File this post under Friday Musings. It’s a topic I’ve seen quite a few travel and points bloggers cover over the years. And it’s fun, right? So, I wanted to chime in and mention some of the movies that inspired me, sometimes to the point of changing my existing travel plans.
All of these destinations are (sort of) reachable via miles, though, you will probably have to put up with a connection or two and a long airport transfer. Without further ado:
1) Sisterhood of traveling pants
Yes, I said it. This movie is responsible for my visit to Greek island of Santorini. I know, it’s a chick flick, and I happen to be a chick. An older one, with few feathers missing, but a chick nonetheless.
I was getting ready to book our itinerary in Great Britain and then I saw this movie. I immediately changed my plans and rerouted the entire trip. Santorini wasn’t cheap or easy to get to, but so worth it. This picture was taken almost ten years ago, but feels like it was yesterday. I love this island and can’t wait to go back with my kids.
2) Under the Tuscan sun
Another chick flick. Honestly, I didn’t really care about the movie all that much. But I did love the scene in Positano, see it here on YouTube. In it the gal (main character) comes to surprise her love after few months of not seeing him.
He looks out from the balcony and comes down to talk to her. Everything is going well till a young lady friend (wearing a towel) shows up on the balcony. The craziest thing is that the guy is so darn handsome and charming, the gal isn’t mad at him.
The hot Italian by the name of Marcello then goes on to say:”Well, it’s been a few months, what do you expect? You were busy helping your friend, blah blah blah. We had a beautiful affair. There is nothing to regret.” And she just nods and walks away while he is blowing her a kiss. Seriously? Slap the loser in the face. I know I would. Do you know how hard it is to get to Positano?
Where was I? So, I decided I wanted to visit it after seeing some incredible scenery in the movie. But I almost didn’t. We had a tour of Amalfi coast all booked, and I seriously considered staying behind because I was so tired from non-stop touring of Bavaria, Pompeii and Capri during the previous few days. Let me tell you, trying to do it while simultaneously taking care of two small jet-lagged kids is no joke. I’m so glad I didn’t cancel!
Some of my favorite memories of this trip are of getting lost in winding streets of Positano. I went by myself while my in-laws kept the kids and my husband napped on the bench. I stopped in the cafe, bought a few souvenirs and just soaked in the atmosphere. There was a Roman villa under excavation which, unfortunately, wasn’t yet open to the public. I guess I’ll have to come back.
I walked and walked till I ended up by the harbor.
3) The painted veil
OK, I haven’t been to China yet, but this movie made me really want to see its smaller towns that time seems to have forgotten. If I had to pick my favorite film of all time, this would be it. Totally underrated, it should have won a bunch of awards the year it came out.
Edward Norton and Naomi Watts tell a story of love, betrayal, redemption and nationalism set against gorgeous exotic backdrop of China’s countryside. Oh, and much of the plot deals with cholera epidemic. You like, you like? Not surprisingly, it’s dark and painful to watch at times, but the ending is uplifting, though my husband would disagree. All in all, it’s an intricate tale that is beautifully acted. Check out the trailer here
Technically not a movie, but this video of Coldplay called Hymn for the Weekend will make you want to visit India, guaranteed. Fine print: Beyonce not included.
Readers, what are some of the movies that inspired you to travel?