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Top 5 Most Iconic Film Locations around the World

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Sometimes a stunning backdrop is as affecting as excellent actors in making films memorable.  Mood and theme can often only be conveyed in an authentic milieu.   We’ve chosen to feature our most loved and memorable movies, filmed in gorgeous locations around the world.  A few of these cities are regular filming locations, where you might be lucky enough to see some action at any time.  Others are not usual or popular locations for filming, but those films could never have been shot any where else – and their images are now inseparable from the narrative.  Most of them are just darn good films, and some of our travel favorites – did we list yours?

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

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A subtle travelers love affair between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The neighborhood where we see much of the bond forming between the two characters is the bustling Shibuya:  The karaoke scene is filmed here, and the luxurious Park Hyatt hotel is where we see Bill Murray quite often, contemplative over whiskey, and solo.

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Five Portland Hikes

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Portland,  Oregon is known for its proximity to great scenic areas and ancient fir forests. However, there are plenty of sylvan spots to hike without leaving the city limits.IMG_9780

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Literary Travel: Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon

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For a town that produced possibly the biggest name in the English language, Stratford-upon-Avon is rather quaint and unassuming. When I first traveled to Shakespeare’s hometown on a high school trip about eleven years ago, I was rather taken by its small charm and Tudor-style buildings; revisiting Stratford this past winter revealed that not much has changed there in the last decade. So what is there to do in the birthplace of the Bard?

Hathaway Cottage. Photo by deannanmc

Hathaway Cottage. Photo by deannanmc

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A Day In Pocitos Uruguay

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Montevideo is starting to grow on me.  Last week, my husband and I spent a day in the trendy, upscale Pocitos neighborhood. It was a bit like coming back to New York City. Depending where you walk, the area evokes images of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, the Upper East Side or Brooklyn.  Street vendors are everywhere, as well as every type of store,  for anything you might need, or did not realize you need.

Playa Pocitos by Jose Porras

Playa Pocitos by Jose Porras

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Bustling Barcelona – Great Attractions to Visit

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A cosmopolitan city steeped in history and culture with a Mediterranean climate and beach is little wonder that Barcelona is one of Europe’s most visited destinations.  Barcelona has something for everyone from those with children, to those looking for a relaxing weekend away. Here are just a few things to do next time you are in the capital city of Cataluña.

 

Park Guell

Park Guell

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Biking in Amsterdam

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Bicycles, tricycles, cargo bikes, tandem bikes, bikes with one or two built-in baby seats: you name the style, and you can find it on the streets of Amsterdam. Though the city has a fantastic public tram and bus system, I highly recommend renting a bike for your warmer-weather visit. It’s particularly handy if you choose to stay in a quieter neighborhood outside the medieval center like we did. Renting a bike made a slightly longer walk into a quick and breezy ride.

Rented bikes. Photo by deannanmc

Rented bikes. Photo by deannanmc

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The Sweet Tooth Traveler: Great finds in Malaga Spain

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On my first day after arriving in Malaga in Southern Spain, I was greeted with a bit of culture shock in the form of a cookie.  It was mid-March, two weeks before Easter Sunday. Unbeknownst to me, I stumbled into the beginning of one of the most important weeks in Spanish culture: Semana Santa.  This week, also known as Holy Week, celebrates the end of Lent with huge parades through the city streets.   The main event is the procession of the brotherhoods who are dressed in their traditional uniforms (capirote).  The capirote on the cookie looked a little too familiar…

 

Holy Week Cookies

Holy Week Cookies

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How to live out of a carry-on

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I have spent months traveling with nothing more than a carry-on suitcase. While this sounds completely mad to many people, it’s really not that difficult, as long as you make sure to pack right. Here are a few tips.

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Vegan Portland

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Portland, Oregon is a great place to be a vegan. This mid-sized Northwestern city has a number of excellent restaurants and shops catered to those on a plant-based diet, many of which are popular with even the most die-hard meat eaters.

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Warwick Castle

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One of the nice things about traveling through England is that it’s a history buff’s dream destination. You can hardly throw a pint of ale in the United Kingdom without hitting ruins, manor homes, a few former battle sites, and a bunch of old castles. Warwick Castle is a prime example of a castle that’s been well-maintained for visitors–and despite the presence of a torture exhibit, has actually been a little airbrushed.

Warwick Castle

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