We love to travel and we love movies. It’s lovely when combined. Here’s what we propose, Pick one below, watch the movie and book a flight. Take this piece along.
Barcelona as in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Head to Bar Marsella for liquid courage to take touristy
pictures with the mosaic salamander in Parc Güell. Meet an artist with a raging libido at Els Quatre Gats. The café with links to Picasso, painting and poetry is perfect for a Spanish adventure. With your Juan Antonio in hand, head to the century-old Tibidabo Amusement Park for candyfloss and stunning views of the city. Then dinner at Hotel Casa Fuster’s Café Vienés
(apparently, Woody Allen plays the clarinet with his band when he’s here). At some point, have an affair. Or a threesome.
Paris as in Amélie
Start with Amelie’s favourite crème brûlée at the Café des Deux Moulins in Montmartre. Work off the dessert with a run up the hill to the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. Ride the funicular to Place Saint-Pierre for a rendezvous with the carousel and a spectacular view of Paris. Skip stones along the water at Canal Saint-Martin. And say cheese to any automatic photo booth in Paris’ metro and rail stations (in a Zorro costume, of course).
New Zealand as in Lord Of The Rings
Head to Matamata on the North Island and soak up some sun in the Hobbits’ beloved Shire. Wander around Wellington’s Kaitoke Regional Park, the Elvish realm of Rivendell. And, off to Twizel where Aragorn and co fought Sauron’s orcs in the epic battle of Pelennor Fields. Drive to the summit of Mount Cardrona on the South Island for a panoramic view of some Middle Earth landmarks.
Switzerland as in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Pack a chiffon saree, find a Raj. Miss your train at Zweisimmen. Fish in Lake Lungerer singing Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jaana Sanam. Profess your love on Saanen Bridge up north Switzerland (get your Raj to go ‘palat… palat’ there). Pray for true love (or world peace) at the church in St Grat, then head to Alpenrausch aka The Chopra Lake to unwind and show off that saree.
Czech Republic as in Rockstar
Take the tortured artist in you to the neo-gothic Sychrov Castle in the Liberec Region. Locate your own ‘long-lost-love-who-now-lives-in-Prague’. Maybe you’ll find her on the ramparts of Prague or Karlštejn Castles. Else, serenade somebody wandering about Vrtbovska Garden. Go culture vulture-ing at the Prague State Opera before singing one last soulful ballad as the sun sets over Charles Bridge.
From HT Brunch, May 19
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