R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog


Small-screen travel.

Those of us who love world travel sometimes like to go—curl up, that is, on the couch with a good movie. We took a quick survey of the R. Crusoe staff to find out their favorite movies, those in which a European city or country figures prominently, almost as a main character. Below is our ... Read More >

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20 Sep 2018
Posted in Events & Coming Attractions, Film, History

Beyond the big screen.

This December, coming to a theater near you: “Mary Queen of Scots,” a new film based on John Guy’s popular biography, My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. Directed by Josie Rourke, it stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and chronicles the ... Read More >

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23 Aug 2018
Posted in Film, Food & Beverage, History

You must remember this.

Yes, it’s true that the 1942 film “Casablanca” was fictional, Rick’s Café Américain and all. But no need to get caught up in the details. Fact is, the movie—and Humphrey Bogart’s restaurant—is so beloved, that one woman decided to recreate the café in Morocco.

A former American diplomat fell in love with the film ... Read More > Read More >
17 May 2018
Posted in Film, Food & Beverage, Uncategorized

At the corner of film and food.

Foodies and film aficionados take note: Head to Lyon, France, for time in a museum dedicated to the inventors of the moving picture, Auguste and Louis Lumière.

Lumière Villa, once the family residence, now houses a museum honoring the brothers’ achievements—and particularly the cinematograph, their most important invention. Among other artifacts, you can ... Read More >

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15 Feb 2018
Posted in Film, History, Literature

Read. Watch. Learn.

Babbel, a foreign-language learning website, had a fun idea: Ask a number of foreign ambassadors to the United States to share one book recommendation and one film recommendation for first-time visitors to their countries. Babbel reports, “Their choices range from the very popular to the relatively obscure, but they all offer a good starting point ... Read More >

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26 Sep 2017
Posted in Events & Coming Attractions, Film

Budapest’s backlot.

Speaking of films . . . Coming to a theater near you next month: “Blade Runner 2049,” a sequel to the original 1982 “Blade Runner.” A $200 million production, the new film stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. It was shot in the picturesque village of Etyek, just a short drive from Budapest, Hungary, at ... Read More >

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Rolling on the rivers.

Here is an unusual opportunity to spend quality time with—and get to know—Jean-Michel Cousteau, world-famous explorer, filmmaker, conservationist, and educator. In 2017 and 2018, Jean-Michel, the son of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, hosts several small groups of travelers aboard two inviting riverboats.

On 15 September 2017, 23 February 2018, and 14 September 2018, Jean-Michel leads journeys ... Read More >

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24 Mar 2015
Posted in Events & Coming Attractions, Film

Mowgli’s back. Baloo, too

It seems that Rudyard Kipling’s love for India never grows old. Coming to a theater near you in 2016 and 2017: not one but two new films based on Kipling’s Jungle Book.

Kipling penned the stories in 1894. Born in India, he spent the first six years of his childhood there. After an unhappy decade ... Read More >

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Love among the marigolds.

In March 2015, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” opens in the United States. If you’re a Dame Judi Dench or a Dame Maggie Smith fan (we love them both), you won’t want to miss this film, a sequel to John Madden’s original 2012 hit, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

In the new film, Sonny (Dev ... Read More >

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9 Apr 2014
Posted in Architecture, Film, History, Tidbits & trivia

A country manor reborn.

Next time you find yourself in Paris, we suggest you head just beyond the city to Château de Champs-sur-Marne. After six years of meticulous restoration, the elegant house and its 85 acres of gardens are once again open to the public.

This early-18th-century château was home to the daughter of King Louis XIV, then the ... Read More >

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