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AUSTRALIAN-BORN Fiona Caulfield has lived in Britain, Canada and the US and is now based in India. Her publishing company has three Indian titles in its Love Travel series: LoveBangalore , Love Mumbai and LoveDelhi . Caulfield travels regularly to Australia, Europe, the US, Bali, Fiji and Hong Kong; this year she hopes to visit the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia. www.lovetravelguides.com. PRADO, MADRID I visited this gallery in my early 20s and it is where I learned about the storytelling power of paintings. www.museodelprado.es. ABC HOME, MANHATTAN I simply want to move into this store. It has magical treasures from across the world on five floors and is a beautiful place dedicated to indigenous craft and environmentally conscious products. www.abchome.com. HOLT RENFREW, TORONTO Holt Renfrew is a gifted curator of fashion with a perfect range that’s not overwhelming. I have bought some of my all-time favourites here, including an Etro winter coat, a Dior little black dress and a rather fabulous Alexander McQueen dress with locks. www.holtrenfrew.com. DAUNT BOOKS, LONDON Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street is my dream shop. It’s an Edwardian building with a long glass atrium and is filled with natural light. Books are organised by place, so when browsing a destination, you’ll find novels, cookbooks, architecture books, travel guides; new and old, all there together. www.dauntbooks.co.uk. REMO GENERAL STORE This online store is interesting and intelligent. Sharing Remo’s discoveries (gifts, homewares, objects) makes me feel happy. www.remogeneralstore.com.au. RITZ HOTEL, PARIS My favourite spot is my waterside cottage at Hardys Bay on the NSW central coast, followed by room 526 at the Ritz Hotel in Place Vendome, Paris. My perfect night begins with a glass of champagne (served with an orchid) at the hotel’s Hemingway Bar, followed by a room-service supper, then a bath (I love the gold swan taps) and, finally, sinking into the signature soft peach sheets for a dreamy night with the lights of the Eiffel Tower sparkling across the rooftops of Paris. www.ritzparis.com. GRASSHOPPER, BANGALORE In a farmhouse on the edge of town, Grasshopper showcases the best of contemporary India. Enjoy a six-course meal under the stars, then visit its designer store for the best of Indian fashion, jewellery and design. +91 80 2659 3999. ON WATER Favourite sightseeing: leaving the Ganges View hotel in Varanasi in complete darkness and travelling by rowboat to greet the dawn on the river. A coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River past the 15th-century ruins of Hampi. A fishing boat heading to Quadra Island in British Columbia. A ferry across to Elephanta Island in Bombay or to Staten Island in Manhattan. A boat in the Blue Grotto in Capri rowed by an opera singer. Or, best of all, arriving in Hardys Bay by kayak, ferry or water taxi. INDIAN CAFES These are often historic and invariably a magnet for intellectuals and artists. In Delhi, try the Triveni Tea Terrace; in Mumbai, Cafe Samovar; in Bangalore, Koshys Cafe. I ALWAYS PACK A great book, and pen and paper.