Films that will get you planning for your next mini-break
The view from the Rialto Bridge in Venice
Wouldn’t it be a fantastic if your job was a film location scout.
It then got me thinking about some of the incredible European places we’ve visited and the movies that have been captured there. I’m sure some these classic films will tempt you into planning your next European mini-break. Or even better start plotting some locations for a road-trip.
This Ridley Scott movie starring Anthony Hopkins as Dr Lecter and Julianne Moore as Clarice Starling is a sequel to the Thomas Harris novel ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, and equally gruesome.
Although it’s not for the faint-hearted, don’t let that distract you from the charm and beauty of the Tuscan city and its historic Duomo and the magnificent Ponte Vecchio.
Ohh I love a James Bond movie and especially one starring Daniel Craig.
The high-action exploits take 007 to many places around the globe in Casino Royale; however, it’s the spectacular scenery around Lake Como that I remember so well.
The Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy
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One of my favourite cities in the world is Seville in Andalucía, southern Spain, and particularly around the striking Plaza de España.
So, when we were watching the George Lucas Star Wars movie the ‘Attack of the Clones’ I couldn’t believe it when I saw that it was used as the backdrop for Naboo.
A view of Plaza de España
I am a fan of the Star Wars empire especially the original three films, what’s there not to love about C-3PO and R2-D2 shuffling around the sand dunes.
Let’s not digress if you only choose one location to visit in Spain, you must make it Seville in the spring or autumn, you won’t be disappointed.
Also keep an eye out for the Plaza de España in the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia.
A helpful guide
Ahhh the call of Andalucía, I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our southern Spanish road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
Well the title gives its location away a bit, but hey it wasn’t a secret.
In my opinion the 2008 movie ‘In Bruges’ starring Colin Farrell and Brendon Gleeson is a classic. Although it involves the two guys playing hit men in the dark streets of Bruges, it has some really funny scenes, as they await their orders.
Brendon Gleeson’s character Ken can’t resist taking in the sights around the picturesque city, at the bemusement of Colin Farrell.
Ohh don’t forget to indulge in the local chocolate while in Bruges.
The courtyard of Schloss Neuschwanstein
The eccentric inventor and his children can be watched enjoying their adventures in their flying car. Parts of which were filmed around the lush region of Bavaria in southern Germany.
The magical Neuschwanstein Castle which is used during the film is just near the colourful town of Füssen, which is at one end of the enchanting Romantic Road.
Then a further 150 miles north still along the Romantische Strasse is the incredibly attractive walled Medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. When you stroll around Rothenburg it really does feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set and even more so if you visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber
at Christmas time.
A reference guide
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Germany road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
The centre of old Prague
In this fast-paced action thriller Ethan Hunt races through the cobbled lanes of the ancient city of Prague, on a mission to uncover who amongst he’s team has double-crossed him.
Prague is a beautiful city and although it may have been a little tarnished in the past with its rowdy visitors, is truly worth a visit. Especially taking an evening stroll across the historic Charles Bridge.
It’s good to talk!
The Moulin Rouge, Paris
This colourful lively musical starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor is set in 1899, during the French Bohemian revolution.
Nicole and Ewan not only begin to fall in love that also share with us their incredible singing skills.
This region of Paris is so interesting, within a few streets of each other Paris’s nightlife comes alive and the beautiful Sacre Coeur dominates the Paris skyline.
Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris
If you've yet to discover the beautiful architecture in Paris, and the pleasure of strolling along the River Seine at sunset, then you're in for a treat.
I find DK Eyewitness travel guides invaluable, they're extremely informative, easy to follow, and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Paris adventure, now you can grab the revised copy.
The back lanes of Nice
The old town of Nice
The Welcome Hotel in Villefranche-sur-Mer as seen in Ronin
And you thought Dubrovnik was all about the blockbuster drama Game of Thrones.
Well, the Last Jedi gets a look in too. The eighth movie of the Star Wars series starring the delightful Carrie Fisher, sees John Boyega and Mark Hamill heading amongst the cobbled streets of Dubrovnik.
The streets of old Dubrovnik or is that the City of Canto Bight
Dubrovnik has had a bit of a reputation for being overcrowded; however, the reason for this is that the ancient walled city nestled along the Adriatic Sea is stunning.
Take a wander around the ramparts and you truly appreciate the wonder of Dubrovnik, far-stretching views over the terracotta rooftops and the glistening seas beyond.
A helpful guide
If you've yet to discover the delights of Croatia you're in for a treat. While planning our road trip, I used the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our north to south Croatian road trip, now you can grab the revised copy.
Ahh, we are back to the land of gelato and pasta, yes Italy and the glorious canal city of Venice.
We are on the trail of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the 2010 movie The Tourist. Angelina Jolie plays a British woman on the run as her husband (Steven Berkoff) owes a vast sum of money and has undergone plastic surgery to disguise himself.
Angelina befriends Johnny Depp on the way to Venice as a decoy hoping that the police believe that Depp is her husband. Twisting tales ensue complete with boat chases and stylish Venetian balls.
The meandering canals weaving amongst the charming architecture and the grand piazzas will win me over every time. Venice is so elegant, unique, and a treasure to this wonderful country.
We visited in springtime and it was everything we had hoped it to be, especially the ice-cream.
You’ll also catch scenes from the James Bond movie Casino Royale, which I mentioned above for Lake Como.
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