You may know your meet-cutes from your single frames, but how about visiting the places you see on the big screen? Yes, you can head to the locations that have seen armies fight, goblins gather and the most epic romances of all time develop.
1. The Lord of the Rings – Hamilton, New Zealand
“I will take it! I will take it! I will take the Ring to Mordor. Though… I do not know the way.” – Frodo Baggins
Calling all The Lord of the Rings fans! Picturesque New Zealand has soared in popularity since Frodo and his friends came into our lives. The country’s tourism board has even created an entire marketing strategy around the trilogy as many scenes were shot in New Zealand. From endless valleys to what some have described as the most beautiful place on earth, the nation will certainly meet all your film expectations.
2. In Bruges – Bruges, Belgium
“You’ve got to stick to your principles.” – Harry Waters
Starring Colin Farrell, this dark comedy certainly wasn’t a blockbuster, but it exposed the world to Bruges, a beautiful city in Belgium. Think cobbled streets, mediaeval buildings and canals. In fact, Bruges is the ultimate romantic destination. Grab a hot chocolate and watch painters create magic right in front of you. The fairy-tale landscape allows you to get lost in the city for hours on end.
3. Pride and Prejudice – Derbyshire, England
“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” – Mr Darcy
The English countryside is filled with endless green hills and manors that will most certainly make you feel like royalty. Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is an estate that belongs to the Duke of Devonshire. The 2005 film, Pride and Prejudice, used Chatsworth as the home for Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy. Locals here are more than happy to share a beer, talk about their cattle and the weather, while giving you a history of the families in the area.
4. Sex and the City – New York City, USA
“I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!” – Carrie Bradshaw
Yes, New York has always been a dream destination. But after Carrie and the girls exploded onto our screens in Sex and the City, the Upper East Side and Greenwich Village Boutiques have become even bigger tourist hotspots. In fact, these days, you can even take a tour of some of the famous locations featured in the movie and TV series. And if you’re lucky, you may bump into Sarah-Jessica Parker as she lives near one of the stops.
5. Rocky – Philadelphia, USA
“Well, ya see, sir, I understand you’re lookin’ for sparrin’ partners for Apollo, and I jus’ want ta let ya know that I am very available.” – Rocky Balboa
After visiting the Big Apple, you simply must swing by nearby Philadelphia. Oscar-winning film Rocky made Philly famous back in the ’80s. Most famous location? The iconic stairs in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky Balboa runs up to train. A statue of the character has been placed outside the museum and it’s obligatory for every visitor to run up the steps. After the photo opportunity, treat yourself to a famous Philly cheese steak at one of the many nearby cafes.