Monthly Archives: August 2016

Hell or High Water

“Hell or High Water”—nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Picture—is often likened to a modern, western version of “Robin Hood.” In the film, two brothers in west Texas team up to rob a bank and save their family ranch.

But in order to save their production budget, film crew headed to eastern New Mexico, just miles from the Texas border, to shoot.

For those who want to relive this old school, western drama, here are the New Mexico spots where the film shot its gunslingin’ fantasies.

“Hell or High Water”—nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Picture—is often likened to a modern, western version of “Robin Hood.” In the film, two brothers in west Texas team up to rob a bank and save their family ranch.

But in order to save their production budget, film crew headed to eastern New Mexico, just miles from the Texas border, to shoot.

For those who want to relive this old school, western drama, here are the New Mexico spots where the film shot its gunslingin’ fantasies.

The city has an impressive collection of historic architecture still standing—including the Yam Theatre, which was one of the most modern in the nationwhen it opened in 1926.

Tucumcari, New Mexico

Tucumcari is an essential stop for anyone traveling down Route 66. The town—with a population of about 6,000 people—shut down a few blocks along the route last year for filming.

The town is packed with old Americana signage and buildings that look straight out of dust bowl days.

Best Holiday in January

Start the new year with a resolution in your head and a passport in your pocket; 2017 will be a better year, so why not kick-start it with a January holiday?

 

One for the beach bums
Cape Town, South Africa

For beautiful beaches, Cape Town in South Africa comes top of the list for any self-respecting beach bum – you can lie back on soft white sand with the beautiful people on Clifton Beach or Camps Bay, go surfing at Muizenberg or chill with the penguins at Boulders Beach. There’s more, though, if you can drag yourself away: as well as awe-inspiring scenery (the city lies at the foot of a mountain), you’ll find urban nightlife with a distinctly African flavour in the city centre, a world-class aquarium and, 45 minutes drive away, a wine region to rival those of France.

Head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Extremo Park offer a bungee jump that is the highest in Central America at 143m (469 ft), and those brave enough to go through with the experience leap from a tram suspended by cables between two mountains. Other thrilling activities on offer here include zip-lining and a “Tarzan swing”, where you can jump off a platform in a harness and swing through the air. The reserve features misty fog clinging to the treetops and an incredible diversity of wildlife, from jaguars to rare Quetzal birds, regarded as gods by the Aztecs because of their vivid plumage.

One for the city slickers
Beijing, China

Wake up to the crowing of a rooster in 2017. This year’s Chinese New Year falls on 28 January and the cockerel is the designated animal sign for this coming lunar calendar. Chinese New Year, orChunjie, is the mother of all festivals in Beijing and arguably the best time to visit the city. Firecrackers, red lanterns and jiaozi, the traditional dumpling, are all integral to the celebrations and dressing in red for the turning of the year is advisable – it’s China’s lucky colour and believed to scare away the spirits of bad fortune. The ultimate way to experience the five-day holiday is with a Chinese family. If you don’t know one, speak to the Beijing Greeters and with any luck you’ll be paired with a Beijinger willing to show you a new side of their sprawling megapolis.

Trips Based on the Year’s Best Films

Through some of this year’s best films, audiences were able to vicariously travel all around the world.

In “La La Land,” we saw Los Angeles through the eyes of artists out to change the world. “Moonlight” gave a voice to an often-neglected community in Miami and “Manchester by the Sea” highlighted the working fishing towns of Massachusetts.

So, in honor of some of the amazing roster of films that earned Golden Globes nominations this year, here is Travel + Leisure’s guide to some of the most cinematic places on the planet.

And the award goes to…

La La Land

Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, this musical tour through Los Angeles has been nominated for over 140 awards, including seven Golden Globes. The entire movie is a perfect itinerary for anyone with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. The movie includes stops at iconic locations like Grand Central Market, Griffith Observatory and the Chateau Marmont.

Jackie

The nation’s capital has played host to many of the most important events in American history. “Jackie” stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, in the days immediately following JFK’s assassination. For anybody hoping to tour D.C. in the eyes of a Kennedy, the filming locations for this movie act as a perfect start.

Moonlight

“Moonlight”—nominated for six Golden Globes—visits a part of Miami seldom seen by tourists. The film follows Chiron, a boy born in one of the city’s roughest neighborhoods, as he grapples with his identity and sexuality. In order to do justice to the lives of the people in Miami’s Liberty City, film crew went directly there. The movie captured Miami’s color and diversity, including stops at some of its iconic beaches.

Manchester by the Sea

“Manchester by the Sea” was filmed in Cape Ann, a part of Massachusetts often referred to as Cape Cod’s lesser-known cousin. The movie—produced by Matt Damon and nominated for five Golden Globes—follows a Boston janitor when he must go back to his hometown because of his brother’s death. The film is a great portrait of the fishing towns along Cape Ann, worthy of a visit for anybody looking to head off the beaten path.