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April 3, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new book from National Geographic asks celebrities to name their favorite places in the world, and the answers range from Nepal to Brooklyn.
Destinations mentioned in the book, called “My Favorite Place on Earth” ($22.95), include Jerusalem, mentioned by actress Natalie Portman, who was born there; Arud, in Bali, Indonesia, named by travel guru Arthur Frommer; Kauai, Hawaii, listed by Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons”; Runyon Canyon Park in Los Angeles, where dogs can walk off-leashed, named by dog whisperer Cesar Millan; Trinidad, the choice of basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose grandparents emigrated from the island; and Monument Valley on the border of Arizona and Utah, chosen by George Lucas, “Star Wars” creator, who spent time there as a young man making a short abstract film.
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