Dubrovnik, Croatia

Joffrey’s Nameday Swordfight

Another Game of Thrones fan that toured with me a year ago got in touch and sent me a couple of images from the tour that happened in June 2014. This was probably the slowest tour that I’ve ever done as both me and Neil from the UK, who booked the tour, had walking difficulties.

Game of Thrones TourAfter he had booked the tour Neil told me that his recovery from hip surgery had taken longer than expected and that he would probably need to use the crutch. Although I warned him that The Game of Thrones Tour requires taking a lot of steps (it takes about 180 steps only to reach the Fort of St Lawrence) and proposed that we only cover few more accessible points, being a true fan he insisted in seeing all the filming locations.

In the meantime, the destiny wanted that I synchronize my pace with Neil’s. During one of my tours I slipped over a wet cobblestone while I was running to find the refuge from the sudden rain and sprained my ankle. This happened just few weeks before the Neil’s tour and that injury followed me for some time and I ended up relying on the hiking sticks for most of the summer.

In spite to our limited mobility, the tour turned out to be extremely fun as you can see from the pictures in the gallery where Neil and I recreated the swordfight tourney scene for Joffrey’s nameday  at the genuine location of the Red Keep – the Fortress of St Lawrence.

Thanks for the pictures Neil; they really brought back the memories of a great tour!

Blog readers, there is a moral to this tale: when it rains in Dubrovnik, don’t run, but thread softly and carefully – just as Lord Varys would do 🙂


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Fantastic tour by the GOT extra!

Our guide for the tour was Tonka and she was wonderful. Her knowledge of the filming and being an extra was a real bonus as she was able to describe the actors/actresses out of character as well as their roles on screen. She gave us plenty of time to take photos at all the relevant sites of filming. More than this Tonka gave us an insight into Dubrovnik and the history of the city and the buildings. It was a fantastic few hours!
Laura J. Girard,

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