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While creating my home here I was looking for a piece of art that truly said Australia. When I walked into the Nicholas Dattner store I couldn’t resist a redgum table. It couldn’t have come from anywhere else. www.nicholasdattner.com. VERONIKA MAINE; CARLA ZAMPATTI I spend hours wandering around stores in Italy. When home in Australia, I’m captivated by the style of Veronika Maine and Carla Zampatti. www.veronikamaine.com.au; www.carlazampatti.com.au. DONNA Brinkhaus is managing director of the Canadian Tourism Commission in Sydney. She travels for about three months of the year, often heading to different locations in Canada as well as to Singapore, Bali, Thailand and Cambodia. www.canada.travel. WILDERNESS, CANADA It’s spellbinding to go to a remote wilderness location in western Canada and watch grizzly bears fishing for salmon and fattening up for the winter. These giants forage for food in the river, play, socialise and argue while you are sitting just 6m away. www.greatbeartours.com. NICHOLAS DATTNER FURNITURE, SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE MUNRO’S BOOKS, VANCOUVER Having grown up in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, I took for granted all the old English influences in many of the city’s shops. One of my favourite hangouts is Munro’s Books, the most magnificent bookshop in Canada. It stocks everything you could want to read and has a casual, inviting and charming atmosphere. www.munrobooks.com. VILLA SUNGAI, BALI This is luxury accommodation in a remote location in eastern Bali. The compound comprises three private villas, a dining and living lounge area, an expansive pool and outside lounging areas. Seven staff cater for your every whim, and a divine chef creates the lunch and dinner menus you choose. www.bali-villasungai.com. FRATTINI, LEICHHARDT, SYDNEY The food here is fabulous, the atmosphere casual. The restaurant is a family operation with owner Tony greeting diners at the door with a smile. The food is authentically Italian and portions are generous. 122 Marion St, Leichhardt, Sydney. Phone (02) 9569 2997. FLOAT PLANE TRAVEL, CANADA The only way to get into the true Canadian wilderness, including the renowned Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories, is by float plane. For a tamer adventure, go out with the mail delivery float plane along the west coast of British Columbia or jump on a float plane in Vancouver and head off for dinner at one of the coastal lodges such as West Coast Wilderness Lodge. www.harbour-air.com. QUEBEC CITY, CANADA This is one of my favourite cities. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is full of charm. There are quaint bistros set in 400-year-old buildings, artisans selling their work on the sidewalks and gorgeous fashion. You hear French everywhere and really have to think twice to assure yourself you are in Canada. www.quebecregion.com. I ALWAYS PACK My runners. I find the best way to know a place is to walk it. From the minute I land in a new city or village on go the runners and I’m out on a walking adventure. Meeting the locals is half the fun of travelling. Sharon Fowler PROCLEAR one-day disposable contact lenses from CooperVision are made from a new material that locks in water to create a shield around the lens of the eye, keeping contact lenses moist and comfortable throughout the day. They also come with a handling tint for easy insertion and removal. $54 for a 30-day pack; from optometrists. More: www.coopervision.com.