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Ex-Norwalk Resident Goes 'Hollywood' With Bus Tours

Georgette Blau launched On Location Tours in 1999,
Georgette Blau launched On Location Tours in 1999, Photo Credit: Submitted

NORWALK, Conn. --  It's lights, camera, action for Georgette Blau.

Which, in her case, means putting everything in "drive."

Blau, a former Norwalk resident, is the owner of On Location Tours , the world's largest TV and movie bus tour company.

And yes, that means she knows a lot of TV and movie trivia, including where the apartment was for Carrie from "Sex and the City," where the rich kids hung out on "Gossip Girl,” and the pub that was the inspiration for "How I Met Your Mother." Not to mention a host of other TV and movie "secrets."

The aim of the tours is to give folks the opportunity to straddle fiction and reality, letting them feel as though they are part of the TV show or movie. The bus tours not only take participants behind the scenes of their favorite shows and movies but they engage riders with guides who are local actors and actresses.

Popular tours include When Harry Met Seinfeld, Sex and the City Hotspots, Sopranos Sites, The Real Housewives of New York City Tour, TCM Classic Film Tour, Central Park TV & Movie Sites, and Holiday Lights & Movie Site. There is also a new tour, entitled The Super Tour: Heroes! Comics! More!

This is the company's 18th year.

Blau, who now lives in New Rochelle, N.Y. but still sits on the Norwalk Preservation Trust, also runs the homes bus tour for the Norwalk Preservation Trust. She's been doing that since 2011, mostly out of her love for the area as well as her knowledge of how to operate successful bus tours. Creative themes are a big part of the group's success.

In the past, for example, she's run a tour that visited the early homes of Norwalk (think the 1600s to early 1800s); another year showcased the city's Victorian homes; while another year centered around the area's hamlets.

This year follows a WWI themed theme and will take place on Sunday, September 17.

"We always find unique homes to visit, and people, of course, love exploring the insides of these homes," she said. What makes the tours interesting -- and unique - are the re-enactors along the way.

Go to www.onlocationtours.com more information.

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