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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.

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