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BEATA Zatorska grew up in southwest Poland, moved to Australia at 18 and is now a Sydney doctor. Her book Rose Petal Jam, the story of her childhood, written with Simon Target, is released in September. More: rosepetaljam.net. Desperate to go back to: Samotnia, an old wooden chalet high in Poland’s Karkonosze Mountains, reachable only by foot. Must visit: Wieliczka salt mine in southern Poland; deep underground there’s a chapel carved out of rock salt, lit by crystal chandeliers. Ultimate eco adventure: The Kornik Arboretum by a moated castle near Poznan, with its vast DEALS OF THE WEEK Roman holiday: Save 40 per cent on a minimum three-night stay at Rome’s four-star Hotel Atlante Star before December 29; from $139 a room twin-share. The rooftop Les Etoiles restaurant has 360-degree views of the city, including the Vatican and St Peter’s. More: 133 810; expedia.com.au. collection of oaks, elms, lilacs and rhododendrons. Stand-out afternoon tea experience: Hot chocolate in E. Wedel’s chocolate parlour on Krakow’s main square. Best experience afloat: Rafting along the Dunajec River gorge, past castles, trees and City of lights: Visit Paris before August 28 and get special room rates and upgrades on arrival (subject to availability), complimentary in-room breakfast for two and an
($112) spa credit at the newly opened Mandarin Oriental. Available through Virtuoso agents only. More: au.virtuoso.com. ruins, high on the cliffs above. Inviting culinary destination: The cheese stalls at the open-air markets in Zakopane, Tatra Mountains. Inspirational travel narrative: A Country in the Moon, a humorous take on travel in Poland by Australian Michael Moran. Favourite website: Poland.travel/en, a great place to start travelling around Poland. Most memorable splurge: An exquisite necklace of Baltic Sea amber from a jewellery shop in Mariacka Street, Gdansk. Best spent travel dollars: A typical Polish lunch of pierogi, bigos or pancakes in a bar mleczny (cafeteria). Vic Vic hooray: Celebrate Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee with a 17-night Queen Victoria Adriatic cruise departing June 1, 2012, including return flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth, and celebrations in Southhampton. From $6999 a person twin-share; credits for bookings before November 30. More: cruiseaway.com.au.