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ITAL­IAN-BORN Laura Rus­sian grew up in Aus­tralia be­fore re­turn­ing to Italy, where she opened an English­language school and stayed for 20 years. Now back in Bris­bane, she is the gen­eral man­ager and driv­ing force be­hind iTALY 27, exclusive Aus­tralian im­porters for BruCo, ‘‘ Italy’s finest choco­late’’. She has trav­elled ex­ten­sively to places such as Ke­falo­nia, Malta, Hun­gary, Croa­tia, Egypt and Monaco. YORK AND CHEL­TENHAM, ENG­LAND When liv­ing in Italy I vis­ited Eng­land at least once a year for busi­ness and per­sonal travel. Apart from the fas­ci­nat­ing city of Lon­don, I highly rec­om­mend York in the north and Chel­tenham in cen­tral Eng­land. www.vis­itbri­ MARCHE AND UM­BRIA RE­GIONS, ITALY For those want­ing less touristy ar­eas and sen­sa­tions in Italy, try the Marche, and Um­bria in the cen­tre of the coun­try, where I lived, with its green hills, his­toric towns such as Jesi, whole­some food and amaz­ing peo­ple.;­bri­a­ TAM­BURO BATTENTE, CASTELBELLINO, ITALY Tam­buro Battente’s owner is Gino, who’s an ac­claimed artist in the Marche area and will en­ter­tain you for hours while you dine in this his­toric tav­erna. The head wait­ress, Lolita, is his part­ner, and her mother, Ros­alba, is the chef. All the food is homemade and you must ask for the Gi­ra­soli pasta. I dream about this dish; tell them I sent you; you will not re­gret it. www.tam­ BRI­TISH MU­SEUM, LON­DON The Bri­tish Mu­seum holds the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Egyp­tian an­tiq­ui­ties. The build­ing it­self is a work of art. www.thebri­tish­mu­ JANET & JANET, ITALY For shoes and boots, Janet & Janet is my favourite; per­haps not that easy to find in Aus­tralia. www.jane­tand­ LOUIS VUIT­TON There’s some­thing about Vuit­ton prod­ucts that makes you feel a mil­lion dol­lars even if the girl next door has the very same bag (in Italy, they re­ally do). You know you’ve worked for it and it will never bore you. www.louisvuit­ BAR HAR­BOR, MAINE, US Most trav­ellers would head south of Bos­ton to­wards New York to bet­ter-known Cape Cod, Martha’s Vine­yard or Nan­tucket. But I sug­gest go­ing north for the most spec­tac­u­lar scenery: in­lets, bays and na­tional parks. Stop just about any­where to en­joy the best lob­ster in the world. www.barhar­bor­ AT­LANTIC SEAL B&B, MAINE, US This tiny and exclusive B&B is hid­den away in South Freeport, Maine; it’s an 1850 New Eng­land-style home run by an for­mer sea cap­tain, Thomas Ring. The bal­cony over­looks a bay that goes from 3m deep to bone-dry for kilo­me­tres just a few hours later. 25 Main St, South Freeport, Maine; phone: + 1 207 865 6112. I AL­WAYS PACK My in­ter­na­tional multi-adap­tor. There’s noth­ing worse than ar­riv­ing in a for­eign coun­try and not be­ing able to use your mo­bile phone charger, lap­top or hair dryer. Sharon Fowler AC­CES­SORY OF THE WEEK Award-win­ning Space­ships, a New Zealand in­no­va­tion, are cus­tomde­signed ve­hi­cles the size of a car but with the fea­tures of a camper­van: cooker, fridge, full-size dou­ble bed, wa­ter sup­ply and stereo with CD, MP3 and DVD player. Ad­ven­ture Tours Aus­tralia is im­port­ing the ve­hi­cles and hire fa­cil­i­ties will com­mence in Jan­uary; from $42 a day.­

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