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BRI­TISH MU­SEUM, LON­DON; VAT­I­CAN MU­SEUM, ROME I’m not re­ally an art gallery per­son but I en­joy mu­se­ums, and my favourites are the Bri­tish Mu­seum (an in­cred­i­ble se­lec­tion of Egyp­tian arte­facts) and the Vat­i­can Mu­seum (the Sis­tine Chapel and amaz­ing art). www.british­mu­seum.org; www.vat­i­can.va. AWARD­WIN­NING chef Di­et­mar Sawyere is the owner of noted Syd­ney restau­rants Forty One, which he opened in 1993, and Berowra Wa­ters Inn. Swiss-born Sawyere comes from a fam­ily of res­tau­ra­teurs and be­gan work­ing for his fa­ther at age 14. He re­fined his craft at Lon­don in­sti­tu­tions such as the Savoy and Con­naught ho­tels and has con­sulted for Sin­ga­pore Air­lines and the Hy­att Ho­tel group. He trav­els to Asia reg­u­larly, usu­ally Thai­land, and tries to visit Switzer­land in Jan­uary each year to see fam­ily and ski at Zer­matt. www.forty-one.com.au; www.berowrawa­tersinn.com. DEHILLERIN, PARIS As a lover of all things gas­tro­nomic, my favourite store is Dehillerin in Les Halles area of Paris. It has the most amaz­ing range of culi­nary equip­ment and I could spend days there. www.e-dehillerin.fr. ICE­BREAKER; RODD & GUNN; AR­MANI Hav­ing spent most of my adult life in a chef’s uni­form, I don’t re­ally have time or a great need for wardrobe shop­ping. Most of my clothes tend to be func­tional, and my par­tic­u­lar favourites are the Ice­breaker range from New Zealand, Rodd & Gunn and Ar­mani. www.ice­breaker.com; www.rod­dand­gunn.com.au; www.gior­gioar­mani.com. AN­DROUET; A LA MERE DE FAMILLE; MOULIN DE LA VIERGE, PARIS I love food shops and mar­kets and the French do them best, par­tic­u­larly shops in Paris such as An­drouet (cheese), A la Mere de Famille (ev­ery­thing from can­died chest­nuts and choco­lates to thrushes and sea urchins), and Moulin de la Vierge (bread). www.an­drouet.com; www.lamere­de­famille.com; www.lemoulin­delavierge.com. IN­TER­NA­TIONAL RESTAU­RANTS For fine din­ing: Philippe Rochat, Crissier, Switzer­land; Chi­nese: Lai Chi Hing, Hong Kong; Thai: Four Sea­sons, Chi­ang Mai; bistro: L’Ami Louis, Paris; Ja­panese: Kikunoi Restau­rant, Ky­oto; pizza: Wal­liser Kanne, Zer­matt, Switzer­land; seafood: East Coast Jumbo Seafood, Sin­ga­pore. Sharon Fowler AC­CES­SORY OF THE WEEK NEVER be at a loss for words with free Talk­ing Mo­bile Phrase Books from last­minute.com and Cool­go­rilla. Just down­load the soft­ware to your mo­bile phone, scroll to find a re­quired phrase, press se­lect and your mo­bile then ‘‘ speaks’’ the phrase us­ing the record­ings of voice-over artists and also sup­plies a text trans­la­tion on screen. Avail­able in French, Span­ish, Ger­man, Ital­ian, Por­tuguese and Greek from www.cool­go­rilla.com (from your PC or Mac) or from www.mo­bile­phrase­books.com (from mo­bile de­vices).

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