For the movie buffs among us, there is often nothing better than sitting at home in front of the tv, armed with our remote control and chosen streaming devices to deliver our evening’s entertainment. Well, guess what? There is something better than sitting on the sofa. When you start planning your next vacation, consider the following to satisfy your inner cinephile.
Spot the stars at Cannes
Famous for the annual film festival, this is your chance to get a glimpse of the stars. As an industry event, you probably won’t be able to get an up close and personal look at your fave screen icon, but you can still catch a load of films for free if you’re a badge holder, and you can wave to the movie actors as they arrive for competition movie screenings. There are loads of places to stay, and while you may not be able to buy any of the Cannes real estate, you still have the option to rent one of the luxury apartments. Heck, you might even feel like a movie star!
Go La La in Los Angeles
After the phenomenally successful movie musical, the city should be known as La La Land from now on. You can visit many locations from said film, including Griffith Park, which saw Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dancing in front of the gorgeous city view. Of course, despite what you may have gathered at this year’s Oscar ceremony, there are more movies in the world. There are some of the locations that will let you reenact scenes from films as diverse as Laurel and Hardy classic ‘The Music Box’ and the Michael Myers house from ‘Halloween.’ Then, you should take a walk up to the Hollywood sign, and take the Warner Bros Movie Studio tour to round off your stay.
Feel the force everywhere
Star Wars lovers are spoilt for choice, so we can’t pin the film’s down to one location. However, if you ever wanted to gaze up at the twin suns of Tatooine (add your own special effects), you need to visit Death Valley which was used as a backdrop to the planet, or Tunisia, which was used for many exterior shots, including Luke Skywalker’s home. You may not have liked the cuddly Ewoks at the end of the original trilogy (a million voices cried out in horror at the sight), but at least they weren’t as annoying as Jar Jar. Visit the home of these cuddly critters at Redwood National Park in California. For other Star Wars locations, head over to this site for a whole galaxy of places far, far away.
Live like a hobbit
The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was filmed entirely around New Zealand, and you can catch a glimpse of some of these fantastical locations here. However, provided you aren’t as tall as a Ringwraith, you may be able to stay in one of these Hobbit holiday homes which are situated around the world. They really look the part, and you could gather your mates together and re-enact some of the ‘precious’ scenes from the movies. Hobbits unite!
As they say in the movies, ‘That’s all folks!’ Thanks for reading.