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I tend to shop where I’m work­ing. The best jeans se­lec­tion is at Vil­lains in San Fran­cisco. Ferner Ja­cob­sen in Oslo is great for Scan­di­na­vian de­sign­ers, and there are fab­u­lous bar­gains at its win­ter sale at the end of Jan­uary. Etro in Ber­lin has the best fab­rics and most spec­tac­u­lar coats. For suits, I love Dolce & Gab­bana, which I find at Mien­tus in Ber­lin (also al­ways good to wait for the sales). For shoes, Bu­dapester Schuhe at Kur­fuer­s­ten­damm stocks great Ital­ian de­sign­ers. www.vil­lainssf.com; www.fern­er­ja­cob­sen.no; www.etro.it; www.mien­tus.com; www.bu­dapester-schuhe.de. FOOD AND DELIS Man­u­fak­tum in Ber­lin has fan­tas­tic old­fash­ioned house­hold items and a great food store with or­ganic spe­cial­ties such as a divine Ital­ian choco­late hazel­nut spread (at the price of bel­uga caviar). My favourite su­per­mar­ket is Whole Foods in Hous­ton, which is heaven for those who like to cook and eat with no guilt. I be­lieve in mostly or­ganic fresh pro­duce, Lip­scombe Larder in Sandy Bay, Tas­ma­nia, is the best deli: what would I do with­out it? www.man­u­fak­tum.de; SE­BAS­TIAN LangLess­ing has been chief con­duc­tor and artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Tas­ma­nian Sym­phony Orches­tra since 2004 and has per­formed with in­ter­na­tional orches­tras in Europe and Asia and the sym­phony orches­tras of West­ern Aus­tralia and Ade­laide. A record­ing of Lang-Less­ing con­duct­ing the TSO with Aus­tralian opera singer Sara Ma­cliver has been re­leased by ABC Clas­sics. www.lang-less­ing.com; www.tso.com.au. STIL­W­ERK, GER­MANY A great mall for in­te­ri­ors is Stil­w­erk at Kantstrasse 17 in Ber­lin (also in Ham­burg, Dus­sel­dorf and Stuttgart). Here you can find de­sign­ers such as Kartell for great ac­ces­sories, Ru­dolf Benz for fan­tas­tic so­fas, or kitchen ac­ces­sories by Alessi. www.stil­w­erk.de. QUAL­ITY CLOTH­ING AND SHOES www.whole­foods­mar­ket.com; www.lip­scombe­larder.com. DIPLO­MAT, STOCK­HOLM; GRAND HO­TEL, OSLO; HIL­TON, AUCK­LAND I en­joy stay­ing at the Diplo­mat in Stock­holm, which has great views and is old fash­ioned and charm­ing. Oslo’s Grand Ho­tel is also a favourite be­cause I love the idea of hav­ing my break­fast at Ib­sen’s favourite ta­ble. The Hil­ton in Auck­land has fan­tas­tic con­tem­po­rary de­sign. www.diplo­math­o­tel.com; www.grand.no; www.hil­ton.co.nz. TET­SUYA’S, SYD­NEY; AU­BERGE DE L’ILL, AL­SACE If I’m not in Syd­ney to dine at Tet­suya’s, Au­berge de l’Ill in Al­sace is the best tra­di­tional restau­rant in France. www.tet­suyas.com; www.au­berge-de-l-ill.com. TAS­MA­NIA Come to Tas­ma­nia and you’ll know what I’m talk­ing about. The whole is­land is a sight­see­ing par­adise. There is so much to dis­cover: land­scape, light, spec­tac­u­lar colours. www.dis­cover­tas­ma­nia.com.au. I AL­WAYS PACK My lap­top is al­ways with me but I never travel with­out my favourite lit­tle pil­low for the feel­ing of sleep­ing in my own bed. Sharon Fowler

AC­CES­SORY OF THE WEEK

ES­PE­CIALLY con­ve­nient for trav­ellers to pop into carry-on lug­gage or back­packs, Reme­dies Health­care sa­chets con­tain sin­gle doses of trusted brands of anal­gesics, herbal en­ergy sup­ple­ments, vi­ta­mins and other health and per­son­al­care prod­ucts. Brands range from Be­rocca (Bayer) to Her­ron and Na­ture’s Way. From $1.85 for sin­gle-dose sa­chets; $3.85 for weekly vi­ta­min pouches. More: www.reme­dies.net.au.

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