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Where was Spectre filmed?

The new Bond film Spectre is packed with awesome filming locations. 007 will take you from the desert in Morocco to the icy heights of Austria, and from the madness of a Mexican festival to the glamour of Rome, without forgetting where everything comes from, England.

It's no surprise that a James Bond film has been filmed all over the world. It is already the house brand to use exotic locations in each installment of the series. The previous one, Skyfall, was shot in Shanghai, Istanbul, Scotland and Japan. There are tons of pages commenting the plot, but here as always, we go spoiler-free:

Spectre filming locations in Mexico

Spectre Filming Locations
The film's opening sequence takes place in Mexico city, around the Zócalo and the Centro.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Mexico
The production recreated a magnificent parade of the Day of the Dead festival, filmed in collaboration with local folklore bands. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Locations
Street Tacuba, with the National Museum of Art at the left and the Palace of Mining at the right.
Image by Laap mx

Where was Spectre filmed
The central main square Zocalo was completely closed for filming works. More than 200 extras with costumes and makeup participated in the action. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Zocalo
Shooting in Mexico lasted more than two weeks, and included a helicopter action sequence flying over the city center. Also the streets around the old senate were used in a scene showing the destruction of some buildings. Image by Felix E. Guerrero

Day of the Dead Spectre
The massive Calavera Catrina, icon of the Day of the Dead, appearing in Spectre with the Mexico City Cathedral in the background. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre filming locations in Austria

Lake Spectre
The intro-to-Austria-scene takes us into the cold winter waters of the Lake Altaussee.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Film Location Spectre
The 007 crew was filming in the country for more than a month.
Image by Philip Schroll

House Spectre
A large wooden alpine house was set in Obertilliach, used as the "Bond House".
Image by Jari

Spectre Austria
The Ötztal Glacier Road and tunnels of this section of the Austrian Alps, were used for scenery in an action chase sequence. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Sölden
This road is a beautiful scenic way that leads to Sölden, and it's considered the second highest paved road in Europe.
Image by Roman Pfeiffer

Top Mountain Spectre
The luxurious ICE Q Restaurant on Sölden skiing resort, at the top of a peak at 3,048m (10,000 foot). This splendid location was doubling as a private medical clinic. Image by Ötztal Sourismus Sölden

Mountains Spectre
The production team was also filming some views over the small Kartitsch village, for scenes on ski slopes.
Image by Roman Pfeiffer

Spectre filming locations in England

MI6 Spectre
MI6 headquarters in Vauxhall (London), bombed-out in the previous 007 film Skyfall, in an image snapped from the trailer of Spectre. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre London
Many interior scenes were filmed in Pinewood Studios. Some more locations in London include the City Hall, Westminster Bridge and the Covent Garden among other city venues. Image by George Rex

Blenheim Palace Spectre
Also in England, the exteriors of the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock (Oxfordshire), were doubling for Palazzo Cadenza in Italy. This is where the Spectra meeting takes place. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre shooting locations
The cars are leaving the grounds of the palace in UK, but the chase scene continues more than a thousand miles away...
Image by Sheila Sund

Spectre filming locations in Italy

Car chase Spectre
... along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Rome Spectre
The area of the Roman bridges set for the location, was around Ponte Sant'Angelo, Ponte Mazzini and Ponte Sisto (pictured). Image by Filippo N

Spectre Scene location
Aston Martin DB10 vs Jaguar C-X75 racing in front of the Vatican, in Via della Conciliazione.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Movie Locations Spectre
Another screenshot showing a section of the elevated passage know as Passetto di Borgo, where the chase scene continues through the streets of the Eternal City. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Italy Spectre
Outside Rome, this property called Villa Fiorano was set for a scene with Monica Bellucci.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Funeral
Another location worthy of 007 is the rationalist architecture of the Museum of Roman Civilization, used for a funeral scene. Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre movie set location
This building is part of the impressive EUR district in Rome, used as filming location for hundreds of movies before. If you don't know yet this place, don't miss out the inspiring Square Colosseum.

Spectre filming locations in Morocco

Spectre Train
Some exteriors were filmed showing the Oriental Desert Express train in Oujda. The scenes of the desert were shot near Erfoud.

Spectre Tanger
In Tanger, a set for a scene was built in Medina, including repainting and fixing the area for the purpose of the film.
Image courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Spectre Morocco
Like this pharmacy, that was transformed into a coffee.
Images courtesy of Bernard Moutin

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Maramures, a place from another time in a forgotten corner of Romania

Romania is a country full of pleasant surprises. Its bad international reputation keeps many away from some of its innumerable charms. The northern county of Maramures still retains the appeal of rural traditions, which have not yet been plundered by the modern life. But who knows how much longer it will last. Everything changes in a Romania that catches up with the rest of Europe quickly, via structural funds.

However, tourism is already here, but it seems that its perverse effects have not yet contaminated the villagers. The people of Maramures are hospitable, friendly and I would say, happy. They live in a harsh environment in winter, but of a supreme beauty, and they know it.

The isolated geographical location also helps. The nearest international airport is located in the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca, about 300 km south of the heart of Maramures. The area is surrounded by a rather poor and antiquated road network, that has to overcome valleys and mountains everywhere. To the north are the Ukrainian Carpathians, and further west is a corner of Hungary that few travelers visit. It's almost perfect.

Maramures Romania

Where was The Man from U.N.C.L.E. filmed?

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a remake of a TV series from the 60s, set during the Cold War: a CIA agent infiltrates in East Berlin to track down the daughter of a Nazi scientist who can create a new atomic bomb. It's a classic spy-action-comedy, but this time partially set in the Mediterranean.

The leading actors form a troupe of sexy and glamorous Hollywood stars, always ready to pose for the photo, like Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki, Alicia Vikander, and Hugh Grant.

Guy Ritchie (responsible of brilliant movies like Snatch or Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), is the film director who will take the crew to the filming locations in Italy and United Kingdom: Contains no spoilers!

Where was The Man from UNCLE filmed

12 beautiful German cities that survived WW2 almost untouched

When traveling through Europe is still very easy to see in many places the trail left by the wounds of World War II. The conflict wiped out centuries of art, treasures and history, that time had gathered across the geography of the old continent.

Germany received its share, and saw how most of its urban centers were reduced to a pile of rubble. Luckily, human stupidity didn't took it all. A handful of small cities were left standing, to remind everyone what we missed out on.

This list is a selection of the biggest and most important cities that were spared during the Second World War. They were little or never bombed. A wise surrender on time, without a fight to advancing allied troops, left many of these fortunate towns untouched by the ravages of the war. It is not to be forgotten that once the peace was signed, the historic buildings had still to fight not to be torn down, to be replaced by newer ones:

German cities that survived WW2

Where was Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation filmed?

The new installment of the action spy films Mission Impossible, it's already the fifth from a franchise that travels a lot in every episode of the saga. It's been almost 20 years since the first movie of the series was released, in 1996. The last one, nicknamed Ghost Protocol, happened to be the most international part of all of them. It included spectacular scenes from different places around the globe. We could see from Tom Cruise climbing the tallest building in the world in Dubai, to the Kremlin blowing up in Moscow.

This time, Morocco is the star country where Mission Impossible was filmed. The other main shooting locations, though less exotic, are located in the United Kingdom and Austria. As usual, this post no contains spoilers:

Where was Mission Impossible filmed

Siwa Oasis in Egypt: Alone in the Sahara

In these times of turmoil, Egypt is perceived as an unsafe country to travel to. It seems as if the masses of tourists that were overflowing his most famous attractions, had fled in disarray. In the Egyptian Museum, before the revolution tourists had to queue to enter Tutankhamun's room. Nowadays, you will share a close view of the glittery mask of the Pharaoh, only with a few bunch of people. In this state of things, if you get yourself to a remote oasis, it's almost guaranteed that you'll have it all for you.

Siwa oasis is half a day's journey by bus from Cairo, and it takes nearly eight hours from Alexandria. This didn't stop backpackers and tourist in general from filling up cheap hostels and air conditioned villas. But the area is only at 50 kilometers from the border with Libya, and when I went there, the last news from the neighboring country were quite gloomy.

But we are looking at the bright side of this situation. Now we can enjoy a country that has so much to offer to the visitor, without the excess of visitors. So let's see what awaits us after passing like six or seven military checkpoints on the way to Siwa:

Siwa Oasis

The new UNESCO World Heritage sites 2014. Yep, last year we failed to publish this post on time, but all good things are worth waiting for. Also the qualities of these new 26 inscriptions (plus 4 extensions) are -supposedly- timeless.

You know that no one makes UNESCO lists look as good as we do. You can also review the places that achieved the recognition in 2011, 2012 and 2013 following these links.

Including these new properties, the list has already more than a thousand sites, 1,007 in total:

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