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GUGGENHEIM AND METROPOLITAN MUSEUMS, NEW YORK The Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan is a favourite. I love the structure of the building and I love the approach to presenting art; it’s a very connected, innovative and exciting place to wander around. There’s the bonus that it’s on Central Park and is a nice stroll down from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (where I always head straight to the 19th-century French impressionists). www.guggenheim.org; www.metmuseum.org. MURNI’S SHOP, UBUD, BALI I feel as if I grew up in Bali, as I went there so often as a teenager and young woman. Murni’s is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of luscious Asian objets d’art, furniture and textiles. It’s a wonderful place to shop and there is a great restaurant attached. www.murnis.com. D’ESSENCE, SYDNEY This is an incredibly elegant and interesting clothes shop owned by my Italian friend, Rosella. There are pieces by Nicola Finetti and other more obscure and famous Italian and Australian designers. Rosella has a wonderful eye and is a great stylist. I can always find something unusual and classy here. 9/710 Military Rd, Mosman; (02) 9960 2806. LINNEYS, BROOME I love Broome and I love Broome pearls. This gorgeous shop was recently declared the best jewellery store in the world by Tatler magazine; it’s incredibly elegant, very Broome-style and colonial. The service is also fabulous, relaxed but with old-world courtesy. www.linneys.com.au. MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL, BANGKOK The Mandarin Oriental is an oldie but a goodie; my grandfather used to stay here in the 1920s and ’ 30s and I also visited as a child. I have loved its atmosphere ever since; it has charm and elegance, the atmosphere is very romantic and the service is fabulous. It’s incredibly exotic to me. www.mandarinoriental.com. LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN, NEW YORK; LA PALETTE, PARIS I love to drop in and have a truly fabulous cup of cafe au lait and New York French-style breakfast (or afternoon snack) at Le Pain Quotidien’s wonderful big baker’s table or a glass of wine and some great Parisian food at La Palette. The latter is an old and established artists’ haunt, and some of the paintings on the wall were exchanged for food by famous artists (of course, before they became famous). I have not yet tried to play for my supper here. Le Pain Quotidien, 833 Lexington Ave, New York; La Palette, 43 rue de Seine, Paris. SEABOURN YACHTS My favourite sightseeing would be aboard one of the Seabourn yachts, looking at nothing but the blue ocean. It’s the most fantastic way to travel, be at peace and watch those seemingly infinite seas from absolute luxury. www.seabourn.com. CABLE BEACH, BROOME Cable Beach is my favourite beach: the sea is like turquoise crepe paper, the sand is snow-white, the rocks are bloodorange red, the water is warm and tropical. It’s like being in a dream state to run through the waves as the sun sinks and camels sway past. Then a drink at the Cable Beach Club Sunset Bar. www.cablebeachclub.com. L’ILE DE LA CITE, PARIS This is the oldest part of Paris and a beautiful little island. There are a couple of spots where you can picnic on the banks of the Seine, look back at Notre Dame and the Latin Quarter, watch the bateaux-mouche and barges go by, and wander into various patisseries and restaurants. It’s very village-like and the food is delicious. www.pariserve.tm.fr/ English/paris/cite.htm. I ALWAYS PACK My gold flute, of course. Sometimes on a whim I have pulled it out to play in various low bars, cabarets and nightclubs around the world. It’s the minstrel in me: playing music for fun is the best passport to friendship I know. www.powellflutes.com. Sharon Fowler JANE Rutter is Australia’s bestknown flautist and one of the most versatile; she performs in the classical, jazz and pop arenas. She attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and was awarded a French government scholarship to study in Paris with flautists Alain Marion and JeanPierre Rampal. She travels frequently to Southeast Asia, Japan, the US and Europe. www.janerutter.com.