12 Places to Visit Inspired by Golden Globe-Nominated FilmsNadia Carriere
The 71st Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday! This year’s line-up is incredible; yesterday I went through most of the nominated films, watching the trailers and familiarizing myself with the story lines. All I can say is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has their work cut out for them!
If you take notice, it seems that a lot of the films are non-fiction, based on real stories and true historical events around the world. Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom are just a couple of examples.
You’ll find yourself taking a journey ’round the world during the awards show through these films set across the globe. You may even find yourself inspired to check out air fares and vacation packages. Movies have an interesting way of creating emotional connections and interest in the towns, cities, and countries that they feature.
This year, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 12 of the most interesting places to visit inspired by this year’s Golden Globe nominations.
1. New York City, Financial District : “The Wolf of Wall Street”
The Wolf of Wall Street is, of course, based in New York City. The movie has been nominated for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for his role in the film — Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
Visiting New York City? A trip to the Financial District wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the World Trade Center Site (Ground Zero). Although definitely a sobering site, you can check out the 9/11 Preview Site located at 20 Vesey Street, where you can learn all about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The plans are incredible! They have renderings of the four new skyscrapers that will be built — the World Trade Center One and Towers 2, 3 and 4.
2. Washington, D.C. : “Philomena”
Philomena, is nominated this year for Best Screenplay and Best Picture, Drama. Judi Dench, who plays Philomena in the film, is nominated for her 11th Golden Globe this year as Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. The film is based on a true story of an older woman who was forced to give her son up for adoption in the 1950s after giving birth out of wedlock. A British journalist takes her to Washington, D.C., where they embark on a journey to find her long-lost son.
Visiting Washington, D.C.? The Lincoln Memorial is a must-visit when you’re in Washington! This American National Monument was built to honor Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.
3. Norway: “Frozen”
Frozen should win all things! It was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film and one of the songs from the film, “Let It Go,” is nominated for Best Original Song, Motion Picture. The film is one of the best Disney films I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, and my children have never been so addicted to a storyline (and soundtrack) as this one. I won’t give the entire plot away, but I will tell you that the power of “true love” and how they define it will surprise and delight you. It’s a refreshing change from the usual! The story takes place in Arendelle, a Norwegian-inspired land. Norway is a stunning place to visit; in fact, Adventures by Disney recently added the country to its list of tour options!
Visiting Norway? This massive cliff stands 1982 feet above Lysefjordenin Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top is so flat that it makes for a great look-out point. Pulpit Rock is so popular that approximately 200,000 tourists make the visit each and every year.
4. Rome: “The Great Beauty”
The Great Beauty is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The storyfollows Jep Gambardella, a journalist who’s been an active socialte all his life. On his 65th birthday he looks past the parties, nightclubs and social events that have been such a big part of his existence and instead, discovers Rome in its essence. Warning: Be prepared to fall in love with Italy!
Visiting Rome? The list of things to do in Rome could go on and on, but the first must-visit that comes to mind is the famed Colosseum. The construction of the Colosseum dates back to 70 AD and it features the most beautiful ancient Roman architecture. This is where the gladiators would hold their contests and mock batttles. It’s estimated that between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators would watch the games from this incredible amphitheatre.
5. South Africa: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Watching the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom brought me to tears. It’s definitely a movie that I can’t wait to see! Idris Elba is nominated for his work in the film as Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama. The movie was also nominated for Best Original Score, Motion Picture. Set in South Africa, this biography/drama follows the life of the incredible Nelson Mandela’s life from childhood on.
Visiting South Africa? Safari! You can’t visit South Africa and NOT go on a safari! The Kruger National Park is home to the ultimate safari and they offer all sorts of different packages depending on your preferences/needs.
6. Greenwich Village, New York : “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Inside Llewyn Davis has been nominated for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, and Oscar Isaac was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. The movie follows one week in the life of Llewyn Davis, a struggling folksinger-songwriter, and offers a look at the folk music world in 1961. The National Society of Film Critics have named it as the best film of 2013.
Visiting Greenwich Village? When people visit New York City, they usually stick within Midtown Manhattan without caring to venture outside these limits. Located in lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village (also known as “the village”) is a relaxed and artsy neighborhood. Take in the music scene and get some chow! Arthur’s Tavern has been a popular spot for music-lovers since 1937. Live jazz, rhythm and blues, as well as Dixieland jazz music are played every night and there is never a cover charge.
7. Nebraska: “Nebraska”
Nebraska is currently nominated for five Golden Globe awards! In this comedy-drama, an older man takes his estranged son with him on a trip from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim his winnings: A million-dollar mega sweepstakes prize. Nebraska is one state that isn’t publicized as much as it should be, but the truth is there are some interesting sights here and plenty of things to do.
Visiting Nebraska? Nebraska may not be the first place you think of for a trip, but you’ll be quite surprised at what it has to offer. Speaking of surprises, that is exactly what you’ll find when visiting Chimney Rock! This crazy-cool geological rock formation located in Morrill County in Western Nebraska, comes to a point that rises 4,226 feet above sea level. It’s quite surreal-looking, and it also happens to be one of the most famous landmarks on the Oregon, California and Mormon trails. This formation dates back 34 million years ago!
8. Los Angeles, California: “Saving Mr. Banks”
When I viewed the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, it was Emma Thompson who drew me in. Even though I only saw a two-minute clip, her performance in this film really stood out. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so as she was nominated as Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her performance.
The movie tells the fascinating tale of how Mary Poppins came to be. Walt Disney promised his daughters that he would make a movie of their favorite book, but it was a promise that took 20 years to keep. This is a flick that showcases the emotion and the story behind one of the most famous and endearing Disney films. In the movie, Walt brings P.L. Travers, the author ofMary Poppins, to Los Angeles in hopes to obtain the rights for the movie.
Visiting Los Angeles? Although Disneyland isn’t located directly in the city of Los Angeles, it isn’t too far away. It would be a huge shame if you didn’t visit the park on your trip to LA. Carve out some time in your agenda — I promise you won’t be disappointed. This theme park isn’t called “The Happiest Place on Earth” for no reason!
9. Boston, Massachusetts: “American Hustle”
Nominated for 7 Golden Globe awards, American Hustle offers a look into the dangerous and enchanting world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia when a con man is forced to work with an FBI agent. This movie was filmed around Boston last year.
Visiting Boston? You may have already visited your share of museums, but the Museum of Science in Boston is one you will not want to miss! There are over 700 interactive exhibits in this building that are constantly changing and evolving. They also offer plenty of live presentations, programs, and activities throughout the day. The museum was founded back in 1830!
10. Savannah, Georgia: “12 Years a Slave”
He was a free man in New York until the day someone abducted and sold him into slavery. 12 Years a Slave tells the story of Solomon Northup — a sobering and emotional look at historical pre-Civil War times. Starring Brad Pitt, this film has received seven Golden Globe nominations!
Visiting Savannah? Old Fort Jackson is an incredibly preserved fort that stands alongside the Savannah River. You can take tours through the fort, observe cannon firings and take part in daily interactive programs. Last year, this National Historic Landmark received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
11. Germany: “The Book Thief”
I read The Book Thief last year and was incredibly moved by the story so I’m excited to see it on film! Based on the international best-selling book, The Book Thief is a story set in Nazi Germany during World War II. Liesel, a brave and courageous young girl finds comfort by stealing books, reading them, and sharing them with others. When her adoptive parents hide a Jewish refugee under the stairs in their home, things start to get even more dicey.
Visiting Germany? Be sure to visit the Berlin Wall. This famous wall was built as a barrier by the German Democratic Republic to completely separate West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and East Berlin from 1961 to 1989.
12. Dallas, Texas: “Dallas Buyers Club”
Both Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey have been nominated for their work in Dallas Buyers Club. Ron Woodroof, a rodeo cowboy and electrician by trade is diagnosed as H.I.V. positive with one month to live. He refuses to accept his impending death sentence and researches various treatments which lead him to Mexico. Once there, he begins smuggling them over to use in Texas and establishes his own “buyers club” for other H.I.V. positive individuals.
Visiting Dallas? The Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park is basically all that its name says it is. Jump from 7-storeys, glide over 100 feet off the ground, free fall from the top of 16 storeys and zoom straight up in the air at 70 mph. Thrills are abundant here!