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The History Channel’s hit series Vikings was inspired by tales of the Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia, but when it came to actually filming the series Ireland filled in perfectly.

Many of the outdoor scenes in the series have been filmed at Lough Tay, on the Guinness Estate, in Co. Wicklow. The Luggala Mountains around the lake look surprisingly Scandinavian, and provide the ideal backdrop for scenes set on board the Vikings’ longships.

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Like most of my fellow fans, I can’t stop thinking about Parenthood this morning. The final moments of the series were so great (oh, that Scott Porter!), it’s going to stick with all of us for a long time. But, now what do we do without The Bravermans in our lives?

Why not play a game of baseball with our own families? Preferably, at the same park where the final Parenthood scenes were shot – South Weddington Park.

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parksandrecannshouse

In last night’s episode of Parks & Recreation, Ann’s old house took center stage. We found out Ron tore down the house to build a new apartment building but, first, he saved the front door and used the wood to make Leslie a beautiful picture frame, aww!

Watching the episode made us wonder about two things: 1) where exactly is Ann’s house and 2) what happened Rashida Jones, who played Ann on the show?

It turns we already answered our second question in today’s list of filming locations. Rashida is currently filming a new TV show in Los Angeles. The TBS series, Angie Tribeca, is a satire of police procedural, with Jones starring as an LAPD officer.

As far as where we can find Ann’s house, our friend Lindsay has that one covered, too. A few years ago she tracked down the house in California for her site, IAmNotAStalker.com. Though the house is suppose to be in the fictional city of Pawnee, IL, it is actually located at 5655 Murietta Avenue in Van Nuys. You can see what the house really looks like on the inside over at Zillow, too (all of the interiors on the show were shot on their soundstage).

If you miss seeing Rashida on Parks & Rec, you’re in luck! The actress confirmed she will return to the show, along with Rob Lowe, for a guest spot before it ends for good.

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texaa chainsaw gas station

Even though it is one of the most famous and visited filming locations in Texas, the  gas station featured in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been in disrepair for years.

Luckily, one of the movie’s biggest fans has rescued the dilapidated building, with a little help from another horror film icon.

Last year, Roy Rose reached out to Ari Lehman – who was the first actor to play Jason Voorhees – and together they are not only restoring the gas station, located at 1073 SH 304, Bastrop, but making it a travel destination.

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You might think Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video and Orson Welles’ classic movie Citizen Kane have nothing in common, but they do. Both were filmed at Oheka Castle on Long Island, NY.

In Citizen Kane, Oheka Castle was used for aerial shots of Xanadu, the fictional estate of Charles Kane. Oheka can be seen in the opening newsreel, other shots of Xanadu were stylized images of the estate, some inspired by a few famous southern California locales.

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wild

During 2014, the following five films best captured the locations where they were filmed, and made us want to go there, too!

Wild

In Wild, Reese Witherspoon stars as Cheryl Strayed, who took a 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail to deal with drug addiction, a failed marriage, and the loss of her mother. Most of the movie was filmed in Oregon, including a few spots along the Pacific Crest Trail. Other locations included Ashland Center and Crater Lake National Park.

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This is the one time of year when most everyone in Hollywood takes a well-deserved break. Here’s a look at where a few celebrities are spending their time off:

Salma Hayek is taking a break in St Barts.

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara got engaged in Hawaii.

Rihanna is also spending time in St Barts.

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have just arrived in Cabo San Luca, Mexico for a New Year celebration.

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