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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.

Sharon Fowler

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