Why “Accidental Wes Anderson” Is the Instagram Craze We Need
Wish you lived in the director's whimsical world? You're not alone.
It’s impossible to watch a Wes Anderson film without wishing you could live in his whimsical world. The pastel pinks, stark reds, and deep greens, along with his misty-colored lens, are signature brushstrokes in his visual art. So evocative is his vivid color palette that you can practically taste raspberry macaron on your tongue when gazing upon sugary pink hue of the pastry shop in Grand Budapest Hotel, a movie you can’t watch without wishing you could inhabit its dreamlike setting.
Luckily, Anderson has been inspired by the wonder of the world around us. And now a self-described Wes Anderson fanboy by the name of Wally Koval has created an account called @AccidentallyWesAnderson, where fellow fans can share hidden enclaves that resemble his trademark style. Here are some of our favorites. And for more on Instagram, here’s everything you need to know to make your own account more compelling instantly!
Tram in Lisbon, Portugal
In operation since 1873, the Lisbon tramway network presently comprises five urban lines, and the dandelion yellow of its trams is oh-so-Anderson.
Rajmahal Palace, Rajasthan, India
Built in 1729 as the home to the Maharaja of Jaipur, this palace was painted in the signature peach colors of the so-called “pink city.” The use of the color has a unique history: when the Prince of Wales and Queen Victoria visited India on a tour in 1876, the Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink, as it is the color of hospitality. In 1979, the palace became a luxury hotel, which it remains today.
Southern Fuegian Railway, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
The Southern Fuegian Railway, otherwise known as the “Train of the End of the World” is a 500 mm gauge steam railway in Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina. Originally built as a freight line to transport timber to the prison of Ushuaia, it is now a heritage railway into the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Built in 1902, the service fell into disuse in 1952, but came alive once more in 1994, now as a luxury line that serves dinner and champagne.
Malmö Latin School | Malmö, Sweden
The lemon yellow used here is a favorite in Anderson films. While this cheerful hue was painted in 1999, the Malmö Latin School itself was founded in 1406 when Pope Innocentius VII issued a letter of privilege to the citizens of Malmö.
låm Line, Aurland, Norway
You can’t get much more Anderson than the cherry red of the Flåm Line– a railway line between Myrdal and Flåm in Aurland, Norway that was built in 1941.
Book Kiosk, Sigtuna, Sweden
This former telephone booth in the small town of Sigtuna was transformed into an open book exchange on April, 23rd 2014 in reference to the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day.
New Windsor Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona
In 1893, pioneer and businessman A.D. Walsh built this muted pink hotel, which is the only 19th century hotel which is still in use in the original town-site of Phoenix, Arizona. While it is no longer an art deco refuge for traveling guests, it is a low-cost home for the elderly.
Punch & Judy, Weymouth, Dorset
A heritage attraction on the British coastline, this “Punch and Judy” booth is one of England’s last surviving seaside shows, dating all the way back to the 1880s, when puppets were all the rage.
Le Consulat | Monmarte, Paris, France
This narrow little restaurant standing idly by the Sacre Coeur is still operational, and a perfect example of Monet’s Montmartre.
Hotel Belvédère, Grindewald, Switzerland
Located in The Furka pass-a high mountain pass in one of the snowiest parts of Switzerland–this little hotel/restaurant nestled in the Bernese Alps could not be any more Anderson.
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