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Celebrity Getaway: Nia Vardalos

Thursday, July 9, 2009

What's your favourite vacation spot and why?

Clearly, San Torrini, because — number one — bathing-suit tops are optional so that's great! And also there's volcanic sand which I think makes you look slimmer.

What's your number-one travel tip?

Sunblock, always sunblock. We have an expression in Greece, you know when you see the tourist who is red from head to toe and almost blistering, we call that kotopollo which is chicken on a spit. So that's what I would say, sunblock, sunblock, sunblock; even in areas, especially if you're going to a nude beach, you must sunblock through your nether regions — always!

What's the best thing about making My Life in Ruins?

Ah, [that] was that we got to shoot in Greece. It's not a sound stage; we actually did walk up to the Parthenon. And then they gave me my shoes at the end of the shoot, 'cos I had hobbled around in those big high sandals all over Greece. And then they gave them to me and I pulled them out about two months ago and they have the dust of the Parthenon on them.

With all those fabulous locations, did you have a favourite spot?

My favourite spot, I think was Delphi because this is the original spot of the hippy. They used to go there and have these huge feasts of wine and drinking and dancing and people would go into raptures. And they found out years later there's an ancient spring that runs under the Delphi area which would emit these gases so I think everyone was high.

What's your best Australian travel experience?

I've been here a lot! My best Australian travel experience is a total plug for my brother's cafe. My brother and sister-in-law have a great cafe in San Souci [in Sydney southern suburbs] called Café Bido. And I'm not kidding when I say it has the best burgers; I dream about it when I'm not there. I got off the plane, we went to the hotel, dumped our stuff, drove to San Souci and had a Bido Burger so fast that, you know, I was happy it was dripping down my wrist.

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