Thursday, May 26, 2016

Movie locations inspire vacation destinations.

Writing Prompt: Write a blog post inspired by the word: vacation.

Sometimes a film's breathtaking or intriguing location implants a desire to vacation there.


Here are some vacations of my dreams and the films that fueled them.

GREECE
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), a somewhat forgettable movie, except for the scenes of Greece. When Lena (Alexis Biedel) rides a donkey up a path surrounded by blue domed white-washed buildings with glimpses of the deep blue sea while iconic Greek music plays, well… it calls out to me.
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  • The same with Mamma Mia! (2008). The main thing I remember is the beautiful scenery, and my desire to go there.

POSITANO, ITALY
  • The film Only You (1994) highlights beautiful areas of Italy, but my favorite scenes take place in Positano. Breathtaking. 
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) also has a short scene in Positano.
Because of those films, when I went to Italy on an internship a few years ago, I made sure to visit Positano. Unfortunately  I only had about 45 minutes to enjoy it, and I still feel gypped. I could spend days there. Homes and buildings ascend the hillside connected by stairways everywhere. (I love stairs!) They say you don't walk to your neighbor's home, you climb. I want to return while I can physically handle it.

AUSTRALIA
The locations and scenery in those films entice me to visit there. My husband and I dream of taking a train ride across that grand continent.

MONTANA
Exotic places sound wonderful, but when I want Shangri-La, I go to Montana. Whenever I visit the Bitterroot Valley, a calmness washes over me. I feel peace. Films depicting Montana make me ache for the "big sky state."

Have movie locations inspired your vacation destinations?

11 comments:

  1. What an inspiring post with a really wonderful twist! Why, visiting a place that a movie was staged at is a great idea. I've done it without thinking about that on some of my trips. But you can bet I'll be thinking about it a lot more. Especially on my trip to Australia coming up. One of my favorite films is "The Man from Snowy River".

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    1. Thanks for commenting! I love The Man from Snowy River. An upcoming trip to Australia sounds exciting!

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  2. What a creative post. I've seen movies, and documentaries that absolutely make me want to see the far reaches of the world. I'm afraid I'll only ever visit through film and literature. And I agree with you about Montana--only I'll trade it for Utah. We have plenty of Shangri-La type places to visit. Stopping by from mama kats kelley at the road goes ever ever on

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I had to laugh when you said you'd trade Montana for Utah... that's where I live... Utah. I'm a transplant, so I'd be interested to hear of the Shangri-La type places you enjoy.

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  3. When I visited The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, I couldn't stop thinking about The Princess Bride. And when I watch Leap Year, I feel the need to return and see more of that beautiful country! I think we have similar movie inspirations for travel! The ones you listed are the same ones I think of, too! 😄

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    1. Oooo… I want to visit The Cliffs of Moher too!

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  4. When I visited The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, I couldn't stop thinking about The Princess Bride. And when I watch Leap Year, I feel the need to return and see more of that beautiful country! I think we have similar movie inspirations for travel! The ones you listed are the same ones I think of, too! 😄

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  5. Wow, I love that locations you have seen in films have inspired a desire to visit! I definitely feel that same way when I read books!

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    1. You're right… books can lure us to beautiful destinations too. Which ones would be at the top of your list?

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  6. I love this as an idea! The only one I can think of The Garden of Evil (the book, not the movie) which was based on a true story in Savannah. I was fascinated by Savannah after that and made a point to visit and it lived up to everything in the book - it was fun to travel with the book's backdrop in my mind.

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    1. I love Savannah! I spent a few days near there (on Tybee Island) several years ago, but didn't have near enough time to explore Savannah… I hope to return there someday.

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