Fall in love with these romantic movie destinations
By Max Milano *
Here is part 2 of our romantic movie destinations and the lowest airfare deals to get you there for less.
Shanghai (Shanghai Express, Shanghai Surprise)
Modern Shanghai is closer to Blade Runner than the 1930’s version portrayed in Shanghai Express, where Marlene Dietrich plays a classic femme fatale hustler during the wild years right before the Japanese occupation. Madonna frolicked in another 1930’s version of Shanghai that was actually filmed in Hong Kong during a time when Shanghai had still yet to awake from years of communist slumber. Today’s Shanghai is a megalopolis of neon and skyscrapers, where old and new, east and west meet in a unique blend that is all Shanghai.
Saigon (The Lover, The Quiet American)
In the film the lover, set in French Indochina, Saigon is a city of wide boulevards and gorgeous French colonial architecture. Modern day Ho Chi Minh City still retails a colonial core called Saigon, where you can sit in an outdoor Café at dusk and image Graham Greene sipping a whisky & soda with The Quiet American.
In the film Summertime, Catherine Hepburn travels to Venice and soon falls in love with the city and a handsome Venetian. The city today may have sunk a foot or two, but hasn’t lost any of its beauty. A vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal, floating by Venice’s gorgeous Palazzos, is still one for the bucket lists.
Florence (Light in the Piazza)
In Light in the Piazza, an American mother and her beautiful, but mentally challenged daughter, discover that love, Italian style, is the best way for her daughter to have a normal life. Florence today is as romantic as it was when this film was shot back in the early 1960’s.
Barcelona (Barcelona, Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
In the movie ‘Barcelona’, two American ex pats fall in love with the city and its beautiful ladies, against the backdrop of the cold war. In Woody Allen’s ‘Vicky, Cristina Barcelona’, two American expats (this time females) fall in love with the city and its beautiful man (Javier Bardem). See the pattern? Fly to Barcelona and fall in love with this beautiful city of Catalan delights.
London (Waterloo Bridge, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral)
London has appeared in countless movies, but the city’s romantic qualities and its reputation as a city where two perfect strangers can meet by chance and still fall in love has been portrayed best in this trio of films: Waterloo Bridge, where a soldier on leave and a ballet dancer elope at the eve of war. In Notting Hill, a famous American movie star falls for a British shopkeeper, and in Four Weddings and a Funeral, a friendly British guy proves that the best places in England to fall in love with an attractive American ex pat are weddings and funerals (it is British humor after all).
* Max Milano is the Author of “The Mechanicals of Recoleta”Available at Amazon