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Movie locations around the world part 8

Welcome to part 8 of my quest for finding movie locations around the world! Left images are from the actual films and to the right are my visits to the spots.

You may also be interested in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7.

Featured: Homeland, Parts Unknown, No Reservations, Michael Palin’s New Europe, Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole, November Man, Zulu, Blood Diamond, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Homeland (2018)

Homeland scene Homeland: Hotel Boscolo, Budapest

Budapest is featured a lot in season seven of Homeland, where it doubles for Moscow. Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson) is supposed to be in Moscow, but here he is leaving the atrium of Hotel Boscolo and entering the beautiful New York Palace Café. The café has been seen in many other productions, such as season five of Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain.

Homeland scene Homeland: Buda Castle, Budapest

During the climactic escape from the “GRU headquarters” in “Moscow”, the cars are clearly passing the statue of Matthias Corvinus before entering the courtyard of Buda Castle.

Parts Unknown (2013, 2015)

Parts Unknown scene Parts Unknown: Petit Socco, Tangier

Anthony Bourdain sits down for a coffee at Cafe Tingis in Tangier, northern Morocco. The location is the small square of Petit Socco (Souk Dakhli), the old heart of the medina and once the forum of the Romans.

Parts Unknown scene Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain at Park Hyatt, Tokyo

The bar at 52nd floor of Park Hyatt in Tokyo is awesome. Apart from Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, Anthony Bourdain also sat in the same chair a few years later.

Parts Unknown scene Parts Unknown: Gerard of Csanád Monument, Budapest

Anthony Bourdain did other stuff in Budapest than just sampling the cuisine. He also took the time to walk past the Gerard of Csanád Monument…

Parts Unknown scene Parts Unknown: Gerard of Csanád Monument, Budapest

…gaze at the city silhouette as seen from the Gellért hill…

Parts Unknown scene Parts Unknown: Heroes square, Budapest

…and walk up to the Heroes square.

No Reservations (2008, 2009)

No Reservations scene No Reservations: Tucson, Arizona

Anthony Bourdain found his way down to the underground control room of Titan Missile Museum, guided by Captain Yvonne Morris. Four years later I sat in the same chair, also talking to Captain Morris.

No Reservations scene No Reservations: La Playa, Valparaiso

Anthony Bourdain having a Pisco Sour by the counter at the La Playa bar in Valparaiso. Two can play this game.

Michael Palin’s New Europe (2007)

New Europe scene New Europe: Heroes square, Budapest

Michael Palin was in Budapest 2007 for his series called New Europe.

New Europe scene New Europe: Saint Alexandar Nevski, Sofia

During the New Europe series, Palin also visits Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and walk past the cathedral.

New Europe scene New Europe: Skanderbeg Square, Tirana

He also sits down for a chat in front of the Palace of Culture at Skanderbeg Square, in Albania’s capital Tirana.

New Europe scene New Europe: Stari Most, Mostar

Palin walks across the reconstructed bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while discussing the horrors of the recent war.

New Europe scene New Europe: Zielona Brama, Gdansk

In Gdansk, Palin walks past the Zielona Brama (Green Gate) in the eastern part of Dlugi Targ…

New Europe scene New Europe: Zlota Brama, Gdansk

…as well as posing in front of the Zlota Brama (Golden Gate).

Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole (1992)

Pole to Pole scene Pole to Pole: Table Mountain, Cape Town

Michael Palin went up the Table Mountain by cable car in 1992, two years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison in the same city.

Pole to Pole scene Pole to Pole: Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago

A few days later, Palin has gone all the way to the capital of Chile. Here he has ascended the San Cristobal hill to the staty of Mary, overlooking the city.

November Man (2014)

November Man scene November Man: Kalemegdan, Belgrade

Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) pondering at the fortress wall in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, looking at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers…

November Man scene November Man: Kalemegdan, Belgrade

…before having a chat with Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) on a bench. The bench is still there, several years later.

Zulu (2013)

Cape Town Cops scene Cape Town Cops: Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town

The movie starts with Ali Sokhela (Forest Whitaker) having to hike uphill in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden to investigate a murder.

Blood Diamond (2006)

Blood Diamond scene Blood Diamond: Waterfront, Cape Town

Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) is having a coffee at Den Anker in the Waterfront, when she receives the phone call from Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona scene Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Can Travi Nou, Barcelona

Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) and Vicky (Rebecca Hall) is checking out the guitar player at Can Travi Nou, a cozy restaurant in the north part of Barcelona. It’s a very lush patio, so summertime is recommended for a visit.


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