WorldCon in Dublin

This is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society and the Hugo awards. This year (August 2019) it is being held in Dublin!

Dublin 2019 An Irish WorldCon. Image from dublin2019.com

Next year will be in New Zealand. (I’m sorely tempted.)

The website for Dublin is down today, probably due to the major increase of traffic because today is the first day to reserve hotel space in their blocks.

However, in order to reserve hotel space through them, you must pay in their currency. There are definitely some pros to booking through them – some of the hotel prices are much lower because of the WorldCon rate, and the closer hotels seems to be completely booked up by the convention. However, there are a couple hotels still within walking distance that are cheaper through a Canadian travel consultant. Hint hint.

Are you interested in travelling to WorldCon in Dublin (or New Zealand next year)?

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

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Oamaru

Oamaru is a steampunk city in New Zealand’s South Island. I would love to visit this city. Look how awesome it is!

While there, you should definitely check out Steampunk HQ!

This would be a great addition to a Lord of the Rings tour.

If you are interested in booking a trip to New Zealand. You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

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News in Montreal

Montreal (well, an hour outside of Montreal) has a Hobbit House that you can stay at. I read this news last week and promptly got so excited that I almost fell off my chair. (Exaggeration. I sit on a couch.)

House House. Image from entrecimesetracines.com
House House. Image from entrecimesetracines.com

This cute little place means that you can visit Middle-Earth without travelling to New Zealand! However, it is already booked solid until the new year. (Who is surprised? Not me!)

If you are interested in booking this cute little hotel for a short trip within Canada. You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

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New Zealand

Chances are, you’ve seen the beauty of the New Zealand landscape in a movie or TV show.

New Zealand, picture from Discover Down Under. This is my number one place I want to visit. Look at this view! www.discoverdownunder.com
New Zealand, picture from Discover Down Under. This is my number one place I want to visit. Look at this view! www.discoverdownunder.com

A brief selection of movies that were filmed in this picturesque location include The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, King Kong, Bridge to Terabithia, and Avatar. One of my favourite TV shows also comes from this beautiful county: The Almighty Johnsons. If you haven’t already seen it, you DESPERATELY need to. Like, right now. Norse gods in New Zealand? What could be better?

New Zealand recently started their very own Comic Con, with the inaugural event occurring on July 17-19 of this past year. Armageddon Expo is also happening on October 23-26, 2015. They’ve got quite the line-up of guests. Auckland would be an excellent place to visit in October this year!

As a fan, if I were to travel to New Zealand, I would want to see movie sets as well as the scenery. Lord of the Rings/Hobbit sets have been left intact in various locations, and there are a myriad of tours that you can take, some of which can be found here. A tour that I found of particular interest is run by Film Scouts. They are hired by film companies to scout out locations, but they also run a tour company. You’d definitely get some pretty unique experiences with them!

Weta Workshop, New Zealand’s amazing prop and model creators have a 45 minute guided tour through their Cave. I think I would spend the entire time with my jaw on the floor. They amaze me.

You should read Sail Evenstar’s blog about their stay in New Zealand (Part 1, Part 2)! Great stuff, and quite the thorough exploration! (Facebook, website)

New Zealand has a lot to offer and I can’t wait to visit. If you are interested in going, contact me Jennifer Desmarais through AJ Travel. jenniferd@ajtravel.ca

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