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The ‘Great Gatsby’ world tour

4 Comments 07 May 2013

The ‘Great Gatsby’ world tour

Traveling the world this summer, old sport? Why not stop by a few bars and locations having to do with the first big blockbuster of the summer of 2013, The Great Gatsby.

Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel has taken over the world. Suddenly the jazz age, flappers and speakeasies are all popular again. Are we all just in the mood for a throw back? Is everyone simply enamored by anticipation of another Luhrmann spectacle? Or can this generation relate so much with the main message and times of the novel, they’re slipping back into the era?

Regardless, the recent 1920s throwback trend in entertainment and fashion can just as easily be added to your summer travel itinerary. See Fitzgerald’s Paris, visit places that inspired the author in New York, spot film locations for the recent film adaptation in Sydney and more with this ‘Great Gatsby’ world tour.

Tour Gatsby’s New York

Any good Gatsby world tour must start in the story’s location, New York. The book was set mainly in Long Island, which Fitzgerald fictitiously split into East and West Egg. While visiting the Empire State, people can tour Oheka Castle, a house that inspired Gatsby’s mansion, stop by the Plaza Hotel for a round of whiskey, visit Bobby’s NYC for a Gatsby-style party and much more.

Walk in Fitzgerald’s footsteps in Paris

Paris was a retreat for many American expatriate artists and writers in the 1920s including F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author lived in the city of lights from 1924-1931, during which time The Great Gatsby was published (1925). Though Fitzgerald actually completed the novel after moving to the French Riviera in 1923. Harry’s New York Bar is one known hangout of the author during his stay. has put together a more extensive city walk dedicated to Fitzgerald.

Spot Luhrmann film locations in Sydney

Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby has added yet another destination to this world tour, Sydney, Australia, where the movie was filmed. The Aussie director used several locations in and around his home city, including Centennial Park; which was used for Gatsby’s estate, St. Patrick’s Seminary; which was used for Gatsby’s mansion, and Waverley Cemetery; we’ll leave out what this was used for in case you haven’t read the book yet. Writer Jerry Garrett elaborates on these and more Sydney film locations on his blog.

Party like it’s the Jazz Age in London

London saw a rise in speakeasy openings and 1920s-themed parties long before the premier of The Great Gatsby in New York City last week. Sure, the parties written about in the novel and shown on screen are intended for the Big Apple, but in truth, no one quite throws a party like the Brits. Plus, they have something extra to celebrate about with Londoner Carey Mulligan playing Daisy, the film’s golden girl. Some Great Gatsby party ideas in London Town include Prohibition 1920s; which is a monthly era-themed party held at a secret location, S.S. Atlantica; a monthly 1930s-themed party held on a boat on the River Thames and countless speakeasies located around the city. Dress in time-attire.

An evening in a 1920s California mansion

One last Gatsby style attraction is Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in 1919, this lavish Pacific Coast mansion still looks just as it did when Hollywood stars and icons came to visit during its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. They offer an evening tour in the spring and fall that allows visitors to see what it would have been like to visit the castle during those times with actors and guides roaming the area dressed in time attire.

Photo by Bobbi Lee Hitchon

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  • Lindsay Hogg

    love this idea!

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Thanks so much! I’m hoping to do a few NYC things over the summer.

  • Nina

    Love this post! What a great idea! Just found your blog through Preeti’s (London Vegetarian) Creative Inspirations post. Amazing job with it – looking forward to following your adventures! Cheers!

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon

    Awh thanks so much! She’s great. Welcome aboard!

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