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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: Game of Thrones, Homeland, Parts Unknown, Michael Palin’s New Europe, November Man, Zulu, Blood Diamond, Michael Palin’s Pole to Pole, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Game of Thrones (2016)

The Spanish town Girona is featured a lot in the sixth season of Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Bisbe Cartaña, Girona

Near the backside of the cathedral, there is a small street that was featured in several scenes. Arya is begging on the streets of Braavos…

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Bisbe Cartaña, Girona

…when she is attacked by the waif. The crew hung nets above the street, maybe to obscure the obvious view of the cathedral in the background.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Sant Marti Sacosta church, Girona

Arya is attacked once more, and during the escape she tumbles down large stairs occupied by grocery dealers. This is actually the stairs of Sant Marti Sacosta church. There are glimpses of several more landmarks during her escape, such as the columned Arab Baths and the bridge near Plaça dels Jurats.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Carrer de Sant Llorenç, Girona

Poor Arya is limping down the steep alley of Carrer de Sant Llorenç. Rough times for our favorite assassin.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Cathedral, Girona

Apart from the town of Braavos, Girona was also used for scenes in King’s Landing. The imposing Cathedral featured as standin for the Great Sept of Baelor…

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Cathedral, Girona

…where Jaime Lannister galloped up the stairs to have a showdown with High Sparrow.

Game of Thrones scene Game of Thrones: Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, Girona

This old Benedictine abbey from 992 was used in a scene where Samwell and Gilly arrive at the Citadel of Oldtown. Next to the church is the square Plaça dels Jurats, where Arya watch the play about the Lannister family.

Homeland (2018)

Budapest is featured a lot in season seven of Homeland, where it doubles for Moscow.

Homeland scene Homeland: Hotel Boscolo, Budapest

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 (2015)

Speaking of Bourdain, he did other stuff in Budapest than just sampling the cuisine.

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

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.

Michael Palin’s New Europe (2007)

New Europe scene New Europe: Heroes square, Budapest

Even Michael Palin was here in 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

He 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, he 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 pose in front of the Zlota Brama (Golden Gate).

November Man (2014)

November Man scene November Man: Kalemegdan, Belgrade

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 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 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

Jennifer Connelly is having a coffee at Den Anker in the Waterfront, when she receives the phone call from Leonardo DiCaprio.

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.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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

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


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