Game of Thrones was the biggest thing on television for eight years before it came to a disappointing conclusion for many. The show was shot in Europe, and there are a bunch of filming locations ‘Thrones geeks can visit to enter the world of Westeros. If you want to get away and feel like Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister, then check out these filming locations.
Dubrovnik, Croatia – King’s Landing
As King’s Landing was the center of the world for people from Westeros, it constantly featured in Game of Thrones. The lion’s share of set locations for King’s Landing were done in the Croatian capital of Dubrovnik. With its historic buildings and intricately woven streets, Dubrovnik made the perfect King’s Landing. Fans can check out Dubrovnik to put themselves in King’s Landing, but watch out for dragons overhead.
The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland – The King’s Road
One of the most iconic filming locations of the entire series was the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland. When Arya Stark manages to flee King’s Landing, she takes this road with the men destined for the Night’s Watch. In fact, there were many locations all over Northern Ireland used in the making of Game of Thrones and fans can take guided tours around the country.
Alcazar of Seville, Spain – The Water Gardens
While Dorne might not have had the greatest of storylines, it was one of the most impressive filming locations. The Water Gardens is what House Martell used as their ancestral home, and in real life, this place is a royal palace. Fans of the show can travel to Dorne and cook up a better storyline on vacation than the show managed with the Sand Snakes.
Doune Castle, Scotland – Winterfell
Perhaps you were rooting for the Starks to come out on top in Game of Thrones. If you want to visit the Stark ancestral home of Winterfell, then get yourself to Doune Castle in Scotland. This is where the original castle was shot in the pilot of HBO’s fantasy drama. If Winter is Coming for you, then get yourself inside this ancient building to seek shelter.
Although many visual effects were used in the making of Game of Thrones, there were many real locations used as the base. There are tons of locations all over Europe fans can visit and unleash their inner geek.
Dogs are known to be man’s best friend, but these creatures, who are not your common house pets, still manage to make us laugh with these series of photos taken out in the wild and when they least expected it.
It must have been one hot day at the zoo to have the parched monkey open the faucet itself, but there was no resisting that drink of cold water on its tongue, no matter what the zoo’s regulations stated clearly. To be frank, we understand that feeling very well and praise the monkey for not waiting another second for an employee to let them have a sip of water – better a little water spilled and drenched monkey than a dehydrated one, that’s for sure.
Hold Your Tongue
Sitting peacefully in the sun, with not a care in the world. This gorilla is looking straight at the camera with its tongue out as if to say, “jokes on you.” Maybe that isn’t the case at all, and the gorilla was just sticking his tongue out, readjusting. There’s something about the vivid colors and the contrast between the gorilla’s dark coat and bright green background that makes this photo not only a funny one but a beauty!
Did You Hear The Gossip?
The latest piece of gossip had to be shared between these woodland creatures as soon as possible, and when the black one heard the latest happenings from its brown friend, he could not control his emotion and couldn’t hide his shock. It seems that news in this forest spreads like wildfire, but in their case and due to past events, it would be preferable that a little juicy information about the furry community would spread instead of a fire.
Make Me Rawr
The song goes “they call it puppy love”, but it seems like adorable young pups are not the only creatures willing to show some love. These two cubs have had enough of hiding their feelings, and since love knows no age, they probably thought they might as well just let go of their worries, say Hakuna Matata and give each other some sugar – which, coincidentally enough, fits well with who these two cubs reminds us of – Nala and Simba from The Lion King.
Rolling On The Floor
Samuel seal needed a good laugh. It was just his luck that his buddy Sal wanted to come hang on his rocks that day, and crack open a few cold ones (fish, that is), because when Sal had had a few too many, he often told the funniest jokes. If Samuel had worried that Sal was out of fresh material, he wouldn’t have to way for too long, before Sal had him rolling on the rock with laughing.
It is a well known fact that bears love their honey – whether it is Winnie the Pooh or Baloo from The Jungle Book, there seems to be not limit to the amount of honey that the cute, big-sized teddy bears can consume – at least, not a limit that they are aware of. Perhaps that is why this bear was caught on camera eyeing the beehive above its head seductively. If only this was a full-length video, we’re dying to know what happened next.
Mine Mine Mine!
If you’ve ever seen The Lion King, you know that meerkats are sociable creatures who have no shame in welcoming new recruits into their crowd. They also all sound like Nathan Lane, but that’s beside the point. When this camera showed up in their midst, they knew they needed to give the mysterious new friend a warm welcome. The head meerkat wanted to assure the camera that there was nothing to worry about, as they were gentle, fun-loving animals.
You Got A Problem Bro?
If we had to guess, we would probably say that this deer had a problem with the way the stuffed one was eyeing his sweetheart. Maybe this adorable grown Bambi has anger management issues, but to take it out on an object that is not even breathing is a little bit extreme. It is not as if the deer is actually a bull at heart, and that statue is not even wearing the color red!
Picking The Winner
We’ve all been caught picking our noses at some point or another, this poor fella got caught on camera! We’re sure it doesn’t mean anything to him, he was doing what nature has taught him to do when you got an itch, you scratch it. But on this side of the lense, it looks pretty funny, especially since he’s looking straight at the camera. Maybe next time we could lend him a tissue?
Nothing Fishy Going On Here
Some people can justify their late night snack by claiming there is light in the fridge at all hours, but it is evident that this adorable otter does not need one excuse to have his hourly munch of fresh fish. He can be seen biting on the end of a fish with scales, which does not show a lot but does go to suggest he might have selective taste when it comes to favored cuisine.
Somebody tell this owl to pick on someone their own size, since this does not seem like a fair fight. However, further research revealed that as small as that owl might be, it does often prey on animals larger than it. As predators pretty high up the food chain, owls are more frequently seen lurking for easier prey, such as rabbits and mice. That’s why we would rather believe the deer got away swifty, leaving the owl to seek dinner for itself and its owlets elsewhere.
If you have ever had a pet dog, you know there is nothing harder than attempting to take a bone away from a hungry dog. Considering this picture was taken out in the wild and the harshly freezing weather conditions made finding food a lot harder than usual, we are going to assume removing the bone from this wolf’s mouth would be an even harder task. For this reason exactly, the unidentified creature in background should most likely back off before it becomes prey too.
This Isn’t Grass?
A diet consisting of only greens can get pretty boring, which is why we can understand this cute deer attempting to lick the camera. Spicing things up could be a good idea when finding a berry bush or a fruit tree, however, we doubt the metal-made, cold camera was as delicious as it evidently looked. One good thing did come out of this spontaneous tasting – the deer turned out to be ridiculously good looking and a complete natural on camera.
Rolling To His Broads In Atlanta
Since Pandas have a low-energy diet, they prefer to avoid stressful situations and feeling exhausted, which why they tend to seek out shallow slopes when moving from one place to another, and solitary living, meaning they avoid conflicts when it comes to food. Although it is not noticeable in this picture, pandas are very good climbers and are also capable swimmers. We just hope this roll down the hill will not result in the cute panda running into a tree.
Pretty Pretty Please?
This sweet fox looks like its begging for something, and if we were there, we would probably give it whatever it wanted. I mean, let’s be real, who could resist a face like that. The real question is, what could a fox even really need? The colors in this photo are unbelievable, you can tell the view is probably exquisite and the main focus couldn’t be better. We hope this little fox whatever it was asking for and more!
I Got Your Back
Sometimes, photographers manage to capture the most unique moments on camera. This is one of those moments. It’s also a pretty funny photo if you think about it. There seems to be an eagle right behind this bear. The symmetry is what makes this photo so great, and so funny. It kind of looks like the bear has wings itself. We’re wondering what the interaction between the bear and the eagle looked like when they met each other.
The Floor Is Lava
This could be a game of “the floor is lava” in the wild, which means the leopard pictured laying around comfortably is winning. However, it is more likely that the catty creature found a nice place to rest and relax until prey would come and find him, instead of chasing them around. Much to his surprise, his evil plan worked and the deer passing by had to come by and see what this wildcat was up to. They say curiosity killed the cat, but it seems the opposite is true.
Look Into My Eyes
No, this is not a scene straight out of a horror film – it is actually just a close-up picture of a bear who was way too curious not to step closer towards the buzzing camera. We can understand why he was so tempted to take a closer look, but the end result came out a bit terrifying, as though he was running away from a predator and was sending this video as proof for his family that someone had it out for him.
Step Away From The Antlers
This deer is seen not caring in the least about the fact this guy is touching his antlers, since he knows very well what is coming for him – and it is hiding right behind him in the bushes. There is a reason people wear camouflage when wandering around in the wild, but that does not mean you can come out of your hiding spot and talk loudly – it still brings unwanted attention, no matter how many shades of brown and green you are wearing.
Nothing To See Here, Folks
The deer might not be phased at all by the hidden camera, but it seems that the raccoon is absolutely fixated on it. He has never seen such a thing in his life and he is in total shock. It’s as if he’s been caught out by the police for stealing, that naughty little raccoon. In all seriousness, he’s definitely hiding something, raccoons are too sneaky to be trusted. He’s probably using the deer as a distraction for his plotting.
Sick Moves, Bruh
This darling deer is not an ordinary one, as can be seen in the photo below. Instead of cruising around the forest, looking for yummy trees to munch on for a midnight snack like its younger brother and sister seen by his side, he would rather practice his breakdancing skills and busting a few moves like no one has ever seen before. Clearly, this deer was familiar with the camera’s positioning and thought this was his time to shine.
Those who have much experience observing the wild would most likely take on look at the picture below and then be quick to assume that the wolves are simply howling at the moon. However, we would like to point out that judge by the way their mouths are open, it resembles more a cry out in pain than an ordinary howl. Perhaps all of these wolves stepped on something sharp at the same time and yelled out in agony.
Caught In The Act
We have all been there – we were going about our business, whether it was dancing like no one is watching or walking around the neighborhood in our least matching or favorite items of clothing, then suddenly – that annoying sibling, friend or next door neighbors snaps a picture of us in a highly compromising, less than flattering pose. This bear’s facial expression seems to suggest he was not aware of the camera about to take a picture of him either.
Going About My Business
This feels more like a paparazzi shot of an A-list celebrity drunkenly scampering around in the woods, only to be shocked by camera clicks and flashing lights when they least expect it. However, by the look on the wolf’s face, it does not seem to mind that his natural process of digestion is now immortalized by these snaps. If anything, he was probably grateful for the light guiding his way out of the forest by the time he was done.
That Wasn’t There Before
It sort of looks like this peculiar bird was ready to have a staring contest with the camera it was facing, but little did it know that there would only be one unbeatable champion in the contest – and it was definitely not going to be him. We can understand the fascination that comes along with a new tech equipment invading your personal space and home, but it does not seem as though the camera is going anywhere, so it would be best to let it go.
Code Red Meeting
Well, someone clearly did not think they are on camera, as the looks on these deer’s faces suggests they were just rudely interrupted by an intruder in the least appropriate manner, since they all had major issues to discuss, like who is going to get that last bit of hay. Let’s just say that if you and your buddies are having a poker night, this bunch is probably the last you should invite to the fun night, as they will give away their cards in a second.
Nice Hair, Deer
When someone is not happy with their look, there are many things that could be done to switch things up. Ranging from a touch of make up and shopping for new clothes and all the way up to plastic surgery, there is always a solution. However, in the wild, things are a bit different – though not for this deer, who was obviously not happy with its small sized antlers and wanted something more impressive, so it stuck a bush of thorns on its head.
In The Ring
The deer war had been waging for weeks now, both sides had been thoroughly ravaged by the other, and bark resources were scarce. Finally, the chief of each deer tribe decided they needed to call for a truce, and agreed to meet in the open field. With their families watching from the sidelines, each walked out to the center, but trust quickly wore away, and each chief got on the defensive, rearing onto their hind legs. In the end, the deer embraced and peace won.
Parents of young children are familiar with the work it takes to raise a child, including the time spent in their early years lifting them up in order to help them do basic tasks, like washing their hands or brushing their teeth. In this case, Mama Bear knew her cub needed a bit of a lift in order to learn how to rummage through the trash. She instructed the baby that whenever they see human garbage cans like that, there’s always a chance of finding food.
Life can be tough when you’re a famous bird. Everyone is trying to buy a piece of your time from the warthog down the river to the lion sleeping under the tree. All this bird wanted was a bit of peace and quiet, some time to relax with his wife and have a nice lunch, but no, this paparazzo just had to come and interrupt. This bird was fed up, and decided it was high time to give the disruptive photographer a piece of his mind.
Well, Excuse Me
Even baby deer know that midnight is feeding time. This cuddly creature was filling up on some scrumptious grass when it was caught by this camera. No one likes to be caught in the middle of a meal, especially when your surprise causes you to drop the bit of grass in your mouth. This sweet little baby is practically the definition of a deer in headlights at this moment. He’s hoping to enjoy the rest of his meal without flashes startling him out of his reverie.
About To Pounce
It’s the circle of life. The wildebeest ambles his way through the savannah, in search for a quiet place to sleep while the cheetah stalks silently behind him. It’s only a matter of time before the cheetah finds the perfect opportunity to pounce. If it weren’t for this hidden camera, this story would be just one of the thousands of examples of nature running its course. It’s possible, however, that this camera going off at just the right moment scared the cheetah off, saving the wildebeest.
Even a bear needs time to boogey. Especially when the weather’s got you down and you haven’t managed to find enough food for the day, sometimes you just need to head to the forest clearing and take a minute to get down. This bear really let his hair down, moving and shaking to the music in his mind. When he was done, he felt like all of his troubles had melted away, and he was ready to return to the daily grind, refreshed and renewed.
You Wanna Piece Of Us?
You know what they say, “Never disturb a deer’s family reunion.” Though they appear as docile creatures, anyone whose car has been on the receiving end of a deer ramming should know that they’re secretly vengeful creatures who meet under the cover of darkness in order to plan their next attack on humanity. In this case, however, the deers were just trying to have a family reunion when a spy was discovered. They were not pleased.
Two Weeks Till Ballet Recital
This deer really relates to all of those football players who secretly take ballet behind their coaches’ backs. His stern father didn’t approve of boys dancing, but just like Billy Elliot, there was nothing that would keep him from practicing his pliés and piqués. Here, the deer is standing in fourth position, preparing himself to practice his pirouettes. He’s mastered the singles, but his doubles need some work. He just hopes he’ll have them down pat before the recital.
Omg I Love Honey
You can call this bear Winnie the Pooh, because his love of honey knows no bounds. Pooh has earned a reputation around the forest for getting himself into some particularly sticky situations when he was trying to get ahold of some more honey, including tying himself to a bunch of balloons, and getting his tushie caught in doors that are a little too small for his size. This bear goes just as crazy for the sweet stuff. He’s tried to quit, to no avail.
If you’ve gone to summer camp, then you’ve probably participated in the totally gross game, “wet willy” where you try to stick a moistened finger into an unsuspecting friend’s ear. This baby deer just heard about it from his kindergarten friends and decided it might be fun to try out on his big sis. He snuck up behind her, using he thick carpet of wet leaves to dampen his hoof steps. He snuck up behind her, and bam! only to realize that he got the wrong side.
To The Left, To The Left
All these raccoons need is a trench coat and then they have the perfect disguise for sneaking into a human restaurant. They’ve been practicing for weeks, hopping one on top of the other and scurrying in tandem towards their favorite loot. Now that they’ve gotten this maneuver down pat, they’ll for sure be able to get a a table at the hottest restaurant in town. No more rooting through garbage cans for this gang!
Hitching A Ride
When this wild boar realized his eye sight was going, he needed to figure out a way to navigate through the forest without bumping into trees. It was his luck then that he bumped into little Randall Raccoon, who was walking with a limp, but had excellent vision. This little piggy offered up his back in order to help the raccoon get around, so long as Randall acted as his eyes. It’s always nice to see some cross species cooperation.
That’s Not A Nut?!
You may have thought that cleaning up after an Easter egg hunt was a tedious job, especially after that year when you used real eggs and they went rotten behind you could find them all. Just think of how this squirrel must feel then, when he thought he found a special acorn that could help feed his family for the whole winter, only to realize you’d tricked him with a cheap bit of plastic. He’ll probably still add it to his nest anyway.
When her friend grabbed onto her ankles, slowing her exit from the plain, Joanna thought to herself, “Not again.” Christine was always doing this, whining at Joanna to wait, but this was the last straw. Christine was going to have to learn to be on her own, and Joanna preferred her to learn this lesson sooner rather than later. Joanna sighed, and broke the news to Christine, before gently removing her hand from her shoulder and going her merry way.
Let’s Make A Deal
At the yearly conference of penguins, Joel was ready to finally seal the deal. He’d been pitching his dry cleaning business for years, without finding someone to take the bait. This year was going to be different he said, straightening his tux and waddling towards the convention center. In a sea of brown chicks, his chic orange tie and crisp black suit stood out. When Marty Argentino approached Joel, he knew immediately had a taker, and the penguins shook on the deal.
You’ve Got A Friend
It’s hard out there for an ape. Just when she thought she was down and out, Maria heard a small squeak in her ear. She looked down, and sitting beside her was the cutest little duckling she’d ever seen. The ducking had been ostracized too, because he didn’t look like all of his brothers and sisters. Maria knew how the duckling felt, and the two became fast friends, building each other up when the world was trying to tear them down.
This One’s Going To Hurt
The majestic tiger stalked its prey through the jungle, silently trailing it for hours. She was hungry for meat, and thought this little bugger was an easy target. As she finally got ready to pounce, the porcupine’s superior hearing alerted him to the predator’s presences, setting off his built in defense system. As soon as the porcupine shot up its spine, the tiger got angry. Her sister had been fooled by porcupines before. She would not fall victim to their painful outer shell.
Little did you know that huskies like to play hockey too. No one in the league likes playing with Bobby, however, because he’s the kind of dog who thinks he’s the best athlete in the Arctic, when really, he just ends up messing everyone up. The game was going great, and the Yukons were about to break the tie game, when Bobby decided to play goalie, leaping in front of Pawl. The Yukons scored, and the Sledders lost the championship.
They’ll Never Find Me Here
It’s said that the fierce rhinoceros is really just the caretaker of savannah, allowing other animals to crawl on top of their backs when they’re too tired to walk. Animal parents knew they could always trust ole Brown Horn to watch their babies when they were off hunting, as the old rhino had a softer side to him, despite his ferocious tusks. Brown Horn was little Chita’s best friend throughout her early years, as her mother was often out hunting late into the night.
It’s Not The Time And Place, Kids
No parent enjoys it when their kids fight. This mother fox had been told that having eight cubs was basically the same as having six, but whichever old crone told her that never experienced such a rowdy bunch. As her babies all crowded around for supper, jostling and shoving one another, to get just a mouthful before being thrown aside, this mother just kept chanting her new meditation mantra, “they grow up so fast.”
The lion princess Amneris was all set to marry Radames, and make him the next lion king, when he showed up out of the blue with some new lioness, Aida. Amneris was not about to take that insult lightly, and even though Aida tried to make it up to her, the two found themselves embattled in a bitter cat fight. Amneris was dragging Aida by the fur when Aida finally apologized, explaining that Radames had captured her in battle.
Ready For Landing
This deer never knew what hit him. As the flying squirrel pounced, he imagined himself the star of an action movie. After all, he’d been waiting for this moment his entire life. His kung fu master had told him he would never be a real ninja, but he was determined to prove his teacher wrong. Like Mulan, this squirrel was swift as a coursing river and finally had managed to earn the moniker of mysterious, as he flew under the cover of the new moon.
They may look cute and cuddly, but don’t be fooled; mountain lions are some of the fiercest predators around. You’ll especially want to beware the mountain gangs, who have built up their street cred year after year, as unsuspecting hikers build their camps just a little to close to their hideout. Most importantly, they don’t want anyone to discover their secret society, so if you happen to wander in on a meeting of the claws, back away slowly and pretend you saw nothing.
Keep Your Trunk Out Of It
He stepped through the trees, the ground shaking under the weight of his hooves. As the tremors spread, resounding through the earth, he knew the rumbling would alert the enemies to his presence, but Elan the Elephant didn’t care. He would demand respect from the chief of the titans, and show just how good of a football player he was. His mother didn’t want him to, but Elan was determined to make her proud, whatever the cost may be.
“Hey, Joe!” Mike shouted to his friend. “You see this? Looks pretty shiny, eh?” Joe turned his head, peering behind him to see what Mike was talking about. Mike always found the weirdest objects lodged into the branches of the canopy. Joe was tired of Mike getting all the credit and was dismayed to see the black plastic of the camera with it’s glaring lens staring back at them. Druella covered herself up, as the camera snapped, capturing the scene.