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.
Parts Unknown (2013, 2014, 2015)
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.
Anthony Bourdain walks across Grand Socco with Sherry Nutting, who used to photograph Paul Bowles.
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.
In 2014, Bourdain went to Iran. The large Abbasi Jame Mosque in Esfahan features beautiful mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.
Hidden in a small alley behind the bazar is the lovely Azadegan Tea House. All sorts of lamps and things hang from the ceiling.
Bourdain walks across the large Imam Square, which is beautifully illuminated at dusk.
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…
…gaze at the city silhouette as seen from the Gellért hill…
…and visit the Heroes Square.
No Reservations (2008, 2009, 2011)
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.
Anthony Bourdain had a Pisco Sour by the counter at the La Playa bar in Valparaiso, so I had to do the same.
Anthony Bourdain went to renowned Hotel Sacher in the capital of Austria, just to mock their famous Sacher-Torte. I have to agree with him, the cake is a bit dry and dull, but it’s still a cozy place.
Of course Anthony Bourdain as a New Yorker has been at Katz’s several times.
The Layover (2012)
In 2012 Anthony Bourdain visited Dublin for another series called The Layover. He certainly had a fair share of Guinness in a number of bars, such as the elegant The Long Hall on South Great George’s Street. The same location was also used by Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) in the music video for “Old Town”, way back in 1982.
Michael Palin’s New Europe (2007)
Michael Palin was in Budapest 2007 for his series called New Europe.
During the New Europe series, Palin also visits Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and walk past the cathedral.
He also sits down for a chat in front of the Palace of Culture at Skanderbeg Square, in Albania’s capital Tirana.
Palin walks across the reconstructed bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while discussing the horrors of the recent war.
In Gdansk, Palin walks past the Zielona Brama (Green Gate) in the eastern part of Dlugi Targ…
…as well as posing in front of the Zlota Brama (Golden Gate).
Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole (1992)
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.
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.
Michael Palin’s Sahara (2002)
Michael Palin starts his Sahara adventure with having a look at the British territory of Gibraltar…
…and ending the brief visit with a quick pint at The Angry Friar. I had a pint there as well, even though I let them keep the glass unlike Palin did.
A while later Palin arrives to the city of Tangier and has a coffee at Petit Socco (Souk Dakhli), the old heart of the medina and once the forum of the Romans.
November Man (2014)
Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) pondering at the fortress wall in Serbia’s capital Belgrade, looking at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers…
…before having a chat with Hanley (Bill Smitrovich) on a bench. The bench is still there, several years later.
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.
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.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
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.
Barcelona in itself is used as a less than subtle backdrop. Here Vicky runs into Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) in front of the water-spitting salamander, a place normally overrun by tourists.
The movie starts with Ali Sokhela (Forest Whitaker) having to hike uphill in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden to investigate a murder.
Blood Diamond (2006)
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).
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- Movie locations around the world part 4
- Movie locations around the world part 5
- Movie locations around the world part 6
- Movie locations around the world part 7
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