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Among other cul­tural trea­sures of south­ern Spain, art his­to­rian An­drew Gra­ham-Dixon vis­its Granada’s as­ton­ish­ing Al­ham­bra. Sun­day, 3pm, ABC1

The Big Ap­ple set to mu­sic in the Liza Min­nelli song-and dance hit. Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Fox Clas­sics Europe’’. She says the fam­ily de­cided it was ac­tu­ally a more ap­pro­pri­ate word than ho­tel ‘‘ to de­scribe some of the less salu­bri­ous places we stayed in’’. Gorely adds that ‘‘ an­other strangely ap­pro­pri­ate one that has stood the test of time is chicken mag­gots (in­stead of nuggets), which are ubiq­ui­tous yet wel­com­ingly fa­mil­iar for the weary child trav­eller, on kids’ menus through­out the world’’.

Lounge ’ s orig­i­nal dead­line for sug­ges­tions was March 1, so if you are a slow coach and have a word or phrase up your sleeve, hop to it.

Fur­ther gems will ap­pear in next week’s col­umn. Send to: kuro­sawas@theaus­tralian.com.au.

IN tune with the re­cent Academy Awards hoopla, Ho­tels.com has come up with a list of the world’s top 10 ho­tels made fa­mous by movies.

One would have to ar­gue that many of th­ese prop­er­ties were well known be­fore their gilded lob­bies were fea­tured on the sil­ver screen.

The Taj Lake Palace at Udaipur, In­dia, for ex­am­ple, is known for much more than the set­ting for the ad­ven­tures of Maud Adams as jewel thief Oc­to­pussy in the James Bond movie of that name.

Park Hy­att Tokyo, how­ever, is still joy­fully trad­ing on its ap­pear­ance as the ho­tel used in Sofia Cop­pola’s com­mended LostinTrans­la­tion and it con­tin­ues to sell ac­com­mo­da­tion pack­ages by that name.

The Grand Ho­tel Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Repub­lic: Stood in for the Ho­tel Splen­dide in Daniel Craig’s 007 de­but flick Casi­noRoyale (2006).

Park Hy­att Tokyo, Ja­pan: The dis­lo­cated trav­ellers played by Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and Bill Mur­ray stayed here in LostinTrans­la­tion (2003).

The Bel­la­gio Re­sort, Las Ve­gas, US: Ge­orge Clooney (Danny Ocean) and his crew, in­clud­ing Matt Da­mon and Brad Pitt, tar­geted this casino ho­tel in Ocean­sEleven (2001).

The Ritz, Lon­don: The char­ac­ters played by Ju­lia Roberts and Hugh Grant put on the Ritz in the heart­warm­ing Not­tingHill (1999).

The Plaza Ho­tel, New York, US: Who could for­get Ma­caulay Culkin as aban­doned eight-year-old Kevin McCal­lis­ter in­Home Alone2:LostinNewYork (1992)?

Re­gent Bev­erly Wil­shire, Bev­erly Hills, US: Roberts’s char­ac­ters love ho­tels; her Vi­vian Ward charmed Richard Gere’s Ed­ward Lewis here in Pretty Woman (1990).

Taj Lake Palace Ho­tel, Udaipur, In­dia: Roger Moore’s James Bond saved the day in Oc­to­pussy (1983).

Tim­ber­line Lodge, Ore­gon, US: At this re­mote lodge, Jack Ni­chol­son scared the socks off us all as Jack Torrance in TheShin­ing (1980). US air fares at record lows; gain in Spain; free flights to Nor­folk Is­land; dis­counted ho­tels. Th­ese and other money-sav­ing of­fers are fea­tured in Travel&In­dul­gence’s hol­i­day deals, up­dated daily:

www.theaus­tralian.com.au/travel/dd

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