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Books/Movies as background/prep for 1st trip to Munich/Vienna/Slovenia

Mar 29th, 2009, 01:44 PM
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Books/Movies as background/prep for 1st trip to Munich/Vienna/Slovenia

I am not a history buff at all, and feel like I need some background knowledge about the cities/countries we are planning to visit. We will be in Slovenia for the longest time, and am aware of Farewell to Arms being written(?)/based there, as well as a little about the Lipica stud farm, and I think the Soca river valley being the setting for a movie, but not much more. I am clueless about Vienna and Munich.

I suppose I should buy some guide books and read the info. there, but I wonder if in addition you all might have any favorite books/movies that are related to the aforementioned areas? My husband mentioned the movie Amadeus as being something we could re-watch for Vienna. Is that movie fairly accurate and relevant?

Obviously, I am not expecting to be an expert before our May travels, but would like to be somewhat aware and not completely clueless.
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Mar 29th, 2009, 01:56 PM
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For Vienna I'd watch "The Third Man." There's also a Third Man walking tour which looks interesting.

I would go to the library and check out a few books on where you're going. Otherwise you'll get to some wonderful places and say to each other: "what should we do?" Guide books have brief histories in the beginning of the book. It's never enough to overwhelm you but enough to give you a flavor of the country/city.

You can also do a search here on Vienna, Munich, and Slovenia for some first-hand information.

Have a great time!
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Mar 29th, 2009, 09:25 PM
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Thanks. I will look into "The Third Man" . I also found a link on Rick Steve's website that lists relevant reading/movies for destinations, so I will look into that as well.
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Mar 30th, 2009, 01:14 AM
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Before Sunrise starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is set in Vienna.
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Mar 30th, 2009, 02:58 AM
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The Fig Eater by Jody Shields is a good book.
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