Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Mark Lamprell
"I live in Manly, (near) Sydney," says Australian filmmaker Mark Lamprell, one of the co-writers of "Babe: Pig in the City." "It's a magical part of the world -- a spit of land with an ocean beach on one side and Sydney Harbour on the other. You can catch a ferry into the city center in 20 minutes." Lamprell is also the author of the book, "One Summer Day in Rome" (Flatiron Books, $24.99). We talked with him about his travels in general and Rome in particular.
Q. What have you learned from your travels?
A. The brilliant thing about travel is the perspective it offers you. It's impossible to stand in the places where Michelangelo painted, where Caesar spoke, where Saint Peter is buried and not feel small. You realize that you are a microscopic blip in the grand pageant of history. Nothing matters and everything matters. This is a useful thing to comprehend -- life will be over in a blink. It's important to embrace the real opportunities before you and let the imaginary ones go.
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. It was a beach holiday that entailed a five-hour drive down the south coast of New South Wales. I was car sick the entire way. The only thing I remember about it is vomiting in the back seat of my dad's car.
Q. What are your favorite cities?
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A. Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, Paris, London, New York.
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
A. San Francisco, with its lovely buildings tumbling down the hills toward the harbor, often reminds me of Sydney.
Q. Where would you like to go that you have never been to before?