Now that I have cancelled all my plans to travel in 2020 in order to focus on my business and finances, I have decided to tell you a little more about the destinations on my “to visit” list.
These particular dream tourist locations have been inspired by television and the big screen – places where the likes of Shia Lebouf and director Michael Bay have filmed; although I must admit I drew heavy influence from watching award-winning HBO series, Game of Thrones. The thought of finding myself overlooking the peaks and valleys of a landscape that was once fashioned to film a battle scene conjure up a sense of magical nostalgia.
These are all the movie locations on my “to visit” list:
Somewhere in Los Angeles, on the top floor of the Palace Theater lies the location at which Olivia Pope’s office was set. Highly acclaimed CBS series, Scandal, features a badass black woman, Olivia Pope, who can PR the hell out of any situation, burying people’s skeletons (literally and figuratively) and saving them from themselves – all whilst secretly engaging with a scintillating affair with the President of the United States.
Category is: Views Realness!
DC’s cinematic feature film, Wonder Woman, showed us just how beautiful Greece is. When visiting, I definitely hope to enjoy sundowners in Mykonos and Santorini, not forgetting the main highlight of my trip – chance to spend a week on a boat in Zakynthos. This little island is the home to fictional superhero Princess Diana of the Amazon who had to leave her home to fight a war that was not hers. The shot in the movie makes Zakynthos worthy of a visit.
Think- the Great Wall of China but with water, three dragons and a white-haired Queen. Yes, you guessed it: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet on the coast of Biscay belonging to the municipality of Bermeo, Spain – also known as Dragon’s Stone. The only way to reach this place is by a man-made bridge that connects it to the main land (what’s the name of the main island?). This is where Queen Daenerys was born, later becoming Lord Stanis Barothean’s home before Queen Daenerys takes it back whilst on the hunt for her crown. In Game of Thrones we see her returning to her home with dragons that clearly love their freedom to roam and fly.
One of my favourite movies introduced me to the beauty of the Lost City of Petra in Jordan. (what movie is it?) At the time I didn’t know where it was nor its use as a location until I watched the movies (Transformers?) several times over and a colleague visited the area. The only way I would describe this particular destination is: MAGNIFICENT! Listed as one of the seven Wonders of the World, its carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces. In 1985 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Revenge of the Fallen shows us a scene where the Autobots had to find a lost artefact that was supposed to bring Optimus Prime back to life and that is where it was hidden.
Remember Middle Earth? I thought it to be the most beautiful landscape of peace and green I had ever seen. Hobbiton, a small Hobbit’s town from The Lord of the Rings franchise, is located in Matamata in New Zealand and is another dream destination of mine marked with a large “x” on my travel map. (are these two different places?)
Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider introduced me to the ancient architectural structure of Ta Prohm, the modern name for the Bayon-style temple at Angkor in the Siem Reap Province in Cambodia. The temple, built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, was originally called Rajavihara and was a key location for what I reckon is the most iconic, kick ass relic hunter movie.
Lastly, but not any less fascinating, is the homeland of Jon Snow, the fierce Lady Sansa Stark and the rest of the Stark family – Winterfell. Somewhere near the Stirling district of central Scotland, lies the Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold situated near the village of Doune (wikipedia), and another must-see movie site for me to feast my eyes.
Other locations to check out:
- Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth based in Matamata, New Zealand.
- Avatar, Hawaii
- The Dark Knight Rises, Mehrangarh Fort
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Tabernas Desert
- Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing, Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Game of Thrones’ City of Braavos, Girona, Spain