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I travel with a large but very squeezable goosedown pillow I bought in London. I can’t sleep with a pillow that doesn’t feel right. The trick is to not leave it behind in a hotel room: posting a pillow across the world is not a good look. Sharon Fowler SERGE Dansereau is the chef and coowner of Bathers’ Pavilion at Sydney’s Balmoral Beach and also runs its cafe, bar, kiosk and function facilities. He moved to Bathers in 2003 after spending more than 10 years at Kables in the then Sydney Regent Hotel (now the Four Seasons). Born in Quebec, he travels frequently and has designed menus for Orion Cruises in Australia. Dansereau has written four books: his most recent is TheBathers’ Pavilion:MenusandRecipes. www.batherspavilion.com.au.
MUSEE D’ORSAY, PARIS
I love Musee d’Orsay for its collection of impressionist paintings by masters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas and van Gogh, as well as its incredible sculptures and other arts. The historic venue is a very clever remodelling of the old Gare d’Orsay. www.musee-orsay.fr.
SYDNEY ANTIQUE CENTRE; LOUVRE DES ANTIQUAIRES, PARIS
I like to browse in antiques stores and I feel at home in the Sydney Antique Centre in Surry Hills. There is also an antiques store near the Louvre that should be part of any visit to Paris: Louvre des Antiquaires on rue de Rivoli. www.sydantcent.com.au; www.louvre-antiquaires.com.
BERGDORF GOODMAN MAN, NEW YORK
Bergdorf Goodman Man on Fifth Avenue provides old-style sophistication and reliable brands. It is not the least hip and funky but all the timeless classics are here: I emerge feeling like a prince. Otherwise, any Ermenegildo Zegna shop is a must. www.bergdorfgoodman.com; www.zegna.com. My absolutely favourite store is a bread shop in Paris. I return to Poilane on rue Cherche-Midi each year like a dedicated pilgrim and have tried to convert as many food lovers as possible to my cause. www.poilane.fr.
HOTEL SPLENDIDO, PORTOFINO
My wife Yvette and I had a magical time at the Hotel Splendido in Portofino on the Italian Riviera. In such an amazing location, it’s a treat never to be forgotten. www.hotelsplendido.com. Being at Petrelle, my friend’s restaurant in Paris, is like dining in a bohemian family living room. Jean Luc goes to market each day, writes the menu, does the cooking and may also serve the food himself, so tiny is his restaurant. 34 rue Petrelle, Paris 75009.
I love fishing the waterways around Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island in Canada. With killer whales, bald eagles, even black bears, there could be no more scenic backdrop while fishing for salmon. Stay at one of the old fishing villages in a rustic cabin and make it a week of trekking and outdoor activities. www.telegraphcoveresort.com. There is a part of me, with my North American upbringing, that craves the activities of a big city: ballet, sport, shopping and a visit to a delicatessen to eat what I cannot get in Sydney, like a super hot dog, oversized smoked-meat sandwich, bagels and decadent New York-style cheesecake. www.nycvisit.com.