Every now and then, a movie features such stunning locations or backgrounds that you wish you could be physically transported to those places. In today’s post, we are listing 3 films that showcased some incredible backdrops that can be visited to this day. Whether you are actually looking to travel to and explore the cities listed below, or simply looking to get away on a more abstract basis, here are 3 breathtaking movie locations to visit in 2011.
1. Amelie (Paris, France)
Easily one of the most charming romantic comedy of the 2000′s, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie was predominantly shot in the neighborhood of Montmartre in Paris. While the City of Light was highly romanticized in the movie, one of the beauty of the film is that all of the locations shown in it are real and can still be found as is. The success of the film has been such that many of the previously unremarkable streets and small businesses where Amelie took place have actually become pilgrimage sites for fans of the movie.
The first landmark you may want to check out is the Notre Dame cathedral where Amelie’s mom is killed after a tourist lands on her following his suicidal jump from the top of the building. Neighboring the cathedral are many of the most popular destinations in Paris including the Louvre Museum which is connected by the Pont des Arts, on which Amelie decides to devote her energy to infuse happiness in the lives of the people around her.
After visiting the Louvre as well as the neighboring Champs-Elysees and other nearby landmarks (You are in Paris after all), you may want to take the subway to the train station Gare du Nord where Amelie takes the train to go visit her father. Nearby is also the Canal Saint Martin where she enjoys skipping stones on the water (as shown on the top picture).
You can then head off to Montmartre where most of the landmarks in the movie are situated. The opening shot shows the street rue Saint Vincent while the coffee shop where Amelie worked, the Cafe des Deux Moulains, is on the corner of rue Lepic and rue Cauchois near the Abbesses subway station which is also featured several times in the movie.
After trying the crème brulée and exploring the surroundings (The Moulin Rouge is only 5 minutes away), you can continue to head up the hill Montmartre. You will find Amelie’s apartment and the grocery store Au Marche de la Butte which are located on rue des Trois Freres.
As you arrive near the top of the hill Montmartre, you will find yourself facing the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur, a major international attraction which is featured in the film when Amelie decides to finally “meet” her mysterious lover Nino. To lead him to her, she playfully draws seven blue arrows on the steps in front of the monument. How romantic! What’s a better place to conclude your movie location visit than to enjoy the scenic with your significant other? Montmartre is the highest point in the entire city of Paris after all.
The next destination is across the Channel as we visit some of the locations used for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. Conveniently, London is less than 3 hours away from Paris via the Eurostar high speed train.