Afternoon Chat: Movies that Inspire Travel

By Kate Riley February 20, 2020

Hello my friends! I’m very very very excited to share with you that something special I’ve been working on for several months behind the scenes. That revelation is coming Monday!

Meanwhile, I was talking with my daughter about where she wants to travel. She’s been to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji on that three week trip we took as a family four years ago. But she’s never been to a country where the people don’t speak English. So I asked her, where among them would you like to go? She named Italy first, and told me it was because of the movie Eat Pray Love. The conversation inspired today’s topic since I’ve been motivated to travel to new cities and countries based on scenes from different films! Here are a few of my favorites:

Midnight in Paris

I’m not a huge fan of most Woody Allen movies, but I absolutely love Midnight in Paris. I’ve watched it probably 10 times because I love the story and the setting. The appearances by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein are a few of the great characters in the story, and Marion Cotillard is always perfection. The opening scenes alone would inspire anyone to book a trip to the City of Light! And that last scene in the rain is the best. I’ve been to Paris three times, but the film always reminds me of its magic.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I’ve watched several films filmed shot in India, but this is one of the main ones that made me want to spend time exploring this country, seeing the sights, tasting the food, and meeting the people.


Letters to Juliet

This romantic film is so sweet. It’s the story of an older woman played by Vanessa Redgrave who seeks her true love from youth, assisted by the curiosity of Amanda Seyfried. What I really enjoy in this film are the scenes in Verona and the Italian countryside shown later in the film. I’ve been to Italy several times so this film is a nostalgic reminder of the beauty of that country.

Leap Year

This rom com is a charming story featuring Matthew Goode, the sarcastic Irish cutie, hired by Amy Adams to drive her to Dublin so she can propose to her fiancé on Leap Day. With the Irish countryside as the setting, it puts Ireland high on my list of countries I want to tour. I’ll admit I’ve yet to visit the “homeland” but I promised my son I’d take him for his 18th birthday, so it’s only a few years from now when I’ll get to see it.

Eat Pray Love

The book was amazing, the film so so, and this movie made my daughter want to explore Italy, for me it was the scenes shot in Bali that made me want to visit Indonesia. I’ve never been to that part of the world, so it’s another one on my list of places to explore someday.

I’ve always wanted to be a traveler since I was a kid. There were a few movies that inspired me to explore the world and I still haven’t seen these places yet!  Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much made me want to visit Marrakesh. The Karate Kid II made me want to visit the island of Okinawa, and Raiders of the Lost Ark made me want to see Cairo.

What about you? What movies inspire you to travel to a new city or country?

You might also like this post from the archives where I list my ten favorite black and white films

Best of Black Floral

By Kate Riley February 19, 2020

I wore the best little black floral dress when I was wandering around Palm Springs, variations on that kind of pattern are my favorite. I was reminded how many black floral pieces I have in my closet including jackets, tops, and shoes! Black floral is my jam when it comes to what I wear but there’s a great selection of modern black florals in home decor too.

Floral and botanical patterns always feel fresh in spring and summer, the light backgrounds are lovely, but the black background gives a floral a moodier feel, don’t you think? I love these fresh interpretations on this classic motif!

shower curtain / gold trim chair / bluebonnet print

zinnia quilt / art print / daphne rug

floral wallpaper / arm chair / roses wall art

garden pillow / embroidered curtain

black floral seville curtains / roses suitcase / wall tapestry

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