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VICKI Archer is the au­thor ofMy French­Life (Pen­guin, $49.95), an il­lus­trated mem­oir about restor­ing a farm­house and es­tab­lish­ing an olive farm in Provence. Aus­tralian-born Archer now lives in Lon­don and Sain­tRemy de Provence, and vis­its Aus­tralia at least once a year. In 2006 she trav­elled to Morocco, Spain, Greece and the US. www.vick­ MUSEE RODIN, PARIS The gar­dens of this mu­seum are filled with large sculp­tures and make the per­fect back­drop for the Ho­tel Biron, home to the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. I es­pe­cially love the del­i­cacy of TheKiss . SAINT-OUEN MAR­KETS, PARIS Marche Paul Bert and Marche Ser­pette are part of the an­tique mar­kets of Sain­tOuen in Paris. Th­ese two mar­kets are by far the eas­i­est to ex­plore and over the years I have found my favourite home be­long­ings here. The plea­sure is re­ally in the search in this French Aladdin’s cave. 18 rue Paul Bert and 110 rue des Rosiers. Metro: Porte de Clig­nan­court. CHATEAU DE BAG­NOLS, FRANCE Set high on a hill­top out­side Lyon with out­stand­ing views of the vine­yards be­yond, this moated cas­tle is one of my favourite places to stay. The ex­act­ing restora­tion of the prop­erty, sub­lime com­fort and de­li­cious food and wine make stop­ping here a treat. www.bag­ LE BISTRO D’EY­GALIERES, FRANCE Le Bistro d’Ey­galieres is on the rue de la Re­publique in the pic­turesque vil­lage of Ey­galieres. Chez Bru (as it is known) has re­cently re­ceived a sec­ond Miche­lin star. The set­ting alone is worth a visit, not to men­tion Wout Bru’s ex­quis­ite cook­ing. THE PARTHENON, ATHENS I went to Athens this year for the first time and re­alised a child­hood dream to climb the Acrop­o­lis and see the Parthenon. It did not dis­ap­point. www.parthenon­tem­ SAINT-REMY DE PROVENCE, FRANCE I love noth­ing more than an evening walk with my hus­band, David, around our farm in Saint-Remy de Provence. We have planted an olive grove of 3000 trees and I love to wan­der among them and spec­u­late on the fu­ture crop. www.sain­ Sharon Fowler

Pil­lar talk: The Parthenon in Athens

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