Well, hello strangers! I have not been on in ages. Life has been busy so I haven’t had the time to blog :(. I will be better about it this year, especially since I have a lot of fun stuff to blog about! The most exciting news? We are going to Europe for 1 month this Spring. I don’t think there are any words that can accurately describe my excitement. I’m ALWAYS overly excited about travel, but this time is different. This time, we will finally see more of Europe!
With that said, I have been watching a lot of travel movies lately. It’s always fun to watch movies that take place in locations you want to visit or plan on visiting. Below is a list of my favorite travel movies (yes, mostly in order…which was really hard to do). If you are planning on making a trip to Europe, I highly recommend watching these before you go, it adds to the excitement of planning!
1. Midnight in Paris
The name itself caught my attention. One of my favorite things about Europe is walking around late at night, when everyone has returned home and to their hotel rooms. The streets are quiet, dimly lit windows illuminate the cobblestone streets, the canals and bridges are empty. “Midnight in Paris” did an excellent job of showing the magic of Paris at night. AND…Owen Wilson was the perfect person to play Gil!The movie was shot in what appears to be a creamy yellow filter, giving it a warm, summer vibe, which I LOVE and reminds me of my own Paris Photography.The music was fitting, the history so beautiful. The plot the most charming I have ever seen in a movie. It’s romantic, uplifting and just plain sweet. Even if you are not a Paris fan, it is a must-see. There is no way it won’t charm you!
2. Marie Antoinette
This has been a favorite of mine since our trip to Paris in 2008.
I don’t think there has ever been a more beautiful movie created, scratch that. There has never been a more beautiful movie created, period. The colors, the costumes, the food, the events. The mix of old and new. The BEAUTIFUL footage of Versailles and its Gardens The drama, the history
3. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
There are so many things to love about this movie. It’s beautiful, romantic, sexy. It has no agenda. Everyone is living in the momentAfter watching this movie, Barcelona will be added to your bucket list.
4. European Vacation
This has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. My Dad was a HUGE fan of all National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. This one was my favorite and is still one of my all time favorite movies. It’s hilarious and overall a fun movie to watch with anyone.I especially love the 1980’s footage of Europe!
5. Under the Tuscan Sun
Who doesn’t dream of living in Tuscany and renovating a villa, while mingling with the locals and eating delicious food? It’s a movie about a woman finding herself in Tuscany. It’s definitely the quintessential “Tuscany” movie!
I am Danish and recently started reading my Great Great Grandmother’s Autobiography. She came here from Copenhagen, Denmark. While researching online, I came across this movie. I had no idea it was going to be as good as it was! Both Jason and I have watched it a few times now and love it more each timeThe idea of this Danish girl, helping this American-Danish guy find his way around Copenhagen and links to his family, is so sweet. It shows the beauty of the City that I am proud to know I have roots in.
7. French Kiss
Another favorite for many years now. A must for all francophiles! I have always loved Meg Ryan. This is a fun adventure through France and another romantic story that will make you smile
8. Leap Year
Ireland is SO so dreamy. There is just something about Irish culture and landscapes. This movie may be a little on the cheesy side, but to me, it doesn’t matter. It makes up for it in the beautiful scenery and adorable plot.
9. Roman Holiday
I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. This has been a favorite movie of mine since I was a little girl. It’s a timeless love story and travel movie. It will never get old and will always be a favorite! A must for those who love Rome!
10. Girl with a Pearl Earring
If you love Art History, especially the Golden Age and the Art of Vermeer, you will love this movie. It takes place in Vermeer’s hometown of Delft in the Netherlands. Not much is known about the life of Vermeer, or the Girl with a Pearl Earring. This movie is based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier. I love the color tones of the movie and the overall calmness and mystery. It really makes you wonder who the Girl with a Pearl Earring was. It also makes you want to jump into a time machine and visit the Netherlands in the 17th Century!
11. A Good Year
This is one of those movies that makes you think about life and what is important. The movie is filmed at a beautiful Vineyard in Provence.
Chocolat is the story of a woman and her Chocolate shop in a French Village, set in the 1950’s. I am a sucker for these little villages, so I adore this movie! I also like the unique plot and that it’s focused on none other than….chocolat!
13. In Bruges
This movie has the most stunning footage of Bruges! It was filmed in the Winter and is the interesting story of two men, spending 2 weeks in Bruges. As soon as I saw the movie, I said “I want to go there some day and stay in a hotel similar to that one” Little did I know, that wish was going to come true. We will be staying in the hotel from the movie this year! We had no idea until after we booked it, it was meant to be. Gah, I can’t wait!
14. A Good Woman
This movie shows the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy. It is based on a play by Oscar Wilde and set in the 1930’s. It’s full of surprises. I love this movie!
15. P.S. I Love You
While this movie makes me cry every time, I LOVE it. I love the story and I love the scenery of Ireland.
I hope you watch them all and love them as much as I do! If not, your loss! 😛