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By Maria Neuman

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When actor Evan Evagora moved across the Pacific Ocean from Melbourne to Los Angeles for CBS All Access original series Star Trek: Picard, he wasn't exactly prepared for life in Southern California. "The weather is similar," says Evagora, who plays Romulan refugee Elnor on the critically acclaimed series. "But I'm not used to the sheer size of everything, like the massive freeways, and the little earthquakes—that was a total shock."

Equally shocking for Evagora were the devastating bushfires that impacted Melbourne and its surrounding area in January. "The air was terrible; it was hard to breathe. And I have family friends in [outlying Victoria] whose entire town was destroyed, and they have to rebuild," he says. "But it has been great to see people donating and the overwhelming international support." Here, Evagora shares tips on how to spend the days (and late nights) in the city affectionately dubbed "The Europe of Australia." "Sydney may have the beaches," explains Evagora, "but Melbourne has everything else."

Post A Perfect Picture

Street art mural of bird of prey in Melbourne.

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If you want to take an authentic selfie, go to Hosier Lane in the Central Business District and walk around. It's one of the most Instagrammable parts of the city, as there is amazing street art and graffiti lanes where both international and local artists come and put up their work.

Ogle Some Artwork

Exhibition by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat at the The National Gallery of Victoria.

Photo Credit: Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat & Keith Haring Foundation.

The National Gallery of Victoria is definitely worth a visit. They have amazing exhibitions, and a lot of them are interactive, which is great if you are going with kids. They had an exhibit by Salvador Dalí, who is my personal favorite, in 2009, but there have also been recent exhibits by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The building is incredible, so there's always something to see.

Stay Active

Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne

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I love running. If you want to get active and have a great view, go for a run around the Royal Botanic Gardens. It's a runner's dream come true: There's a great track and beautiful scenery, but you're still in the middle of the city, so it's a great way to see the sights.

Drink Up

Cocktails in tall glasses

Photo Credit: Marco Fink.

Any pub is a slice of Australian culture. Whenever I go back for a visit, I always make sure to meet some mates at a pub for a drink and a cheap meal. I'll usually drink a Victoria Bitter on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. For cocktails, I like Naked for Satan (above)—I won't give away the story behind the name, but it has to do with Prohibition. For quiet cocktails and a great view, I'd suggest Blue Diamond, which is [a penthouse bar] in the middle of the city.

Eat Internationally

Broccoli tempura dish

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mr. Miyagi.

Melbourne is a multicultural city, so there are tons of interesting food options. If you want Vietnamese food or dumplings, go to an area called Fitzroy, which has tons of eateries and they are all good. Whenever I'm in town, I go to Mr. Miyagi on Chapel Street—they do an amazing broccoli tempura, and I am obsessed with it.

Savor a Sweet Souvenir

Tim Tam chocolate biscuits

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Take home Tim Tam biscuits, and bring some back for me! They are the most delicious chocolate biscuits. I'll have a whole box sent over [by my family], and even though you can buy most stuff online, it still feels better when it comes from home.

Be A Fan

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates at the Australian Open, January 2020.

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If you're into sports, you should check out an Australian football game, which takes place in the winter. You don't need to understand the rules to get excited by it; it's a great spectator sport. We also had the Australian Open [in January], and a lot of money from that went to bushfire-relief charities. All the sport in Melbourne happens near an area called Richmond, which has stadiums for soccer, rugby, Australian football, and tennis.

Get Caffeinated

A latte or cappuccino with leaf design

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I grew up in the north part of Melbourne and used to work at a café called Proud Mary, which is one of the top coffee spots in the whole city. They also have another coffee shop right down the street called Aunty Peg's, which is a black-coffee bar for serious connoisseurs. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger, but my true drink of choice is a simple almond milk latte or a nice cold brew when it's warm outside.

Cut A Rug

Interior of Baroq House nightclub in Melbourne

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Melbourne is a big nightlife town; public transport goes all weekend, and there are great clubs if you want to have a boogie. My favorites are Pontoon in St. Kilda for dancing and drinks. Or if it's a Friday or Saturday night, I like Baroq House (above), which is in the middle of the city. It's a two- level nightclub that feels intimate, and there are great DJs. I always have a good time, and I'll be out until about 3 a.m.

Enjoy A Midnight Nosh

Exterior of The Pancake Parlour in Melbourne

Photo Credit: The Pancake Parlour.

There are late-night eateries like The Pancake Parlour, which serves pancakes and cocktails—the ultimate combination at 2 a.m. There are also amazing kebab joints everywhere, and they all do a halal snack pack, which is meat, veggies, sauce, and cheese on a bed of fries—it's one of the best things I've ever eaten.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, May-June 2020.

Editor' Note: This interview took place in February, before COVID-19 took hold in the United States.

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By Maria Neuman

After 11 years of hosting the award-winning daytime medical show The Doctors, it's no surprise that Dr. Travis Stork is a pro at doling out trustworthy information. So who better to ask for vacation tips when it comes to Music City? "I first moved to Nashville back in 2003 to complete my residency at Vanderbilt University," says the recently married Stork, who does weekly commutes from Nashville to Los Angeles to tape The Doctors. "Nashville has a great balance in terms of lifestyle, and as a doctor I'm always preaching about balance in everything."

Dr. Travis Stork and his wife in front of a mural in Nashville.

Dr. Travis Stork and wife Parris in Nashville.

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And while this Tennessee capital is home to some of the most touristy hotspots in the country (think the Grand Ole Opry), Stork suggests going local for added flavor. "Don't forget to visit the neighborhoods that make Nashville so homey and to really get a sense of this city. If you haven't been here recently, it will blow your mind."

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WAKE UP

Worth every calorie

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I'm a coffee shop guy, and my neighborhood of Germantown has some great ones. My favorite spot is called Red Bicycle Coffee, and my drink of choice is the iced almond milk latte.

Another favorite is Barista Parlor, which has a few locations around Nashville; for visitors who want one of the best under-the-radar sandwiches, their morning biscuits are to die for. [My wife, Parris, and I] limit our intake of those, but I always say they're worth the calories.

GRAB A BIKE

Dr. Travis Stork with a bicycle.

Stork with his late dog, Nala, in Nashville.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Travis Stork.

Rent bikes and go to Percy Warner Park, which is about 15 minutes out of the city. A few years ago, they built over eight miles of mountain biking trails for every skill level. I also like Edwin Warner Park, which is right next door. They have a large road that is blocked off to car traffic, so it's great for road riding.

I often take my road bike there and travel out into the countryside. There are also biking stations inside the city called B-cycle where you can rent some wheels and explore. The nashville.gov website has a map of all the paved biking trails, which are great to take advantage of because of the safety element.

TAKE A STREET-ART SELFIE

Nashville peace sign mural.

Mural mania

Photo Credit: Carole Julius.

There's a neighborhood called 12 South, which not only has a lot of shops and boutiques owned by local celebrities but there's also a mural that everyone goes to: It says "Nashville" with a peace sign, and you'll see people lined up down the street to take a picture there.

SIP A LOCAL BREW

Dark stout beer.

Super suds

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If you like beer, check out Bearded Iris Brewing. I think they make the best IPAs out there—and I'm a Colorado kid! I usually send my guests home with a few cans.

ENJOY A ROOM WITH A VIEW

Charming bathroom in a boutique hotel.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Thompson Nashville.

Aside from Nashville's tons of Airbnbs, there are some good hotels like Thompson Nashville in an area called The Gulch, across the train tracks from Downtown. They have a rooftop bar called L.A. Jackson, which is a great spot to grab a drink and get a wonderful view of the city.

Hotel suite in a boutique hotel.

Bobby Hotel

Photo Credit: Lisa Diederich/Bobby Hotel.

Another cool place is Bobby Hotel; in Downtown Nashville, on Fourth Avenue. We had a drinks reception there during our wedding weekend. It's a boutique hotel, and the vibe feels authentic to Nashville.

ACT LIKE A TOURIST

Exterior of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry.

If you're a history buff or a country music fan, pick one or two of the well-known sites to visit, whether it's the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The Johnny Cash Museum, or the Grand Ole Opry. For a souvenir, go downtown and buy a pair of boots. From the traditional to the crazy, they have it all.

Turquoise blue cowboy boots.

Power boots

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TASTE SOME VINO

Wine glasses and a vineyard view.

Wine country

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Arrington Vineyards.

Head about 45 minutes out of the city to Arrington Vineyards. Not only will you be out in the beautiful Tennessee countryside thinking This is Nashville?, but you'll enjoy some pretty great wines, too.

INDULGE AT DINNER

Baby back pork ribs.

A local treat

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Butchertown Hall.

If you're in the mood for some traditional smoked meats, go to Butchertown Hall. It's a nice culinary blend of old and new Nashville, mixing in healthy options with more decadent fare. I eat meat about once a week and order the brisket; it's to die for, and so are the guacamole and margaritas.

LISTEN TO THE LOCALS

When people think of Nashville, they think of famous country music artists, not the hundreds of songwriters who actually wrote those songs. Check out The Listening Room Cafe, where you can watch the songwriters perform their greatest hits. It's such a cool thing to experience, and there's so much talent in this town.

Illustrated map of Nashville, Tennesse

Illustration by Sara Mulvanny.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2020.

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Chris O'Donnell brings a quiet intensity to his work on NCIS: Los Angeles, but when not playing "G" Callen on CBS' hit drama, the actor is all smiles and laughs on the Emerald Isle.

Watch photographed the beloved actor at the legendary Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland for our March-April 2013 issue. Here's a look back at his lucky adventures.

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When Irish eyes are smiling

Chris O'Donnell tries falconry while visiting Ireland.

Chris O'Donnell hangs with a hawk during his unforgettable shoot.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Irish wonder

Chris O'Donnell sitting on stone wall with Ashford Castle behind him.

This breathtaking countryside retreat certainly promises the royal treatment.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Lucky charming

Chris O'Donnell on the grounds of a medieval castle.

The prince of NCISLA looks like something out of a fairytale.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Irish blessings

Chris O'Donnell is lovely Ireland.

We thank our lucky stars for this stunning snap shot.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Erin go Bragh!

Chris O'Donnell in front of a famous castle

Chris O'Donnell in castle country.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Pot o' gold

Chris O'Donnell in a blue suede jacket and blue jeans.

Who wouldn't want to find this dashing lad at the end of a rainbow?

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Sláinte!

Chris O'Donnell at traditional Irish pub in the village of Cong.

Chris O'Donnell in Pat Cohan's pub in the village of Cong, the site of 1952's The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

If you’re lucky enough to be Irish

Chris O'Donnell in the sitting room of a castle-hotel lobby.

Crackling fire? Check. Cozy castle? Check. Chris O'Donnell is right at home.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Suited to perfection

Chris O'Donnell wearing  suit.

Lucky for us, "G" Callen is good at fighting crime.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

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GIF image of Chris O'Donnell in row boat in a lake surrounding a medieval castle.

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

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Favorite Place To Go

One of my favorite places in the world is the Amalfi Coast. We went there on our pre-honeymoon, and we were supposed to go there for four days, and then to Rome for four days. We ended up staying on the Amalfi Coast for seven days and spent just 13 hours in Rome because it was so stunning.


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Italy's Amalfi Coast, known for its striking scenery and architecture. NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen and his wife, actress, and entrepreneur Sarah Wright Olsen.

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Amazing Hotel

Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi. Breathtaking hotel. Every morning I would get up, have a nice orange juice on the terrace, walk down, and go swimming in the Mediterranean. Then I would go back up and have breakfast, read the paper, and then go swimming [again].

A view of the ocean from poolside at the Hotel Santa Caterina.

Hotel Santa Caterina is run by the same family that opened it in 1880.

Photo Credit: Hotel Santa Caterina/The Leading Hotels of the World

Cool Amenity

I'm a big fan of showers and tubs. I need a great tub because we usually spend about 12 hours on our feet. Then I go home, grab that paper, crack open a nice bottle of wine, and sit in the tub and talk about what we saw that day.

An exotic bathtub with a view of verdant hills For an extra sumptuous soak, try a bathtub with a view.

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Travel Must-Haves

I'm obsessed with travel because I think it's one of the most compelling ways to get perspective on life. I used to travel only with a

Lonely Planet guide. That's just how I traveled because I thought it was the best way to see the country. Instead of staying in really nice hotels, you just kind of find these nooks and crannies. My iPhone has made travel much easier.

A travel guide and an iPhone.

Ready for a trip? Take a cue from Eric Christian Olsen and read up on your destination.

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet


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