Places Ferris Bueller Might Have Visited If He’d Taken a Sneaky Day Off School in Europe
‘Ferris Fest’, a three day festival that marks the 30th anniversary of the film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, gets underway this week, starting on the 20th of May. If the world’s favourite school dodger had been in Europe rather than in Chicago, we think he’d have had an equally amazing time. Here are some of the places he might have visited on a sneaky day off on the Continent.
The Picasso Museum, Malaga
In the film, we see Bueller, his girlfriend and his best mates admiring priceless works of art at the Art Institute of Chicago. If he’d spent the day in Europe, he’d be visiting the Picasso Museum in Malaga. This attraction is dedicated to showcasing the work of Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, in the city where he was born.
As Ferris loved life, we think he’d have particularly enjoyed Picasso’s painting ‘Still Life with Skull and Three Urchins’. The painting would remind him to live for the moment.
A mud bath in Bourgas, Bulgaria
In the 1986 classic, Bueller and co. zip around the city at high speeds in a Ferrari convertible, relax by a pool sipping cocktails and enjoy a luxurious Jacuzzi. In Europe, we picture them all out on the open road, exploring destinations like Bulgaria. Ferris clearly enjoyed some pampering and would have stopped for a mud bath in Pomorie, a town a couple of kilometres north of Bourgas.
The mud of the salty lake of Pomorie is believed to be one of the best in the world for its curative properties, due to the minerals in the mud, and it is used for beauty treatments too. The trick is to cover yourself in the mud from head to toe – Ferris wouldn’t have been able to resist!
Eating meze in Crete or Kos
Ferris clearly likes the finer things in life, and on his day off he bluffs his way into lunch with his friends in a high-brow Chicago restaurant. Being the sociable guy that he is, he’d have been even more at home with some meze in Kos or Crete. This selection of small dishes eaten before a main course, or even as a main course, is the perfect way to dine and socialise at the same time.
Since he pretended he was an expert sausage maker, Ferris would have no doubt gone for a meat meze. Lamb meatballs would definitely be on the platter!
At a festival in the Canary Islands
Halfway through the film, Ferris appears on a float with his hair brushed into a quiff, crooning The Beatles’ classic ‘Twist and Shout’, and generally whipping the city into a frenzy. As a guy who loves to party, he would have been in his element in Tenerife or Gran Canaria. Ferris wouldn’t have wanted to leave the Carnival in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, one of the biggest festivals in Europe — and would have easily lost the head teacher amongst all those people!
Ferris had an eventful day off before jumping back into bed and continuing the charade. Book a holiday with Falcon and explore Europe – we promise that your legitimate break will be just as much fun as Ferris Bueller’s day out!
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