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40 Things to Watch for Your European Vacation Inspiration

 

Chelsey and I are so pumped for our trip that we are almost counting down to the minute. To tide us over, we have been watching so many movies and shows set in Europe. These are our top picks for your European vacation inspiration!

 

Harry Potter

Harry Potter learns that he is the orphan of two powerful wizards on his 11th birthday. He receives countless letters from Hogwarts, a British school of magic. While making his journey to Hogwarts, he meets Ron and Hermione, his soon to be best friends. Once at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends start to unravel all the mysteries that Hogwarts has hidden. Even the mystery of how his parents perished.

 

Downton Abbey

This historical drama follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the family’s Edwardian country house. Set in the early 20th century, with the series beginning with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. This causes Downton Abbey’s future to be in jeopardy, as Lord Grantham’s presumptive heirs die aboard the ship, leaving him without a male offspring to take over the throne upon his death. As the programme progresses through the decade, other historical events happen that have an effect on all the characters lives and on the British social hierarchy.

 

The Holiday

Dumped and depressed, English rose Iris agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky in love Californian Amanda for a much-needed break. Iris finds herself in a palatial Hollywood mansion while Amanda navigates the lanes of a picture-perfect English village. Soon enough, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads perfect for a romantic pick-me-up.

 

Passport to Paris

Melanie and Ally Porter are sent to Paris to visit their grandfather. The twins fall in love with France, not to mention two French boys, while also trying to stay one step ahead of their uptight chaperon.

 

Winning London

When Chloe and Riley Lawrence are invited to London to participate in the International Model UN competition, they enjoy seeing the sights and find romance with cute British boys. When not busy representing the most powerful nation on Earth, the twins learn to play polo, see the sights, go shopping, and even find time for romance. But the sisters also learn a few important lessons about responsibility and compromise along the way.

 

The Crown

Based on an award-winning play (“The Audience”) by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.

Pride & Prejudice

In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Elizabeth Bennet  lives with her mother, father and sisters in the English countryside. As the eldest, she faces mounting pressure from her parents to marry. When the outspoken Elizabeth is introduced to the handsome and upper-class Mr. Darcy, sparks fly. Although there is obvious chemistry between the two, Darcy’s overly reserved nature threatens the fledgling relationship.

 

Ever After

This updated adaptation of the classic fairytale tells the story of Danielle, a vibrant young woman who is forced into servitude after the death of her father. Danielle’s stepmother Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) is a heartless woman who forces Danielle to do the cooking and cleaning, while she tries to marry off her own two daughters. But Danielle’s life takes a wonderful turn when she meets the charming Prince Henry.

 

Wimbledon

Frustrated at his own failures and disillusioned with professional sports, tennis player Peter Colt resolves to retire from competition and become an instructor at an exclusive private club. But when Colt receives a surprise wild-card berth in Wimbledon, he can’t help but enter the tournament. Soon, Colt meets Lizzie Bradbury, a beautiful American tennis player with an upcoming match of her own, and finds the inspiration he hopes will turn his luck around.

 

Elizabeth (1 & 2)

Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen of a divided and dangerous England in 1558. She is roundly perceived as weak by threats from within and abroad, and she is strongly advised to marry by counsel William Cecil. But she will be married only to her country. Intelligent and cautious, she must choose where to place her trust: with her shrewd secretary Walsingham, a master of espionage, or her secret lover, Sir Robert Dudley.

 

Sherlock Holmes

When a string of brutal murders terrorizes London, it doesn’t take long for legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his crime-solving partner, Dr. Watson, to find the killer, Lord Blackwood. A devotee of the dark arts, Blackwood has a bigger scheme in mind, and his execution plays right into his plans. The game is afoot when Blackwood seems to rise from the grave, plunging Holmes and Watson into the world of the occult and strange technologies.

 

The Other Boleyn Girl

King Henry VIII  lacks an heir. Seeing this as an opportunity for personal gain, the Duke of Norfolk and Sir Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance) persuade Thomas’ daughter Anne to seduce the king. But Henry falls in love with Anne’s sister, Mary, instead. When Mary becomes pregnant, she’s confined to bed, with charged with Anne keeping the king from straying — but the plan backfires when Anne seeks the king’s affections for herself.

 

The Tudors

This series focuses on the early years of King Henry VIII’s nearly 40-year reign (1509-1547) of England. It Henry’s famous female companions like Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn and delves into his relationships with important figures like Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey (head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome) and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, who was Henry’s best friend and unofficial adviser.

 

The King’s Speech

England’s Prince Albert must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth  hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence.

 

What A Girl Wants

On a whim, American teenager Daphne boards a plane to England to find the father she never met. Upon arriving there, though, she makes a startling discovery: The man she’s looking for is Lord Henry Dashwood, a member of the British upper class, who is running for political office. Lord Henry didn’t know Daphne existed, but he welcomes her into his life. However, she isn’t so sure — and his family and his current betrothed look on her disapprovingly.

 

Chasing Liberty

Anna Foster, code-named “Liberty,” the daughter of the president of the United States, can’t get the Secret Service off her back when she goes on dates with boys. Accompanying her father on a state visit to Prague, she eludes her protectors and meets a handsome British boy, Ben Calder, with whom she embarks on a romantic journey across Europe. But there’s something she doesn’t know about Ben: He’s a Secret Service agent.

 

Brave

Merida, the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus and Queen Elinor, is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life. Her defiance of an age-old tradition angers the Highland lords and leads to chaos in the kingdom. Merida seeks help from an eccentric witch, who grants her an ill-fated wish. Now, Merida must discover the true meaning of courage and undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

 

Braveheart

William Wallace is the medieval Scottish patriot who is spurred into revolt against the English when the love of his life is slaughtered. Leading his army into battles that become a war, his advance into England threatens King Edward I’s throne before he is captured and executed, but not before becoming a symbol for a free Scotland.

 

Roman Holiday

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

 

Paris When it SIzzles

Hotshot Hollywood screenwriter Richard Benson is in trouble. He sold a script idea to decadent producer Alexander Meyerheim, but has wasted all the time he had to finish the screenplay by traipsing around Paris. With just a couple of days left before the deadline, Benson gets a new assistant named Gabrielle Simpson, who helps him put together a love story by acting out all the possible scenarios. But life eventually beginning to imitate art.

 

Sabrina

Sabrina Fairchild is a chauffeur’s daughter who grew up with the wealthy Larrabee family. She always had unreciprocated feelings for David, the family’s younger son and playboy. But after returning from Paris, Sabrina has become a glamorous woman who gets David’s attention. His older, work-minded brother Linus thinks their courtship is bad for the family business and tries to break them up — but then he starts to fall for her too.

 

Funny Face

Dispatched on an assignment, New York City-based fashion photographer Dick Avery is struck by the beauty of Jo Stockton, a shy bookstore employee he’s photographed by accident, who he believes has the potential to become a successful model. He gets Jo to go with him to France, where he snaps more pictures of her against iconic Parisian backdrops. In the process, they fall for one another, only to find hurdles in their way.

 

My Fair Lady

In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins  is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.

 

How to Steal a Million

Charles Bonnet expresses his passion for art by forging masterpieces — and selling them at a hefty profit. The trouble starts when his reproduction of a prized sculpture winds up in a famous Paris museum. If experts determine that it is inauthentic, Bonnet’s reputation will be tarnished. That’s why his fetching daughter, Nicole, hires cat burglar Simon Dermott to steal the sculpture back before it’s too late.

 

Bridget Jones’s Diary

At the start of the New Year, 32-year-old Bridget decides it’s time to take control of her life — and start keeping a diary. Now, the most provocative, erotic and hysterical book on her bedside table is the one she’s writing. With a taste for adventure, and an opinion on every subject – from exercise to men to food to sex and everything in between – she’s turning the page on a whole new life.

 

The Wedding Date

With the wedding of her younger sister fast approaching, Kat Ellis faces the undesirable prospect of traveling alone to London for the ceremony. While this is bad enough, Jeffrey, the man who left her as they moved closer to marriage, happens to be the groom’s best man. Determined to show everyone — most of all Jeffrey — that her romantic life is as full and thrilling as ever, Kat hires a charming male escort as her date.

 

Made of Honor

Always shy of commitment, Tom lives as a serial dater. Hannah, his best friend, has wanted to marry and now has found Mr. Right — just as Tom realizes he really loves Hannah. When she asks him to be in her bridal party, Tom seizes the opportunity to prevent the nuptials and woo her himself.

 

Leap Year

When yet another anniversary passes without a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Anna decides to take action. Aware of a Celtic tradition that allows women to pop the question on Feb. 29, she plans to follow her lover to Dublin and ask him to marry her. Fate has other plans, however, and Anna winds up on the other side of the Emerald Isle with handsome, but surly, Declan — an Irishman who may just lead Anna down the road to true love.

 

Bend it Like Beckham

Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe.

 

Julie and Julia

Frustrated with a soul-killing job, New Yorker Julie Powell embarks on a daring project: she vows to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs’ landmark cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Intertwined with Julie’s story is the true tale of how Julia Child herself conquered French cuisine with passion, fearlessness, and plenty of butter.

 

Ratatouille

Remy dreams of becoming a great chef, despite being a rat in a definitely rodent-phobic profession. He moves to Paris to follow his dream. With the help of hapless garbage boy Linguini he puts his culinary skills to the test. Remy eventually gets the chance to prove his culinary abilities to a great food critic but is the food good? 

 

Beauty and the Beast

An arrogant prince is cursed to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. Belle begins to see the sensitive soul behind the fearsome facade. It soon becomes obvious that Belle’s cocky suitor Gaston is the real beast of the piece.

 

Moulin Rouge

A young Englishman in the Paris of 1899, becomes infatuated with Satine, a singer at the Moulin Rouge. However, she has been promised by the manager to a Duke in return for funding his next production. Satine’s wedding day draws closer but she hides a fatal secret from both Christian and the Duke.

 

The Sound of Music

A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, who becomes a governess for the Von Trapp children. She brings a new love of life and music into the home.

 

P.S. I Love You

When Gerry, the husband of Holly Kennedy, dies from an illness, she loses the love of her life. Knowing how hard Holly will take his death, Gerry plans ahead. On her 30th birthday, she receives the first in a series of letters written by him.

 

Under The Tuscan Sun

In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression, Patti encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. During the trip, Frances decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa.  She struggles to start her life anew amid colorful local characters.

 

Letters to Juliet

While visiting Verona, Italy, Sophie visits a wall where the heartbroken leave notes to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, Juliet Capulet. Finding one such letter from 1957, Sophie decides to write to its now elderly author, Claire. Inspired by Sophie’s actions, Claire sets out to find her long-lost lover, accompanied by her disapproving grandson and Sophie.

 

When in Rome

Disillusioned with romance, Beth, an ambitious New Yorker, travels to Rome, where she plucks magic coins from a special fountain. The coins attract an assortment of odd suitors, including a sausage merchant, a street magician and an artist. But when a persistent reporter throws his hat in the ring, Beth wonders if his love is the real thing.

 

Mamma Mia

Donna is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father. Her plan is having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.

 

Les Miserables

After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death. Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming.

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