How many times have you sat and watched a film only to be in complete awe of the setting and the scenery? How many times has the location of the film then been added to your travel bucket list? Perhaps you’ve watched films and not known where they’ve been filmed but wanted to know. Here is a list of amazing film locations you can visit.
Pondicherry – Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi, a film by Ang Lee is a film based on a book of the same name. A young man who survives a disaster at sea is thrown into an epic journey of discovery and adventure. It’s on this journey that he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor, a fearsome Bengal tiger. The opening scenes are set in Pondicherry, at the start of the hero’s early life. You see European mansions, elegant walkways and lush gardens and it’s not difficult to see why it’s such an appealing place to visit.
Also known as the French capital of India, Pondicherry is a destination that offers complete serenity and attracts people from all over the world.
There is a multitude of Pondicherry hotels to choose from if you decide to visit the stunning Indian location. Use one as your base to relax in when you’re not watching captivating sunsets, sunbathing on the beach, scuba diving or visiting one of the many beautiful and serene churches in Pondicherry. Whatever you decide to do, you won’t be disappointed in your choice of holiday destination.
USA – The Twilight Saga
Any Twi-hard fan will know that the film is set in Forks in Washington but the film was actually filmed elsewhere in the state, and in Oregon. In St Helens, you can take a road trip to Bella’s house and swing by to Kalama, where the school served as Forks High School, the place where Bella first met her Edward. The La Push beach scenes were actually filmed at Indian Beach in Ecola State Park.
And of course, whilst you’re in the US, the sky is the limit. Plan an American road trip and make the most of the many famous places that are on many a bucket list. While you are there, it would be silly not to!
Greece – Mamma Mia
This is one I can proudly tick off my bucket list as I visited the very same year that the first Mamma Mia movie was filmed. The stunning, small Aegean island of Skopelos was the famous setting for the tale of Donna, Sophie and her three ‘dads’. Filming mainly took place around Kastani beach on the southwest coast, however, the jetty and beach bar that featured in the movie were built temporarily for filming.
There is no airport on Skopelos island. The closest airport is at the neighbouring island of Skiathos (now that’s a runway you need to experience touchdown on!), which receives domestic flights from Athens all year round. Charter flights from abroad run in the Summer months. From Skiathos, visitors can take the ferry to one of the two ports in Skopelos island – Skopelos Town or Glossa.
Skopelos and Skiathos have become very popular over recent years, owing to the success of the film. But when you visit, you can really see why it’s a place tourists return to every year. It’s breathtaking in every sense of the word and I can say this from personal experience.
London – Notting Hill
Notting Hill captured London in a positively stunning light. Unsurprisingly, set in Notting Hill, it’s one of the easiest, most affordable places to visit when touring film locations. It’s also one of the most photogenic areas.
It’s easy to stroll down Portobello Road where the opening scenes were shot. You must make sure that you keep an eye out for number 142, which was the location for the travel bookshop that was featured in the film. And who remembers the famous blue door to William’s flat? That’s over on Westbourne Park Road.
If you’re an Instagram addict then you will have the time of your life in Notting Hill. With its pretty streets with pastel-coloured houses and the famous Portobello Market, there will be plenty of opportunities to take some snaps to make your Instagram feed pop!
New York – Sex & The City
I was never going to be able to write this post and not include the one location that is on my bucket list. As a fan of Sex & The City for as long as I can remember, New York City is the one place in the world that I am desperate to visit.
I long to do as many others have. I’d love to take a Sex and the City tour of New York City. I want to have my picture taken outside Carrie’s iconic brownstone in Manhattan’s West Village. The tree-lined Perry St is on one of the most coveted streets in the heart of the West Village landmark district, however, in 2008, community residents won a campaign to stop Sex And The City tour buses from stopping at the home’s stoop. So if you want to find it, you’ll have to take a wander on your own. But I have it on good authority that you’ll find it!
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This is just a tiny sample of some of the places you can visit from the thousands upon thousands of stunning film locations. I may even put together a second post when I compile some more.
In the meantime, perhaps you’ve been to one or even some of these places? Perhaps you have another film set location in mind that you would like to visit. Let me know in the comments.
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