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Kand and in Aus­tralian television se­ries, in­clud­ing All­Saints . Smith lives in Syd­ney and trav­els of­ten to Los An­ge­les and lo­ca­tions such as Ro­ma­nia where he spent four months film­ing in 2004. Last year he hon­ey­mooned in the US and east­ern Europe. www.blue­tongue­films.com.

506070, SYD­NEY

I AL­WAYS PACK

IERAN Dar­cySmith is di­rec­tor of Blue Tongue Films, with friends Nash and Joel Edger­ton. He has also ap­peared in lo­cal films Septem­ber , The­Cave Two Hands

MUSEE D’OR­SAY, PARIS; NA­TIONAL GALLERY, CAN­BERRA

Musee d’Or­say is ex­cit­ing, as all the big guns— Monet, van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, De­gas, Gau­guin— are here in a close-up, re­laxed set­ting. I also love the Na­tional Gallery and re­ally en­joyed the Ital­ian Clas­sics col­lec­tion a few years ago. www.musee-or­say.fr; www.nga.gov.au. Al­most ev­ery­thing that my wife and I have is sec­ond-hand and if we need some­thing spe­cific we’ll gen­er­ally hit Syd­ney’s retro stores. This one in An­nan­dale, in the in­ner west, is al­ways a good place to start. www.506070.com.au.

HVAR HAR­BOUR, CROA­TIA

There’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall del­i­catessen in Hvar, Croa­tia. Imag­ine fresh lo­cal cheeses, pro­sciutto off the bone, lo­cal wines and fish fresh from the har­bour. I could spend all day shoot­ing the breeze with the owner. There are no street names but the deli is dead easy to find in the main square of Hvar by the church and op­po­site the fruit mar­ket.

THE AS­TRA HO­TEL, SARA­JEVO

We vis­ited Sara­jevo on our hon­ey­moon and found a crazy, sur­real but won­der­ful city. It was cold and rainy, and we were shacked up at this ho­tel in an enor­mous room over­look­ing a wild snap­shot of Sara­jevo life. We ducked out as of­ten as pos­si­ble to ram­ble and eat and sim­ply drink up the spirit of the place. www.ho­tel-as­tra.com.ba.

FREE­MANS, NEW YORK

Free­mans Restau­rant in Man­hat­tan came highly rec­om­mended to us and with good rea­son. It’s prob­a­bly the best meal I’ve eaten but be pre­pared to wait for a ta­ble. www.free­man­srestau­rant.com.

DESERT, CAL­I­FOR­NIA

I love the desert out­side Los An­ge­les. There’s some­thing about deserts and harsh, wide open spa­ces that seems to re­set some­thing within me. My favourite road runs from Bro­ken Hill to Ade­laide but the North Amer­i­can desert feels so myth­i­cal, dan­ger­ous and al­lur­ing. I’d love to live there for a spell. www.vis­it­cal­i­for­nia.com.

OLD QUAR­TER, BUCHAREST

Visit the his­toric quar­ter and poke through the sec­ond-hand stores (any­where around Lip­scani Str, off Boule­vard L. C. Bra­tianu). There is noth­ing fancy or con­trived here; just re­ally old shops that have been trad­ing in knick-knacks for cen­turies. Pause for a cof­fee at the Cafe Am­s­ter­dam, 6 Co­vaci Str; www.ro­ma­ni­a­tourism.com/bucharest. For the plane: books, surf­ing mag­a­zines, a notepad and pen, earplugs, ex­tra wa­ter. In gen­eral: se­lected cam­eras and lenses, the right power adap­tors, my Mac lap­top. Sharon Fowler

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