June 1, 2012 by Amanda
Today’s Film Friday post was submitted by Ali Garland. Ali is an American expat living in Germany. Her travel addiction led her to visit all 7 continents before her 30th birthday. She recently returned from a round the world trip and is now fumbling her way through life in Germany. She is currently searching for the perfect salsa recipe. Ali writes at Ali’s Adventures, and you can follow her on Twitter, @aliadventures7, and Facebook.
Each Friday, I’ll be briefly profiling a specific location somewhere in the world that has been featured in a movie or TV show.
This week, the site is Santorini, Greece.
Santorini doesn’t exactly need help getting people to visit. It’s one of the most popular islands in Greece, and tourists flock there for the breathtaking sunsets. It also happens to be where parts of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 and 2 were filmed.
These movies are about four girls who, despite being different sizes, share a pair of pants in order to keep in touch while they’re apart for the summer. The movies are kind of cheesy and definitely aimed at teenagers, but I loved them anyway. The theme of friendship and a touch of travel were enough to pull me in.
In the first movie one of the girls, Lena, goes to Santorini for the summer to visit her grandparents and ends up falling in love with a guy who lives there. In the second movie, all four girls go to Santorini because the pants went missing on the island.
The scenes here are probably my favorite parts of the movie because of the gorgeous location. As Lena is exploring the island, you can see the volcano in the background and the typical Santorini blue roofs. In the movies, they show the girls riding donkeys up the path from the port in Oia. When I was on the volcano tour that ended in Oia, I decided not to ride a donkey, but I did walk up the steep path.
The movies were both filmed on location, a fact locals pointed out to me several times while I was there. They were very proud of their connection to Hollywood. The scenes in Turkey from the second movie were actually filmed in Santorini as well, but it was a remote area specifically set up to look like Turkey.
Though I did want to go to Greece before seeing the first film, the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is what prompted me to plan my first solo trip to Santorini. The white-washed buildings clinging to the cliffs, the sun setting over the ocean, it’s enough to make anyone want to get on the first plane to Greece.
Have you visited a film-related site that you’d like to write about? Let me know!