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Barnacle Bud's is the closest you'll get to Key West without leaving Bay View. (photo by Whitney Teska)

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Villa Terrace feels more like Italy than Milwaukee.

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Climb Holy Hill in Hubertus and it's easy to forget you're in southeastern Wisconsin.

Toto, we're not in Milwaukee anymore (or are we?)


Even weeks after the finale of "LOST," I can't get the enigmatic series of out of my head. One nugget I learned on the night of last episode was that every scene, except for a handful, was shot in Hawaii. Those visions of London and Tunisia and Paris -- all in Hawaii. Amazing, isn't it, what a special effects department can do.

Which got me thinking: out of context, it can be easy to imagine you're somewhere else, even when you're right here at home.

Few will confuse Milwaukee for Miami or Waukesha for Warsaw, but if you squint your eyes and let your mind wander, there are several places that just seem so, well, un-Milwaukee (in either time or place).

Polling my coworkers, we came up with a bunch. They include:

  • Holy Hill: Switzerland
  • The Yard at Iron Horse: Las Vegas
  • Nomad World Pub: Amsterdam
  • Barnacle Bud's: Key West
  • The Dunes: Martha's Vineyard
  • Villa Terrace: Italy
  • Whistling Straits: Scottish golf course
  • Paddy's Pub: Ireland
  • Greendale Historic Center: Sweden
  • Jones Island: Staten Island
  • Mitchell Park Domes: The Amazon Rainforest
  • Speed Queen Bar-B-Q: Kansas City or Memphis

Back in time:

  • Usinger's retail store: 1900s Milwaukee
  • Streets of Old Milwaukee: Old Milwaukee!
  • European Village at Milwaukee Public Museum: Europe in the "good" old days

Can you think of any other "unMilwaukee" spots? Add then using the Talkback feature below.

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PlayerGotGame | June 12, 2010 at 9:21 a.m. (report)

Whitefish Bay = Pre-Mandela South Africa

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milROCKeeguy | June 6, 2010 at 8:47 p.m. (report)

West Allis: West Mars

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buck | June 4, 2010 at 4:15 p.m. (report)

that might be the funniest comment i've read on here. no more comments on this article because that one cannot be topped.

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High_Life_Man | June 4, 2010 at 11:19 a.m. (report)

Cudahy: Mars

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