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Curtis in the World: On Game of Thrones location in Croatia

Game of Thrones spoilers ahead!

“And if you remember the Purple Wedding scene when the great King Joffrey Baratheon struggles for breath as he is slowly dying from asphyxiation — this is the spot where Cersei Lannister held her son in her arms as she looked at Tyrion Lannister with hatred in her eyes,” the Game of Thrones tour guide dramatically recounted as he started lowering his voice to a dark and somber tone.

I stood among the 20 other tourists hoping to stand right in that spot, visualizing the scene as if I had actually been there when Joffrey perished. The tour had started an hour ago, and as this small group of people followed the tour guide through the beautifully constructed Old Town of Dubronik, I could not help but wonder how the cast of Game of Thrones felt, seeing the magnificence of such an amazing place just as we were seeing it now. “And to your left we have King’s Landing,” said the tour guide as everyone took out their camera phones and snapped as many pictures as they could before we moved on to the next location.

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I was struck by the flawless and glassy appearance of the white marble and beautiful late-Renaissance architecture of the old quarter. Every building was polished in such a way that made the structures sparkle when they were hit by the sun. At times I had to put on my sunglasses just to look directly at the buildings.

The tour found its way to the location of Cersei’s “Walk of Shame,” but to be honest I was too fascinated by the architecture to pay any attention to what the guide was saying by this point. For example: The Jesuit staircase was a magnificent and incredibly elegant staircase that captivated me so. The marble buildings that flanked the staircase gave the stairs a vibrant, pearlescent quality. Although I had gradually become bored with the Game of Thrones tour, I found myself thinking about Lena Headey’s role as Cersei and how at some point in time, she stood in the same spot I  was standing in now! I found myself smiling from ear-to-ear with the thought.

The Old Town of Dubronik was a journey. I fell in love with the architecture, the people and history of this wondrous place; if you find yourself in that neck of the woods, I think you will too.

Curtis Albers is a former abused foster care child survivor turned Army Ranger. He enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, astronomy and generally enjoys interacting with other human beings who are just as optimistic, interesting, creative and passionate as him. 

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Mic-Mac
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Mic-Mac

Wow Curtis. Croatia was never a place I thought I would be interested in visiting, until reading your article. Sounds like a beautiful place to visit.

Curtis Albers
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Curtis Albers

Croatia is absolutely beautiful! When you visit you will be shocked by the incredible scenery and the nice people! It is worth it to visit. I always suggest visiting Eastern Europe as much as you can because it is just amazing!

Luke Ryan

Right?? There are some places that are absolutely breathtaking, and you never hear about them on the usual tourist circuit

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