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Travel Life List, May 2010

Bar Coluzzi, in Sydney.

Photo: Scott Riley

“Renting a Vespa and riding it all over Rome, fueling up on espresso every hour or two.” —Tom Perrotta, author, Little Children and The Abstinence Teacher

“My son Callum is a year and a half old now. Before his arrival my wife and I traveled frequently, often to far-off destinations like Istanbul, Thailand, Moscow, and Kenya. My wish now is that our love for travel will rub off on Callum and it becomes something we can do as a family. I would like to help him experience a different culture by flinging himself into the bustle of a foreign city. Embrace the frustration of negotiating a map of London, the Metro in Paris, or a menu in Rome. Together we could marvel at I. M. Pei’s masterful glass pyramid poking up through the pavement in front of the Louvre.” —Kyle MacLachlan, actor; vintner, Pursued by Bear

“I’d go to Pondicherry, in India. I’d fly first class with 10 of my favorite friends, including my daughter Ava, and go to Auroville and Matrimandir, which is a secular temple. I’d meditate. I don’t meditate enough! Matrimandir was built by a woman called The Mother, and it holds the largest quartz crystal in the entire world.” —Kelly Cutrone, owner, People’s Revolution

“Through exploration and research, I found the ultimate ‘away from it all’ location: 360° Leti in Leti, India. The inbound trip in itself is an adventure.” —Debbie Wild, lifestyle director, Jo Malone

“To the moon. For lunch.” —Morena Baccarin, actress, V, ABC

“When people ask me where I might be in 20 years, I often say hopefully retired in the south of France. The perfect trip would involve finding a beautiful stone house overlooking the Mediterranean and surrounded by plenty of lemon trees. I’d spend days visiting the markets, cooking, hiking, and taking day trips to the many restaurants in the region. I would definitely make the easy trip to nearby Monaco for some gambling (a must when here) and a gorgeous meal at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant and also hop across the border to visit a few favorite restaurants and villages in Italy. The sun, water, citrus, and history fill me with inspiration and a sense of calm…such a magical place.” —Barbara Lynch, chef, restaurateur, author of Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition

“First I would charter one of Richard Branson’s spacecrafts. I would start in Chicago with a hot dog from Hot Doug’s and then space-ship over with the wife and kids to the Macallan Distillery in Scotland to taste some of the 1957 single malt scotch whisky. After that, Antarctica. Why? I need to have a single ice cube in my scotch. Then I’d stop by Yountville in northern California to pick up dinner from the French Laundry and eat it at the steps of the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Boy, I hope somebody else can pay for this because I left my wallet in my other pants.” —Joel McHale, host, The Soup, E!; actor, Community, NBC

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