Location, Location, Location
Now, we all know this typically is a real-estate reference; but for me it fits in nicely with having visited so many of the Game of Thrones locations, before they were GOT locations.
Of course this is gem of the bunch. We visited there a few years after their "civil war", (no war is civil) but we were lucky to be among the first "tourists" back visiting; there were areas still littered with land mines and the family who lived next to the apartment we stayed in told tales of where snipers were across the way and how everyone in the seemingly idilic city were armed to the teeth.
I almost drowned there, a story for another time, that said we were there in winter and got to experience "long nights".
Again we were at several of the GOT locations before they had acquired that note of distinction.
Spain, Ireland and Los Angeles
OK these are really a stretch.
We spent several months on the island of Majorca which is part of Spain but an island whereas all of the GOT filming took place on the mainland.
Meanwhile, in Season 3's "The Bear and the Maiden Fair", a few shots of an actor-bear (Bart the Bear) were filmed in Los Angeles, USA. Due to various laws against international transport of large animals, the production team could not simply fly the actor-bear into the United Kingdom.
And then there's Ireland; even though we spent a month driving all over Ireland we never did make it into Northern Ireland, which is of course, while on the same island a different country. There's been plenty of controversy regarding that, of course and a topic I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. So I'll stick with Croatia and Iceland but I would like to visit those other locations to be sure.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.