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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.
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.
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