"" Writer's Wanderings: Movie Travel

Friday, December 05, 2014

Movie Travel

Recently I read an article on movies that have inspired special travel tours. On our trip to New Zealand in 2013, we were offered lots of opportunities to see places where parts of Lord Of The Rings was filmed and the more recent Hobbit movie. We weren't fans of either movie but it was interesting to know that we'd been to some of those spots. Many more travelers are a lot more interested, enough so that there are tour books for sale that point out all the particular places that you would want to visit from the movie and of course, there's the movie location as well.

The article went on to say that Frozen has inspired travel to Norway. I'm not so sure about that. There's a lot of difference between animation and the real Norway but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

There have been movies that we've seen shot in locations that we have visited. We get sore elbows from bumping each other in the movie theater when we see places we've been. Case in point, Under The Tuscan Sun. Tuscany was as beautiful as portrayed on the movie screen.

Many of the action spy films we love--Mission Impossible, Bond Films, etc., are filmed in exotic places and we love that we've seen some of those.

Of course the quintessential movie tour would be the one in Salzburg, The Sound Of Music. We have taken that tour and enjoyed the stories told about the filming. Most interesting was the story that the nuns would not let filming in the convent because the film crew and actors smoked--or so the tale goes from our particular guide.

What about you? What movies have inspired your travel or put a location on your bucket list?

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