The world is full of fascinating and stylish countries and cities. The most lavish of them provide homes for the rich and famous. Many of them are also used as the backdrop for blockbuster films, affording us a glimpse of grandeur, style and sometimes mystery.
Monte Carlo has featured in a number of films, including two James Bond films. Other films include ‘Monte Carlo or Bust’ and also the 1955 film ‘To Catch a Thief’, starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. Grace Kelly later became the Princess of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III. She was tragically killed in a car accident in 1982.
For grandeur, The Casino de Monte Carlo cannot be beaten. However, there is more to Monte Carlo than the casino. It’s located at the foot of the Maritime Alps on the French Riviera and wherever you go you can imagine yourself on the set of an extravagant movie.
Paris is thought by many to be the most romantic city on earth and French is considered the language of love. Paris too has featured in many films and books, including ‘Funny Face’, staring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn and the Woody Allen film ‘Everyone Says I Love You’, starring Goldie Hawn.
Paris has been an important city of culture for hundreds of years, inspiring artists and film makers alike. There are a number amazing galleries there, including the Musse du Louvre, which featured extensively in the conspiracy theories depicted in the Dan Brown novel and film, ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
New York is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world. It is also one of the most filmed locations. Around 12 feature films were made in the city in 2012 alone, including ‘The Bourne Legacy’ and ‘The Amazing Spider Man’.
Financially and diplomatically, the city of Geneva is one of the most important cities in the world. It is home to a number of international organisations, including the United Nations and the Red Cross.
The city of Geneva is also where you will find the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest experimental facility ever built. It has been used by physicists to test a number of theories pertaining to particle physics and the origins of the universe. It is also one of the stomping grounds of the UK’s very own Professor Brian Cox.
Geneva has featured in a number of films and books through the years, most recently in Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons’. It provided a setting for Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ as well as ‘Three Colours: Red’, the film trilogy by Krzysztof Kieslowski.
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, was the line that revived the fortunes of the most famous gambling city in the world. Since then, the line has been used in a number of films, including ‘The Hangover’. It was even used in the name of a film, ‘What Happens in Vegas’, starring Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher.
The Las Vegas Strip is around four miles long and is the location for the majority of the biggest and the best casino resorts. 15 out of 25 of the world’s biggest hotels (by room count) are situated here.
The city of London is one of the world’s biggest cultural hotspots. The city boasts a wealth of museums, theatres and hosts a number of festivals and other annual events. It has provided the backdrop for a number of films, most recently the Harry Potter films. The entrance to the Ministry of Magic is actually Scotland Place in London. Victorian London is forever immortalised in the works of Charles Dickens.
One of the most iconic pictures of the 1960s was taken in London. ‘Abbey Road’ was the name of the Beatles’ album named after the famous music studios. The photograph on the cover was actually taken on a pedestrian crossing near the studios.
Berlin is a great destination for those who are interested in a diverse, cosmopolitan city environment. Often referred to as the Zeitgeist Metropolis, the city has hundreds of art galleries and a thriving nightlife, with some of the world’s best clubs making it popular with the younger generation.
Berlin has been the location of many German films but also a number of US films, including ‘The Bourne Supremacy’. The 1927 film ‘Metropolis’ was also shot in Berlin and was later used by Queen in their video for ‘Radio Ga Ga’. Berlin is, of course, also the setting for the musical ‘Cabaret’.
The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge near Salisbury in Wiltshire is one of the UK’s most recognised attractions. It is frequently referenced in popular culture, including many books, films and TV shows. It recently featured in an episode of Dr Who.
It was painted by John Constable and mentioned in the writings of William Wordsworth. It is also the place where Thomas Hardy’s heroine in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ was captured and arrested for her crimes.
The film industry is very good at showing us many amazing cities throughout the world. There are so many great locations and opportunities to see them that it would be a pity not to visit at least some of them.
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