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Actor, writer and comedian Josh Lawson is one of the leads in the television naval service drama Sea Patrol , a regular guest on improvised comedy show ThankGod You’reHere and a writer for various theatre, TV and radio projects. He loves travelling, particularly to the US and Europe. MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY, LOS ANGELES This is the strangest place I’ve visited. It’s a collection of seemingly disconnected exhibits and confusing information (or is it misinformation?). It’s bizarre, but let’s face it, when you’re in LA, what isn’t? www.mjt.org. I ALWAYS PACK I never leave home without my laptop. I don’t take a lot of photos when I travel but I do chronicle journeys on my trusty laptop. The big downside of travelling with something so expensive is that it makes you a target for theft, so care must be taken. But in my opinion, sitting in a European cafe with one hand on a coffee and the other on a keyboard is one of life’s great highlights. Sharon Fowler NORTON SIMON MUSEUM, PASADENA This museum is small but I find that sometimes the bigger galleries can be a bit overwhelming. It has a great collection of etchings by Rembrandt, my favourite artist, and an impressive Asian art collection. If you’re in Los Angeles it’s well worth the trip up to Pasadena to see it. www.nortonsimon.org. LES PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN, PARIS These flea markets in Clignancourt are the most famous in Paris. Don’t be fooled by the flea market description, because not everything is cheap. But it is easy to spend all day here; you can find anything from TVs to clothes, and tables to books. If you’re savvy, you may even walk away with something worth much more than you paid for it. www.parispuces.com/en. TOPSHOP, BRITAIN Topshop is truly the only place you need to shop for fashion in Britain. It has great clothes from top designers and, best of all, it’s cheap. Lots of the A-list in London shop at Topshop and most of the clothes I bought here years ago haven’t dated a bit. www.topshop.com. SHAKESPEARE AND CO BOOKSTORE, PARIS This famous bookstore is run by the legendary George Whitman. It has attracted some of the best writers in the world and is always a hub of activity. There are even beds upstairs you are welcome to use: all Whitman asks in return is that you make the bed next morning, help out around the shop and read a book a day. www.shakespeareco.org. HOTEL COPERNICUS, KRAKOW This is an unforgettable hotel in an equally unforgettable city, and its restaurant is wonderful. There’s a rooftop lookout that’s perfect for staring over the Royal Castle and the city beyond. www.hotelcopernicus.com. CAFE DU MONDE, NEW ORLEANS This famous little cafe sits in the heart of the French Quarter and beside the Mississippi River. The coffee is excellent and Cafe du Monde is known for its beignets: square pieces of dough, fried and covered in powdered sugar. There’s always live music nearby and, like much of the quarter, it is open 24 hours a day. www.cafedumonde.com. CAVING, BUDAPEST It is not commonly known that beneath the capital of Hungary lie about 200 caves. If you’re not claustrophobic you simply must go down to explore. Tours take about three hours but be prepared to get dirty and sweaty. www.budapestinfo.hu/en/ things to see/caves.
Cave dweller: Subterranean Budapest