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Movie magic

Posted in DESTINATIONS By Maggie O' Sullivan

I’m sure you recognise these limestone karsts in Thailand. But do you know which 1974 movie made Khao Phing Kan famous?Or which 2001 film had every child in the land longing to take a steam train ride across Scotland’s Glenfinnan Viaduct?*There’s something hugely satisfying about identifying locations used in movies. Far from destroying the magic, it adds to it. Which is why essential reading at Travelwrap Towers at the moment is Lonely Planet’s excellent new Film and TV Locations: A Spotter’s Guide (£7.99, Lonely Planet).Written by Laurence Phelan, film critic at The Independent, the guide features 92 movie locations, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989; Petra, Jordan, above), Pride and Prejudice (2005; Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK),  Amélie (2001; Café des 2 Moulins, Montmartre, Paris), The Talented Mr Ripley (1999; Ischia, Gulf of Naples, Italy), In Bruges (2008; Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel, Bruges, Belgium) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013; Kirkjufell, Snæfellsnes, Iceland). There are also nine TV series included, ranging from the original Star Trek  to Game of Thrones (Dubrovnik, above, doubles as King’s Landing), The Bridge and Broadchurch.Says Laurence Phelan: ‘The movies take you places: cinema is a mode of transport… What’s great is that the converse is often true: there are some places that can transport you into the world of a movie. In a Holly Golightly mood? Have a Danish pastry and some coffee outside Tiffany’s in Manhattan. Or want to feel like the title character in Rocky? Then run up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum and put your hands in the air like a champ when you get to the top.’ We’re busy planning our Easy Rider moment on Route 66.

*Khao Phing Kan featured in The Man with the Golden Gun and the Glenfinnan Viaduct appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

BY MAGGIE O'SULLIVAN

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