Movies often inspire travel. You see a place on screen and it's so beautiful or interesting that you want to go see it in person. Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel awarded its own set of Oscars to 10
Movies often inspire travel. You see a place on screen and it's so beautiful or interesting that you want to go see it in person. Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel awarded its own set of Oscars to 10 movies from 2006 that the magazine's editors deemed as the films most likely to inspire travel. The list, from the magazine's December-January issue, is as follows, starting with No. 10:
"The Illusionist," which was set in Vienna but filmed in the Czech Republic. Locations from the movie that you can visit include the Dobris Chateau and a lodge in Konopiste in Benesov.
"Sketches of Frank Gehry," a documentary that looks at the architect's buildings, including the Guggenheim Bilbao in Northern Spain, Marques de Riscal Winery and hotel in Spain's Rioja wine country, and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
"The Da Vinci Code," which brought a flood of tourists to places like the Louvre in Paris, Temple Church in London and Rosslyn Chapel south of Edinburgh.
"The Holiday," in which Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap homes near London and Los Angeles.
"The Painted Veil," which showcases breathtaking mountain views in Guangxi, China, and rural living in the town of Huangyao.
"Miss Potter," set partly in the Lake District in Northwest England, where Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit, found inspiration.
"A Good Year," which tells the story of an Englishman who inherits a French vineyard in Provence. The movie was mostly shot at Chateau La Canorgue in Bonnieux.
"Russian Dolls," a French-language film released earlier in the year (available on DVD with English subtitles). According to Budget Travel, it offers a more realistic, everyday Europe than what is usually seen in films. One character muses about Rossi Street in St. Petersburg being a "street of ideal proportions." You can find Rossi Street behind the Alexandrinsky Theater near the Nevsky Prospekt metro station. Other scenes were filmed on the Eurostar train between Paris and London, and at the Sir Richard Steele Pub in northwest London near the Chalk Farm Tube station.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which was shot in various locations, including Wallilabou Bay on St. Vincent, Soufriere on Dominica, the Exumas and Grand Bahama Island
"Marie Antoinette," whose splendor can be relived by touring Versailles. Scenes were also shot at the Palais Garnier, home to the Opera National.
Source: Associated Press