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NA­DINE Wil­liams is an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist who has forged an eclec­tic ca­reer in her 19 years at Ade­laide’s TheAd­ver­tiser and is chief re­porter for the pop­u­lar Boomer mag­a­zine for read­ers over 50. She has been awarded the Cen­te­nary Medal and the Mitchell Me­dia award and is the mother of three adult chil­dren. FromFrance­with­Love is her first book. Wil­liams trav­els in­ter­na­tion­ally once a year, usu­ally to France. www.pen­guin.com.au.

LIB­ERTY, LON­DON

I AL­WAYS PACK AMER­I­CAN ART MU­SEUM, GIVERNY, FRANCE

In 1883, Claude Monet turned the lit­tle vil­lage of Giverny in Nor­mandy into an art lover’s treat. How­ever, while Monet’s beau­ti­ful gar­den is a must, the Musee d’Art Amer­i­cain is also mem­o­rable. It con­tains a su­perb col­lec­tion of art by the Amer­i­can artists who made pil­grim­ages to Giverny from the 1880s un­til the out­break of World War I. Their works also re­flect the in­flu­ence of Monet’s im­pres­sion­ism as they, too, cap­tured Giverny in all sea­sons. www.giverny.org/mu­se­ums. This pop­u­lar re­tail won­der­land has grown far be­yond its orig­i­nal range of mer­chan­dise in Lib­erty fab­rics to be­come a trea­sure chest of pretty home­wares and gifts. www.lib­erty.co.uk.

APOS­TRO­PHE, PARIS

My abid­ing im­age of Apos­tro­phe, a Paris cloth­ing store on Av­enue Vic­tor Hugo, is the sales as­sis­tant trip­ping down the spi­ral stair­case with five gar­ments slung over one arm and two jack­ets on coathang­ers in her hand. The out­fits were the fruits of a glo­ri­ous two hours when at­ten­dants fussed over and fit­ted me as only the French know how. 5 av Vic­tor Hugo, 75016; phone +33 1 4501 6691.

CHO­CO­LATS JOEL DU­RAND, SAINT-REMY-DE-PROVENCE

The Boule­vard Vic­tor Hugo in the vil­lage of Saint-Remy-de-Provence boasts the most en­tic­ing Cho­co­lats Du­rand. Joel Du­rand, an artist of taste, is fa­mous for his hand­crafted choco­lates in­fused with 32 dif­fer­ent fruit, flo­ral and herb flavours. www.choco­lat-du­rand.com.

HY­ATT RE­GENCY RE­SORT MAUI, HAWAII

Twenty years ago I stayed at the Hy­att and, de­spite many other ho­tel ex­pe­ri­ences, it re­mains the best. I re­mem­ber its spec­tac­u­lar en­trance, a wind­ing creek and trop­i­cal forests brim­ming with ex­otic birdlife, our pala­tial room with stun­ning views over the Pa­cific Ocean and its fa­mous fan­tasy pool as if it were yes­ter­day. www.maui.hy­att.com.

LES BAUX DE PROVENCE

One of France’s most beau­ti­ful vil­lages, it boasts walls of a ru­ined fortress, a vil­lage of pre­cious re­stored Re­nais­sance houses and a net­work of tiny squares, shaded ter­races and nar­row ram­bling laneways. This tourist mecca bursts with tempt­ing lit­tle shops, cafes, bars and restau­rants. www.les­bauxde­provence.com.

KAN­GA­ROO IS­LAND, SOUTH AUS­TRALIA

There is some­thing unique about the un­spoiled wilder­ness of Kan­ga­roo Is­land with its abun­dant wildlife and na­tive flora. Colonies of seals lie undis­turbed on pris­tine sandy beaches and the sounds of pro­lific birdlife pierce the si­lence. It has a vi­brant arts com­mu­nity and emerg­ing wine and cot­tage food in­dus­tries. www.tourkan­ga­roois­land.com.au. My favourite per­fume, a new book and walk­ing shoes. Sharon Fowler

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