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, Part 7 and Part 9.

Parts Unknown (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Parts Unknown scene, Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento at Chiesa Rupestre di Santa Maria di Idris, Matera Parts Unknown: Chiesa Rupestre di Santa Maria di Idris, Matera

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento discussing outside the rock church Chiesa Rupestre di Santa Maria di Idris in Matera, the old city in Italian region Basilicata.

Parts Unknown scene, Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento at Alle Due Corti, Lecce Parts Unknown: Alle Due Corti, Lecce

Anthony Bourdain and Asia Argento singing the Godfather love theme outside restaurant Alle Due Corti in Lecce, located in Puglia on the heel of Italy’s boot geography.

Parts Unknown scene, Anthony Bourdain at Petit Socco, Tangier 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, Anthony Bourdain at Grand Socco, Tangier Parts Unknown: Grand Socco, Tangier

Anthony Bourdain walks across Grand Socco with Sherry Nutting, who used to photograph Paul Bowles.

Parts Unknown scene, Anthony Bourdain at Park Hyatt, Tokyo 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, Anthony Bourdain at Abbasi Jame Mosque, Esfahan Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain at Abbasi Jame Mosque, Esfahan

In 2014, Bourdain went to Iran. The large Abbasi Jame Mosque in Esfahan features beautiful mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.

Parts Unknown scene, Anthony Bourdain at Azadegan Tea House, Esfahan Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain at Azadegan Tea House, Esfahan

Hidden in a small alley behind the bazar is the lovely Azadegan Tea House. All sorts of lamps and things hang from the ceiling.

Parts Unknown scene, Anthony Bourdain at Imam Square, Esfahan Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain at Imam Square, Esfahan

Bourdain walks across the large Imam Square, which is beautifully illuminated at dusk.

Parts Unknown scene,  Anthony Bourdain at Gerard of Csanád Monument, Budapest 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, Anthony Bourdain at Gerard of Csanád Monument, Budapest Parts Unknown: Gerard of Csanád Monument, Budapest

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

Parts Unknown scene, Anthony Bourdain at Heroes Square, Budapest Parts Unknown: Heroes Square, Budapest

…and visit the Heroes Square.

No Reservations (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011)

No Reservations scene, Anthony Bourdain in Tucson, Arizona 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, Anthony Bourdain in La Playa, Valparaiso No Reservations: La Playa, Valparaiso

Anthony Bourdain had a Pisco Sour by the counter at the La Playa bar in Valparaiso, so I had to do the same.

No Reservations scene, Anthony Bourdain in Hotel Sacher, Vienna No Reservations: Hotel Sacher, Vienna

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.

No Reservations scene, Anthony Bourdain at Katz’s Delicatessen No Reservations: Katz’s Delicatessen, New York

Of course Anthony Bourdain as a New Yorker has been at Katz’s several times.

No Reservations scene, Anthony Bourdain at Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur No Reservations: Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

In the first season of No Reservations 2005, Bourdain went to Kuala Lumpur and visited Petronas Towers where he walked across the skybridge between the towers.

No Reservations scene, Anthony Bourdain at Soviet War Memorial, Berlin No Reservations: Soviet War Memorial, Berlin

In 2008, Bourdain was eating his way round Berlin. He passed by the Soviet War Memorial, while getting some trivia about the construction materials.

No Reservations scene, Anthony Bourdain at Hackesher Markt, Berlin No Reservations: Hackesher Markt, Berlin

He also passed through Hackesher Markt before going into a cabaret.

The Layover (2012)

The Layover scene, Anthony Bourdain at The Long Hall The Layover: The Long Hall, Dublin

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)

New Europe scene, Michael Palin at Heroes Square, Budapest New Europe: Heroes Square, Budapest

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

New Europe scene, Michael Palin at Saint Alexandar Nevski, Sofia 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, Michael Palin at Skanderbeg Square, Tirana 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, Michael Palin at Stari Most, Mostar 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, Michael Palin at Zielona Brama, Gdansk 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, Michael Palin at Zlota Brama, Gdansk 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, Michael Palin at Table Mountain, Cape Town 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, Michael Palin at Cerro San Cristobal, Santiago 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.

Michael Palin’s Sahara (2002)

Michael Palin scene, The Rock of Gibraltar Michael Palin: The Rock of Gibraltar

Michael Palin starts his Sahara adventure with having a look at the British territory of Gibraltar…

Michael Palin scene, The Angry Friar, Gibraltar Michael Palin: The Angry Friar, 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.

Michael Palin scene, Petit Socco, Tangier Michael Palin: Petit Socco, Tangier

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)

November Man scene, Kalemegdan, Belgrade 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, Kalemegdan, Belgrade November Man: Kalemegdan, Belgrade

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

Homeland (2018)

Homeland scene, Hotel Boscolo, Budapest 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, Buda Castle, Budapest 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.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

Vicky Cristina Barcelona scene, Can Travi Nou, Barcelona 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.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona scene, Parc Guëll, Barcelona Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Parc Guëll, Barcelona

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.

Zulu (2013)

Cape Town Cops scene, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Town 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,  Waterfront, Cape Town 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).

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