Even though it’s still the middle of winter, I’ve started thinking of my upcoming trip to New York in April. One of my favourite things about New York is its role in many of my favourite movies and television shows over the years. I alternate between popular culture junkie and nerd, so it’s thrilling to me when I see something in real life that reminds me of a favourite pop culture moment.
When I started canvassing friends and family for their own pilgrimages, so many fun memories came out that I thought we should take a look through some of them. Throughout the month of February, I’ll be posting regularly about some of my favourite pop culture travel experiences and you’re welcome to add your own, either in the comments, or by emailing me the details (and pictures, if you have them).
My first “pop culture pilgrimage” happened years ago when I travelled throughout New England regularly for work. I was going through Connecticut and saw the seaside town of Mystic was on my way. I had a few hours to kill, so I stopped in and went for lunch at Mystic Pizza. THE Mystic Pizza of Julia Roberts-breakout-stardom fame .
The restaurant itself was exactly what you’d expect from a small town pizza joint. I’ve long forgotten what I had, other than pizza, and I can’t remember if I liked it, it was probably fine.
One thing I recall very clearly from the experience, though, was the notable lack of merchandise, so I grabbed a handful of matchbooks.
Ever since that trip, way back in the 1990s, I’ve relished the opportunity to match up my pop culture interests with my travels and over this series of posts, I’m looking forward to sharing my favourites, some from other pop culture traveller friends and the countless suggestions I’ve gotten from Twitter and Facebook.
Have you travelled to see some of your favourite pop culture places come to life? Please share your favourites in the comments!