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THE FRICK, NEW YORK

ABC FURNITURE AND HOME, NEW YORK

ISE­TAN, TOKYO

THE GRAMERCY PARK HO­TEL, NEW YORK

BALT­HAZAR, NEW YORK

LA POSTA VEC­CHIA, ROME

CEN­TRAL PARK CAR­RIAGES, NEW YORK

I know it’s trag­i­cally touristy but when­ever I am in New York I go on a horse-drawn car­riage ride through Cen­tral Park. I am that per­son with a rug over their legs in the over-adorned car­riage. I make the driver stop so I can have a cup of tea in a cafe by one of the ponds and then I hop back aboard. It’s a Big Ap­ple bar­gain at $US45 ($46). www.cen­tralpark.com. Sharon Fowler AUS­TRALIAN fash­ion de­signer Alan­nah Hill is known for her fem­i­nine, ro­man­tic and quirky de­signs. Born in Tas­ma­nia, she launched her sig­na­ture lines 12 years ago and now has a dozen bou­tiques across Aus­tralia. Her la­bel is also sold in Bri­tain, Asia and in David Jones stores across Aus­tralia. She trav­els fre­quently for work and al­ways seeks out mar­kets and vin­tage cloth­ing stores. www.alan­nah­hill.com.au. The Frick Col­lec­tion in­cludes some of the best­known paint­ings by the great­est Euro­pean artists but this res­i­dence-style gallery also has a lovely cafe with lots of arty books to browse. www.frick.org. This is my favourite in­te­ri­ors store; it has nine floors of an­tique and mod­ern furniture and quaint and del­i­cate items for the home. The ground floor has a chan­de­lier area and can­dles, can­dles and more can­dles. www.ab­chome.com. The light­ing at this de­part­ment store is calm­ing and ev­ery­thing seems as it should be. Staff wel­come shop­pers with a bow and some­times even hand out a lolly or a sa­chet of tis­sues. I love fash­ion tights and there is an en­tire floor of th­ese, rang­ing from ev­ery­day wear to sexy lit­tle af­ter-five fish­nets. www.ise­tan.co.jp. Gramercy Park is a small, fenced park in the Gramercy neigh­bour­hood of Man­hat­tan; it’s one of two re­main­ing private parks in New York. The Ian Schrager-de­signed Gramercy Park Ho­tel prom­ises it has a key for guests but I’m not sure I be­lieve this. The ho­tel does have a gi­ant foyer with beau­ti­ful furniture; there is a huge open fire and it smells like fresh sponge cakes. The suites are in royal blue, deep greens and reds and with so many lit­tle com­forts it’s hard to go out. www.gramer­cy­parkho­tel.com. My favourite restau­rant changes all the time but at the mo­ment it’s Balt­hazar, a Paris-in­spired bistro at 80 Spring St (be­tween Broad­way and Crosby), which does lovely French onion soup and French desserts such as tarte tatin. I love mashed potato and here it’s served re­mark­ably creamy and soft. www.balt­haz­arny.com. I vis­ited Rome for the first time about two years ago and en­joyed the usual sight­see­ing: the Span­ish Steps, Pi­azza Navona and the Colos­seum. We also stayed at La Posta Vec­chia, a sea­side villa in the ham­let of Palo Laziale just out­side Rome. It was built in 1654 and was owned by John Paul Getty. Dur­ing its restora­tion, two an­cient buried vil­las were un­cov­ered and so Getty cre­ated a private mu­seum to hold the in­cred­i­ble an­tiques that were found. www.la­pos­tavec­chia.com.

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