Game of Thrones filming locations in Morocco

by Nicole Farrell

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? It is difficult to believe (especially living in Australia with our limited historical buildings) that the castles, forts and locations of the series are actually real! Game of Thrones is filmed in Spain, Croatia, Malta, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and Morocco.

Two locations in Morocco are featured in the series.

 

 Ait-Ben-Haddou is is a fortified village along the former caravan route from the Sahara to Marrakesh. The red brick buildings which were constructed in the 17th century are surrounded by walls designed to keep people out. The location was strategically chosen near a water source and high on a hill to allow for viewing approaching threats. It's a UNESCO listed site.

 

In Game of Thrones the village was Yunkai, the yellow city. Today a few families live in the village. However, most people living in more modern buildings across the river.

The second location is Essaouira, a coastal town on the Atlantic coast.

 Essaouira is a port city with fortress walls that date back to the 18th century. It is known as the windy city of Africa. 

In the series, it is known as Astapor - home of the Unsullied.

 

  

Our Morocco Highlights tour, with optional Essaouira add on, visits both these locations. View the full itinerary here.

1.324 billion people in India and I met someone I knew!

by Nicole Farrell

It's world population day so I thought I would share this amazing story from one of my trips. There are 1.324 million people in India and I met someone I knew from my craft industry days! Crazy right! 

As you can see from the photos, this was an amazing place with a HUGE range of textiles, bags, clothing, cushions, scarves and more! After adding to my growing textile stash from India, I discovered these fabulous old coins. I was like a kid in a lolly shop! As I sorted through the coins, I started chatting to the owner. I mentioned I was in the middle of selling my craft business and he told me he previously sold his textiles at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair. I looked at him carefully and then realised who he was! I visited his stall daily when I was exhibiting at the same craft show! Each day I would try and negotiate a better price (true Indian style!)  Of course I purchased a few kantha quilts by the end of the show!

  

He also recognised me! It was his first show so I was able to offer some advise on exhibiting. Have you got a story about running into someone in another country? A neighbour, old friend.......it always amazes me when I hear these stories. 6 degrees of separation!

 

Love this story? Want to shop for textiles in India? India is a place like no other and I've planned 2 AMAZING textile tours. You'll experience the culture and traditions of this amazing country while in a safe, secure small group. Don't worry if you don't have anyone to travel with, we welcome single travellers. You don't have to be Australian to join our tour. We'll meet you a the airport so just book a flight! Discover more and download an itinerary here. If you'd like to chat further, please give me a call 0402 650 190. Nicole

Kerela houseboat adventure

by Nicole Farrell

Kerela is a state in the South of India. It's famous for it's beaches, tea plantations, Ayurvedic treatments, resorts, backwaters and greenery. I spent a fabulous week exploring the area. One of the highlights was an overnight houseboat on the Kerela backwaters.

 

 The houseboat experience was fun. We had a crew of 3 looking after us with the food a highlight of the experience. Fresh fish with amazing flavour! 

1.1 million people in Kerela rely on the fishery industry for their income. This is only 3% of the state's income! 

 

During the afternoon, a small boat came alongside our houseboat and to my delight, the man was selling ice cream. It would be rude not to buy one considering the effort he had gone to! 

  

The houseboat stops sailing around 5 pm in time to watch the sunset and dock for the night. If you have a chance to experience the backwaters of Kerela I highly recommend it. I would recommend upgrading to a premium houseboat.