Movie Quest! Every year we pick the year's most travel-inspiring movies--and what a year it was! 'Flightplan,' 'Babel,' 'Poseidon,' 'Snakes on a Plane'....Oops, wrong list. Budget Travel Tuesday, Nov 21, 2006, 12:00 AM Outstanding in its field: The Painted Veil (Glen Wilson/Warner Independent Pictures) Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Movie Quest!

Every year we pick the year's most travel-inspiring movies--and what a year it was! 'Flightplan,' 'Babel,' 'Poseidon,' 'Snakes on a Plane'....Oops, wrong list.

Eurostar The scenes where Xavier bops between Paris and London were filmed on the Eurostar train. The trip takes about three hours and starts at $75 one way (

The English Pub Xavier and Wendy (Kelly Reilly) hang out at the Sir Richard Steele Pub in northwest London. "It's known for having a musician's heritage," says assistant producer Lee Thomas. The pub is two minutes from the Chalk Farm Tube station, and 10 minutes from the Belsize Park station (97 Haverstock Hill, 011-44/20-7483-1261).


Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns to the Caribbean for more swashbuckling. The DVD comes out December 5.

Royal Treatment The Port Royal scenes were shot at Wallilabou Bay, on St. Vincent, where you can explore what's left of the set, including the 17th-century-style village. "We traveled by boat because it was faster than taking the little roads," says production supervisor Tom Hayslip.

Village of the Damned The cannibal village was in Soufrière on Dominica. Other featured spots are Titou Gorge, Hampstead Beach, Pagua River, and Londonderry Bay. Jungle Trekking Adventures and Safaris runs a full-day "Trailing the Pirates' Treasures" tour (767/440-5827,, $110, $55 for kids under 12, includes lunch).

The Beaches The Exumas were used for their beaches and Grand Bahama Island for its water. Fantastic Powerboat Adventures has day-long tours from Nassau to the Exumas (, $190, $120 per child). On Grand Bahama, the crew stayed at the Sheraton Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya (866/716-8106,, from $129).


In Sofia Coppola's biopic, the last queen of France (Kirsten Dunst) is a bored teenager trapped in the etiquette of the royal palace of Versailles, who entertains herself with exquisite clothes and hairstyles.

Versailles One-day passes to all of Versailles, including several audio guides, begin at $20 (, closed Mondays). Skip the lines by buying tickets in advance at Fnac record stores throughout France (, or by using a combo round-trip train ticket and one-day pass sold at Paris-area SNCF train stations or the Carrousel du Louvre, from $26.50.

Masked Ball The wild party in Paris that Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman) attend occurs on the grand marble staircase and lobby of the Palais Garnier, home to the Opera National (011-33/1-72-29-35-35,

The Birthday Party The scene in which the queen gambles all night was shot at the Hotel de Soubise in Paris, a museum for the history of France and the National Archives (60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 011-33/1-40-27-60-96, closed Tuesdays). Admission is free, except during temporary exhibitions--such as one of Marie Antoinette's letters and mementos, until January 8--when it costs $4.

Eye Candy The film's palette was influenced by the macaroons from Ladurée (locations in Paris, London, and Geneva,

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