A place for ev­ery­thing

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Wind. The hand­some red-brick, three-storey Tu­dor Re­vival build­ing oc­cu­pies a street cor­ner near a train sta­tion (Mid­town on the air­port line) as well as the spot where Mitchell was fa­tally struck by an off-duty taxi driver in 1949. Res­cued from de­vel­op­ers’ ef­forts in the 1980s to turn the site into of­fice tow­ers, the re­stored build­ing main­tains the lay­out of Mitchell’s ground-floor apart­ment, which she re­ferred to as The Dump. To­day, it’s filled with 1920s fur­ni­ture in­clud­ing a Rem­ing­ton type­writer. A guide leads a tour through the apart­ment af­ter sum­maris­ing Mitchell’s event­ful life, which in­cluded a stint as a re­porter on the At­lanta Jour­nal (the dis­play in­cludes her of­fice desk, which a main­te­nance man short­ened to suit her 150cm stature). An ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to the Os­car-win­ning film of Mitchell’s book in­cludes the re­stored door­way of the fic­tional plan­ta­tion man­sion, Tara, res­cued from stor­age. Ap­par­ently vis­i­tors named Tara are many, their par­ents ob­vi­ously en­am­oured with the epic Civil War story. Open daily; at­lantahis­to­rycen­ter.com.


SHANGRI LA, DORIS DUKE FOUN­DA­TION FOR IS­LAMIC ART, HONOLULU, HAWAII: In her life­time the Amer­i­can to­bacco heiress Doris Duke was renowned for her tremen­dous wealth and her taste in men; be­sides her two hus­bands she was ru­moured to have had af­fairs with (among oth­ers) Er­rol Flynn and Duke Ka­hanamoku, who taught her to surf. But her post­hu­mous fame re­sides in Shangri La, the fab­u­lous win­ter res­i­dence built in 1937 that re­mains one of the great repos­i­to­ries of Is­lamic art. Tours be­gin at the Honolulu Mu­seum of Art (re­serve tick­ets in ad­vance) and ar­rive in the ex­clu­sive Ka­hala neigh­bour­hood where the daz­zling Pa­cific Ocean views are eclipsed by Duke’s phe­nom­e­nal art col­lec­tion. Be­yond the two stone camels (Chi­nese, 19th-cen­tury) flank­ing the white­washed Mod­ernist pav­il­ion lies a jewel box of about 3500 pieces — orig­i­nals and spe­cial com­mis­sions — rang­ing from 17th-cen­tury Ot­toman tiles to a Bac­carat crys­tal chan­de­lier cre­ated for the Ma­haraja of

The Rus­sell-Cotes Art Gallery & Mu­seum in Bournemouth, Eng­land, top; Ernest Hem­ing­way’s villa in Ha­vana, Cuba, above left; in­side Palazzo Fal­son in Md­ina, Malta, above right; Mar­garet Mitchell’s Rem­ing­ton type­writer, be­low.

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