Although LA is considered the heart of the US movie industry, filmmakers have always liked shooting in its sister San Francisco to the north and many a major movie has the city’s steep, Victorian-studded hills and their panoramic views as a backdrop. Film is tied to the very history of the Golden Gate City. The first moving picture, Eadweard Muybridge’s galloping horse, was caught in the Bay Area, and in the decades following, silent movie innovators like Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin came to San Francisco to film. Since then, directors and producers including Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood and Francis Ford Coppola have captured the magic of SF on celluloid. With such a strong connection to the world of cinema, San Francisco is a great place for movie buffs to have a where-do-I-recognise-this-place-from experience. Here are the most memorable movie locations in the City by the Bay. Golden Gate Bridge: Vertigo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes Art deco and orange (officially International Orange), the Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco’s signature landmark and has been featured (and destroyed) in more movies than we can count. In our opinion though, Hitchcock used it best. The bridge appears in an important scene … Continue reading Cinematic San Francisco: movie locations in the City by the Bay

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So, the Sunshine state has summoned you with its swaying coco palms, balmy wetlands and ritzy city life. A trip to Florida (and its 1,350 miles of glorious shoreline) is all that and more – visitors willing to hop into a car and hit the road for some exploring will uncover an intriguing history and diverse pockets of art and culture to boot. Here are five amazing trips to help you see it all on this famously magical peninsula. Southeastern sampler (Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Everglades  in 10 days) For sun-kissed decadence with a splash of Latin flavor, journey toward Florida’s southeastern tip (don’t forget to pack your sea legs). Begin with a couple of days of cruising the canals in Fort Lauderdale (‘the Venice of America’), where you can gawk at fancy yachts and waterfront mansions that define the area. Wander past the shops on Las Olas and get brunch at Boatyard, a fabulously revamped restaurant on the water. When you feel the call of high culture, jet for Miami and stroll amongst the graffiti-covered Wynwood Walls and the pastel art deco buildings in Miami Beach. Check into classic hotels or fresh new digs (the city is brimming … Continue reading 5 perfect trips on the Florida peninsula

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