My Classic Movie Travel Dreams – What’s on Your List?

I’ve been talking a good game the last few years about how I’m going to start doing more traveling, with most of my desired destinations being places somehow related to classic movies or old movie stars and singers. But for various reasons I have not lived up to that talk and pretty soon I’m going to have to start putting my money where my mouth is or I’ll never end up going anywhere.

Hollywood SignOne of my biggest travel goals is to visit the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival held in California every spring. Ever since I first saw that some of my fellow classic movie bloggers were going to the festival a few years ago, I’ve been saying, “next year I am definitely going!” only to have it not come to pass for one reason or another.

I’m not going to lie, the last few years I have really struggled with jealousy as I read all the blog posts and tweets written by those attending the event and this year is no different. But instead of letting envy get the best of me, I decided to focus on all the things I have to be grateful for (which are many!) and to use those feelings as motivation to figure out ways to make my travel dreams come true.

Over the years I’ve compiled quite the list of classic movie related places I’d like to visit someday and following are just a few of them. My hope for this blog is that one day I will be able to post about visiting most if not all of these places.

  1. The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pennsylvania
  2. The Clark Gable Birth Home and Museum and Clark Gable Bed & Breakfast in Cadiz, Ohio
  3. The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, North Carolina
  4. The Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, Kentucky
  5. The Kate –  A museum inside the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut
  6. Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio
  7. The Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, California
  8. Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum – Gene Autry, Oklahoma (this would be in honor of my mom who loved Gene and other singing cowboys) :-)
  9. Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Burbank, California
  10. Vienna Walking Tour – In the Footsteps of The Third Man in Vienna, Austria
  11. The Cypress Inn (co-owned by Doris Day) in Carmel, California
  12. The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and The Surrey Hotel in New York City – several celebrities stayed or lived in these hotels and Cole Porter’s piano is displayed at the Waldorf-Astoria
  13. Las Vegas – although The Sands Hotel is no longer there, an article in USA Today suggests several ways we can still “experience the Rat Pack in Las Vegas”
  14. Los Angeles Union Station – “one of the last grand train depots in America” and a filming location for the William Holden movie Union Station (1950)
  15. Various restaurants frequented by old movie stars including Sardi’s in New York City, Café La Maze Steakhouse in National City, California and Dominick’s in West Hollywood, California
  16. Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, California – I don’t drink wine but still think it would be a beautiful place to visit and I’d like to explore the onsite movie gallery

So, what’s on your list of travel dreams, classic movie related or otherwise? If you’ve been to any of the places I mentioned above, I’d love to hear the story of your visit in the comments below!

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Accepting My Liebster Award: And First of All I’d Like to Thank . . .

“You are the same today you’ll be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ~ Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

liebsterI just recently discovered that quote, and I have to say that I can really identify with it. I love to read and there are so many books that have made a big impact in my life. Also, in the past two years since I’ve started blogging, I’ve met some really cool new people online, and that too has enriched my life.

One of the coolest bloggers, heck one of the coolest people period, that I have met in the past two years has been Karen, author of the blog Shadows and Satin and editor of an awesome newsletter called The Dark Pages. She writes mostly about film noir and pre-code films, and not only is she very passionate and knowledgeable about the topics she writes about, she also has a great sense of humor that makes her blog really stand out. Please be sure to visit her site before you read any further!

Always one of my most generous supporters, Karen recently presented me with a Liebster Award (thank you Karen!), which came with some fun requirements. As a recipient of the award, I am supposed to list 11 random facts about me and answer the 11 questions given to me; nominate 11 other blogs; and present the recipients with 11 new questions. Continue reading →

7 Entertaining Movie Podcasts For Classic Movie Fans

Most days my iPod Nano and I are practically inseparable. I use it at work, in my car, at home when I’m cooking or cleaning, or when I head outside for a nice long walk.

I listen to my favorite music on it of course, but by far the thing I use it for the most is to listen to podcasts, including some great movie podcasts.

So, what is a podcast?

If you are not familiar with what a podcast is, it is a type of audio or video file, usually part of a series on a specific topic or subject area, that can be streamed online or downloaded and listened to on a mobile device or portable media player such as an iPod.

You can probably find a podcast on just about any subject imaginable, and I personally listen to podcasts on subjects ranging from health & nutrition, to sports, to business, to movies/entertainment.

I’m sure there are many different podcasts out there for movie lovers of all kinds, but today I am going to share some movie podcasts that have something to offer the classic movie fan.

Here are 7 of my favorite movie podcasts that I think you will enjoy:

1. TCM Presents Video Podcast

Turner Classic Movies host Scott McGee interviews various guests about some of their favorite movies from the upcoming TCM schedule. We also get to hear interesting stories of how his guests came to be fans of classic movies.

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