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The Unbearable Heaviness Of Luggage

I've never been much of a European traveler. London once on a book tour, and Italy because that's where Ferraris are from. That's about it.

But now I'm going to Prague. As you may or may not know, Prague is one big movie backlot. As I tell my Hollywood friends that I'm going there, the response is generally something like: "Oh, yeah. That's where the opening sequence of the first Mission: Impossible was shot," or "Prague, yeah, they had the best craft services when we shot there."

A couple of people have told me that Prague is absolutely beautiful and remarkably untouched by the inexorable creep of progress. But those people don't work in show business, so I'm not sure they know what they're talking about.

I, too, am going for some movie work, but hopefully between business and trying to score Ambien I'll have time for some sightseeing.

So here's what I'm thinking: I've got a packet of travel info my travel team has Interneted up for me, but I'd rather hear from some of you who've actually been there; favorite joints or points of interest I should check out. Armed with my 3G iPhone which takes some of the crappiest pictures technology will allow, I'll try to run down a few of these spots and report back as best I can.

Thanks in advance for any and all tips. I'm looking forward to it.