over almost all the characters.

This is not true in the show.

,Martin kept turtles in his childhood.

He often fantasized about their lives in their little castle in the tank.

He came up with u2018A Song of Ice and Fireu2019 from then on.

,Martin was inspired by the death of Wonder Man in his very first showing.

He kills off his loved characters tragically based upon that inspiration.

,Martinu2019s Dothraki language was not used in the show.

Linguist David Peterson invented the show language with over 2000 words.

More words for u2018killu2019 than u2018loveu2019 in Dothraki.

Many people currently aim to learn the language online.

,None of the supernatural concepts in the books will be scientific.

The universe is set on our world, a tad bigger, though.

Nothing scientific will explain any event.

It will be all magic.

,My fingers are tired.

This is not a show based fact.

The post ends here.

Kings Landing Castle in real life

Yes, they are very realistic, if not real.

Most are filmed in the remains of historic castles, or based off a compilation of several existing structures.

,The Red Keep: Since Season 2, Kingu2019s Landing has been represented by Dubrovnik, a walled city on the Adriatic Sea in Croatia.

The Red Keep is actually Lovrijenac Fortress, a small but solid castle on a high rock in the water on the outskirts of the city, but it is enhanced significantly with CGI.

,Before CGI:,After CGI:,The city is pretty much verbatim what it is in real life, but itu2019s safe to say the castle got a bit of a royal Westerosi/HBO upgrade.

,Winterfell: The on-screen Winterfell is actually a compilation of several different castles in Great Britain.

The first season was largely filmed at Doune Castle in Stirling, Scotland, which is far smaller than Winterfell (fun fact: the castle was also used in the Outlander series and Monty Python).

Scenes from Winterfellu2019s exterior courtyard are filmed at Castle Ward in Strangford, Ireland, and enhanced by green screens.

,Sunspear: The ancestral home of the Martells of Dorne, the vibrant gardens and beautiful architecture of Sunspear are filmed at The Alcazar of Seville, a royal palace on the Iberian Peninsula in Spain.

The property was first occupied in the 8th century BC, with construction continuing under the Islamic Abbadid dynasty in the 12th century and being finished by the Christian conqueror Peter of Castille in the 14th century.

Today itu2019s a popular tourist destination for fans and normal people alike.

,Castle Black: While the regional kings of Westeros get real castles to film in, as usual the Nightu2019s Watch and wildlings get shafted.

Castle Black, Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, and Hardhome are all CGI or artificial sets.

Kings Landing Game of Thrones Map

* Spoiler Alert ! (Answer contains massive spoiler from GOT season-1 ) *,I am going to follow general trend here-nIn our World, to prove how awesome something is, you have to show how worse other things are in comparison !!,So here list of things I love about Game Of Thrones and which makes it so special.

,Fantasy-,Fantasy is basically bluffing or deceiving ! Getting fooled could be fantastic if someone does it Adroitly.

,This show too has a fantasy factor-,,nNow read this para from Vampire Diaries season 1 (episode number i dont remember)n100 years ago Emily who was witch used power from comet passing from a sky and collected spirit of vampire Katharine in this crystal cum locket now when that comet would again pass nearby vampires who are currently locked in basement of church can be freed nAfter this I was like Are You Kidding Me ?!!,In GOT there are Dragons, there are White Walkers, but they presented in such a way that it has become acceptable ! When someone fools you skilfully You dont get angry at him ! You admire his efforts ! Many people like me, who strongly believe all that Vampires, Zombies stuff is not at all fascinating, love GOT and say Winter Is Coming !,n,,Mystery-,This serial also had mystery factor :p n n, nThey did not reveal who the real mother is until HIMYM 8th season ending! (At the end of 7th season all i was thinking-Who the hell is Mother ??????)nBut It was revolving around just single factor.

I know its a sitcom and what else you can expect from it.

But still very shallow plot.

,Now see the map of GOT world !,,nGOT has multiple streams inside.

At one time you go to far north up to the WALL and next moment you meet to Daenerys Targaryen ! Winterfell, Kings landing everywhere lot of happening and you will be curious about every story.

And above all of that, we are having most complicated question-Who will get the Iron Throne ! nFine example of mystery.

A picture is painted very carefully with multiple shades and every minute detail is included.

,NOT A KIDS SHOW- ,By this i dont mean all nudity and adult stuff !,Harry potter is only comparable series with GOT.

It had an excellent plot and all.

But harry potter was a kid show.

(All HP fans no offense)nThe Voldemort was a bad guy Harry and team were good guys.

nGood always Wins Over Evil !nWell this is okay for kids but is it true in real world ?! Indeed, NO !nOne that wins is assigned to be a good and one that loses is evil !nEnough of philosophy.

,Beheading NED STARK scene from GOT-,,nI was sure that this so not gonna happen ! Ned stark was like a hero in season 1.

How they can kill a hero ? Its foul ! They cannot show good getting defeated !nBut then That happened And all the fans realized nHoly shit ! This show is different !!!nThere is no good bad black white good evil in this show, which makes it so Real, Practical !,Quotes,dialogues-,When I googled quotes from TV series The 100 this is what i got-,,nSearch for Quotes from GOT, there are dozens like-,,,Besides there is Beauty-,nActing-,n Politics, Drama, Adventure-,nComplete package ,isnt it ?!,Thanks for amazing response !

Kings Landing Harry Potter

Well someone didnt read the book properly did they ud83dude44 When Harry is u201ckilledu201d he ends up in the world between life and death.

In order for this to happen, he had to fulfil certain provisos.

,His u201cdeath at the hands of Voldemort was instrumental in killing off the part of Voldemort that had attached itself to Harry when Voldemort tried to kill him the first time.

,In order for this to happen, Harry had to go to his death willingly and offer no resistance when he did so.

The fact that he was also the true owner of the Elder Wand also played into this.

,When Harry wakes up in that limbo world, theres nothing there at first.

Its just a strange empty place, but as Harry comes round, it begins to take on the shape of Harrys familiar place aka Kings Cross.

,You see limbo is the place that your soul moves through on its way to the next life or however you want to view it.

For Harry, he sees Kings Cross, for someone else it might be something entirely different.

,Dumbledores presence is due to a need for answers.

Harry still doesnt understand certain things that have happened to him over the course of the year.

So he unknowing calls on the one person who can answer them for him.

,So what you see is a place that Harry has a connection too (aka Kings Cross) and a person who has always been a source of knowledge and answers for him.

,Dumbledore comes from beyond the grace to be there for him and to give him the answers he seeks (or at least try to answer them as best he can).

,At the end of their conversation, Harry asks Dumbledore what he should do now.

Due to Harrys soul being pure and without blemish (as he has never killed anyone) he is allowed to return if he wishes.

,Though he can also go on if that is his wish.

As for Voldemort, this is a warning for him (as he too is taken to limbo when he u201ckillsu201d Harry) as it shows him that he will be forever stuck there if he doesnt reverse his course.

,As Harry later tells him, Voldemort must show remorse for what he has done.

This is the only way his soul will ever become whole again.

And its the only way hed ever be able to pass over into the next life.

,Harry ultimately chooses to go back to the world of the living, to finish what he started.

He chooses to return, because its the right thing to do and because he now knows how to defeat Voldemort.

,He wouldnt have known of this or have had the chance to do so, if that scene in the book had never happened.

As to whether it was real, well Dumbledore says this:,u201cOf course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?u201d