If you’re the parent or guardian of a small child, you’re likely well-versed in children’s entertainment. The adventures of such characters as Peppa Pig, Anna & Elsa and the Teen Titans are probably common knowledge, as far as you’re concerned. Perhaps, children’s entertainment has provided you with some knowledge you may not have expected to receive.
The hit animated series, “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir”, for example, follows the exploits of two Parisian teenagers-turned-superheroes. Because it is set in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower makes numerous appearances. You also learn quite a bit about Parisian culture from the show. But since we’ve already blogged about why Paris is a great vacation destination, let’s take a look at a few other fascinating landmarks you may have discovered through movies for kids.
Both Finding Nemo and its sequel, Finding Dory made popular Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Pixar/Disney films didn’t just provide children with incredible underwater adventures that taught us all about the importance of family. The movies also helped us explore the ocean through animated means. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Underwater World, the Great Barrier Reef serves as a centrepiece to the stories in the films.
What makes it a great place to visit? “The Great Barrier Reef is the oldest and largest living coral reef on the planet, with more than 400 different kinds,” informs K.C. Dermody on TripsToDiscover.com, “The dizzying variety of marine species include dolphins, tropical fish, rays, sea turtles, giant clams and much more. Diving here is truly an experience of a lifetime.”
Located in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom. If your young one happens to be a fan of the British animated series, “Go Jetters”, you may have seen the 2015 episode where the young heroes, Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz travel to Stonehenge to prevent their nemesis, Grandmaster Glitch from turning the Stonehenge stones into giant dominoes.
Make no mistake about it. This real-life 5,000 year-old World Heritage Site is worth visiting. “A walk around the Stone Circle is the centrepiece of any visit to the Stonehenge,” insists English Heritage, “The Stone Circle is a masterpiece of engineering, and building it would have taken huge effort from hundreds of well-organized people using only simple tools and technologies.”
Last year, Paramount Pictures released the adventure comedy, Dora and the Lost City of Gold. A live-action incarnation of the hugely popular animated series, “Dora The Explorer”, the film’s main setting was inspired by Machu Picchu in Peru. The lost city of the Incas plays a central role in the plot of the movie. And according to Dermody, the real-life location should be on your bucket list of travel destinations.
“The lost city of the Incas was widely unknown to those who lived outside the immediate area until Hiram Bingham’s discovery was published in a 1911 book called ‘Across South America,” she explains, “As Spanish colonists weren’t aware of its existence, much of the Incan architecture and design were preserved. The site also features the mist-shrouded Huayna Picchu Mountain, rising nearly 1,000 feet above stone ruins, terraces and plazas.”
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