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Has a book, TV show, or movie ever inspired your choice of a vacation destination?

Has a book, TV show, or movie ever inspired your choice of a vacation destination?

Jan 23rd, 2004, 08:04 AM
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Babette: My experience was the reverse of yours. Our trip to Provence came first and then I became a Peter Mayle fan. Have read several of his books and even bought the four tapes based on the books (John Thaw plays P. Mayle). Also enjoyed two of the novels he wrote.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 08:21 AM
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The Quiet Man -- and Ireland was as beautiful and the people as charming as I had hoped.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 08:28 AM
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Not been to Venice yet. But I have always wanted to go. Watching 'The Talented Mr Ripley' with Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon which is set in Venice has increased my desire to visit this beautiful city. I do hope to go someday
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 09:05 AM
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After picking up "Longitude" by Dava Sobel on the layover, we adjusted our plans in London to include a "quick" trip to Greenwich so we could see the Royal Observatory. Unfortunately we had to do it twice. The first time we arrived just after the park was closed. The next day my very patient husband agreed to the trip once again and we discovered that the grounds around the observatory, and the famous picture spot, closed before the rest of the park. We now have a very nice picture of the clock between the bars of the fence...and a good story to amuse our friends.
Jan 23rd, 2004, 09:17 AM
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The gorgeous city shots from the awful movie "I Spy" (despite my jones for Owen Wilson) really made me want to go to Budapest, and I caught one of those public television travel shows (that has all those overhead shots taken from what must be a helicopter zooming around- what IS this show?) that made me look up airfare to Istanbul. I nearly ruined a shirt I was ironing I was so stunned by the scenery and narrative.
But I, too, wouldn't mind taking a vacation as Colin Firth's trousers. Or Viggo Mortensen's. Ahem.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 09:36 AM
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"Barfly" has inspired quite a few vacations I'm sure.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 10:14 AM
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L'Auberge Espagnole has me setting course to Barcelona this summer.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 10:23 AM
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Kate, I hear Jude Law is single these days...
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 10:37 AM
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"A Year In Provence" openned my mind's doors...a couple of books by M.K. Fisher got me on the planes

AND clearly, I've got more to do! "From Here You Can't See Paris" Indeed!!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 10:53 AM
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As a child I just loved Ann of a Thousand Days and the PBS series on Henry VII and Elizabeth I ...when in London I had to visit Hampton Court...I imagined Richard Burton and Genvieve Bujold romping there together, although I don't know if they were shown doing so in the movie.

What inspired our upcoming trip to Paris: We were at a concert at our local high school last spring and saw signs up that their choir was going to Paris Spring Break '04. That sounded great to me...of course, with the whole Iraq thing the choir switched to Italy, but we're still headed to Paris!

Finally, my 8 year old is a hard core Crocodile Hunter fan and feels very deprived that we haven't planned a trip to Australia!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 12:24 PM
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Roman Holiday... what a very lovely film...
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 12:37 PM
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another "Outlander" fan. recently discovered this series and am embarrassed to admit i'm hooked and have read the first 3 novels in the series. i have the 4th in my possession and am forcing myself to save it for my flight to london in march. since reading these books,i now have scotland high on my list of places i must visit.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 01:52 PM
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Peter Mayle's "A Year in Provence" changed our lives forever. Several years ago, we had the good fortune of being able to thank him in person at the charming country restaurant 'La Petite Maison' in the remote village of Cucuron. He took the time to stop by our table and chat with us. It ranks as one of our most memorable travel experiences.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 01:59 PM
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Also just watched the movie 'Amelie" - can't wait to get back to Paris!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:11 PM
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New Zealand had been on my someday list but after seeing Lord of the Rings, I just had to go. It's just as breath-takingly beautiful as it looks in the film and the people are so friendly. Can't wait to go back.
And though not a movie, was influenced by the Sydney Olympics to go to Australia. Always wanted to go but actually made plans after seeing shots of the country during the Olympics. Such a big country, have to go back to see more someday. Another wonderful country with great people!
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 02:58 PM
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MFK Fisher's book "A Map of Two Towns" inspired a visit to Aix. The movies "Rome Adventure" and A Little Romance" have great scenes of Verona and we were thrilled to finally see Verona for ourselves.
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Jan 23rd, 2004, 04:55 PM
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We happened to watch a travel show on television one night about Prague and Vienna while we were talking about going to London. That change our minds and we are now going to Prague/Vienna & Budapest.
I'm reading the second book in the Alexander McCall Smith books, The Ladies Number One Detective Agency & Tears of the Giraffe. Botswana sounds interesting.
But then it doesn't take a lot to get me interested in traveling.
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Jan 24th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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babette - was first in Provence very very briefly before Peter Mayle wrote his first book. Then read the others, as well as his novels which were a hoot!

As I hear it, he is now living on the Eastern End of Long Island (NY-USA) as the folks in Provence were not all that happy with him and the traffic jams caused. But the movie that made of "A Year in Provence" was the best and John Thaw, what can you say, he's great in the role of Peter Mayle.

Returned again to Provence many years later and discoverd it on our own.

But it was all those National Geographic TV programs about animals in Africa, especially, that got me to that Continent and have since made 5-trips - and still watch the Nat Geo animal programs.
Jan 24th, 2004, 05:58 AM
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Although not a book or movie, Duran Duran's videos that were shot in Antigua in the 80's made me want to go there. And I'm happy to say I've been twice.
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Jan 24th, 2004, 08:09 AM
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I never knew "A Year in Provence" was made into a movie!
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