Monday, July 6, 2020

Top 10 places where the famous movies were filmed

New Zealand 

Today, it is nearly impossible to find anyone who is unaware that the “Lord of the Rings”, and then all the parts of the “Hobbit” a director Peter Jackson shot in New Zealand. This is what attracts tourists to go there, because the natural beauty of these places is literally breathtaking. Picturesque landscapes are there to be turned into a fantasy saga: gorges and mountains, hills and streams, waterfalls and lakes. There are not so many cities in New Zealand, which means that you can enjoy all this splendor away from megacities and the noise of civilization. For a cinematic tourist, the Tongariro National Park (where most scenes of the three parts of The Lord of the Rings were filmed) and the city of Matamata (near which the hobbit village still operates) are a must to visit. New Zealanders know how to lure travelers, so you can easily wander among the amazing houses constructed in the hills, sit on the same bench where Gandalf and Frodo smoked, and also look into the bins of a hobbit hole. Here you can hire a guide to accompany you to Layall Bay, where in the saga we saw the beautiful waterway of the heroes, and it was also here that many of the last parts of King Kong were filmed.

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Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, New Zealand by Andres Iga

Croatia 

Despite the fact that in the “Game of Thrones” dragons fly across the sky, and geography makes one believe in the existence of the Wall and other facts, the film crew created all the seasons in real places, mostly in Croatia. If earlier it seemed to you that this is an ordinary resort near the sea, you were very mistaken. The vast history and mild climate make this country desirable not only for fans of the series. It was Dubrovnik in the series that turned into Royal Harbor. Medieval castles and streets that abut directly on the coast create an unimaginable fantasy surroundings. Visit the fortress of Lovrienac, where shooting took place in the throne room. The city and the castle are separated by a picturesque bay, and it was here that the famous battle was filmed on Chernovodnaya. All the scenes in the gardens where the nobility rests or secret conversations are held  took place in the Trsteno arboretum in the same Dubrovnik. The tower of Minchet, from where stunning views open, were the headquarters of the House of Immortals. But the modest and beautiful Sibenik resort in the series turned into Braavos, which is very consistent with its spirit.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia by Inera Isovic

The Caribbean 

Watching “The Pirates of the Caribbean” is engaging not only because of the plot and actors, but also the scenery. Few people during the viewing did not have the thought how good it would be now to lie on those golden beaches with clear water and palm trees. It’s not even necessary to look for a treasure or stocked rum, just walking, swinging in a hammock and eating coconuts would suffice. All this is quite real, because most of the scenes were shot exactly on the Caribbean islands and nearby in the ocean. The mild climate allows you to relax here almost all year round, with the exception of the rainy season. Many travel bloggers note that the Anchorage Hotel Wallilabou is a place for moviegoers, as the hotel has a museum with many original memorabilia from the movie. Next, you need to book a guide or just a boat trip to the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is here that you will see memorable landscapes from “The Pirates of the Caribbean”.

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Young Island, Arnos Vale, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines by George Apodaca

Scotland 

Scotland is generally one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Mountains, kilometers of forests and hills, the ocean, waterfalls and streams and the spirit of freedom above it all. Medieval cities with cobbled streets and castles perfectly convey the spirit of a bygone era. In fact, many historical and adventure movies are filmed in Scotland. Wherever you go here, you will surely find yourself, if not in the scenery, then amongst historical monuments. It is definitely one of the most beautiful parts of Europe. For example, in Edinburgh, in the old Elephant House, Joan Rowling wrote her series about Harry Potter. Despite the fact that for the film adaptation in Hollywood they created a whole pavilion with decorations, the film crew often flew here for many scenes. For example, the cobbled streets of the city are perfect for Hogsmith, and the most beautiful scenes with a school train were shot in Glenfinnan’s Widuac. The Nevis Valley is the place where the Quidditch game took place in the movie. If magic is not for you, but you love movies, then hurry to a place called Glen Coe, in the Marmara Mountains. These breathtaking views were often the backdrop for the Oscar-winning film “The Braveheart”.

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Glenfinnan’s Widuac in Scotland by Jack Anstey

Mountains in China 

China, of course, attracts many tourists throughout the year into its big cities. However, there is a place in the Middle Kingdom where a tourist can literally reach Zen and get to know themselves  better by simply walking along a mountain trail of unimaginable beauty with kilometers of forests and mountains, waterfalls and streams. It is in the Hunan province, where the Yellow Mountains are located (the Huangshan mountain range). Many picturesque and sharp peaks to the south of the center of China are covered with pine trees, and clean rivers flow between them. Approximately seventy peaks above 1000 meters. The highest point is the Lotus peak, 1800 meters. James Cameron experienced strong emotions when he first saw the Yellow Mountains. That is why the film crew arrived here to take China’s natural heritage as a prototype for the island of Pandora, which is shown in all its beauty in the movie “Avatar”. 

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Huangshan, China by Sherry Xu

Thailand and its Beaches 

Not far from the world’s famous Phuket, only 40 kilometers away, you will find the island of Phi Phi Lei, as well as its bay – Maya. This is a true pilgrimage destination for experienced divers and yachtsmen. Tourists begin to flock to this place from May until late autumn. Maya Bay gained real popularity after the release of the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio. The water here is clear to a depth of 30 meters, many picturesque and calm bays surrounded by rocks can boast of its white sand, and palm trees along the coastline. Tourists settle in hotels near the island, as Maya Bay is a national park, and there are no cafes or hotels here. There are pluses though – there is a small number of people, as well as the opportunity to spend the night on this shore in a tent.

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Maya Bay, Thailand by Humphrey Muleba

New York 

Having arrived in New York, you can endlessly wander through the streets and squares, and in any case, wherever you look – there was filmed some kind of a blockbuster. The central park, many hotels and restaurants, the streets and their intersections – all this has repeatedly flashed in movie frames. As you arrive, you immediately need to go to Broadway, which directly breathes the spirit of old cinema and musicals. And from there, direct your stops to the famous Flatiron Building, which is located at the intersection of Broadway and the Fifth Avenue. This building, in principle, is considered one of the most recognizable symbols of New York. For example, in the film “Godzilla” Flatiron is simply destroyed on a grand scale, and in “The Spider-Man” it is an editorial office of the newspaper where Peter Parker works (and a couple of times he jumps over it in the guise of a spider). Also visit the American Museum of Natural History, where you will find the largest collection of dinosaur skeletons – the franchise “The Night at the Museum” was filmed here. And finally, it’s worth a glimpse into Central Park and find there the Bow Bridge – the most beautiful bridge where one of the key scenes of “The Autumn in New York” was filmed.

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Flat Iron, New York City by Paul Griffin

Hawaii  

Hawaii is a luxurious paradise on earth, the best resort for lovers of waves and the beach. The resort industry here is very well developed, many celebrities rush to Hawaii, because it is here that you can find the best hotels in the world, as well as take a full course of first-class spa. But first of all, tourists appreciate the islands for the purest water and beaches, for the mild climate almost all year round and for paradise landscapes.  Oahuis is the third largest island in Hawaii and perhaps one of the most beautiful places on Earth. On the beach of Mokuleya, in a picturesque bay, the plane from the series “Lost” crashed. Scenes from “The Jurassic Park” and “The Pearl Harbour” were shot a little further inland.

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Hawaii, USA by Jeremy Bishop

Rome 

Rome is a very cinematic city, which flashes in films no less than Hollywood or New York. It is simply impossible to count all the famous movies, where the city is present. Streets, amazing architecture, sparkling coloring – what else is needed for a successful shot?  Castle of St. Angel and Piazza San Pietro were featured in the film “Angels and Demons” with Tom Hanks, according to the book by Dan Brown. The film “The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino, which has become the pearl of modern cinema was also shot in Rome. Take a walk along the Tiber promenade to comprehend Italian philosophy, as if the heroes of a great movie.  The key scenes of the films “Roman Vacations”, “Sweet Life” and “Madly in Love” took place at  the Trevi Fountain.

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Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy by Nadya Fes

London 

And, of course, moviegoers from all over the world are striving for London. It is impossible to be in England and not be saturated with its centuries-old history. Bohemian, aristocratic, mysterious and historical London is the city which you need to visit at least once in your life. 

Naturally, having arrived here, you will see first of all the symbol of the capital – the Big Ben. It has been featured in films many times, and in the film “V for Vendetta” it was completely blown up (and this is not the only case, because The Big Ben was also destroyed in the film “The Fall of London.”) For the romantics, the Notting Hill area was where the famous melodrama was shot with the same name with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. The bohemian area attracts tourists with many pubs and clubs. And, of course, in London you need to go to the places of glory of Sherlock Holmes. Baker Street and Feyker Street are of course open for tourists, where many of the scenes were filmed in the TV series “Sherlock”.

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Big Ben in London, UK by Thomas Kelley

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