MOVIE QUEST! Forget the Oscars: We're interested in the year's most travel-inspiring movies. Here's our top 10, with how to re-create the best moments. Starring the original Golden Globe trotter, our own Bud Travel. Budget Travel Tuesday, Nov 20, 2007, 12:00 AM Budget Travel LLC, 2016



Forget the Oscars: We're interested in the year's most travel-inspiring movies. Here's our top 10, with how to re-create the best moments. Starring the original Golden Globe trotter, our own Bud Travel.

10. ONCE
An Irish street musician and a young Czech pianist make sweet music after meeting in Dublin.

Street Scene The musician (Glen Hansard) is busking on Grafton Street, known for its puppeteers and acrobats, when the Czech woman (Markéta Irglová) approaches him.

Beach Break After a long night in the recording studio, the band frolics on Dollymount Strand, a beach about five miles northeast of the city center (Bus 130,, $2).

Irish Joyride The couple goes for a motorcycle ride along the country roads of Killiney, 11 miles south of Dublin. While taking in the views from Killiney Hill, a quick walk from the train station, the Czech woman declares her love for the Irishman--but he never realizes it because she says it in Czech. DART trains to Killiney depart from Dublin several times an hour (, $3.25).

Director Ang Lee's World War II-era thriller, about a female Chinese spy who has an affair with a Japanese collaborator, unfolds in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Fitting Moment Wong Chia Chi (Tang Wei) takes Mr. Yee (Tony Leung) to a Hong Kong tailor, intending to seduce Yee by trying on a cheongsam. Hong Kong has a reputation for high-quality craftsmanship: Linva Tailors makes cheongsams (38 Cochrane St., 011-852/2544-2456, from $168).

Colonial Charm In a flashback to her days as an actress, Chia Chi and her drama troupe ride through the empty streets of Hong Kong after a show. The scene was filmed in Ipoh, Malaysia, which has spectacular British colonial architecture. Sayang Holidays runs day trips to Ipoh from Kuala Lumpur (888/472-9264,, $100).

Old Shanghai Yee buys Chia Chi a large ring on what's supposed to be Nanjing Street in Shanghai. Nanjing is all neon now, so the scenes were shot on 1930s-style sets modeled after 182 existing storefronts. Visitors can tour the sets at the studio's lot (Shanghai Sightseeing Bus Center, 011-86/21-642-655-55, $8).

Princess-to-be Giselle lands in modern-day Manhattan after being banished by evil Queen Narissa from a land far, far away.

Row Your Boat Giselle (Amy Adams) and attorney Robert McKenzie (Patrick Dempsey) paddle around the lake in Central Park. Loeb Boathouse rents rowboats (212/517-2233,, $12 for the first hour).

Brooklyn Bridge Giselle and Prince Edward (James Marsden) stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge. The walkway stretches just past the neighborhood of Dumbo, home to The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory (1 Water St., 718/246-3963, $3.50).

Lunch Counter The evil queen's sidekick dines with Prince Edward at Katz's Delicatessen, which is known for its pastrami sandwiches--and for being where Meg Ryan faked an orgasm in When Harry Met Sally... (205 E. Houston St., 212/254-2246,, $14).

The moving adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel explores love and guilt in Britain before and during World War II (opens December 7).

Manor House The owner of Stokesay Court, the mansion in South Shropshire where the film was shot, has begun offering tours. Highlights include the manor's rooms and a grotto near the southern end of the property, about 160 miles northwest of London (011-44/158-485-6238,, $25).

Historic Shores Robbie (James McAvoy) wanders among soldiers awaiting evacuation in Dunkerque, France. The scene was shot on Redcar Beach, about three hours from London (011-44/845-748-4950,, from $102).

The Blitz Cecilia (Keira Knightley) takes cover in a Tube station during an air raid. At the Imperial War Museum London, visitors can step inside a reconstruction of a similar 1940s bomb shelter (011-44/207-416-5320,, free).

Three dysfunctional brothers search India for their estranged mother.

Training Wheels The production team procured a train from the Indian government. Director Wes Anderson was partly inspired by an eight-day trip he took aboard the Palace on Wheels, a luxurious train that departs from Delhi (877/463-4299,, eight-day trip from $1,995).


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