Contemporary music –in Brazil, France and elsewhere- has been greatly influenced by social media, video sharing and music streaming, all trademarks of the 2000s and beyond. Specifically for Brazilian music, this globalizing phenomena has had positive, as well as deleterious consequences: increased foreign songs topping the charts on one side, but also Brazilian mainstream music massively available to the rest of the world. The proof: songs like Mc Fioti’s “Bum Bum TamTam” with more than 1 billion! views on YouTube, and Michel Teló’s “Ai Se Eu Te Pego” with over 800 million views…

Despite globalization, Brazil internal music market has seen a meteoric increase in popularity of regional rhythms during this period, mainly sertanejo. Actually, sertanejo is Brazilian audiences‘ preferred music genre .

No one can deny that Brazil is a country with a powerful musical history. Going through all its music repertoire while preparing this series of articles, I can’t help but admire even more its distinct and perennial beauty. Are things changing though? Is Brazilian music going through a phase of decadence? This is an ongoing debate in the country nowadays… Many music critics are definite: today’s consumer society –they believe- leads to “consumable music”; moreover, they blame the universal predominance of sertanejo as responsible for the lack of musical diversification nowadays. “We always had good music and bad music in Brazil -says one critic- but there was a balance. At this time, at least 90% of what record companies release is totally disposable”. Some go even further and state that pagoda, sertanejo and electronic forró are “a tsunami of musical trash unprecedented in the history of Brazilian music”. Other critics are more optimistic. Véronique Mortaigne, writing an article in The Guardian, states that: “Brazil is surfing a musical new wave that is now reaching Europe”, making emphasis on the quality of certain musicians’ work “not afraid to mix the old and the new, irritating a few purists along the way”.

The debate could go on forever. What is certain is that there are still many bright examples of fine Brazilian music. Check out my list with some of the most remarkable songs of the 2000-2010s, go ahead and Brazilify” your playlist!

87) Bebel Gilberto – “Samba da Bênção” (2000) 

Bebel Gilberto is an extremely talented bossa nova singer, and it couldn’t be otherwise: she is the daughter of Joao Gilberto and Miucha, and the niece of Chico Buarque

She became worldwide known after the release of her amazing album Tanto Tempo.  This particular song was written by Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell; it was featured in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Read more here.


88) Pato Fu – “Ando meio desligado” (2001) 

This psychedelic anthem was composed by the iconic band Os Mutantes in 1970; it was listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as the 50th greatest Brazilian song.

Of the many re-recordings the song has had, I like this one, by the Belo Horizonte band Pato Fu.


89) Gabriel o Pensador – “Até Quando?(2001) 

Known for his intellectual and controversial lyrics, rapper Gabriel o Pensador (“Gabriel the Thinker”) stepped into the limelight with his provocative composition “Tô Feliz (Matei o Presidente)” [I’m Happy (I killed the President)]. He has had a highly successful career since then, topping often the charts with his gold or platinum-certified albums.

Até Quando? (“Until when?”) was released in the album Seja Você Mesmo (mas não Seja sempre o Mesmo) (“Be Yourself (but not always the same”). Its compelling lyrics address the issue of conformism. It was highly praised by most critics and received an award at Brazil’s MTV Video Music Awards.


90) Cássia Eller & Nando Reis – “Relicário” (2001)

Cássia Eller is one of the most successful pop singers/composers in Brazil. Owner of a distinctive contralto voice, she was rated as the 18th greatest vocalist by Rolling Stone Brasil.

This beautiful song was composed by Nando Reis and was included in the live album Acústico MTV, where she sings it together with Reis; it is Cássia’s final album before her death on December 29, 2001 at 39 years old.


91) Tribalistas – “Velha Infancia ” (2002)

Tribalistas is a Brazilian musical supergroup consisting of Arnaldo Antunes (ex-Titãs), Marisa Monte and Carlinhos Brown (Timbalada). Their debut collaboration resulted in the popular album Tribalistas, which attained considerable popularity in Brazil and Europe. The curious thing with this popular group is that, despite their great success, they have rarely performed together, deciding to go on a world tour just now in 2018.

Among their most popular songs are “Já Sei Namorar” (included on the video game FIFA Football 2004), “Passe em Casa“, “É Você” and “Velha Infância“, played on the Brazilian soap opera Mulheres Apaixonadas.


92) Paulinho da Viola & Marisa Monte – “Carinhoso” (2003)

Alfredo da Rocha Vianna Jr. was not yet Pixinguinha when he began to be called a prodigy, enchanting with his unusual musicality and facility for instruments and improvisations. Considered till nowadays a musical genius,  Pixinguinha is regarded as  one of the greatest Brazilian composers of popular music, particularly within the genre choro. “Carinhoso“,  was recorded in 1928 and has remained as one of the most famous melodies of Brazilian popular music. Incredibly enough, he received heavy negative criticism at that time, with complaints that it was “too Americanized.”

From Marisa Monte to Elizeth Cardoso, from Paulinho da Viola to Francisco Alves, from Elis Regina to Marcelo Camelo, dozens of artists made their impassioned interpretations of “Carinhoso”; one of my favorites is this one, by Marisa Monte and Paulinho da Viola.

93) Zeca Pagodinho – “Deixa A Vida Me Levar” (2004)

Zeca Pagodinho is a singer and songwriter considered a great name of the genre samba and pagode. He has recorded more than 20 albums and has become immensely popular, not only due to his irreverence and jocosity, bur mostly due to his rare talent, praised by critics and consecrated artists.

This song gives name to his 2004 album Deixa A Vida Me Levar (“Let life take me”), it was extremely successful, becoming double-platinum certified.


94) Sergio Mendes feat. Stevie Wonder & Gracinha Leporace – “Berimbau / Consolação ” (2006)

The berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument. Originally from Africa, it was eventually incorporated into the practice of the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira. The instrument became worldwide known for being the subject matter of this song, which belongs to Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes.

Maybe one of the most famous versions of “Berimbau / Consolação ” is the one performed by Toquinho and Maria Creuza in 1970; nevertheless I love this version, featured in Sergio Mendes’ 2006 Album Timeless, with the participation of his wife, Gracinha Leporace and iconic American artist Stevie Wonder.


95) Vanessa Da Mata & Ben Harper – “Boa Sorte/Good Luck ” (2007)

Award-winning, chart-topping singer, composer, and novelist, Vanessa da Mata got her start writing songs for artists such as Maria Bethania and Daniela Mercury. Despite the strength of her voice, it took her several years until she finally decided to record her own material, releasing her self-titled debut in 2002. It was her next album, Essa Boneca Tem Manuel, however, that really pushed her into the limelight, aided by the strength of the single “Ai Ai Ai“. Three years later her third album, Sim, was released. Sim spawned the hit single “Boa Sorte/Good Luck“, a duet with Ben Harper, which peaked at number one in both Brazil and Portugal and was the most played song in Brazilian radio stations in 2008.

96) Criolo – “Subirusdoistiozin” (2011)

Criolo is a rapper and soul singer. With a career starting in 1989, he originally got a reputation as one of São Paulo most important rappers. After the release of his second album, “Nó na Orelha” (Knot in the ear), he saw his popularity grow beyond São Paulo to all Brazil and abroad, leading to a successful worldwide tour. He has been characterized as “ the most interesting and unruly representative of the Brazilian new wave”.

Nó na Orelha” mixes rap, afrobeat, hip hop, reggae, samba and brega. It received positive reviews and was considered the best national album of 2011 by the magazine Rolling Stone. From this album, “Subirusdoistiozin” (Two-Old-Guys-Died) is the most popular track; it describes the general waywardness of favela street culture.


97) Marisa Monte – “Ainda Bem” (2011)

Multi-awarded singer, composer, instrumentalist, and producer, Marisa Monte is considered one of Brazil’s greatest singers; in fact, Rolling Stone Brasil listed Monte as the second greatest singer of all time after Elis Regina. She also has two records (MM and Verde, Anil, Amarelo, Cor-de-Rosa e Carvão) among the 100 best albums of Brazilian music.

Ainda Bem (“Just as well”) belongs to her highly praised eighth record O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade (“What do you really want to know”), was considered by Billboard Brasil the best album of 2011. Originally, “Ainda Bem” was composed by Marisa for Italian singer Mina, who included it in her 2011 album Piccolino.


98) Dominguinhos & Arthur Maia – “Lamento Sertanejo ” (2014)

An emblematic representative of the forro music genre, Dominguinhos has had success as a musician, both solo and as a sideman for consecrated artists like Luís Gonzaga, Caetano VelosoGilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Maria Bethânia. But also as a composer, he has produced hits recorded for some of the most important Brazilian artists; he has also written cinema soundtracks and has won four Prêmio Sharp Awards.

This is one of his biggest hits, composed in 1941. Initially instrumental, it was later re-recorded by Gilberto Gil, who wrote its lyrics. The song has received countless recordings and has been included in the soundtrack of several films and soap operas. The original version is beautiful; this version though, by Dominguinhos himself together with the great Brazilian bassist Arthur Maia, it’s just beguiling.


99) Adriana Calcanhotto – “Felicidade” (2015)

Adriana Calcanhotto is an MPB (Brazil popular music) singer and composer revealed in 1990, who has had great success in Brazil and helped bring MPB back to the hit parade after the 1980s’ Brazilian rock period.

Felicidade (“Happiness”) was written in 1947 by the great samba-canção composer Lupicínio Rodrigues; it was re-presented to Brazil by Caetano Veloso in 1974 who made it widely popular. Calcanhotto included it in her fourth live album Loucura (“Madness”), which is a tribute to Lupicínio Rodrigues.


100) Tiago Iorc & Milton Nascimento – “Mais Bonito Não Há” (2017)

Tiago Iorc is one of Brazil’s new talents. Singer-songwriter and record producer, with his debut album Let Yourself In, he gained notoriety after several of Tiago’s songs were featured on major Brazilian primetime soap operas, TV ads and films. Let Yourself In was also released in Japan with great success and in South Korea, where the public granted Tiago a Best Foreign Artist Award.

In 2017, he partnered with the incomparable Milton Nascimento (who declared being Tiago’s fan) and recorded some songs for the purpose of a national tour. This exquisite song (“Nothing more beautiful”) is the result of this partnership.


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Τα ταξίδια μπορεί να προκαλέσουν πολλά συναισθήματα: διασκέδαση, χαρά, λύπη, ενδυνάμωση. Υπάρχουν ταξίδια, ωστόσο, που μπορεί να μας αλλάξουν τη ζωή…

Δες αυτή την λίστα που περιλαμβάνει ταινίες με ταξίδια που άλλαξαν την ζωή του πρωταγωνιστή. Ταξίδια γεωγραφικά, αλλά και πνευματικά … Ίσως θα σε εμπνεύσουν για να βρεις το επόμενο ταξιδιωτικό σου προορισμό….


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Η πλοκή: Βασισμένη σε ημερολόγια του Ερνέστο “Τσε” Γκεβάρα. Ενώ ήταν φοιτητής ιατρικής, ο Ερνέστο και ένας φίλος του πηγαίνουν σε οδικό ταξίδι (road trip) με μοτοσικλέτα γυρίζοντας όλη τη Νότια Αμερική. Εκτός από διασκέδαση και περιπέτεια, βρίσκουν τον εαυτό τους και τη μοίρα τους…

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί …. ένα road trip στη Νότια Αμερική, τη στενή επαφή με τους ανθρώπους της, αλλά και ένα ταξίδι αυτογνωσίας … Αυτή η ταινία σίγουρα ενέπνευσε εμένα, και αυτό το ταξίδι είναι στην κορυφή της λίστας μου “Πράγματα που θα ήθελα να κάνω πριν πεθάνω”…

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: “Η περιπλάνηση γύρω από την Αμερική μας με έχει αλλάξει περισσότερο από ό, τι νόμιζα. Εγώ δεν είμαι πια εγώ. Τουλάχιστον δεν είμαι ο ίδιος μου ήμουν “.



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Η πλοκή: Βασισμένο στην αληθινή ιστορία του Αυστριακού Heinrich Harrer, ο οποίος ταξιδεύει στα Ιμαλάια να αναρριχηθεί το Mt. Nanga. Μετά από διάφορες περιπέτειες, γίνεται ένας από τους δύο αλλοδαπούς που μένουν στην Ιερή Πόλη της Λάσα. Εκεί γίνεται φίλος με τον Δαλάι Λάμα, ο οποίος του αλλάζει τη ζωή για πάντα …

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί…η ταινία μας εισάγει στον τρόπο ζωής των Θιβετιανών, και μας δείχνει πως ένα ταξίδι μπορεί να μετατρέψει κάποιον, από το να είναι εγωιστής και αλαζόνας, να γίνει σοφός και πνευματικός … Επιπλέον, μας δείχνει το πανέμορφο τοπίο του Θιβέτ…

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: Δαλάι Λάμα: “Εδώ στο Θιβέτ έχουμε ένα ρητό: εάν ένα πρόβλημα μπορεί να λυθεί, τότε δεν έχει κανένα νόημα να ανησυχείς για αυτό. Αν δεν μπορεί να λυθεί, το να ανησυχήσεις δεν θα κάνει κανένα καλό».



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Η πλοκή: Μετά την αποφοίτησή του από το πανεπιστήμιο, ο αριστούχος φοιτητής Christopher McCandless εγκαταλείπει τα υπάρχοντά του και πηγαίνει οτοστόπ στην Αλάσκα για να ζήσει μέσα στην φύση. Βασισμένο σε μια αληθινή ιστορία.

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί… η ιδέα της εγκατάλειψης των πάντων για την πραγματοποίηση ενός οδικού ταξιδιού στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες έχει εμπνεύσει πολλούς ανθρώπους. Η ταινία συλλαμβάνει πολύ καλά την αμερικανική φυσική ομορφιά.

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας:“Όταν θέλεις κάτι στη ζωή, απλά κινήσου και άρπαξε το”.



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Η πλοκή: όταν η δουλειά του απειλείται, ο Walter αρχίζει ένα ταξίδι που μετατρέπεται σε μια περιπέτεια πιο απίθανη από οτιδήποτε θα μπορούσε ποτέ να φανταστεί κανείς.

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί… ένας ονειροπόλος τελικά μια μέρα ανακαλύπτει τον πραγματικό κόσμο, και πηγαίνει από τη Νέα Υόρκη μέχρι την Ισλανδία και τα Ιμαλάια…

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: «Το να βλέπουμε τον κόσμο, επικίνδυνα πράγματα, να δούμε πίσω από τους τοίχους, θα πλησιάσουμε, να βρούμε ο ένας τον άλλον, και να έχουμε αισθήματα. Αυτό είναι ο σκοπός της ζωής ».



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Η πλοκή: Ένας νεαρός Αμερικανός ταξιδεύει στην Ταϊλάνδη, και ψάχνει για μια κρυφή παραλία, που υποτίθεται ότι είναι ο επίγειος παράδεισος.

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί… Ποιος δεν θέλει να βρει την τέλεια, απομονωμένη παραλία; Το Maya Bay, όπου γυρίστηκε η ταινία, έχει εμπνεύσει πολλούς ταξιδιώτες, και έχει γίνει ένα από τα πιο τουριστικά αξιοθέατα της Ταϊλάνδης.

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: “Και εγώ, εγώ εξακολουθώ να πιστεύω στον παράδεισο. Αλλά τώρα τουλάχιστον ξέρω ότι δεν είναι κάποιο μέρος που μπορείς να αναζητήσεις, γιατί δεν είναι εκεί που πας. Είναι το πώς αισθάνεσαι για μια στιγμή στη ζωή σου, όταν είσαι ένα μέρος από κάτι, και αν βρεις εκείνη τη στιγμή … αυτό διαρκεί για πάντα … ”



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Η πλοκή: Βασισμένη (κάπως) στο αυτοβιογραφικό μυθιστόρημα της Francis Mayes. Όταν η τέλεια ζωή της γίνεται απροσδόκητα άνω κάτω, η Φράνσις πηγαίνει μια περιήγηση με πούλμαν στην Ιταλία, και εκεί παρορμητικά αγοράζει μια βίλα στην Τοσκάνη. Ενώ ασχολείται με την αποκατάσταση της βίλας, βρίσκει τελικά τον εαυτό της, και τον έρωτα …

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί… Όταν όλα φαίνονται χαμένα, ένα ταξίδι μπορεί να μας αλλάξει τη ζωή. Βάλε επιπλέον το όμορφο τοπίο της Τοσκάνης…

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας:“Οποιαδήποτε αυθαίρετη στροφή στην πορεία μου και εγώ θα ήμουνα αλλού, και θα ήμουν διαφορετική “.




Η πλοκή: η Δανή Karen Blixen μετακομίζει στην Αφρική και αναλαμβάνει μια φυτεία καφέ. Ενώ η συναισθηματική της ζωή περιπλέκεται, η Κάρεν αποκτά καλύτερη κατανόηση και σεβασμό προς την αφρικανική κουλτούρα. Βασισμένο σε μια αληθινή ιστορία.

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί… το μαγευτικό τοπίο της Αφρικής.

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: “Ίσως ήξερε, αλλά εγώ δεν το ήξερα, ότι η Γη είναι στρογγυλή έτσι ώστε να μην δούμε πολύ μακριά στο δρόμο”.



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Η πλοκή: ο Xavier, ένας Γάλλος φοιτητής, μετακομίζει στη Βαρκελώνη. Εκεί μοιράζεται ένα διαμέρισμα με άλλους ξένους φοιτητές. Μαζί θα ζήσουν μια σειρά από περιπέτειες που θα αλλάξουν τη ζωή του.

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί…. μας δείχνει την φοιτητική ζωή, τις πολιτιστικές ανταλλαγές, με τη Βαρκελώνη ως φόντο.

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: “Όταν φτάνεις σε μια νέα πόλη, τίποτα δεν βγάζει νόημα. Όλα σου είναι άγνωστα… Αφού ζεις εκεί, περπατάς τους δρόμους της, θα σου γίνουν γνώριμοι. Γνωρίζεις τους ανθρώπους της. (…) Τότε η πόλη θα σου ανήκει επειδή την έχεις ζήσει”.



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Η πλοκή: Δύο Αμερικανοί γνωρίζονται στο Τόκιο και βιώσουν τις πολιτιστικές και γλωσσικές διαφορές μεταξύ τους και τους Ιάπωνες.

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί… ορισμένα ταξίδια μας κάνουν να δενόμαστε με ανθρώπους που μας επηρεάζουν για πάντα. Η ταινία καταγράφει πολύ καλά την ιαπωνική κουλτούρα, και δείχνει μερικές όμορφες εικόνες του Κιότο …

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: «Ας μην ξαναέρθουμε ποτέ εδώ, επειδή ποτέ δεν θα ξαναπεράσουμε τόσο καλά.”




Η πλοκή: Μια γυναίκα δυσαρεστημένη με τη ζωή της φεύγει σε ένα ταξίδι, και βρίσκει τον εαυτό της, ενώ “τρώει” στην Ιταλία, “προσεύχεται” στην Ινδία, και “ερωτεύεται” στην Ινδονησία.

Εμπνέει ταξίδι, γιατί….Παρ’ότι ο χαρακτήρας της Liz δεν με εμπνέει, ούτε μου άρεσε πολύ η ταινία, υπάρχουν μαγευτικά τοπία, νόστιμο φαγητό, και ωραία μουσική! (λατρεύω αυτό το τραγούδι…). Άλλωστε, ποιος δεν θα ήθελε να πάει σε ένα ταξίδι από την Ιταλία στην Ινδία και στο Μπαλί;

Απόσπασμα της ταινίας: “Αν είστε αρκετά γενναίοι για να αφήσετε πίσω ότι σας είναι οικείο και παρήγορο (…) και πηγαίνετε σε ένα ταξίδι αναζήτησης της αλήθειας, είτε εξωτερικό ή εσωτερικό, και αν είστε πραγματικά διατεθειμένοι να θεωρήσετε όλα όσα συμβαίνουν σε σας σε αυτό το ταξίδι ως ένα σημάδι (…), τότε η αλήθεια δεν θα σας αποκρυφτεί. ”



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Αυτές οι τρεις εξαιρετικές ταινίες εμπνέουν ταξίδια, η καθεμία με διαφορετικό τρόπο: η συνάντηση δύο νεαρών στη Βιέννη, την επανασύνδεση τους στο Παρίσι, και τις διακοπές τους στην Ελλάδα. Διάβασε περισσότερα εδώ.


Traveling may elicit many feelings: fun, joy, sadness, empowerment. There are trips though that can change your life…

Check out this list of movies showing life-changing trips, geographical, but also spiritual… Maybe they will inspire you to find your next travel destination….


Motorcycle Diaries 1The plot: Based on the journals of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. While being a medical student, he and a friend went on a motorcycle road trip throughout South America. Besides fun and adventure, they find their own selves and their destiny…

It inspires travel because…. a road trip in South America, the intimate contact with its people, but also a self discovery journey…This movie certainly inspired me, and this trip is at the top of my lifetime “Bucket list”…

Quote:“Wandering around our America has changed me more than I thought. I am not me any more. At least I’m not the same me I was”.



Seven years in Tibet 1The plot: Based on the true story of Austrian Heinrich Harrer, who travels to the Himalayas to climb Mt. Nanga. After going through several incidents, he becomes one of the two foreigners in the Tibetan Holy City of Lhasa. There he befriends with the Dalai Lama, changing his life forever…

It inspires travel because….the film introduces us to Tibetans lifestyle, and shows us how a trip can transform someone, from being selfish and arrogant to wise and spiritual…Besides, the beautiful Tibetan scenery…

Quote: Dalai Lama: “We have a saying in Tibet: if a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good”.



Into the Wild 2 resizedThe plot: After graduating from university, top student Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions and hitchhikes to Alaska to live into the wild. Based on a true story.

It inspires travel because…the idea of abandoning everything to pursue a road trip throughout the United States has inspired many people. The movie captures very nicely the american natural beauty.

Quote: “When you want something in life, you just gotta reach out and grab it”



the_secret_life_of_walter_mitty 1 resizedThe plot: When his job gets threatened, Walter embarks on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

It inspires travel because…a day dreamer finally discovering the real world. From New York all the way to Iceland and the Himalayas…

Quote: “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life”.



The-Beach-630x407 1The plot: A young American backpacker travels to Thailand, and searches for a hidden beach, supposed to be paradise on earth.

It inspires travel because….Who doesn’t want to find the perfect, secluded beach? The Maya Bay, where the movie was filmed has inspired a lot of travellers, becoming one of the major tourist attractions in Thailand.

Quote: “And me, I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for, ’cause it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something, and if you find that moment… it lasts forever…”



Under the Tuscan sun 1 resizedThe plot: Based (loosely) on the biographical novel of Frances Mayes. When her perfect life gets unexpectedly messed up, Frances goes on a bus tour to Italy, and there she impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany. While restoring the villa, she eventually finds herself, and love…

It inspires travel because….when everything seems lost, a trip can change our lives. Add the beautiful Tuscan scenery…

Quote: “Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different”



outofafrica1The plot: Karen Blixen, a Danish woman, moves to Africa and starts a coffee plantation. While her sentimental life gets complicated, she gains a much better understanding and respect for the African culture. Based on a true story.

It inspires travel because…the breathtaking African scenery

Quote: “Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road”



aubergeespagnole- 3 resizedThe plot: Xavier, a French student, moves to Barcelona. There, he shares an apartment with other foreign students. Together they will live a series of adventures that will change his life.

It inspires travel because…the student life, the cultural exchanges, with Barcelona as a background.

Quote: “When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense. Everything’ s unknown, virgin… After you’ve lived here, walked these streets, you’ll know them inside out. You’ll know these people. (…) it’ll belong to you because you’ve lived there”



lostintranslation windowThe plot: Two americans meet each other in Tokyo and experience the cultural and language differences between themselves and the Japanese.

It inspires travel because…traveling sometimes make us bond to people that influences us forever. The movie captures very well Japanese culture, and shows some beautiful shots in Kyoto…

Quote: “Let’s never come here again because it would never be as much fun.”



EAT PRAY LOVEThe plot: A woman unhappy with her life takes off on a journey, and finds herself while eating in Italy, praying in India, and loving in Indonesia.

It inspires travel because….Although Liz’s character did not inspire me, neither I liked much the movie, there are breathtaking landscapes, delicious food and nice music (I love this song…). Besides, who wouldn’t want to go on a trip from Italy to India to Bali?

Quote: “If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (…) and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue (…) then the truth will not be withheld from you.”



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These three beautiful movies inspire travel, each one in a different way: young couple meeting in Vienna, their reunion in Paris, their vacations in Greece. Read more here.