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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Europe - SU­SAN KURO­SAWA SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER The No 1 Ladies De­tec­tive Agency: Alexan­der Mc­Call Smith’s de­light­ful Gaborone sleuth, Pre­cious Ramotswe, solves cosy crimes while con­sum­ing large amounts of red bush tea, ably as­sisted by Grace Makutsi, with her peer­less 97 per cent grad­u­a­tion score from the Botswana Sec­re­tar­ial Col­lege. Sun­day, 8.30pm, ABC1. ON­the lit­tle lace­mak­ing is­land of Bu­rano, in Venice, set­tle in for lunch at Ris­torante Riva Rosa (or­ders taken, oblig­ingly, un­til 3pm). The menu em­pha­sises the seafood of the im­me­di­ate wa­ters, from grilled scampi and spaghetti tossed with tiny, briny clams to its sig­na­ture dish of baked salt cod casse­role, which comes with a crust of whipped egg whites and sea salt that is cracked open, fil­leted and served at the ta­ble with suit­able cer­e­mony. You’ll be wel­comed with open-armed hos­pi­tal­ity by the Am­men­dola fam­ily; from Venice, catch the La­guna Nord ferry at Fon­da­mente Nuove. More: ri­varosa.it. Es­cape to the Coun­try: The Life­Style Chan­nel is pro­mot­ing Oc­to­ber as Prop­erty Month, fer­tile ground in­deed for DIY nuts, coun­try-bound es­capees and all of us who love watch­ing out-of-water Brits make de­cid­edly odd house­buy­ing de­ci­sions abroad. Fri­day, 7.30pm, Life­Style.

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