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The following article was published in the Australian Newspaper travel section today, it's about Picnics in Provence's ''Little Black Book'' of must do's, must visit, must shop, must eat.............LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Scottish-born Nikki Maxwell has lived in France, Spain, Switzerland and California, and now calls Melbourne home. In 2007 she set up Picnics in Provence, specialising in small-group gourmet tours. More: picnicsinprovence.com.
Desperate to get back to: Cassis in western Provence; it's a charming village with bobbing boats on its harbour and lovely bistros.
Top shopping secret: Precedence, 421 Hampton St, Hampton; there's always something different in this Melbourne lifestyle shop.
Must visit: LAN Club, Twin Towers, Beijing. A Philippe Starck-designed restaurant with Sichuan-style menu and fabulous decor.
Perfect place for indulgence: An ocean suite room in the Summer Houses of the Dar Al Masyaf Hotel, Dubai.
Stand-out bar experience: Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Islands. Swim to the beach from your yacht and pay with wet money.
Inviting food destination: Will Meyrick's Sarong Restaurant at Seminyak in Bali.
Inspirational travel narrative: The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil in the South of France by Carol Drinkwater.
Most memorable splurge: A long lunch at Alain Ducasse's three-star Michelin restaurant Le Louis XV at Hotel de Paris, Monaco.
Best experience afloat: A bareboat yacht charter around the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.