By Jerry Garrett

Jerry Garrett writes about travel, transportation, business, sports, politics, entertainment and an eclectic variety of other topics. A former Special Correspondent for The Associated Press, a producer and director of television programming, and an on-air commentator, he is now a frequent contributor to The New York Times.


  1. Stumbled across your blog as I was curious about the beach scene film locations in the Ghost Writer. Thanks for all the great details and extra goodies I had not anticipated to find.

    • Thanks for the kind words! Google Earth was a great tool for finding the actual house.

      • Hi Jerry
        I would like to talk to you about using one of your Batman-Dark Knight Rises photos when the movie shot in Scotland.
        Could you please email me on I could seem to get through to you on the email link.

    • Hi Jerry.i have been trying to find the whereabouts of the original a-team van.after a bit of research I have found that Stephen J Cannell kept 2 vans.he sold one to the now defunct cars of the stars museum in England.after seeing your interview with Craig Baxley I was just wondering if you have heard what became of Cannells van? As this was the main van used on the show.

  2. Hi Kati,
    I sent you an email. I hope you got it. It would be great to participate in this. Thank you for writing.

  3. Jerry

    I stumbled across your site while seeking locations for the movie “Letters to Juliet” which I had seen last night. I wanted to confirm if I had stayed at their hotel in Tuscany, or not. I hadn’t – mine was in Pienza. I’ve now bookmarked your site and look forward to reading your view of the world.


    • Thanks for writing, Beth. Pienza is beautiful too. Lucky you, for having been able to stay there. Wonderful cheese, as well as scenery.

      • Dear Jerry and Beth,

        Did you know Letters to Juliet was also shot in Pienza? In two short scenes (while driving through Tuscany to Siena) their Lancia Delta can be seen driving through a narrow street with a big arch/gate in the background ……. Pienza!

      • Thanks Ron. There are so many similar arches in central Italy, I didn’t know exactly which one it was. Pienza would certainly be the right place to go, if one were looking for the perfect cheese to go with the local wines!


    • I’m not sure how I might help, but ask away, and I will see what I can come up with.

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  6. Jerry: Loved your article on the Corvettes at Le Mans. That a great period of American racing that many don’t know about.

    If you get to Philly, please come by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. It’s one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. We have one of the five original Corvette Grand Sports and will be taking it out for one of our Demonstration Days on August 7.

    • Thank you. I will try to do that. I hope you have wonderful weather, and a big turnout!

  7. Hi Jerry, In the movie Inception, there was a house that I believe Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s wife grew up in. I wondered if you could tell me if that house actually exists and, if so, where it is located? I happened to be in Paris last summer a few days after seeing the movie and was on a boat on the Seine, and we passed a house that looked just like that house in the movie. Thanks for any info you can give me!

    • I don’t know where that particular house is, but virtually everything in the movie was based on an actual location – except for the inside of the Asian castle (which was a Hollywood set). It certainly could have been in Paris, as most of the scenes involving Ms. Cotillard were shot there. But the house where they lived with their children is actually in Pasadena, California.

  8. Where is that beautiful landscape / seascape in the picture on your website?

    • Thanks for asking: It’s the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland!

  9. Jerry: how can I get permission to reprint your “Times” article on the “1908 World Race from New York To Paris” in our automobile newsletter . . so we can honor our friends Jack and Mary Crabtree and their completion of the 2011 “race” in a Model A Ford.
    Our Journal is called “Secrets, Vintage Ford Speed & Sport”
    Not for profit group, Editor,
    Thank you! Charlie Yapp . . . we go to press on 9-9-11

    • Hi Charlie,
      You certainly have my permission. And I think that is all you need. Thanks for your interest.

  10. Thank you so much! Would you like a copy of the finished issue? Need an address please.
    Thanks, Charlie Yapp

  11. Hi,

    I can’t find a thing about the horseless carriage in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” While I asssume it’s a custom built for the film, and not one of the few marques sold in 1891, I just want to be sure. Any insight, facts?

    Michael Goldberger

    • Thanks for asking. You’re right about the limited number of choices of horseless carriages available in 1891. Daimler started selling cars in 1890. I’ll go out on a limb here and say the model shown in the movie could also have been an 1891 Duryea Motor Wagon. I’ll be posting something here in a day or two, after conferring with the transportation coordinator for the film. Stay tuned.

  12. Wow, thank you for such an informative peek into the locations for the film “The Descendents”. We travel to Kauai every so often, and it’s one of my favorite places. I wanted a little preview of what I might be glimpsing when I see the film, to know what to look for, since lots of scenic details are often of the “blink and you miss them” variety. Thanks for all the extra trivia; I hadn’t expected to find such a wealth of info! Best, Paula

    • Thanks for the kind words. It was fun to do. Like solving a mystery!

  13. Hey Jerry (too informal?)

    where was that picture taken at the top of your page?

    • Ring of Kerry, in Ireland! Thanks for asking.

  14. Ever find anything out about that “car” in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows?”

  15. Thanks, though. Can you possibly tell me when the next major-car-related motion picture will be out. Major car-related meaning feature length, and either specifically with a car theme or racing.

  16. Traveling to Ireland at the end of September for our 10 year Wedding Anniversary. Your posts make me excited and a little frightened that we will never fit everything in with 7 days. Do you have suggestions of must (absolutely) see? We have hotel stays in Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Waterford and have rented a car. Hope you can make suggestions. 🙂 Thanks Kim

    • Well, I don’t know what order you will do these towns in, but assuming you start in Dublin first, you should do a walking tour of the lovely city (guided tours are more informative and not expensive). I’ve done the hop-on, hop-off bus tours, which are also quite a good value. But the last one I took, I got a driver who was going thru the motions (I knew more than he did!)…so I got off and tried another bus. That helped a lot. The open top buses are terrific – on a dry day! The drive to Galway is quite lovely in fall. You will pass a couple of sites from the movie, if you keep an eye out. Galway has a delightful downtown; the harbor is the jumping-off point for the Aran Island ferries – another excellent fair weather activity (and movie location). Driving from there to Killarney, you’ll cross the lovely Shannon River valley, and the cutoff for the Dingle Peninsula. If you have time for the scenic Dingle loop, be sure to do it! But then, since you are going to Killarney, you can also do the Ring of Kerry (the home page photo on this blog). Must do! The drive to Waterford is less memorable (since it is mostly motorway), but still worth seeing. You can see all of southern Ireland really quickly! Waterford has some touristy things to do, but the real joy of a drive from there, back to Dublin, is the route through the Wicklow Mountains and the Glendalough Lakes area from the film. That should give you quite an ambitious and memorable trip. Are you worried you might not fit everything in? You might not. You might see someplace that melts your heart, and you’ll want to linger a bit longer. But don’t worry, that’s what return trips are for!

  17. Thanks so much for your suggestions! That is the exact route we are taking. Dingle is a must see to us without a doubt. I’m very prepared to pull over on the side of the road numerous times to have my heart melt.

  18. Dear Mr Garrett I am the proud owner of a 1973 Chevy Laguna 2dr Sport coupe I have owned the car for close to 30 years, It has the Dark Saddle interior swivel bucket seats and the automatic on the floor . It has won many awards over the years such as AC DELCO Parts pick @ a local show it has won @ Super Chevy and Popular Hott rodding as well as the GM Nats. @ Carlisle Pa I have owned three of these cars and kept the sport coupe, it is chocolate Brown metallic with the buckskin vinyl top and Rally wheels
    And no it is not for sale

  19. Jerry, I really need your help to contact David Ogden in Montana. Can you please contact me? He knows me and my family.

    • Sorry, but I no longer have his number.


  21. Mr. Garrett;
    I was just given a copy of your internet posting of July 19, 2013, about James Hunt. You mentioned the Glen Motor Inn and meeting Hunt and other F1 drivers there. However, there are inaccuracies to the rest of story. I am sure some kind of mischief ensued somewhere, but not at our establishment. In 1973 we did not have a jukebox and we never had an actual door on the lounge. It has always been an open entrance and any music was from a PA system. Physical confrontations were not tolerated in our establishment by anyone.

  22. Mr. Garret,

    I stumbled upon your blog regarding GRAVITY filming in Lake Powell. I contacted the permitting authority and confirmed that the locations that they permitted for were actually all on the Utah side of Lake Powell. And include: Gunsite Bay, Neanderthal Cove, West Canyon, Dominguez Butte and Face Canyon.

    Derek Mellus

    • Thanks! I appreciate you checking on that, and taking the time to share your information here!

  23. Dear Jerry, probably you know already that Sir Jack Brabham died at the age of 88, he was 3 time world champion.
    I’m just come back from the Monaco Grand Prix Historic and it was brilliant !
    Please do not miss it in 2 years time ,
    With compliments GC

    • Thank you Giancarlo! I hope to be there.

  24. Mr. Garret,

    I just finished reading an older article of yours on you’r opinion of ford mavericks and after reading the comments I would just like to say i am very impressed with the way you were able to handle some of the more interesting comments very professionally and appropriately ‘witty’ at times.

    As it so happens i am currently writing a paper for a college course of mine concerning a brief history of the start of the hot rodding/ muscle car era and how it has changed over the years. If you would be able to find a spare moment and maybe be able to email me maybe you’r own opinions of how muscle cars ext. have changed (for better or worse) i would be very interested to read it and if it would be ok with you include some quotes in my paper.

    Thanks for your time.

  25. Hi Jerry, I just searched the Flickr and found out this website using your image and my image on their website. My image and your image were taken at the Huntington Beach Pier.

  26. Hi I have a James hunt racing suit I’m in Australia was wondering Garry have u seen it before on hunt my email is

  27. Hi Jerry, I liked your post on Puerto Vallarta. I’m writing something myself about PV, and would like to know in which newspaper and on what date the headline “Liz and Dick Romp in Mexico Hideaway” appeared? Many thanks, Quentin

    • If you have a copy of (or subscription to) Vanity Fair’s July 2010 issue, you would be able to see a shot of the tabloid cover story with that headline. I’ve tossed my copy, unfortunately, and let my sub expire, and all the VF online content is behind a paywall now, unfortunately. You can also see it in the 2010 book, “Furious Love”.

  28. What is your lovely banner picture?

  29. Hi Jerry,

    Thought to help you in your search for Brando’s lost motorcycle jacket.

    Here it is:

  30. Hi Jerry,

    I’d like to send you an invitation to an embargoed press ride for Indian Motorcycles. Can you email me? Would love to send you more information.


  31. Are you the Jerry Garrett who wrote the Fox News article about the Sherman tank shortage?

  32. Jerry,
    Wondered if you planned to be in Darlington for the 500. I am a fan of yours and would like to speak with you about a book. I lived in St. George years ago…now in SC. J. Myers Rauhofer

    • I would love to be in Darlington for the 500, but my schedule takes me elsewhere that day. Thanks for asking.

  33. Hello Jerry,
    I’m learning to paint and I fell in love with your Huntington Beach Pier photograph. The painting turned out great! I was told I need your permission to paint your picture. I was not aware of the legal issues but I’m learning fast. I’m asking you for permissions to paint your photo. I can send you a picture I painted if you like. Send your email and I would be happy to send a copy.

    • No problem. Thanks for your kind words, and thanks especially for asking. Certainly, you have my permission!

      • Hi Jerry,Where the heck are you??  I have wondered about you and kind of kept track of you via NYT  articles.  I, too, am writing for cash on the computer.  I work from home for three entities.  Love part of it.  Some is like red beverages served.  I would rather read.  Live in Summerville, SC, but am looking to small town move.  Hate the world, but it makes me religious, the non denominational type.  Would love to hear from you.  We’ve both come a long way from our class and the trip to Denver.As ever,Joyce Myers

      • Hi there! Nice to hear from you! Hope you are doing well. Sometimes I’m in Vegas, but most of the last year on the Cote d’Azur. Write me at jg3arrow at msn dot com.

  34. Hey Jerry, I found your post about visiting Neuschwanstein from 2013 and found it very helpful as it describes exactly what my husband and I plan to do when we visit Germany this September. Could you tell me how much time you think we should dedicate to exploring the area to take pictures and explore?
    We will be driving quite a bit that day..coming from Munich and our final destination is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Thanks!

  35. Hi Jerry….just read your story re Joerns furniture and the relationship to the Cyclone motorcycle. Just a note to let you know that, if interested, I can provide you with quite a bit of information about the Cyclone motorcycle and the history of the company. My email address is
    NEVER GROW UP! ;-)…..Bob Chantland

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