On Location

Call me a nerd, or whatever you like, but when I’m on a trip somewhere, I make it a point to visit any locations where I know a movie or television show was filmed.

For example, in Spain, we visited the Plaza de Espana|http://gallery.prwdot.org/plaza_de_espana/DSCN1234, a location you might recognize from Star Wars Episode II|http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0121765/. Our San Francisco trip was replete with filming locations, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium|http://gallery.prwdot.org/sfo_day6/DSCN4208, which served as the “Cetacean Institute” in Star Trek IV|http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0092007/, and any number of San Francisco hills, bridges, and other landmarks that were used in Sneakers|http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0105435/.

Russia will be a bonanza for filming locations (departure date is less than five weeks away!). Obviously, we’ll be visiting the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, which was the subject of Russian Ark|http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0318034/. Then there’s The Bourne Supremacy|http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0372183/, which was filmed on location in Moscow. And The Amazing Race, Season 5|http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race5/ featured a run through Saint Petersburg|http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race5/show/episode04/destinations.shtml, including locations such as the Hermitage, Battleship Aurora, The Bronze Horseman, and the Anichkov Palace.

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