I’m a movie buff and during my free time, I try to make sure I get to watch old and new movies. I prefer watching rom-coms or what one would commonly refer to as romantic comedies. I also like watching feel-good movies. What you won’t catch me watching would be those horror films. I don’t want to subject myself into paranoia so I usually stay away from those types of film.
Recently, I watched a rerun of the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This film was released last 2008 and it has received awards for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects during the 81st Academy Awards. Aside from those awards and various nominations in different categories, the movie also received nominations and won awards from other award-giving bodies.
One of the things I liked about the movie was the location where it was filmed – New Orleans. I’ve always been fascinated by this charming city in Louisiana. After seeing the 1994 movie Interview with the Vampire, which starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and the young Kirsten Dunst; and also the 1999 film of Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, Double Jeopardy, I instantly fell in love with New Orleans.
You see, I adore anything vintage. In fact, I love period films. And the city of New Orleans is very famous for its rich architectural and cultural heritage. The richness of its unique architecture gives travellers who love history a cultural treat as one gets to view the beautiful structures within the city.
During night time, it is best to visit the streets within the French Quarter because one will be able to witness how the entire place lights up around these New Orleans hotels, highlighting the beautiful structures against the colorful paints that cover each hotel building in the area. It’s as if you will be transported back in time while you admire the amazing structures around you. In fact, I wouldn’t mind booking my stay on one of those historically typical New Orleans hotels within the French Quarter.
Aside from the movies I mentioned earlier, this side of town has also become a favorite film location for various movies. Some of the films shot in this city are the following:
- The Client (1994)
- RED (2010)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- The Lucky One (2012)
- Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
- Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Because of the popularity of New Orleans, I wouldn’t be surprised if different tourists would only want to visit the city just to check those film locations. Being surrounded by historical landmarks is one destination I wouldn’t miss out. Celebrating the Mardi Gras is also something I don’t want to miss out too as it is one of the grandest carnivals in the US.
Aside from the beautiful architecture of New Orleans, this city is wrapped with intrigues and hearsay about witchcraft and the like, which makes curious travellers keen on visiting the city. The famous author, Ann Rice, the writer behind the successful vampire diaries, is also responsible for the tourists’ drive to go vampire-hunting in New Orleans. However absurd the idea is, reliving history through the beautiful architecture of the hotels, houses and other buildings in this side of Louisiana is not something one should miss out.
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