tv trip


A Guide to Smartphone Photography for Travel Bloggers

December 7th, 2012

Today’s post is written by George from car hire company Sixt.co.uk (who is currently running off a Galaxy S2).

While there is no threat of Smartphones taking better snaps then even the cheapest DSLRs, many travel addicts are electing to forgo the luxury of a dedicated camera setup in order to save on space in their every day carry. Though some might suggest on using a “real camera”, the fact remains that a good photo is a good photo regardless of format. Here’s how you can get more out of the medium:

Work With Your Settings

You want the best quality source material to work with, so make sure your camera is set to capture images at the best possible quality. Whilst your phone may have an 8MP camera, it is not uncommon for them to default to 3MP to save on space, so adjust accordingly. Consider your macro settings when doing and making conservative adjustments to exposure (though it’s usually best to avoid any lighting presets such as ‘party’ unless you’re confident they’ll give better results).

Whilst flash can be useful, it’s best to think carefully about when you want to use it, rather than allowing the camera to decide. If you can, default the flash to ‘off’ rather than ‘auto’, enabling it only when you need it. Better yet, torch apps that utilizes your phone’s flash can allow you to illuminate your subject continuously and predictably.

Don’t Run Out of Space

One advantage smartphones have over most cameras – when you have wifi available you can transfer your photos to a cloud storage service such as dropbox, instantly freeing up additional space on your device. If you have the option you can also keep a spare battery and micro SD on hand for longer excursions.

Lighting

Early morning and early evening are usually the best times to shoot, and most smartphones have settings to compensate. Learn what works best for you. While this varies by phone model, photographing light sources directly can produce less-than-stellar results, so experiment to see whether it is a problem for your particular model.

Tap to Focus

Many people will snap away happily and settle for slightly blurry pictures as a result (most I would wager aren’t aware that you can focus on a phone camera). Simply tap the object on the screen you wish to be the focus of the shot. When you release your finger your phone should have the subject locked in focus.

Easy on the Apps

It can be tempting to run everything you produce immediately through Hipstamatic or Instagram, it’ll quickly seem like you run everything you produce through Hipstamatic or Instagram. It’s best to keep your files vanilla whilst you’re shooting, especially if you want to document the natural beauty of a place.

Keep the Lens Clean

Lenses are often set flush against the back of the phone, which makes them liable to pick up dirt or scratches that can hamper picture quality. This is especially true as a result of the varied conditions travel can put a phone though. A case that extends to cover the lens can help, but I’d recommend periodically cleaning the lens with a microfiber cloth, or as needed. This can avoid blurry or artefact filled images.

Keep it Steady

Keeping your phone steady when taking images can be difficult, especially if a press of the touchscreen is used to take the photo; you’ve lined the shot up perfectly and now you’re pushing the phone? If at all possible, alter the camera app’s settings to use one of your phone’s physical buttons to control the shutter (either one of the volume buttons or the home key). I’d recommend avoiding any form of digital zoom unless absolutely necessary, as cropping a steady photo is usually
preferable to dealing with a blurry one.

The same goes for yourself. Have you ever lined up a perfect photo on your screen, taken the shot, and found it’s blurry or unfocused? Most smartphones have a deceptively long capture time (varies between models) – so remain absolutely still until the preview has flashed onto the screen.

If you are going the smartphone root you aren’t likely to be carrying a dedicated tripod around. It’s fairly easy to improvise one (I’d recommend using something like a bag of rice). You can also learn to use the surrounding scenery to steady yourself and the phone against.


This is just an introduction; the best thing you can do to improve is look at photos you like and try to understand why you like them. Think about composition and how you would replicate them. More serious smartphone photographers may wish to consider 3rd party replacement lenses (though I’ve yet to try one). Would you ever travel without a dedicated camera?

Welcome our New Team Member!

November 28th, 2012


We are pleased and excited to announce that we have a new team member in the Paris office! His name : Lehyan and he’s currently a few hours old.
We send our congratulations to his mom and his dad Salim, a mighty member of our epic IT team.

Someone said “Vacations”?

August 29th, 2012

Are you back from vacations yet? Are you sad of seeing a grey sky through the window after a month of far niente under the sun? Well, know that there’s allways worse… Guess who’s been working hard all summer. A hint? They’ve been working on planning others’ vacations without leaving their office. That’s us, TVtrip Team!

Allways look on the bright side of life someone said, well in that case the bright side is that we’re really proud of our latest videos! Give it a look!

Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand

Loading hotel video :Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa – Ban Kho En

The Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa, is located on a hill that gently slopes into an emerald blue sea. It features luxury room accommodations, including a private jacuzzi and spacious terrace.

JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Loading hotel video :JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen – Shenzhen

Located in the Futian Business District, the JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen is one of the newest 5 star hotels. All kinds of spa treatments are available at Quan Spa and the Health Club is open 24/7. There’s no bad time to relax!

JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, Phang Nga, Thailand

Loading hotel video :JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa – Ban Khao Lak

The JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa received the 2010 Conde Nast World’s Top New Hotels award. What else?

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Queensland Australia

Loading hotel video :Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa – Gold Coast

The hotel just ended a $20 Million refurbishment. Watch the video to see if it was worth it.

TVtrip Secret Paris pt.2

August 8th, 2012

Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, 39 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris

Margaux, Video Project Manager

Built in 1615 in the yard of what used to be an orphanage, Le Marché des Enfants Rouge («Red Children Market») has ever since been the beating heart of Le Marais, a peacefull neighbourhood built during the XVIth century. It takes its name from the red clothes wore by children who inhabited the place before itconverted into what is now known as Paris oldest Market Place. The place got shot down in 1994 and re-opened in 2000. It is now housing a multitude of all kinds of small
restaurants like Lebanese, Chinese and Japanese… A world food market under one
wooden roof!

Margaux’s Tip: «Le Café des Italiens makes delightful anti-pasti»

Le Bar, 27 rue de Condé, 75006 Paris

Charlotte, Digital Marketing Manager

You said «secret» Paris? With its curtain on the front door and its cold name Le Bar is all but welcoming from the outside. But once you’ve found the courage to get inside it appears to be one of the cosiest bars in Paris. Subdued light and velvet give the place an extra touch of mystery.

Charlotte’s Tip: «Only a few coktails are listed on the menu but don’t be shy to ask the barman about his specialities… My favorite is «la main folle» but I won’t tell you what’s in it»

Le Champ de Mars


Gabriele, Account Manager

Le Champs de Mars  is a 780 meters long parc that goes from the military school of Paris to the Eiffel Tower’s feet. This place is the symbol of the French capital, that’s what comes to most of everyone’s mind when they think about Paris.

Gabriele’s Tip: «I arrived in Paris just a few months ago and the magic of the place still works on me. It’s nice to be in such a touristic place wiht all the other people around being amazed just as much as I am»

Cours du Commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris

Tatiana, Hotel Planner
Want to dive into the old Paris of 1900? Then go for a walk across the Cours du Commerce Saint-André. This passage way is one of the last of its kind that remain in Paris. The worn pavements, the old fashioned signs and store fronts, everything is as if nothing had changed for a century. The keyword here: authenticity.

Tatiana’s Tip: “At night the lanterns and fairy lights give the place a little something magic but it’s less crowded during the day… It’s up to you.”

Da Rosa, 62, rue de Seine 75006 Paris

François, Search Marketing Manager
After 15 years on the road tracking down the best products to provide the kitchens of Paris most prestigious restaurants, José Da Rosa decided to open his own establishment. Because he wanted his guests to enjoy his stunning food to bring to their homes
José Da Rosa chose to make it a gourmet grocery store and for the laziest ones a few tables are available. The chef serves his products almost raw, a pinch of salt, a dazzle of olive oil and it’s ready. The only downside: prices reflect the quality of the products.

François’ Tip: “The best way to end your culinary trip to Da Rosa’s is eating an ice cream from Grom’s, the brillant glacier from across the street (Don’t miss out the Pistachio!)”

Black Rainbow, 68 rue des archives 75003 Paris

Geoffrey, Search Engine Optimizer and Blogger (That’s me!)

Black Rainbow is a fashion shop that specializes in limited edition street wear designed by «wannabe hip» unknown street artists. I hate this place and (most of) the people in it, always bragging they know what the latest trend is, and more than that, always trying not to follow it but to been one or two (three if possible) steps ahead of it! Got it? It’s a real hipsters nest! «Hipster» being the worst word a hipster can use to describe another hipster… I can hear you wondering why I am telling you about this place if I hate it so much…  The reason is simple: once a month the shop hosts a brunch, and it’s free! Free pastries, free drinks, free cheese, free charcuterie and much more await you every last Sunday of the month. Just don’t be shy and push the door. Most of the time the place will be crowded and it will be easy to slip by the buffet unnoticed (even if you’re dressed like an average Joe)

My Tip: Don’t hesitate a single second to hit the buffet. Eat untill you’re full and run before someone questions your taste in clothing.

TVtrip Secret Paris pt.1

July 25th, 2012

Have you ever wished to befriend a local while visiting a new city? Someone who could show you each and every secret or hidden places that you’d probably pass by without noticing if you were on your own?

As you may know, half of our staff is based in Paris, the so-called «city of lights». Most of us grew somewhere between the Louvres and the Sacré Coeur, some others have been here for several years and a few lucky ones just arrived and are still struck with surprise every time they see the Eiffel Tower. Last week after an exhausting day of work, we gathered around a table to discuss everyone’s favorite spot in Paris. Here’s a selection of what came out of this.

Le Baron Rouge, 1 Rue Théophile Roussel – 75012 Paris

Richard, Account Manager


Le Baron Rouge is a friendly wine bar where you can either savour a glass of great wine and a tasty plate of cold meat or fill your own empty bottle with the wine of your choice to bring home. The place is quite small -people are sitting on old-fashioned barrels- and when it starts running out of space, they all often end up standing on the side walk, chatting with each other and eating oysters (the other Baron Rouge’s specialty).

Richard’s Tip: «Get there early! (However, don’t expect to wake up early the morning after) »

Le Potager du Père Thierry, 16, Rue des trois frères – 75018 Paris.

Camille, Video Project Manager


Located in the touristic area of Montmartre, this tiny restaurant will surprise you with its authentic cuisine. The place is so small that they sometimes make you sit across the street in a place called «Le Jardin d’en-face» (the garden across the street). The interior is decorated with scarecrows, which gives it a little touch of countryside. This restaurant is a real family-business; if you look behind the ivy hiding the kitchen, you’ll find a father and his son cooking while the ladies take the orders in the restaurant.

Camille’s Tip: «Try the ”egg en cocotte” with foie gras. It’s stunning!»

Les P’tites Indécises, 2 rue des Trois Bornes, 75011 Paris.

Sabrina, Social Media Manager


This restaurant remained «secret» for a while as bloggers avoided to write about it. They feared to see the place crowded in just a blink! With its big terrace and its attractive prices (±30€ for a three course meal), les P’tites Indécises is the perfect place for a first date: not too intimate (so you don’t scare your date), not too expensive (so you won’t get a call from your banker) and still very tasty!

Sabrina’s Tip: «Bringing a date isn’t mandatory, just enjoy the sunny terrace, the good food and the laid back atmosphere!»

Edo 18, 82 rue Leibnitz 75018 Paris.

Shoun, Back-Office and Distribution Manager
Forget the Europeanized Japanese food chains mushrooming over Paris. We’re talking about real Japanese food here. A couple holds the restaurant, Mister cooks while his wife makes the service. Edo 18 is a micro restaurant where 15 people can hardly dine at the same time. When it comes to Japanese food, who can advise you better than a real Japanese? Aside from the sushis and makis you’ll find a selection of fine traditional dishes that are worth been given a shot.

Shoun’s Tip: «Try saying “Thank you” to the waitress and see what happens…»

La coulée verte, Paris XII

Steve, Vice-President North America

La coulée verte (the green corridor) is a pathway that goes through the 12th arrondissement of Paris. It is filled with plants of all kinds and spared from the traffic noise. If you take this pass you’ll probably walk by joggers, people walking their dogs and new parents with strollers. This piece of heaven is also a great spot for a romantic picnic.

Steve’s Tip: «La coulée verte is 4,5km long, my favorite place is near the Opera Bastille.»

Le Jardin des Tuilleries

Alice, Head of Planning


This place is all but secret but it’s a must see! This vast garden in the heart of Paris is located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Its proximity to the Louvre gives it a certain artistic legitimacy; it’s filled with ancient statues and often hosts modern art pieces. The Musée du Jeu de Paume, which is famous for its photo exhibitions, is located in one of the garden’s villas. During summer you’ll find children sailing small wooden ships in its fountains and a carnival!

Alice’s Tip: «I like staying there at night with my friends until the Eiffel Tower starts sparkling»

To be continued…

Interview with Sébastien Jaeggers

July 12th, 2012

- Could you introduce yourself briefly?

I’m Sébastien, an independent Cameraman / editor / director. Aaaaaaaaaction!

- Tell us about your career (Your education, professional experiences…)

On the professional side, I worked for various production companies as a production assistant, production manager, camera operator and director of several programs.
As for the technique, I learned a lot «on the job», within various production companies, before actually taking adult classes in an audiovisual school near Paris.
I’m now an independent Cameraman / editor / director. I mostly shoot institutional, corporate, motor sports and hotel related films to be displayed on the web.
My company: http://www.visitonweb.net/
http://vimeo.com/channels/motorsport/

- Who’s your hero? Is he a film maker?

I don’t really have a hero but I admire a few people because of their life achievements or professional skills. When it comes to images, I’m thinking of David Fincher or Martin Scorcese (well, until Casino), exceptional film makers, who know how to infuse a very unique and identifiable atmosphere and tension. I also share Scorsese’s passion for the Stones and Mick Jagger’s talent.
A great man? Winston Churchill, probably the greatest man of the 20th century.

- How did you hear about TVtrip?

For the past 2 years, I’ve been working as an independent videast and offering to hotels a way to promote their building through videos…That’s TVtrip’s speciality! A perfect match! I have an eye on TVtrip’s fantastic expansion and the creation of your Premium service for some time now. Sending some of my work to TVtrip seemed natural. Then, I met Marc Ruff, your CEO to who I am deeply grateful for the trust he put in me.

- Since when have you been working with us? And what do you do exactly?

Thanks to Melodie’s help, a Shooting Planner at TVtrip, I had the opportunity to shoot my first film for TVtrip in May 2012. It was a hotel near «Château de Vincennes». My goal as a cameraman on that kind of project is to seize what the hotel has best to offer in order to encourage people to book there. I also have to provide TVtrip’s editors with enough content for them to choose the best angles and shots.

- What kind of equipment do you shoot with?

I use a Canon DSLR camera for its optical qualities. I like the way the focus works and its «cinema-like» image. Thanks to that it overcomes its lack of ergonomy, it’s a lot less convenient to shoot with than a real video camera. I also use a slider, essential to put some motion into the images, of course a camera stand and occasionally a Steadicam to stabilize the camera.

- What are the next shootings you’ll be on ?

Lately, I filmed Parisian historical monuments, beginning with The Louvre, Orsay Museum and Notre Dame (how lucky I am, right?). If everything goes for the best I should shoot the Opera Garnier in a few days (if the weather is good enough). Actually, I would like to seize the opportunity here to thank Camille, Video Project Manager at TVtrip, for her professionalism and efficiency.

- Is there an anecdote you would like to share with us ?

The weather has been changing a lot these last few days in Paris… During the Louvre shooting, it was raining so I shot the insides first and took some time during the Orsay Museum shooting to come back to the Louvre for its exteriors, hoping for the sun to come… it never did, despite the few hours spent waiting on the esplanade.

- Tell us about the worst thing that ever occured during a shooting ?

I’m knocking on wood but so far I’ve never had major problems… except for the bout of vertigo I’ve been struck by when I was filming on the Notre Dame towers. But it was worth the thrill, and I’d be more than enthusiastic to climb back there tomorrow if I had to.

- One last word ?

Light, camera, action!

This made you want to become a cameraman for TVtrip? Follow this link: http://www.tvtrip-business.com/en/recrutement/

Blogs By Travelers For Travelers

June 21st, 2012

At TVtrip, we get our energy from travelers whose desire to see and explore the world and we’d be nothing without them. Every traveler is important to us and each one has a story to tell but it is undisputable there is another community of “super travelers” that we can’t ignore. Those who have dedicated their lives to travelling; most of them quit their jobs with no plans to return, some went away with someone they love, while others left on their own. These modern day explorers are better known as: Travel Bloggers. Their way of life is unique and they thankfully decided to write down and share their stories.

Here are some of our favorites that we would like to share with you!

Brendan Van Son’s perpetual Adventure: «the world is my jungle gym»

It’s been three years since this Latin America specialist left home in Alberta, Canada. He got tired of seeing the world through books and decided it was time for him to hit the road.

Read the story here: BrendansAdventures

Claire and Iain’s Old World Wandering:

A blog by travelers for travelers. After leaving South Africa for London they started to feel stuck in the city. They bought a world map and after watching it for a while Lain drew a line across it; a line they chose to follow, from London to Shanghai.

Everything that happened next is here: OldWorldWandering

Wandering Educators: Traveling together

Wandering educators is a community of higher education professors sharing their experiences with whoever wants to read their stories. They often give good advice and the fact that they are «educators» gives them a natural credibility. The number of authors also increases the interest of the site as it increases the diversity of topics they address.

Join the team here: WanderingEducators

Because all of us aren’t adventurers: GoNomad

GoNomad is another «communitary» blog. The authors’ only wish is to facilitate the traveler’s life (just like us at TVtrip!) by providing them tips to plan their trips.

Benefit from their experiences by reading GoNomad

Raise the traveler inside you with Lainie and Miro

On RaisingMiro you can follow the wanderings of Lainie and her son Miro across the globe. They hit the road in 2009 ago when Miro was only 10. It wasn’t always easy especially when it came to choosing between exploring the world and going to school… so they chose world-schooling!

We echanged a few words with some members of this big family (lots of bloggers know eachothers actually) here’s what they told us about themselves and their motivations:

Becky Padmore from GlobalGrasshopper.com, a multi author travel tips and inspiration site:

« I was a former backpacker (back in the days before travel blogging) and I used to love writing about my experiences. When I met my husband he was a keen travel photographer and website designer so starting a travel blog together seemed to make perfect sense! We expanded the site when quite a few of our travel writing friends also wanted to get on board and it grew from there. »

Suzy Guese, author of Suzy Guese, Traveling with a redheaded temperament :

« After my first flight at three months old to experience the magical world of Disney in Orlando, a traveler was born. From family car trips across North America to stints abroad in Europe, my love of travel grew to an addiction, specifically for Italy. I tossed my coin in the Trevi Fountain and kept coming back to keep up my promise to the Italian boot. After studying in college in Italy for over a year, I graduated and made travel my profession. I started my travel blog Suzy GueseTraveling with a redheaded temperament, to showcase travel as an experiential necessity. Young, old, solo, popular, broke, rich, travel is all the same to me no matter how you go about it. I just want people to be moved by my stories, rants, sarcasm and tips to get out and the see the world no matter how they go about it. »

Guido J. van den Elshout the Happy Hotelier

I became a blogger by accident because the guy who helped me set up out site for Haagsche Suites (http://www.haagschesuites.nl) started one and asked me to become a co author.Later I started one of my own and now I contribute to several blogs.
First: Because I’m a people person. Through Haagsche Suites, my blogging, curating and involvement with social media I come into contact with many people from around the world. Many of them I’ve met IRL (in real life) from time to time.

Second: I’ve been able to make people aware of Haagsche Suites, attract not only many guests, but also journalists and bloggers who visit or write a review. The question for me was how to attract attention to Haagsche Suites without being too intrusive.

Third: It’s a way to bring some order in my many interests, and to share my discoveries (and sometimes thoughts) with whoever wants to read them. Curating is a good description of what I do.

Fourth: My online activities help me stay informed about trends in the travel industry and the technical and behavioral changes that affect the Internet which is increasingly important for my business.

Samuel A.K.A. NomadicSamuel

Travel has been my passion for the better part of my adult life.  In recent years, I’ve taken more of an avid interest in photography and writing.  I realized after my previous journeys many experiences that were not recorded slipped away from my memory over time.  Also, I felt a strong desire to connect with other like minded individuals and share my travels with my family, friends and hopefully an audience I had never met before in person.  It simply was a no-brainer decision and was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my entire life.  I met my girlfriend (That Backpacker) through our travel blogs and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us as we set off early next year on an around the world adventure together.

Best Hotels in London for The Olympic Games

June 15th, 2012

Hey there! Are you planning a trip to London this summer to attend the Olympic Games?
If you’re one of the lucky few, TVtrip selected for you a list of its favorite hotels near the Olympic facilities. Follow the links below to find the descriptions, pictures and videos of the hotels (as always on TVtrip!)

Hotels near the Olympic Stadium

Where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place

Hilton London Tower Bridge

5 More London Place, Tooley Street – SE1 2BY London – (Distance : 3.6 mi)


Swissotel The Howard London

12 Temple Place – WC2R 2PR London – (Distance: 4.6 mi)

Apex City Of London Hotel

No 1 Seething Lane – EC3N 4AX London – (Distance: 3.4 mi)

See more hotels near the Olympic stadium

Hotels near the O2 Arena

Located on the Greenwich Peninsula, the O2 Arena will host Artistic and Trampoline Gymnastics, as well as some matches in the Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball competitions.

Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf

5 Fairmont Avenue – E14 9PQ London – (Distance: 910 yd)

Sunborn Yacht Hotel

Royal Victoria Docks, Excel, Royal Victoria Dock – E16 1SL London – (Distance: 1,344 yd)

Hilton London Canary Wharf

South Quay Marsh Wall – E14 9SH London – (Distance: 1,568 yd)

See more hotels near the O2 Arena

Hotels near the Olympic Village

If you want to hang out, maybe you’ll bump into a few athletes.

Hilton London Docklands

265 Rotherhithe Street – SE16 5HW London – (Distance: 3.3 mi)

Ramada Hotel & Suites London Docklands

Excel, 2 Festoon Way, Royal Victoria Dock – E16 1RH London – (Distance: 3.5 mi)

Threadneedles, The City’s Boutique Hotel

5 Threadneedle Street, – EC2R 8AY London – (Distance: 4.1 mi)

See more hotels neat the Olympic Village

To everyone who will be there for this momentus event, the TVtrip team wishes you a great time. Don’t hesitate to share your story once you’ll be back!

The most beautiful infinity pools you can find in a luxury hotel

May 14th, 2012

Infinity pools or pools with panoramic overflow: that’s how we call these beautiful pools that see their surface extend into the horizon to infinity.

Through the mechanism that hides the overflow of the pool and with the ideal situation that gives them a panoramic view of the landscape, the infinity pool impress with their simplicity and stunning beauty.

Hotels have realized that these beautiful pools were a strong argument to please their guests and add significant value to their services.
Whether in Greece, Singapore, Dubai or on the island Santorini, hotels have adopted the infinity pool and the result is clearly successful.

Our selection of pools will make you crave diving! :)

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort – Thailande

http://goldentriangle.anantara.com/

http://wondrousplaces.wordpress.com

Marina Bay Sand Resort – Singapore

http://www.marinabaysands.com/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Astarte Suites Hotel – Santorini Greece

http://www.astartesuites.gr/

Astarte Suites Hotel – Santorini Greece

http://www.momentaryawe.com

The Meydan-Hotel – Dubai

http://www.meydanhotels.com/meydan/index.htm

Hotel-Caruso Belvedere

http://www.hotelcaruso.com


Kandalama-hotel – Sri-Lanka

http://www.heritancehotels.com/kandalama/

The famous movie hotels

April 18th, 2012

Films are an opportunity to discover great hotels, to pretend being a movie star, and to enjoy the luxury of these exceptional places!
Whether they are simply filming locations or movie key spots, hotels have been often favored by directors as sites to shoot their films.
Here is a series of hotels we have chosen to present, and that have marked the cinema:

Grandhotel Pupp de Luxe, Karlovy Vary

This hotel was built in 1701. It is famous for having served as the filming location for the movie Casino Royale, in which Daniel Craig aka Mister Bond – James Bond – fights villains, a glass of Martini in his hand, as usual. In this film, you can see shots of the entrance hall and the restaurant. However, in reality, Grandhotel Pupp de Luxe is not located in Montenegro but in Czech Republic.

Park Hyatt, Tokyo

Located in the business district of Tokyo, this hotel is the main place where Lost in Translation, a film directed by Sofia Coppola, takes place. You can easily recognize the three-tower building which hosts the hotel.

Timberline Lodge, Oregon

If you have watched Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, the least you can say about this lodge is that it sends shivers down your spine! Indeed, the movieThe Shining takes place at Timberline Lodge. Throughout the film, between apparitions and manipulations, you can discover this hotel of character, which is now a highly touristic place. Each year, the lodge is visited by more than one million curious people.

Bellagio, Las Vegas

The connoisseurs will have undoubtedly recognized the front part of Bellagio , one of the most famous casinos in Las Vegas. Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve were shot in this building. Easily recognizable thanks to its famous water jet fountain and its architecture, Bellagio hotel is a must-visit place for all those who are lucky to enjoy themselves in Las Vegas.