Travel through movies?



Have you ever seen a movie that made such an impression on you that afterwards when you visited the city it was filmed in you wanted to find the locations from that movie?That happened to me a few times. When my friend and I visited Vienna for the first time we wanted to find a café that we saw in the movie Before Sunrise, which takes place entirely in Vienna, Austria. When we found Kleines Cafe from that movie we were so happy. We had a drink there. The same thing happened when I travelled to  London for the first time with my BFF. I wanted to find the bookstore from the Notting Hill movie. Alas, it was closed when we came so we couldn’t get in but we had a lovely walk around Portobello Hill market and I bought a set of three London souvenir t-shirts for just 10£. What a bargain!

On another visit to London I wanted to see the Somerset house because I had seen it in another movie (Last chance Harvey). Of course, when I went to Oxford I had to visit the dining hall from the Harry Potter movies aka the Christ Church college’s Great hall. The sole reason for visiting Bruges last year during our weekend trip to Brussels was the movie In Bruges 🙂 However, some movies hit that wanderlust nerve that we’ve all got (at least us that write about our travels as if other people are interested in what we have to say 😉 ).

And thus through certain movies we got to see beautiful far away places that also might inspire us to visit them or they might inspire us to travel: full stop. So, one day when I visit New York City I’d like to see some of the locations from the Sex and the City series and from the Gossip Girls series (such guilty pleasures I know 🙂 ). Undoubtedly my fascination with England was also probably fuelled by certain movies too not just books (Richard Curtis you’ve got a lot to answer to!) 🙂

Kleines Cafe, Vienna, Austria

Kleines Cafe, Vienna, Austria


Great Hall, Christ Church college, Oxford

London:the bookstore from the movie Notting Hill, 2006

London:the bookstore from the movie Notting Hill, 2006

So here’s my list of my favourite travel movies (not necessarily travel by genre but because they show or are filmed in some beautiful places):

  1. James Bond movies: all 007 movies are set in exotic locations
  2. Under the Tuscan Sun: beautiful Tuscan countryside
  3. My life in ruins: gorgeous Greece
  4. The Spanish Apartment trilogy: Barcelona, London, St. Petersburg, New York (French movies)
  5. Before Sunrise trilogy: Vienna, Paris, Greece
  6. Midnight in Paris: Paris obviously
  7. One Day: Edinburgh, London, France
  8. Amelie: Paris
  9. Paddington: London (my beloved London features in so, so many movies) 🙂
  10. Leap Year: Ireland
  11. P.S. I love you: New York, Ireland
  12. Chasing Liberty:Prague, Venice, Berlin,London
  13. A good year:Provence (and Gherkin!)
  14. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Iceland among other places
  15. L’Arnacoeur: Monaco (French movie)
  16. The Lord of the Rings movies :New Zealand
  17. The Hobbit:New Zealand
  18. Narnia: filmed in some very real places around the world
  19. The Golden Compass movie: Oxford, Norway, etc.
  20. Eat, Pray, Love: Rome, Bali
  21. Seven Years in Tibet: isn’t filmed in Tibet but in Argentina, Austria, Chile etc.
  22. In Bruges: Bruges have actually visited this town because of the movie 🙂

The list is randomly ordered

So, if it’s cold&damp outside why don’t you make yourself comfortable at your sofa with a cup of tea in one hand and a remote in another and watch one of these movies? Tell me later which one you saw 🙂



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