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AUS­TRALIAN­BORN opera singer Deb­o­rah Hum­ble has been prin­ci­pal mezzo with the Ham­burg State Opera since 2005. This year she will also per­form with the State Opera of South Aus­tralia and Melbourne Sym­phony Orches­tra. Hum­ble trav­els fre­quently and her most re­cent trips have been to Morocco, China and Nor­way. www.ham­bur­gis­che-staat­ MUSEU CALOUSTE GUL­BENKIAN, LIS­BON This gallery is small enough not to be over­whelm­ing and houses one of the finest art col­lec­tions in Europe plus rooms of beau­ti­ful porce­lain, 18th­cen­tury French furniture, Rus­sian sil­ver and Lalique jew­ellery. www.museu.gul­ SHAG, MELBOURNE A friend in­tro­duced me to Shag, a shop that has beau­ti­ful vin­tage evening dresses, coats, shoes, bags and jew­ellery: all per­fect for the stage or just a bit of glam­our. 130 Chapel St, Wind­sor; (03) 9510 8817. (There are also Shag shops in Fitzroy and Cen­tre Way Ar­cade, Collins Street, Melbourne.) LE GOBELET, LEURA, NSW My favourite restau­rant is at the top of the Mall in Leura in the Blue Moun­tains west of Syd­ney. Le Gobelet is run by a French cou­ple who serve up some of the best food I’ve tasted out­side France. I rec­om­mend the duck with cher­ries and a nice glass of St Emil­ion Bordeaux. 131 Leura Mall, Leura; (02) 4784 1919. BANYAN TREE, MAL­DIVES Stay­ing at this is­land re­sort feels like be­ing in your own piece of par­adise. Go to sleep to the sound of the ocean and wake up to views of seem­ingly end­less sky and sea. CRA­DLE MOUN­TAIN, TAS­MA­NIA I spend a lot of time in the depths of dark the­atres so I en­joy hik­ing in wide-open spa­ces. Cra­dle Moun­tain is a place of great beauty, ri­valling some of the great scenery in Europe. Stay at Voy­ages Cra­dle Moun­tain Lodge, where walk­ing tracks are on the doorstep. www.cradle­moun­tain­ FES, MOROCCO You could wan­der the me­d­ina in Fes’s labyrinth of nar­row al­ley­ways and nooks and cran­nies for weeks. Buy just about any­thing here, from ex­otic spices and mint tea to silk, leather shoes and fresh goat’s cheese. Get­ting lost is al­most oblig­a­tory and part of the fun. www.vis­it­ I AL­WAYS PACK As lit­tle as pos­si­ble. There’s noth­ing worse than lug­ging around a heavy suit­case. For work I have to take my por­ta­ble key­board, fold­away speak­ers, CD player and mu­sic scores with me. A few pho­tos make im­per­sonal ho­tel rooms seem more homely and my own pil­low makes for a good night’s sleep. Sharon Fowler

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