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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

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