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TOUCH OF MANDELA GALLERY, SYDNEY This building in The Rocks is heritage listed and so lovely; it contains art by Nelson Mandela which, as you can imagine, is incredibly moving and beautiful. www.touchgalleries.com.au. THE CORNER SHOP, PADDINGTON; RUBY & MIN, BALMAIN The Corner Shop is such a sweet store filled with vintage and customised pieces as well as treats from new and exciting designers. Ruby & Min comes a close second. 43 William St, Paddington, (02) 9380 9828. 250 Darling St, Balmain, (02) 9818 3100. NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON Neal’s Yard Remedies is a wonderful, almost magical organic health and beauty store and it is in the cutest and most colourful courtyard. There is also a delicious organic vegetarian restaurant upstairs and a ‘‘ walk-in backrub’’ place a few stores down. Heaven. www.nealsyardremedies.com. SOFITEL ST JAMES, LONDON; OAKS EMBASSY, ADELAIDE Aside from my family home in City Beach, Perth, if I want luxury, the Sofitel St James in London has the comfiest beds in the world. But I also have had a wonderful week’s sleep at the Oaks Embassy in Adelaide. www.sofitelstjames.com; www.theoaksgroup.com.au. PATISSERIE LENOTRE, PARIS Having a crazy sweet tooth, I love Patisserie Lenotre in Paris. Sofitel Wentworth Sydney has also introduced Lenotre delicacies. 44 rue d’Auteuil, 75016 Paris. www.lenotre.fr; www.sofitelsydney.com.au. Sharon Fowler Lucy Durack is one of Australia’s most successful leading ladies; she’s performed in the musicals 42nd Street , Thoroughly ModernMillie , Oklahoma and the recent Respect:TheMusical . www.lucydurack.com.