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  • NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    Lol. We visited friends in NZ in 2009 and they told us plenty of people turned up expecting to be able to see LOTR sites which were actually CGI’s 😂

    I was more impressed with a boat tour of Lake Taupo which was apparently created by a volcanic eruption so violent that it was documented in China!

    Froggee 987 posts

    We also went to Lake Taupo the second time round although Mrs Froggee is the B.A. Baracus of boats so categorically no boat tour.

    supergraeme 142 posts

    Almost exactly a year ago today I was stood where Aurelia stood in a bar in Marseille as Colin Firth declared his love for her in terrible Portuguese.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,162 posts

    Almost exactly a year ago today I was stood where Aurelia stood in a bar in Marseille as Colin Firth declared his love for her in terrible Portuguese.

    Just in cases…..

    I hate the film but I’ve been saying Just in cases for 20 years, aargh

    Lady London 2,141 posts

    @NorthernLass you weren’t impressed with Rotorua then? 🙂

    AJA 1,127 posts

    @supergraeme did anyone stand where CF was and propose to you in Portuguese?

    NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    @LL – oh yes, all the natural wonders were stunning!

    Andrew. 512 posts

    Biltmore at Los Angeles, thinking “This looks familiar” and realising it was the hotel in the original Ghostbusters. It was also used for some external shots in Lucifer more recently.

    Travelling through almost any village in South Oxfordshire, and you’ll find yourself in a Midsomer Murder location. Visiting a friend’s new house I had a bit of Déjà vu, then found out the previous owners had leased it out to film crew a few times and there had been a Midsomer murder in the house.

    NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    Midsomer is more dangerous than any South American country!

    Though we always say we’re never visiting Saint-Marie, the fictional setting for Death in Paradise 😂

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,162 posts

    Midsomer is more dangerous than any South American country!

    Though we always say we’re never visiting Saint-Marie, the fictional setting for Death in Paradise 😂

    Could one sail to Saint Marie on the cruise ship Shayne Ward sings on in between solving murders on Channel 5? Two for one

    NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    Now you’ve mentioned it, that sounds like it could be a possible collaboration! Solve the murder in double-quick time then Shayne can entertain everyone with some lounge singing, lol.

    The real Swiss Tony 700 posts

    Though we always say we’re never visiting Saint-Marie, the fictional setting for Death in Paradise

    You’re fine -just don’t go on a Sunday as that’s when it’s always kicking off…..

    mark2 129 posts

    Not a film, but Shakespeare and Hathaway are filmed round where we live, including in an empty house opposite.
    It is amazing how much time and many people it takes to film a couple of minutes!

    davefl 1,412 posts

    Corrie is filmed at the house opposite my mum’s from time to time. The close the road which is pretty inconvenient for a lot of people.

    NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    She needs to be really careful then! We were just saying that most of the characters have either killed someone or been the victim of a murder attempt. Even for Manchester that’s not a great record 😂

    Michael C 708 posts

    Not that interesting, but my old school in Bolton seems to be hiring itself out for every other binge-worthy drama on TV these days! Most recently that Michelle Keegan thingy.

    *Fool Me Once!

    She certainly won’t fool me into watching anything with her in again, after that!!

    NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    lol, yes, it went downhill very quickly!

    Cat 124 posts

    Late to this thread (as usual!).

    I’ve been to various Harry Potter locations, but mainly because I’d been there before the films came out – my first trip to Glenfinnan and Glencoe was in 2000, I think. I did do a HP locations guided walk around London a few years ago when some friends visited with their kids, though.

    I did visit a few GoT locations around Dubrovnik, and there was an island just off the coast but I forget the name.

    I also have a tendency to find myself happening across film shoots, as they’re happening on my travels. In 2001 I went to Morocco for the first time, and made friends with people who were working on the set of Black Hawk Down, and spent 3 days hanging around the film set, meeting Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, Josh Hartnett and Hugh Dancy (while giving Tom Sizemore a wide berth). That was a fun trip.

    A few years later, I arrived in Jodhpur on a day when they were filming the music video for the title track of Shuddh Desi Romance. I got paid work as an extra (I earned about £2, if memory serves), in flagrant disregard for my visa conditions, and spent the entire day learning routines, being directed by Ganesh Acharya and dancing in crowd scenes in 40 degree heat. It was an incredible experience, and will always be one of my most cherished travel memories.

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,162 posts

    Late to this thread (as usual!).

    I’ve been to various Harry Potter locations, but mainly because I’d been there before the films came out – my first trip to Glenfinnan and Glencoe was in 2000, I think. I did do a HP locations guided walk around London a few years ago when some friends visited with their kids, though.

    I did visit a few GoT locations around Dubrovnik, and there was an island just off the coast but I forget the name.

    I also have a tendency to find myself happening across film shoots, as they’re happening on my travels. In 2001 I went to Morocco for the first time, and made friends with people who were working on the set of Black Hawk Down, and spent 3 days hanging around the film set, meeting Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, Josh Hartnett and Hugh Dancy (while giving Tom Sizemore a wide berth). That was a fun trip.

    A few years later, I arrived in Jodhpur on a day when they were filming the music video for the title track of Shuddh Desi Romance. I got paid work as an extra (I earned about £2, if memory serves), in flagrant disregard for my visa conditions, and spent the entire day learning routines, being directed by Ganesh Acharya and dancing in crowd scenes in 40 degree heat. It was an incredible experience, and will always be one of my most cherished travel memories.

    That Jodphur story is one of those only in India stories.

    Cat 124 posts

    That Jodphur story is one of those only in India stories.

    It really is, isn’t it? Honestly it was a 12 hour day of what felt like non-stop dancing (I mean, we did stop to guzzle water by the gallon, and apply sunscreen). I can’t emphasise enough just how disgustingly sweaty and dust-covered I was at the end of the day, but it was soooooo much fun!

    I got paired with a Kiwi guy, to dance with. Thankfully he was an amazing dancer, very enthusiastic and willing to practise over and over (one or two of the other tourist extras wilted after a few hours, and gave up). The only problem was that he was over 6 foot, so it did take some work getting the main routine right, given our disparity in height. One time Ganesh called for a water break, but we hadn’t quite got the bit we were working on right yet, so we had another quick run-through while everyone else was having a break (it was kind of absurd, given that we were right at the back of a crowd scene of probably 500 people dancing, but I do like to get things right…). We didn’t realise that everyone was watching us, until we finished and Ganesh led a round of applause for our efforts. That was pretty special.

    NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    @Cat, your Moroccan adventure sounded exhilarating 😜

    We’ve had a run of spotting “celebs” over the past couple of years, quite accidentally! As well as Steven Seagal being in residence at GH in Dubai in December, we also sat next to Rula Lenska on the tube, stood behind Kevin from Corrie in the duty-free queue at MCO, and Armie Hammer was our concierge in GCM during his short-lived effort to earn an honest living 😂

    Blair Waldorf Salad 1,162 posts

    @Cat, your Moroccan adventure sounded exhilarating 😜

    We’ve had a run of spotting “celebs” over the past couple of years, quite accidentally! As well as Steven Seagal being in residence at GH in Dubai in December, we also sat next to Rula Lenska on the tube, stood behind Kevin from Corrie in the duty-free queue at MCO, and Armie Hammer was our concierge in GCM during his short-lived effort to earn an honest living 😂

    You have reminded of the time in 2022 when Ian Ziering of Beverly Hills 90210 got pulled for secondary screening in MAN T3. He was as baffled by the process as any newbie to MAN would be.

    Alex G 465 posts

    On our umpteenth visit to NYC last year, we finally went to look at Carrie Bradshaw’s and Samantha Jones’s apartment buildings (The Village and the Meatpackers’ District). We were in the areas anyway, so only went a block out of our way.

    In Chicago, I made a point of visiting the Art Institute to see Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”. It featured in Ferris Bueller and in Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece “Sunday in the park with George“.

    Closer to home, Beamish is often used in TV period dramas, and is well worth a visit. https://www.beamish.org.uk/

    Cat 124 posts

    @Cat, your Moroccan adventure sounded exhilarating 😜

    We’ve had a run of spotting “celebs” over the past couple of years, quite accidentally! As well as Steven Seagal being in residence at GH in Dubai in December, we also sat next to Rula Lenska on the tube, stood behind Kevin from Corrie in the duty-free queue at MCO, and Armie Hammer was our concierge in GCM during his short-lived effort to earn an honest living 😂

    I’m surprised any hotel would want Armie Hammer on their staff. It’s not a great way to make female guests feel safe.

    NorthernLass 8,267 posts

    Honestly, @Cat, it was surreal! But just goes to show how some of these places are a bit of a law unto themselves. Once the story broke he scarpered and the resort tried to pretend he was just there to play golf – even though they don’t have a golf course! I read later that they got fined for employing him without a work permit.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/jul/19/is-armie-hammer-really-selling-timeshares-in-the-cayman-islands

    The concierge/sales rep is a dual role, which confused most of the people reporting on this!

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