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Whether you want to see the real-life locations for Game of Thrones, or just have good holiday hair, Trupti Biradar has it covered.
GHD FLIGHT WANDERLUST COLLECTION TRAVEL HAIRDRYER
I’m a high maintenance traveller, and yet even I never have a hair dryer on my much-too-long packing list. I’ve never stayed at a hotel that didn’t have one – though admittedly some are all noise and no heat and chained to the bathroom countertop. Even glamping sites will usually provide one. But a muggy summer in sunny Spain changed my mind. It was my first Airbnb experience, and while a bed, bathroom access and towels were provided, little else was. So when I faced each day looking like Monica from Friends in “The one in Barbados”, I really wished I’d had the foresight to put one in my luggage. This cute little one from GHD is tiny, but it packs some real power. My hair is dry in under five minutes, sleek, and under control. It fits into a case easily too – I didn’t even need to forgo a pair of shoes – and it comes with universal voltage. $119 from most salons and ghdhair.com.
COUNTRIES FOR THE GAME OF THRONES FAN Spain
From the beautiful Water Gardens of Dorne in Seville to the fighting pits of Meereen in Osuna, Spain has plenty to offer the intrepid Game of Thrones fan. Wander the Alcazar of Seville, which doubles as the seat of House Martell, or explore Samwell Tarly’s ancestral home – Castell de Santa Florentina – a castle in the town of Canet de Mar, Catalonia. Discover the historic walled city of Girona, a city that has stood in for Braavos and King’s Landing.
Cersei’s infamous walk of shame was filmed in Dubrovnik, with the seaside city providing the perfect backdrop for the Westeros capital King’s Landing. Visit Blackwater Bay, or the site where the epic battle was actually filmed. Nearby, the Fort Lovrijenac provided the location for the Red Keep. While Minceta Tower was used as the exterior of the House of The Undying in Qarth – when Daenarys goes in search of her dragons in season two.
Stroll in the footsteps of the Starks at Winterfell, or Castle Ward, not far from Belfast. Fans can visit the16th century ruins that serve as the family’s home. Although one tree was knocked down in a storm, around 90 of the famous beech trees on the Kings Road still reside near Armoy in County Antrim – the Dark Hedges have become Instafamous and feature on many a bucket list since their appearance in season two when Arya, disguised as a boy, tries to escape King’s Landing.
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